If you're going to NYU for a specialized program that is highly ranked on the national level, then I think it is worth attending this school. However, if you're studying something pretty general in the humanities or sciences that you can major in anywhere, then I have to question why you would be going to this school. Is it worth $70K per year just to get a regular old history degree? I doubt it.
Very little can beat the location of New York City, especially being in the East Village. It's an amazing experience and you meet a huge number of interesting people. There are a lot of great clubs and resources available to students. That being said, I go to Tisch for a program that is one of the top 5 in the world, which is the only way I can justify the $71,000/year that I am going into debt. If you aren't going into the school for something that the school is specifically good at, like one of the Tisch or Stern programs, I would suggest saving yourself a couple hundred thousand dollars and going elsewhere.
New York University is an amazing school that offers a great quality of education.
I like dis school, parties all day an drinking for da nite. heyyyy das how it go doe. let me just say I love skippin class an secrurity layed back doe it's good an im here for da ride
The opportunities at NYU are endless. So many resources. Great internship opportunities, awesome professors, and you're surrounded by dedicated and motivated students. One thing I'd change is the cost. Tuition is way to high. Regarding size, I don't that NYU is a large private university. You're in the city so you don't really think about it all too much. When I tell people I go to NYU, specifically Tisch, they are always impressed and typically say, "Damnnn that's awesome." I spend most of my time either at Tisch where I'm either working on a film project or editing in one of the suites. I also like hanging out by the park when it's nice out. NYU is not in a college town. You're in the middle of the city, technically SoHo. There are plenty of dining halls though and other campus eateries, as well as a couple of college bars. The biggest controversy on campus is the 2031 plan. I'm against it because I love that I go to college in the city. John Sexton, the NYU Pres, is trying to make it more of a campus. Lame. Not a ton of school pride, sports are not a big deal, but the basketball games are fun to go to.
The best thing about NYU is the opportunities that the city has to offer. You will never be bored with the whole city at your fingertips, and the job and internship opportunities are unbelievable. The biggest issue for most students is the social life. NYU is huge and without a traditional campus or any sense of school pride or unity, it's hard for many people to make friends. You won't find many college "keggers" on weekends and our Greek life is almost nonexistent. And NO ONE cares about our athletic teams. On the bright side, NYU has a great tradition of academics and there's no shortage of things to do in the city.
NYU is a school that fits many different types of students. NYU is the right school for anyone who is independent and goal oriented. There are tons of oppuntunities waiting to be had and going to NYU helps you realize that. The only time I would say NYU is not the "right" school for someone is if they are looking for campus life. There is campus life at NYU but no where near that of other schools. At other schools you may feel a need to join a frat or a sorority but at NYU it is almost not necessary as there are so many people to meet and befriend. NYU was the perfect school for me. The classes were large while some were small, teaching you how to handle different situations. There were some teachers I knew on a first name bases and others that never learned my name. Overall, New York University is an organized academia that I am proud to have known well.
NYU is a really great school if you want to be exposed to some outrageously smart professors, grad students, and peers. It is also an amazing hub of cultural resources in the city. NYU community is very savvy and sensitive to the zeitgeist, so it's a great place for someone who wants to stay on the cutting edge. It's very progressive and forward thinking, and provides an environment that encourages you to push boundaries. If these sound like things you want to do, then you'll love NYU. If, on the other hand, you prefer the path more frequently taken, then you might be more comfortable elsewhere.
NYU is definitely too big, at least for my taste. If you want a place where your advisor knows what your extracurricular activities are by heart and your professors invite you out for coffee DO NOT COME TO NYU. However, in spite of the lack of community and hustle and bustle, NYU does give you a "real life education." You learn to look out for yourself and be responsible for yourself. NYU isn't a stepping stone to the real world, like other colleges are, it IS the real world.
The best thing about NYU is the location, the dorms, and the dining halls. The dorms are insane. You're going to be paying more for housing than your friends that go to college in, say, Pennsylvania (obviously) but you're going to get some of the best apartment spaces in Manhattan for way less than they're real estate value. The dining halls have great food and there's literally like at least 10 of them so you're always bound to find something you like.
I spend most of my time in academic buildings and in my dorm. The library is drab, plus it's unlikely that you're going to be studying in big groups anyway just because classes are huge so there's not many classmate-friends to be made unless you are very outgoing.
There is not much school pride, there is hardly any athletic scene, the greek scene is a joke to anyone that isn't in it. That aside, it's a good school academically and telling people I go here always impresses them.
NYU takes some getting used to, especially if you're not used to a huge city. There isn't really school pride as sports aren't a very big thing; NYU doesn't even have a football team. There are many great things about it though. For one, there is always something to do in the city. It is impossible to get bored, unless you're not trying. For some, it is too big. The sense of community isn't as strong as is it at schools that have a campus, but this is an easy problem to resolve. You just have to join clubs or sports leagues. There are many ways to meet new people.
NYU also has an amazing study abroad program. They are relatively small so students can get the small college feel abroad and the benefits of a large city on the main campus in NYC. I am currently a sophomore and am studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Originally I was only going to be abroad for a semester, but I decided to extend it to a year because I loved it so much. It has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. Next Fall I am going to do an exchange program with a school in Paris, France and be there for a semester also. See, NYU has a lot of study abroad opportunities. I also plan on double-majoring and minoring and graduating in four years. This is all made possible by NYU's study abroad program.
NYU is a large school of over 20,000 undergraduate students, but comprised of smaller close-knit communities within campus. I have absolutely loved my experience here at New York University. Frankly, it is inarguably not for everyone; only the go-getter/independent type of student survives here and if they do survive and stick with it, there is a tenfold opportunity to thrive and flourish here in contrast to other schools. NYU is the type of school that does not spoon-feed you, but if you take the initiative to get involved, there is an abundance of opportunities waiting to be taken. Having an open campus poses both advantages and disadvantages- you are truly "in and of the city" here, and it is a unique undergraduate experience.
NYU is a lot of what I expected, in terms of education. I love the education at NYU and feel that it's top notch. The departments and professors are well qualified and teach really well (with a few exceptions). However, the social nature of NYU is okay but not amazing. People here live fast paced lives and consider themselves as very mature. Because of this, many do not act like your typical college students. Also, because of a lack of a real campus, the college feel is slightly missing. However, those who can handle fast paced lives and would love to live in NYC, should definitely give NYU a chance.
NYU is a lot of what I expected, in terms of education. I love the education at NYU and feel that it's top notch. The departments and professors are well qualified and teach really well (with a few exceptions). However, the social nature of NYU is not as amazing as I expected it to be. People here live fast paced lives and consider themselves as more mature than they actually are. On top of that, they feel that because they go to school in New York, they have to act like New Yorkers. Because of this, many people act snobby and reject those who they feel do not live up to the "New York nature."
NYU is a school that offers many opportunities to its students however it is not an easy school to navigate. It is quite large and impersonal and you truly have to advocate for yourself. If you are not vocal about what you want then you will not get it. Once you find your niche you will be happy here. Despite the fact that it is in a city, there are a lot of campus-like aspects to this school. It is a very expensive place to live and go to school.
Basically, I'm glad I'm here.
Some of the greatest things here are that it's within and throughout the city, there are SO many opportunities here because of it (job-wise, activity-wise, socially...), you'll meet tons of different people from all over the world, it never gets boring, and you'll always be impressed by your classmates.
I like the size. It's big enough to always be meeting new people, but the classes are small enough to get to know them.
People are really interested to hear stories, when they find out where I go to school. I think that it's publicized enough, that they want to know what it's really like.
I spend a lot of time in the Kimmel building, it's a more casual place to just relax and study. Take breaks between classes. Otherwise, I'm constantly in the Silver building for most of my classes.
Since we're based in the city, we don't really have an official "campus," but I think some consider Washington Square Park to be our campus. But really, Greenwich or all of Manhattan is our campus.
Administration is very helpful as far as jobs go. They want you to succeed. But man, is it complicated. There are many resources, you just have to figure out where to go.
I don't think that there are many controversies? It's pretty much what other schools have. Kids get stressed out with the big and constant competition. Most people were the best at something in high school, so coming here... everyone else was too. It definitely humbles you. But that's the biggest "issue" I see. Kids falling under stress.
I'd say there's a lot of school pride. People want to be here.
Everything here is unusual. Haha. There is no norm.
NYU is not your typical college. There is no quad--just the park. That is not one cafeteria or lounge where everyone hangs out--NYU has several. And there are not that many traditional college parties with keggers--you'll have to find the frats or go to some of the larger, loft-style apartments in Brooklyn to find that. NYU is a huge university. After almost four years here, there are still hundreds of people I have never meet or never seen. For the most part, you'll get to know the people in your dorm, in your department or in your clubs and extracurriculars. Some people struggle with this freshman year. They expect more of a traditional college experience. I'm telling you now. You will NOT get that at NYU. Going to NYU is like moving to New York City, where you happen to take a few classes. If you're a city person, you'll flourish. If you prefer big green spaces and a closed campus, you'll wish you had gone to state school.
That being said, NYU does its best to try to give students as close to a traditional experience as it can. Freshman year, everyone lives in dorms which are located as close to campus (Washington Square Park) as possible. Resident Assistants on each floor try to create a community with activities and floor outings. Dining halls around campus give students a quad-like, cafeteria experience. Frats and sororities--yes, there are a few at NYU--recruit new students for what is the probably the most typical college experience.
So to sum up, going to NYU is not a typical college experience. But if you want it, you can probably find it somewhere within this huge university.
The best thing about NYU, in my opinion, is the fact that you have Manhattan as your playground. No other college, even those in NYC, can say that they are located right in the heart of the city, where there are so many great restaurants, clubs, bars, and a million things to do. I can truly say I never get bored in Manhattan. Just the other week, I went to a bar where and ended up hanging out with a few Yankee players who were there. This city really does always have a way of surprising you. Perhaps the only thing I could say about NYU that I wish were different is that there is absolutely no campus, and that is something I was not prepared for. While NYU is centered around Washington Square Park, you don't necessarily get that feeling of a small college community, like you would at Columbia, for example. However, there are trade-offs. The other schools in Manhattan that do have more of a "college campus" are also located very far uptown, where the city is quiet and there is nothing to do. So if I had my choice, I would choose NYU all over again. Not to mention that when I tell people I go to NYU, the reaction I get is one of being impressed, and I know immediately that i have attained more respect from the person with who i am conversing, due to NYU's academic reputation. While I believe that students should be going to college to "get away", become independent, and grow into the adult that they will become, I also believe that there is more to choosing a college than the "typical" fratty lifestyle. I love that manhattan is my "campus" which is full of bars, clubs, and restaurants Because of this, I rarely go to the same place more than once or twice, as there is always a new restaurant opening, or a new club to be explored. But more importantly, living in Manhattan can open up a lot of doors because of the connections that you can make in this city (due to internships, professor recommendations, general networking). If I take anything away from NYU, it's that I believe that I can honestly say I have made good connections that I know will help me long after graduation.
Overall I love NYU. Yes, I have big complaints about the bureaucracy, the tuition, the lack of community, but overall this school will give you all kinds of opportunities. They have a GREAT study abroad program, I don't know anyone who doesn't have an abroad experience (I myself spent a year in Florence) or isn't planning to go. And, really, this school just puts you right down in the middle of the city and said "GO!" It's not tame or easy or comforting but you're right where the action is. And it's really fun.
NYU was an incredible experience for me, but did not lack its' struggles. I think that NYU is a more difficult school to adjust to than many others because you are not in a campus but rather just plopped into the middle of New York City. That fact requires some combination of bravery, insanity, self-direction, and focus to succeed at NYU. You have to take responsibility for your own education and your post-graduate career, because although there are terrific resources available, one must take the initiative to seek them out. If you want to be led by the hand through the ins and outs of college life, NYU is not for you. Needless to say, NYU WAS for me. I needed to be pushed out of my comfort zone in the way that my time at NYU did, and feel like I can tackle anything and everything now because of the challenges I've met over the years. I encountered incredibly inspiring professors who took time out to speak with me and further my understanding of coursework. I found a perfect niche where I felt supported and motivated, but again, i had to seek it out myself. Some people say that NYU has no school pride because there is no campus--but I will always share a secret journey with everyone else who went to NYU. We all took a chance when we were 17 and 4 years later, are stronger because of it.
Some cons: the administration is tricky to navigate, lots of red tape.
I love this school
NYU is POWERFUL. And when I say powerful, I mean it. NYU is the largest private real estate holder in NYC. They just buy property all the time. I find that this gives students a feeling of power as well. When people hear I go to NYU, the usual reaction is "WOOOW YOU GO TO NYU?" We're not arrogant, but we know we're in a great school, in the greatest city in the world. I am a New Yorker and I can honestly say that everyday I fall more and more in love with my city. There is never a dull moment in this capital of the world. I can not even imagine what it is like for out of state students to experience the grandiosity and splendor of NYC. This is not a college town. The city is your campus (seriously, we own most of it). I notice that a lot of freshman find it difficult to adapt at first. There is no sense of community as a whole, but each school has its pride. And there are plenty of extracurricular activities that get students involved. But still, in a school and a city so big, it is easy to feel alone. People get through it for the most part. And when they do, they start to enjoy all NYU and NYC has to offer. Many of the classes are small. The science classes are huge though. About 400-800 students per section. This is all made up for with small recitations for almost every class, and office hours from professors. Dining halls are great. Residence halls are for the most part excellent. Probably the only thing I would change is the cost of tuition and the availability of financial aid. Like I said, NYU has power. And this power makes them money hungry. Tuition goes up 2% a year. I'm going to love paying off my student loans. But has it been worth it for me? 100%.
NYU does have a campus more than meets the eye. If you make a community for yourself, you will feel connected to the school in a very real way. By joining extra curricular clubs or other tight knit organizations, students make the school feel a whole lot smaller.
If you're reading this and considering coming here, I assume that you already know what it's like, but in case you don't, I shall summarize things. NYU is quite large. Lots of students, and no, there isn't a designated campus, though many consider Washington Square Park (which is located in the center) to be the unofficial "quad", and I don't think that this is inaccurate. It's very expensive to come here, though many can afford it (I am not one of those people) so it is generally brushed aside by most of the student body. The administration and bureaucracy is admittedly awful, but if you can navigate it you're good to go. School pride/community is a joke, though most people come here knowing this/come here to avoid that stereotypical "college lifestyle".
The best thing about NYU is the connections you make-no contest. Most of my professors in the music department are composing works and conducting major ensembles. My choir conductor teaches at Juilliard. Believe me, when you come here, you are most certainly going to get people who are the best in the business. However, the one thing I would change about this is that I wish the professors were more personable and less adamant about their graduate work. Hell, half of my professors don't seem to care, mainly because there are nearly 40 people in one class. I would say that, yeah, this school is way too big. NYU always complains about how they are "the best of the best" and that they should be higher in the ranking. Well maybe because you accept anyone with a 3.6 GPA and a composite 2000 SAT score. Seriously, I ask myself why certain people are allowed to come here.
When I tell people that I go to NYU, I usually get a look of awe or someone asking me if I've met anyone famous. However, it depends on who you tell. If you tell someone in New York, you'll get a shrug at best. If you want to go to best school in New York, go to Columbia. That is what will get you the attention you want. Yet people from back home tend to think I'm a genius of some sort because I got in. I don't necessarily think that way at all. NYU may be a tough school to get into for some, but if you are a consistent student in high school with some extracurriculars, you'll have no problem getting in.
Since I am a commuter student, I tend to spend more time at the Kimmel Center For Student Life or Bobst Library. Kimmel pretty much has it all in one building-practice rooms, lounges, computers, a dining hall. It has served me well as my base of operations. Meanwhile, Bobst is probably the most expansive library I've ever been in. Granted, I've toured some colleges and I've seen some pretty big libraries, but NYU is definitely ranking up there in terms of sheer volume. There are lounges downstairs, along with some conference rooms. There is also the Avery Fisher Center For Music And Media, which is a great place is you want to catch a film or listen to some new, avant-garde music.
When it comes to college towns and NYU, people usually say "well, that's what I came here for". But really researched the city and really get a feel for it. I thought I liked New York when I would come visit some friends or go see a Broadway show. But there's a difference between visiting and living in New York. Within six months, you will grow bored of the city. That's just a plain fact. It doesn't matter how many museum exhibits you go to or how many baseball games you attend, New York may seem expansive, but you'll soon see how much you wish there was more to do once you've lived there for a while. And it is expensive as well. All the clubs, the restaurants, everything you've wanted to do in the city will not come cheap. Granted, there are special "city dives", such as Pizza Mercato where two slices of pizza is $3.00, but when you add up all the money spent for tuition, books and room and board, you ask yourself if it's ethical to ask your parents for more money just so you can hang out.
The NYU administration is horrible. Probably next to Rutgers for worst college administration. I've had classes dropped for no reason. To get a practice room, I need to fill out a form and wait a day before it becomes open. If you're having problems in terms of adjusting, they'll tell you to go read a book. This school does not care about its students. It only cares about the money and making itself even grander and bigger. But it doesn't matter how much money the school pours into itself: until they learn to treat their students like individuals that matter, they will never see above number 30 on the US News and Report rankings list.
Probably the biggest controversy on campus is the Take Back NYU group and the acts they pull off so they can get everyone against NYU. You see, the students, being curious as always, would like to know what their money is going towards, such as salaries, projects, etc. But NYU, being a private university, refuses to show a budget and what it is going towards. While colleges like Northwestern and Brown happily show their budgets on their website. But that gives no reason for kids to take over a dining hall for four hours and heap a bunch of bad publicity on the school. Seriously, you ask yourself who is dumber at this school-the administration or the students.
There is absolutely no school pride. In fact, it is not out of the ordinary to hear your friends talk about transfering. Hell, I may be transfering next semester. The fact is, kids like knowing that they are at NYU their senior year. But as soon as they show up to cash in on what their parents are paying, they become ornery and "past" the fact that they are at NYU. I would not be transfering if NYU had more school pride. Considering they refuse to endorse the athletics or anything great done by the undergraduate body, it seems you will not be cheering for anything about NYU any time soon.
The most unusual thing about NYU is that despite being located in the middle of Greenwich Village, it is not New York. NYU and NYC are two completely separate entities. Sure, you may feel like you're in the city, but the truth is-NYU is totally different from actually living in New York. You'll understand once you visit the campus...it'll hit you that you're no longer in Midtown anymore.
I enjoyed my time at NYU but honestly it was that the school provided a forum for me to live in New York City. NYU itself was an afterthought. That being said, I can't imagine being very happy anywhere else. The great thing about this city is that you realize once you get here that you're not under a microscope anymore. Nobody really cares what your grades are (unless you connect with a professor, which does happen...occasionally), nobody minds if you eat alone, nobody cares if you walk up and down Broadway in PJ pants and slippers. For me, having that was really freeing. For other people though, it is lonely, scary, and sad. I think the kids who killed themselves were responding to that.
In a very cosmopolitan campus
students are used to fast-pace life
There is no school spirit at NYU. There is no sense of community. It is incredibly easy to become detached from NYU, since no effort is made to integrate students into the City. Overall, it's a depressing place with no campus where students can only feel alone despite the thousands of people surrounding them.
If it wasn't split into different schools, NYU would be too big. However, since everyone is in a smaller school within NYU, I think it's just right. People impressed when I tell them I go to NYU. I spend most of my time in classrooms or the library. It is not a college town. NYU's administration seems to be ok, our president is awesome. Biggest recent controversy: the only one I can think of was last year when the college Republicans played some game that wanted to point out the illegal immigrants and then there was a protest. I don't feel like there is a lot of school pride. NYU is unusual because we don't have a campus per se, which is weird to many people. I'll always remember when I went to see the premier of Reign Over Me and all of the stars were there (Adam Sandler, Don CHeadle, Liv Tyler, Jada and Will Smith, etc.) at the Skirball Center (FOR FREE) at NYU. THe most frequent student complaints are that there isn't enough financial aid and that there isn't much community here.
LOVE living in NYC as opposed to a traditional campus -24/7 energy
NYU is perfect if you love excitement, new things, and the city. You meet new people everyday. There are tons of good food places and music scenes. We're not that into sports, hence no football team.
living in new york city rules
Great location, best "campus" ever, Administration is bloated a difficult to navigate
nyu would be better if there was more of a community and more green spaces (which is kind of a trade-off since it is in new york city).
nyu is a love-hate relationship. you're in the heart of the city, you get to explore great areas and have a college experience unlike (and in my opinion, much better) than any other school. you'll hear a lot of students here moaning about how much they hate nyu, but the truth is they wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. most of my classes have been great. there are always some dud teachers that kill the subject for you, but i've been legitimately interested in everything i've taken. the worst part of nyu, by far, is the red tape and the administration. there are a lot of logistical things that are a pain in the ass for students trying to register for classes, pay bills (oh those expensive bills), etc. nyu does a lot to "reach out" to it's students, but it feels like they don't really care. STAY AWAY FROM NYU COUNSELING. they aren't there to help you or do what's best for you, they are there to screen according to a green book of "depression warning signs" (yes, this actually exists and is given to every university employee) and keep you from making nyu look bad (throwing you in a hospital so that you don't kill yourself on nyu property)
NYU is great because the campus is so integrated into Manhattan. It's as if you're going to school in New York, not specifically a university. If I could change one thing though, it would certainly be to make the school cheaper, I'm going broke paying for college. It's exciting that next year a brand new dorm will be open on 23rd and 3rd and I had the good fortune to get a room on one of the higher floors. I'm pretty excited for the view. And a kitchen. Very excited for the kitchen.
NYU is a huge school right in Manhattan, so people who are looking for a big school spirit-y sports school won't be too happy. But on the other hand, there are tons of schools like that and no other school quite like NYU. The opportunities here - social, academic, professional - are completely unlike any other school I've seen.
The best thing is the amount of money it has so that most things here are really high quality, there are a ton of resources available, and we can hire good quality professors that have been out actually doing the things they're teaching us. If I could change something, I would close the 26th Street dorm. People in my hometown get really impressed when I say I go to NYU. They're usually taken aback.
NYU is definitely too large to cultivate any sort of school spirit or unity. The way I often describe it to people is that half my graduating class could die in a fiery subway wreck, and the only thing I'd notice is that the line for the elevators is shorter.
However, being in New York offers you a lot of opportunities that you wouldn't get in a less urban area, or even in another city. So if you're the type to take advantage of that, it's still worth it, but if you'd rather have a more traditional college experience that includes knowing most of the people in your classes and having school traditions and graduating with a sense of having participated in some common experience, then NYU is not the right choice.
The best thing about NYU are the amazing apartment style housing options that are offered next year. I would absolutely make the school smaller. I'd also do an experiment where I pick up this university and plop it down in the middle of Idaho, and see who applies. People are usually pretty impressed when I tell them i go to NYU, they something like, "oh wow enjoying the big city?" I spend most of my time in my dorm, my friends dorms, or at the dining hall or at the gym. NO COLLEGE TOWN. Everyone is pretending to be 4 years older than they are. We are 18, not 24, stop going clubbing and to stupid bars. NYU's administration likes money. They rip you off. always. There is very little school pride.
The best things about NYU are its location and its resources. I would change the layout of the school and perhaps consolidate it a little more so it had a more community feel, it's alienating sometimes. It feels too large because it is so spread out, but I don't the the actual number of students is the problem. I spend most of my time around Washington Square and St. Marks Place. It's definitely not a college town in the classic sense, but there are plenty of things for college age kids to do. The university administration often seems like it takes pleasure in making things as bureaucratically complicated as possible, but I have been impressed by Gallatin (my school's) administration. There isn't really school pride, just New York City pride. There are a million unusual things about NYU, particularly, we don't really have a campus, or many of the other identifiably "college" things. I'll always remember watching Obama speak in Washington Square Park. I think the most frequent complaints are: hard to meet people, no campus, alienating.
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