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What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Kirstin

I honestly don't know if there are any. The school is incredibly large and so it would be difficult to pinpoint just a few activities or groups as most popular.

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Catherine

Greek life is very small and is not a prevalent part of the social life here. Most people make friends through their dorm, freshman year. The dating scene is very bad for girls considering 60% of the students are female and the large LGBTQ community. You won't meet all that many straight, single, available guys, but I guess that's makes it easier for them! NYU is not a big party school so most people go to bars and clubs on weekends, so most students feel the need to have a fake id.

Cynthia

Throughout my three years attending NYU, I have been a part of many social and cultural groups on campus such as KCCC (a Christian campus ministry), Korean Student Association, F4NK (Freedom 4 North Korea), ACU (Asian Cultural Union), and Pre-dental Outreach. There are so many clubs at NYU and many freshmans can come explore these options and see whats available by going to the Club Fest held the first week of classes each semester. Depending on which dorm you live in, it can be social or not. Some dorms have an open door policy not by regulations but because residents living there want to while others are completely closed all the time, leaving no room to ever get to know your neighbor or floormates. My freshman year at NYU, I lived in rubin where everyone was always leaving their doors open and as a floor we got to know everyone. We even did activities as a floor together and it was such a fun experience. If you didn't already know, there are a lot of gays here but I believe the majority is still straight. But in terms of dating, I only know a couple of people who "date" as in a relationship, while most remain single and play the field. But if you want to date I mean its really no different than any other place, only in the sense that you have more places to actually go on dates, but it's certainly not the only thing to do. I also find that most people enjoy being single here because everyone is majority very independent. If you don't find a boyfriend or girlfriend at NYU, you don't have to worry because we basically have the entire city to look for me. We're not limited to just finding one at NYU and I can completely agree with it! :) I met a lot of my closest friends from classes, library (yes, it happens a lot!) and school clubs. People here party mostly on the weekend: Thursdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays. Our school is not so big on frats and sororities but after your freshman year where you've experienced frat parties, you tend to go to clubs in the city where its "age appropriate".

Cicek

Unlike a lot of other colleges, Greek Life at NYU is not as prevalent; however, there are sororities and fraternities. Because it's hard to make friends at NYU, a lot of people join Greek Life in order to meet new people and make friends. Athletic events are also basically non-existant at NYU, so there are rarely ever sports-related social events. Because NYU doesn't have a campus, though, students have the opportunity to find entertainment and friends outside of the university as well. Freshmen dorms are lively in the beginning of the year, which is when most people find most of their friends. I'm currently a part of NYU's newspaper, the Washington Square News, and though it is a lot of work, it's a great place to meet people and build your resume.

Minna

Here at NYU, there is literally a club for every possible interest/hobby/culture/religion. Wherever you want to get involved, you can, whether it be through your residence halls, student government, student clubs, sports teams, or Greek Life. See my answer to the Greek Life question below to hear more!

Minna

Here at NYU, there is literally a club for every possible interest/hobby/culture/religion. Wherever you want to get involved, you can, whether it be through your residence halls, student government, student clubs, sports teams, or Greek Life. I am a very proud member of the Greek community here at NYU- falsely classified as small and insignificant, we are actually THE largest undergraduate student organization on campus and our community does some of the best programming and philanthropic work that this campus sees. The Greek culture here differs from other schools as we don't have a 'typical' campus, but we still maintain many of our Greek traditions such as skit/song/dance (held in our amazing Skirball center for the performing arts), Greek Night, Greek Week, and more. There are certainly some anti- Greeks on this campus, but that comes from being uninformed more than anything else. Chances are, you have class with several Greeks but don't know that they're in a fraternity or sorority because not everyone can wear letters all the time because they are coming from work and internships in between classes. Also, there are so many Greeks involved with other clubs and organizations as well: we have a tons of Greeks working as RAs, involved in student government, and a ton of other student activity clubs. I have a love for the Greek community as a whole after serving as the Inter-Greek Council President this past year, and also for my own sorority of 90+ amazing girls that have helped make me the person I am today. The diversity and the uniqueness of our community constantly surprise and impress me- there is no cookie cutter mold here, which makes our community that much stronger and special. I am a shameless advocate for the Greek community here because I have been a first-hand witness to the amazing development of some truly amazing leaders in this community and the endless networking opportunities that come out of Greek life here are priceless. Greeks may like to have fun here and be social, as it is college after all, but all of my friends in Greek Life all have some amazing career college accomplishments- some are starring on Broadway shows, some working at the top banks in the country, some have started their own successful companies and more. Yeah, you don't have to go Greek here in order to have an enjoyable undergraduate experience here as there really are so many different organizations you can become involved with, but I cannot imagine my time in college without my sorority and fellow Greeks. I cherish all the memories I have made here and an integral part of my college experience is heavily due to Greek Life here.

Minna

Here at NYU, there is literally a club for every possible interest/hobby/culture/religion. Wherever you want to get involved, you can, whether it be through your residence halls, student government, student clubs, sports teams, or Greek Life. I am a very proud member of the Greek community here at NYU- falsely classified as small and insignificant, we are actually THE largest undergraduate student organization on campus and our community does some of the best programming and philanthropic work that this campus sees. The Greek culture here differs from other schools as we don't have a 'typical' campus, but we still maintain many of our Greek traditions such as skit/song/dance (held in our amazing Skirball center for the performing arts), Greek Night, Greek Week, and more. There are certainly some anti- Greeks on this campus, but that comes from being uninformed more than anything else. Chances are, you have class with several Greeks but don't know that they're in a fraternity or sorority because not everyone can wear letters all the time because they are coming from work and internships in between classes. I have a love for the Greek community as a whole after serving as the Inter-Greek Council President this past year, and also for my own sorority of 90+ amazing girls that have helped make me the person I am today. The diversity and the uniqueness of our community constantly surprise and impress me- there is no cookie cutter mold here, which makes our community that much stronger and special. I am a shameless advocate for the Greek community here because I have been a first-hand witness to the amazing development of some truly amazing leaders in this community and the endless networking opportunities that come out of Greek life here are priceless. Greeks may like to have fun here and be social, as it is college after all, but all of my friends in Greek Life all have some amazing career college accomplishments- some are starring on Broadway shows, some working at the top banks in the country, some have started their own successful companies and more. Yeah, you don't have to go Greek here in order to have an enjoyable undergraduate experience here as there really are so many different organizations you can become involved with, but I cannot imagine my time in college without my sorority and fellow Greeks. I cherish all the memories I have made here and an integral part of my college experience is heavily due to Greek Life here.

Minna

Here at NYU, there is literally a club for every possible interest/hobby/culture/religion. Wherever you want to get involved, you can, whether it be through your residence halls, student government, student clubs, sports teams, or Greek Life. I am a very proud member of the Greek community here at NYU- falsely classified as small and insignificant, we are actually THE largest undergraduate student organization on campus and our community does some of the best programming and philanthropic work that this campus sees. The Greek culture here differs from other schools as we don't have a 'typical' campus, but we still maintain many of our Greek traditions such as skit/song/dance (held in our amazing Skirball center for the performing arts), Greek Night, Greek Week, and more. There are certainly some anti- Greeks on this campus, but that comes from being uninformed more than anything else. Chances are, you have class with several Greeks but don't know that they're in a fraternity or sorority because not everyone can wear letters all the time because they are coming from work and internships in between classes. I have a love for the Greek community as a whole after serving as the Inter-Greek Council President this past year, and also for my own sorority of 90+ amazing girls that have helped make me the person I am today. I am a shameless advocate for the Greek community here because I have been a first-hand witness to the amazing development of some leaders in this community and the endless networking opportunities that come out of Greek life here are priceless. Greeks may like to have fun here and be social, as it is college after all, but all of my friends in Greek Life all have some amazing career college accomplishments- some are starring on Broadway shows, some working at the top banks in the country, some have started their own successful companies and more. Yeah, you don't have to go Greek here in order to have an enjoyable undergraduate experience here as there really are so many different organizations you can become involved with, but I cannot imagine my time in college without my sorority and fellow Greeks. I cherish all the memories I have made here and an integral part of my college experience is heavily due to Greek Life here.

Minna

Here at NYU, there is literally a club for every possible interest/hobby/culture/religion. Wherever you want to get involved, you can, whether it be through your residence halls, student government, student clubs, sports teams, or Greek Life. I am a very proud member of the Greek community here at NYU- falsely classified as small and insignificant, we are actually THE largest undergraduate student organization on campus and our community does some of the best programming and philanthropic work that this campus sees. The Greek culture here differs from other schools as we don't have a 'typical' campus, but we still maintain many of our Greek traditions such as skit/song/dance (held in our amazing Skirball center for the performing arts), Greek Night, Greek Week, and more. There are certainly some anti- Greeks on this campus, but that comes from being uninformed more than anything else. Chances are, you have class with several Greeks but don't know that they're in a fraternity or sorority because not everyone can wear letters all the time because they are coming from work and internships in between classes. I have a love for the Greek community as a whole after serving as the Inter-Greek Council President this past year, and also for my own sorority of 90+ amazing girls that have helped make me the person I am today. I am a shameless advocate for the Greek community here because I have been a first-hand witness to the amazing development of some leaders in this community and the endless networking opportunities that come out of Greek life here are priceless. Greeks may like to have fun here and be social, as it is college after all, but all of my friends in Greek Life all have some amazing career college accomplishments- some are starring on Broadway shows, some working at the top banks in the country, some have started their own successful companies and more. I cherish all the memories I have made here and an integral part of my college experience is heavily due to Greek Life here.

Varun

There are many popular activities that are popular within the NYU community. For starters, the political activist groups are strong willed and carry many members. There are many music oriented activities that are popular. Most students enjoy the NYC nightlife as any New Yorker would. Most students are friendly within the dorms, depending on which dorm you're in. I had good experiences with my roommates and we were always sharing and leaving our door open for others. It was a very amicable atmosphere. Many students here are in relationships and enjoy the city together. You usually meet people as well as your closest friends in classes and in similar interest groups.

Mollie

Fraternities and Sororities are very popular on campus. There are clubs for just about any interest that are all student run and there are student government opportunities throughout campus. The dating scene is not good at NYU. On weekends you will most likely find yourself at an apartment party or out at a bar. There are tons of things to explore around the city and New York truly becomes your campus. Athletics are not popular here and in fact many people make fun of them.

Jamie

1. Dorms: I've met some of my closest friends through dorming. I think this was the best way to meet people. I mean, what better way to meet people than where you live? It provided a set social scene that was always available to you, since you're already in it. 2. Clubs: Religious, LGBT, sports, food, Greeks... I'm in a Christian fellowship, a co-ed fraternity, and I've been part of other clubs over the years. They provide good communities to make friends with. You've already found one big thing in common, if you're in the same club, after all. 3. Dating: Hm... you'll definitely meet tons of people, but I'd say the dating scene can be a challenge in the city. A social life in the city and at NYU is however YOU make it. Since you're in a school that's in a city, with no real campus, you must be active in order to have a social life. You must be pro-active. Otherwise, the city can be a really lonely place. Otherwise, the opportunities are endless.

Nicole

Because NYU is so big and diverse, I don't think there are the "most popular" groups or clubs on campus. There are a myriad of different clubs and interests that all different types of students join. One of the larger groups on campus is greek life, and while greek life seems to be getting more popular each year, it still remains a very small percentage of the student body at NYU. One of the great htings about NYU students however, is that no matter which club or organization they are part of, NYU students are extremely active. They are the type of students who truly fight for what they believe in, and I love that they are such activists. My roomate and I actually met because we were both part of a club that went around delivering food to and volunteering at various soup kitchens throughout NYC. At NYU, there are so many ways to meet people, and that's true of the dating scene as well. There is so much to do at NYU that you are constantly meeting new people all the time. Whether it's through clubs, classes, or going out into the nightlife of NYC, I can confidently say that I meet at least 4 or 5 new people every single week/weekend, whether they are romantic interests or just new acquaintances. NYU is extremely social, and there are always events going on or things to do. On weekends, students either hang out their friend's dorms or apartments, go out to restaurants in the city, talk a walk through the west village or up by Central Park, or go out to the many clubs and bars in the surrounding area. Last weekend I went to an apartment warming party and out dancing with my friends on Thursday, a concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, an art fundraiser at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Saturday, and then to a sports bar on Sunday to watch football. When basketball season starts, my friends and I always go to Knicks games, and we also take advantage of the art exhibits at the museums throughout the city (my favorite being the impressionist exhibit at the Met). There is literally never a night where you are bored because there is nothing to do. That's what I love about NYU, you have New York City at your disposal!

Sarah

Some people really enjoy intramural sports, some people are involved in Greek life, but a small minority, there is a very active student life center where there are many options for clubs. I was involved in the organization Health Leads where I volunteered at Bellevue Hospital connecting patients to New York public services such as Food Stamps and public housing. Students in dorms sometimes keep their doors open -- some dorms are better known for being more social dorms and some are better known for being a little bit more closed off. For example, Hayden, a freshman dorm, is known for being very social, whereas 3rd North, because it is apartment style where everyone has a kitchen and living room and many poeple share, is a bit more isolated. Athletic events are not very popular on campus. There are many reknowned guest speakers who visit NYU -- I have attended many talks and concerts over the years. I met my closest friends through my dorm. The dating scene can be hard because when you go out at night you are not guaranteed to see any other NYU students. But you have all of New York at your disposal. One year tradition is strawberry fest, where they set up a huge strawberry shortcake on one of the main streets of the campus and have all sorts of activities and food.

Grace

Sports teams are not a thing here. There isn't really a sense of community. It's all over the place.

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Alex

There are plenty of extracurriculars at NYU and getting involved in them is a great way to get involved with the NYU community. Athletics are not really our thing. No one goes to see a basketball game or a soccer match. We hardly even hear about it. We do not have a football team. We just don't care. We do have two great acccessible gyms though with pretty good equipment. NYU students are mostly in shape. I wouldn't say it is a party school. People go out and do their own thing. Who wants to have a dorm party when you can go to one of the greatest clubs in the world? Especially when that club is only a few minutes away from your dorm. When NYU students are in their dorms, they're usually breaking the rules (there is a high rate of marijuana usage) but this is kept in control and dealt with strictly. Residence staffs do not tolerate these situations at all. There are a lot of discount tickets available to sports games, movies, Broadway shows, museums, etc. There is always something to do or something to see. We have our own events of course in our state of the art theaters. There aren't too many frats and sororities but they are very active.

Jordan

While greek life isn't an absolute must on campus, it can certainly enhance the quality of your experience at NYU. I would argue that it's equally as important to join a frat or sorority at NYU then it is at Michigan. Both schools are massive and relay on smaller organizations to provide a more intimate. Many argue that joining greek life at NYU is lame but these are the people who think they're above it and are less likely to feel attached to their school/friends.

Thomas

There are a vast amount of clubs here, but you will have to seek out when they meet and such because NYU honestly does not care enough to do that for you. The dorms freshman year are very social, but after that no one talks to each other. I urge you to make friends prior to coming here, otherwise you will struggle to meet people. I met all of my friends (or most of them) via Facebook before arriving at the university. Many people party in the dorms, but an equal amount (i.e. those who can afford it) go clubbing and out very often. That being said, there is a huge divide between those who are wealthy and those who aren't. You will notice it, and it will most likely upset you. Many students are very pretentious and unsociable, but that's okay. You will meet like-minded people. It might just take awhile.

Jim

While NYU doesn't have a campus or any student pride, there are plenty of groups and clubs to join. I'm involved with the Off-Campus Student Council, which plans events for commuters, cooperate with the administration to help life become easier for the off-campus student and help out new commuters and which routes to take to school. It's probably the only place where I have friends, to be honest. The athletics here are unpopular. The attendance record is so pathetic that NYU gives out free food for anyone who comes to cheer on the team...but even then do we get so few attendees. To be fair, NYU has a great athletics program and are very strong in basketball and soccer. I guess because it's a Division III program that sort of turns off the student body. The parties at NYU are a little more intense than the normal college party. While there is alcohol, don't be surprised to hear of someone doing coke in the hallway. Considering the frat and sorority life is non-existant, you basically hear about parties from a friend. I get a little worried if I'm going to an NYU party, basically because someone is bound to do something so retarded that we get kicked out. If only the party scene was a little less intense would it seem fine, but it's very scary to party out in New York at 2 a.m. You never know who is out there and what will happen.

Catherine

I met my closest friends in the dorm freshman year. While I didn't love the dorm very much, I would have been adrift had I lived off-campus immediately. I became fast friends with my roommates and other people on my floor, some of whom I have remained close with. Clubs aren't big, so meeting friends through other friends is mostly how I went about expanding my social circle. I was in Tisch's film program and in classes like that you tend to bond with the same people you're stuck doing creative projects with. I didn't end up going to parties much after sophomore year, but instead went to bars or concerts. If you want to go out to bars (and you will) you'll need a fake ID or, better yet, a real ID from somebody who looks like you. You can finds places to sell you a booze without an ID but it's really hard to find good places that'll let you in without one. I also opted out of the dorm system after Freshman year where signing guests in and out is a pain and people get busted for throwing parties. I was able to opt out of the stupid parts of college life--beer pong, kings, flip cup, etc. You can find that, but it's also easy to avoid. Pretty much everything is easy to avoid because there are always thousands of other people to meet and befriend. Nobody cares about sports, frats, or clubs for the most part. I've never been to a school play, though I have been to film events, and I've gotten discounted tickets to see Broadway musicals.

Mike

There is no sense of community at NYU. Most students keep to themselves or a small circle of friends.

Monica

The most popular group, I think, is the Korean singing group or whatever it is. They are very loud. I am involved with Circle K - we do community service. Students in dorms do not leave their doors open. Athletic events are not popular at all unless we are playing Columbia. I don't know about guest speakers. And theater is sort of popular. I don't know anything about the dating scene because I have a boyfriend from home. However so many of the guys here are gay that I can't imagine it's too great for the ladies. I met my closest friends through Circle K and dancing. If I'm up at 2am on Tuesday (almost like now) I am probably doing homework or talking to people on facebook. Traditions/events: the health fair and strawberry fest. People don't really party as much as just go to bars and clubs and stuff, and that's a lot. Frats aren't really a big thing here - I think 5% of our population is involved. Last weekend I went rock climbing in Central Park, went dancing with some friends, did homework, wrote emails, went to see my boyfriend in the Bronx, worked at the dance studio where I work, and went out for drinks on Sunday night. There are a lot of things to do without drinking: Circle K events, Broadway shows, museums, movies, homework, clubs, anything. Off campus: I babysit, I work at a dance studio, and I tutor.

Alex

Lots of commuters and no real campus, so not an incredibly active NYU social community, although many thriving sub-communities exist within groups.

Harper

Clubbing, hookah, ice skating, concerts, etc. theres tons of stuff to do.

Devin

partying involves going out to bars or clubs or going to shows. rarely house parties. most freshman drink in the dorms, which kind of sucks.

Elizabeth

NYU Program board is the best thing since the wheel. Joining a club is the easiest way to make new friends and is also fun

kristen

i'm part of the nyu program board, it's great. there are lots of great people and opportunities to plan events. the social life is kind of boring here, i go party with friends from home, which is close.

Dylan

The best club at nyu? Program Board. We put on basically every event on campus. If we're not orchestrating it, we're usually at least co-sponsoring it. A lot of good people and a lot of free food. This year I got to go to SXSW as a representative of Program Board and it was one of the best experiences ever. Definitely a lot of perks to joining and a lot to learn if you're interested in concerts, music, lectures, writers, visual art, performance art, and other fun events.

Max

The club is definitely Program Board. You help organize the most interesting events on campus, and you can get into them for free. The fraternity/sorority scene is understandably small as there are no houses really. People who are in them seem to like them, but it probably takes a certain mindset.

MJ

School-sponsored activities do attract a sizable amount of students, but a good portion of NYU-ers pretty much ignore any school activities in order to take advantage of NYC itself. It's hard to compare a school play with a Broadway show (although with the quality of students that our programs attract, it's not unusual to see an NYU student in a Broadway show, or a major movie, for that matter). Fraternities and sororities do exist here, with plenty of people, but they sort of form their own clique. Most people I know barely go to frat parties or any Greek events. If I'm up at 2am on a Tuesday here, I'm either struggling through a long ass paper or out at one of the million clubs and bars.

Emily

Athletics are the way to go. You meet new people, you get to hang out with older people who know the best bars, the places that dont card and even let you borrow their fake id when you go out, saving you the $150 it would probably cost to buy one yourself. And the Athlete parties are the shit, considering the school basically pays for then with meal money. And you spend 7 days a week at coles or palladium so you are going to work off everything you drink the next day anyways. so yeah the first couple of weeks suck when you consistantly have a hangover at practice, but you get used to it. We may be Division III for most sports but it really is the best combination of athletics and a social life one could ask for.

Anna

Running cross country in the fall was the best choice I've ever made. My best friends are on the team and it kept me in shape after being really active in sports in high school. The girls are awesome and we go out together all the time. Having people who have been around and know where to go is also very convenient; they show you places you definitely wouldn't have stumbled upon with other freshman. They show you the bars with the cheapest drinks, the best grocery stores, and just, in general, teach you how to get around.

Andy

Washington Square News is really popular, and so is the Academic Achievement Program. I did Alternative Spring Break this year and it was a lot of fun. I met some great people and had a really meaningful and enlightening break.

Angela

I don't actually know anyone who participates in greek life, nor where any of the frats or sororities are, so I think unless you're in one, it's not a big part of your life. Athletic events are not popular. They have to give away free T-shirts and food to get people to attend. I met my closest friends my freshman year dorm through a program called Explorations, which involves taking excursions together and in our case, taking a class together (that was required anyway). Partying is up to you; you can do it as often or as scarcely as you desire.

Olivia

the most popular organizations are usually performance oriented. No one really goes to athletic events. Theater is popular. There really is no dating scene, just hooking up, especially if you're a straight girl..you're pretty much out of luck. The gay boys dominate. People party a lot, but not in the traditional college dorm party way. There's tons to do off campus, with and without drinking--shows, concerts, etc.

Sarah

I leave my door unlocked most of the day but I deadbolt it at night. Athletic events are not popular at all. Theater is really popular-- esp. among the Tisch students. I met my closest friends in my acting studio and in my residence hall. If I'm awake at 2am on a Tues. I am definitely doing homework. A good amount of students party/drink 1-3 days out of the week. Fraternaties and sororities are not that important in the NYU community. You can do a MILLION things in the city that don't involve drinking...jazz clubs, restaurants, movies, theaters. It's not hard to not drink but it's REALLY hard to do anything without spending money.

Parker

NYU isn't known for its athletics, but both men's and women's basketball games are relatively popular on a Friday night here and there, before people go out to a club, bar, or anywhere else. Of course being in New York City there is always something to do, whether it is going to comedy clubs, dance clubs, jazz clubs, plays, bars, restaurants, museums, sporting events, movies, and just about anything and everything to fit someone's personality. NYU students receive discounts to a variety of shows and events throughout the city, and if you're really short on money there's always chilling in people's common rooms. There is a small Greek scene, but what they're mainly good for is bar parties, which you can go to even if you're not a member of a fraternity or sorority. Fraternities are also where one might find the straight boys who seem to be missing.

Andy

I'm involved with Speech and Debate, and even though it is one of the smaller groups on campus, we always do really well at tournaments. Students do leave their doors open, but we still knock before we come in, just to be polite. Theater is most popular because broadway is so close, and people have friends that are in shows. Athletic events get good support, too. We always have great guest speakers and many students enjoy seeing them as well. As for the dating scene--some girls feel as if they get slim pickings, just because all of the "good" single guys are either taken or gay. But eventually, people find someone, because we not only have 40,000 students but we do stuff with other schools so its easy to meet people if you take the time to be friendly. I meet my friends in a variety of ways: sometimes through my other friends, sometimes in classes or at events. It all depends. My roommates and I are all pretty close and we do stuff together. For some people, every day is a party with the occasional break to go to class for midterms. For others, every day is a neverending class with the occasional break for food and showering. Most of us like to balance work and play. When big tests come up, we are confined to our rooms and studying hard, but we like to reward ourselves for a job well done. Last weekend, I went to a dance competition featuring one of the guys on my floor. Then, I came back and watched Gone Baby Gone. Weekend before that I went to Yaffa Cafe on St. Marks and 1st Ave, and the next day I went to a Speech and Debate tournament on Long Island. Saturday nights offer a lot of non-alcoholic options. There's theater, movies, and dancing if you have money, and ice skating, uptown window browsing and the Tea Spot for bubble tea and relaxing music if you have only a little bit of money. If you are completely broke, there is always someone with a nice TV, DVD's, and food. My friends and I like to go to Times Square when our other friends come into town, and listen to music at the Virgin Mobile store. Or we take the Staten Island Ferry, which is free, and chill around the South Street Seaport. Off campus is the best for getting non-dining hall food, and it isn't always expensive. Of course, technically, we don't really have a campus, so even the pizza place on Macdougal is considered off campus.

Samantha

Again, I didn't really do a lot of NYUish stuff. The greek life likes to think that they're popular, but they suck big huevos. The PIKE frat is pretty lame - most are in stern and think they are pretty. Same with AphiZ. The twits. The STDS just run rampant between those two. Athletics, don't even get me started. NYU's mascot is based on the Bobst LIBRARY system, and before that, it was a flower. A big purple flower. There isn't even a football team, how unamerican are we. I think the fencing team is good. I have a friend on the fencing team. Cracks me up every time I picture him in a fencing outfit with a skinny little sword. That's about all I can say on that. I met some of my closest friends through living with them or through other friends. A lot of my best friends attend(ed) New School, mostly writers/music people. Don't ask me what I was doing in Stern. Haha I have to say, those semi-formals were always amusing. the violet ball and the stern semi-formal brings flashbacks of high school proms. Hmm...people party extremely often. too many different kinds of places to party. the beginning of freshman year, it was a lot of macdougal street. then came lotus, cain, the meatpacking district and 29th st. east village/les has taken over. you can do lots of things on a saturday night that doesn't involve drinking, but i'd probably have a glass of scotch anyway.

Dylan

There is a club for everything at NYU. I did community-service based work, but I also met people by going to the gym, through my freshman year residence hall experience, and in class. My sister was part of the swim team, and she is very involved in the athletics area of NYU's social life. While most NYU students are not in attendance at sporting events, the athletes tend to go these matches to support one another. NYU also has festivals throughout the year that promote a great deal of mingling, socializing, networking, etc.

Jane

I am really involved with community service organizations on campus, especially Circle K. I am also an Admissions Ambassador, and a member of the NAACP. NYU kids will pretty much only go to athletic events when there is free food or shirts. No one leaves their doors open. No one. Last weekend: I hosted a danceathon for my club to raise money for UNICEF at a local dance studio on Friday night (we made $200!). On Saturday I got a late breakfast and then went to a hip-hop class. Then I went up to Manhattan College in the Bronx to see my boyfriend. Then I babysat for a few hours. On Sunday, I spent my entire day in the library doing homework. Then I went back to my room and cleaned it a lot haha. Pretty thrilling.

Victor

Most popular clubs are probably career-focused. I belonged to the Ski/Snowboard club, which runs some pretty cool subsidized trips. The Washington Square News runs a pretty tight ship and the staff is pretty friendly and fun to work with. As far as athletics...i think we are awesome at fencing? Frat life is lame at NYU. As are the majority of people in them. They are organized groups that you can roll with wherever you want to give you a false sense of family. Who needs 25 more brothers or sisters? Their called friends, people. Get them on your own. The dating scene....ah. Evolves drastically from freshman to senior year. What starts as sneaking into each others dorms to drink cheap wine and forties eventually empties your already shallow pockets as you scrounge for quarters between the couch cushions to bankroll a $30 bar tab. But man, the ratio is TOTALLY in our (guys) favor. I'd put it at 55%/45? girls to guys, with 30% of guys being gay, automatically shifting the scales to 65%/35%. 2 to 1? I'll take it. Saturday nights without drinking? We're in New York City. Endless opportunities to keep busy. Depending on the weather, the park scene is rockin from the east to the west side. Museums, from the MoMa to the Whitney to Madame Tussaud's, are always a good call. Plus, NYU's discount helps quite a bit. There are poetry clubs and comedy shows, sports games and street performances...like i said, endless possibilities...but some don't come cheap.

Alex

The most popular clubs and organizations at NYU were ones related to rights and volunteering, such as Red Cross or LGBT. I was involved in a volunteer group, NYU's Presidents C-Team. Students involved would volunteer at schools, medical centers, or parks. A lot of people would be in clubs that were related to their major, such as being in a future doctors organization or a business fraternity. Out of all the sports teams at NYU, the basketball team had the biggest turn out at the games. I been to several basketball, volleyball, and one lacrosse game. barely anyone showed up at the lacrosse and volleyball game. The stands would be filled at basketball games, especially during the "Tear it Up" home games. However, it still was not a big percentage of NYU students in attendance. I lived in Weinstein freshman year and everyone on my floor became very close. We left our doors unlocked and we would just hang out in the hallways. It was great especially for freshman year. However, I have some friends that were in other dorms and it was not as social. I met my closest friends through friends and in class. In the middle of the night on a Tuesday, I would probably be out somewhere getting late night snack or starting a paper that was due in the morning. Fraternities and sororities don't lay a huge role in the college life at NYU. There is just so much other things to do. There are a lot of parties going on at NYU but with the city available to us, it was really easy to find something to do on the weekends. Most people like going to bars around campus (west village) or clubs (midtown.) Williamsburg is also a popular destination with upper classmen. I'd say that the NYU social scene revolves around drinking. If I wasn't drinking on a Saturday, then I was probably watching a movie with friends in the dorms or going to the theater. The Violet ball is held every year, so is Senior formal and the school formals. But other than that there aren't a lot of school planned events. Students are very much on their own. The dating scene is non-existent. Some people find a relationship, but a lot of undergraduates at NYU were just looking to have some fun.

Madeleine

You can do anything. Even if it is not something affiliated with the school, there is always the city to fall back on. I've taken ballet classes, photography classes, sat on student council, played intramural sports, worked three different work-study positions and volunteered for the NYC branch of the ASPCA. For fun I go out to bars, restaurants and night clubs with my friends or go to see movies, the ballet, Broadway musicals, stand-up, sporting events, concerts, and more. The possibilities are endless. NYU is very generous with the budgets for student run organizations. It also has the best Global Education and Study Abroad program in the world, with over 8 satellite campuses around the globe and more in the works.

Tate

Summary of sports at NYU... Put it this way, no one knows the fight songs because we don't share a common cause to fight for. We can't even make up our minds about what our mascot is - a bobcat or a fighting violet (although the right choice is obvious).

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