Please believe me, I don't ever write reviews on sites like this-- I'm usually just here to browse.. but if my comments can help save someone thousands of dollars and a lot of disappointment if not downright misery, then I will feel like I am doing my part as a decent human being.
The people at this school truly suck. They are unbelievably pretentious and self righteous, its sickening. The friends I did make, I made because we were equally as miserable and would bond over how shitty our school was and how quickly we were trying to get out. Hipsters are everywhere. And if you want to be able to go to school in sweatpants or anything that ISNT a designer label, or are even remotely laid back and enjoy a laid back environment, please please stay away.
The city is wonderful, of course-- its New York. I had been dreaming of coming to New York all of my life. I found out it wasn't for me, but that of course, was my own experience and will vary from place to place. I truly believe that if I hadn't gone to lang I would hav enjoyed the city more-- now I have an almost PTSDish reaction whenever hearing the words "New York."
The academics are of course, painfully limited. If you aren't an aspiring writing major (I was) then there really is no point looking at this school.. save your money and go somewhere else. The teachers were good, I liked the ones I had a lot and I enjoyed the course load ( I was so miserable that I ended up spending 100 percent of my time pouring over homework and became and excellent, albiet depressed, student). There are some smart students but there are some absolute idiots that attend the school as well. I was shocked and appalled when I had to proofread one of my classmates essays and realized to my horor, that I had in my hands an attempt at an in-depth analysis of a Justin Bieber movie.
The facilities were PATHETIC. You have access to NYU's library but we truly have nothing of our own. It is so disheartening to see our two shitty little buildings. We have no bookstore, and you are made to purchase all of the books required for your courses (which adds up to a few hundred dollars) at the barns and noble on 18th street. It makes you feel you aren't worth the resources. We really have nothing.
After a little while, most people feel the need to make use of the counseling services. Don't. They prescribe you all sorts of medication. If you do go, please do some independent research on what they are prescribing you.
Because of the New School, I developed an anxiety disorder, am on two different medications (my friend from high school who attended with me is on anti depressants and anti anxiety as well, and is just as broken as I was). I got out immediately and studied abroad my first semester. I am volunteering next semester and applying to transfer after that. I will literally go anywhere but here.
PLEASE don't disregard my comment, if you have read it through. I am not exaggerating when I say coming to this school ruined me. I got a second chance at an excellent "first year of college" experience with my study abroad program this semester. But the people at the school are miserable. And the amount of money you're paying to be miserable is almost like some kind of sick joke.
I beg you, dont go to this school. If you are smart and want to go to a prestigious school, don't waste your time, if you are a decent person who enjoys other decent people don't come here, if you are a rich, pretentious hipster who couldn't get into NYU and want to write and spend 2 hours dressing in designer shabby-chic for a Kafka class, come here. But even then, you'll probably be miserable. HEED MY WARNING. PLEASE DON'T COME HERE.