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At the time I went to NYU itPsychology
At the time I went to NYU it was a very different school. Now-a-days it is primarily residential, compared to commuting back then. It is a great school for the education and variety of classes that it can offer (not to mention NYC is your learning and playground!), and now that it has more of an "on-campus" feel it should make for happier students that are not constantly communting, which made it feel like a job rather than schooling. If I could do it over again (and could have afforded it) I would definitely live at school OR gone to a campus school. So I suggest always living at school if you can. At the time I was there, it was also VERY competitive in the science classes, especially considering all of those students aiming for pre-med., dental or veterinary schooling. So would I go to NYU again? Absolutely. All that said, you can receive a very good education in many colleges/universities. As a physician, having gone through undergraduate and graduate schools (abroad) and having done fairly well, my best bit of advise is: YOU DON'T need the big name, expensive schools to achieve your goals. Don't break your parents bank accounts,don't put yourselves in debt, and don't get frustrated/obsessed with going to IVY league schools or IVY league "knock-offs". They are not worth it UNLESS there is something specific in that school that it alone offers towards your education or future. In the end, it is what is in YOU that will count on your success. Save the money (and frustration!) for graduate school or to use post-college for investing into your future life/business, etc. I am amazed at the students that are offered scholarships, including "free rides" to good schools, but instead choose to attend a "bigger name" school at full cost for no significant or tangible reason. In my opinion, that is short-sighted and egotistial, either on the students and/or parents part. As has been pointed out in recent publications, the students/parents that have that choice and make the more logical decision of saving now for something more important (or focused) later, fare better in the long-run. It only makes sense when you think about it: If you have enough presence of mind to take the money and education over the "big-name" big-buck school, who has the better "smarts" for living in the real world?! Finally, this is a time in your life when you have the chance to sit back and learn for learning's sake. You worked to get to college throughout high school, now is the time to just soak-up as much knowledge and information as you can before entering the "real-world". So stop going for just the grades, go for the enjoyment and learning (and some socialization!). If you are pre-med, don't forsake history or art courses. If you follow the standard pre-med biology/psychology curriculum as the masses will tend to do, aside from the "cut-throat" competiton you may find, you also end up missing out on so much else that your school can offer you. You rarely get this opportunity again to just be a student and not worry about much else - carpe diem and good luck!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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NYU needs to disclose where a student's tuitionQuite BrightPsychology
NYU needs to disclose where a student's tuition money is going. The cost is becoming outrageous and too difficult for a working-to-middle class kid to fulfilla dream of attending the University. Administration needs to really work on getting a wider pool of scholarships available to students, and NOT base it entirely off of biased standardardized test scores! C'mon folks! We know these tests don't fully reflect an individual for what they're capable of doing! It's about time students who DESERVE scholarships GET the scholarships!
2nd Year Female -- Class 2007
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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NYU is a big school but after aBrightPhilosophy
NYU is a big school but after a while I guarantee you will find your niche of friends. I lived in Goddard a "res-ed" dorm and that allowed me to actually get to know the people who lived on my floor! I am still best friends with people from that floor and I am dating one of them. No matter what your first semester will probably be tough, in fact I didn't like NYU until my second semester freshman year came around. BUT IT WAS SO WORTH THE WAIT! It takes time to adjust to New York, but once you have its the funnest place to be. GO to the club fair and all the little lame events NYU throws on. You WILL meet people and bond (even if its over the fact that NYU can be a little annoying). COME JOIN THE QUIDDITCH TEAM!!! There are soo many clubs looking for new people all the time! Or if you really want to meet people STUDY ABROAD is an awesome way to become super close with other students really fast. I did the NYU in Paris and it was an experiences like no other. There are so many resources NYU has to offer! Just DONT stay in your room, go to club meetings, hang out in your hall (mainly a freshman dorm thing), befriend people in your class (super duper useful) and you will succeed at this school!If you are thinking about being pre-med this is for you. NYU has an awesome but difficult program. No one is going to hold your hand, but if you come out on top you WILL get into med school, you've got to want it. Research positions are super competitive so try and do research in a field that is not necessary Bio or Chem. Med schools just want you to show you have done SOME sort of research.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B+
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