New York University Top Questions

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Jordan

The lack of a unified campus. Buildings are sprawled throughout the city.

Regina

In all honesty, NYU offers so much to their students (in addition to the city itself) that it makes it almost impossible to have any frustration. Of course there are the typical frustrations and stresses that come with being a college student such as finals and midterms. However, if anything, the biggest frustration would be the fact that because NYU is such a large network locally and globally, you may find yourself competing with your colleagues fairly often for things such as a chance to study abroad of even to receive an A in a "Stern-curved" class.

Kathleen

The school is enveloped by the city, making it tough to find community here. Expect to feel out of place but realize that it is a great place to be lost in.

Ruchita

The most frustrating thing about it is trying to figure out who to talk to about a certain problem. A lot of the time, I make appointments to talk to someone, only to be referred to another department who refers to me to the department I started with. There is some miscommunication as to who is in charge of what.

Byron

The school is extremely liberal. It is also too expensive, and there is not enough financial aid.

Nataliya

lack of community

Nicola

The most frustrating thing is definitely competing with other students for the courses you want to enroll in during registration time, register early! It is important especially if you want to take certain electives or are interested in a specific professor's course. Have back-up classes to choose from for the same time slots so that you can manage your schedule and your time and still have the classes you would like to take. Being waitlisted doesn't always guarantee you a seat so you need to have other courses as your "safety" courses just in case. Good luck.

Vincent

Dealing with all the beauracracy.

Betsy

The price. It's hard to say that it's an investment right now, but it is. Though it is scary to think about how much everything costs, even day-to-day, I know that I am grateful for this experience, and wouldn't have been happier anywhere else.

Gina

New York University doesn't have a "campus" in the standard definition of a college campus. Dorms are often a good distance away from where classes are held, and often times classes are spread through-out the city making it difficult to get from place to place on time.

Jessica

Since the campus size is so large, in order to make friends and feel a part of the community each student has to make a lot of the effort on their own.

Emily

There seems to be a lack of scholarship funding and extremely high tuition.

Tina

The stress of living in a major city can often leave students very drained. The financial demands of the university are also a major source of stress.

Tristan

The mmost frustrating thing about my school is that even with it being a high level institution the music creidts are only 1- 2 credits which forces you to have to take about 11 classes to stay in good academic standing with the university

Caroline

My school is very isolated. I often feel isolated and stranded from opportunites. I find myself with a great deal of free time inwhich I could be working or completeing an internship, however these opportunities are not very available.

Hee

Because New York University does not have a campus, it is very hard for students to be connected to the school and to each other. For other universities, the campus brings students together because their community is the university campus now and the campus activities are ways for students to meet each other and make new friends. However, since NYU does not have a campus, students have a harder time meeting new people and making new friends. NYU is already big so not having a campus is definitely a disadvantage.

Kate

I have not found anything frustrating so far this year.

Melissa

A frustrating thing about New York University is the cost to attend. I understand that I am receiving one of the best educations through this renowned school, however I find the pricing to be an extreme drawback. I wish that college educations were available for anyone who was qualified, however the price tag for education continues to rise. It does not seem right, that those that are not wealthy, however qualified they might be, can not attend this college. It is frustrating to know that people who are qualified are being shut out merely because of a dollar amount.

Jessica

This will be my first semester attending NYU so, so far nothing has really been that frustrating yet, except for the fact that I didnt get in to one of the classes that I originally wanted. Besides that so far, the only other frustrating thing is the hours of operation for certain places on campus. I work fulltime and am going to school in the evenings so needing to get things done during the day is impossible unless I take off from work.

Mitali

The most frustrating aspect is the inability to receive adequate financial aid. However,there are many ways to get around this like work study and scholarships.

Austin

For me, the most frustrating part of NYU is the cost. With one of the highest tuitions in the nation and one of the most expensive locations in the world, funds can be difficult to come by.

Phillip

While having a dorm that is seamlessly immersed in to New York City is amazing, the distance of the dorms from classes can be daunting at times particularly during the winter. During the warmer months the walk is fine but when it's cold outside it can be extrememly miserable having to walk from 3rd Avenue and 11th Street to Broadway and Waverly Place. Not only can the weather be a hassel but if you wake up late you have to run, run really fast to make it to your classes on time.

Thomas

The administration, the size of the school and the horrible amounts of debt.

Richmond

Although New York University has a large endowment, the size of the school has made it difficult to offer larger financial aid packages to students. NYU cannot meet the financial needs of all of its students. In addition, living in New York City is expensive, adding to the $50,000-plus expenses to attend the University.

Amanda

The financial aid offered is very limited and refuses to take many factors into account. Most of it is "need-based" but "need" is determined based upon the salary of both parents when the student begins at the school. Many students with extenuating circumstances, such as divorce, family illness, unexpected job loss, etc., end up going deep into personal debt with little or no assistance from NYU.

Ashley

For the most part, the faculty sees you as their equals, grown adults. It is nice that they think we are mature, but sometimes, they can be insensitive and harsh. Also, there's a fee for everything now. NYU tries to take your money in anyway possible and it gets frustrating when you are in a hard place financially and no one really cares that you're struggling. It becomes hard to get by sometimes. Also, when students call to complain, the higher ups generally don't care. In the end, only parents have clout when issues arise.

Eunji

Everything is so expensive, especially books. There is no sense of community because it is a city school and there is no campus.

Cindy

The availability of financial aid and the cohesiveness of the campus.

Rachel

The most frustrating thing is that it is so extremely expensive and a lot of kids there don't have to worry about money. However, I am not one of those kids. I have a full course load, plus rehearsals for shows, plus a job. With all of that going on, I sometimes run out of money even to take the subway home, which is really frustrating and scary. I know that all of my other friends don't really have this worry, and I've never compared myself financially to my friends before college, so it's definitely frustrating.

Keri

The competition can seem overwhelming to some people, and for some NYC can be daunting.

Preethulina

The tuition and expenses. The costs are hefty and overpriced. While the value of the education seems well worth its cost, having to pay such a large sum is frustrating at times.

fabiola

It is very expensive. It is made for th wealthy.

Lauren

There are not many guys that are both straight and attractive.

Kyung

There are so many students among thousands of strangers in the city that one can feel very lonely. Since there are an overwhelming amount of people in a less isolated area, there isn't much of an air of community. Students also tend to be very pretentious and independent, which also makes socializing difficult. Attending college in a large city has its perks, but the disadvantages are also obvious. Too many people remind you that you are all alone in a big city. You feel insignificant to your professors and other students.

Ariana

The traffic

Rebecca

Beaurocracy. More like beauracrazy.

Andrew

I guess you could say the competition. There's a lot of good people (especially in the film program) and you work hard, but you wonder if still have a good chance of getting a job when you get out of school.

Monique

The most frustrating thing about my school is the financial aid office.

Crystal

People are very cliquey.

Elyse

The huge workload during finals in such a short peiod of time.

Carlina

Unsatisfactory financial aid

Crystal

The most frustrating thing about my school was the non-campus feel. I would have preferred an enclosed campus where you knew everyone that surrounded you attended your school. Also, there were no sports houses or Greek houses where students could gather and socialize. Futhermore, while most of the campus is centered around Washington Square Park there is housing ranging from the southern tip of Manhattan to mid-town so the students are very dispersed.

Kimberly

Some people think it's harder to make friends because of a lack of an actual campus. This isn't true, unless you're totally antisocial and don't really talk to anyone.

Jenna

The burden of payment.

David

The most frustrating thing about NYU is the occasional lack of unity among the student body due to the immersion in the city "campus" and the size of the school.

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claire

I suppose that the only thing that really frustates me is having to choose a few courses from the hundreds that interest me, but really that's not such a bad thing!

Neerja

The most frustrating thing about NYU is the lack of merit-based scholarships.

Faquira

Too expensive.

Katrina

I don't know.

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