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| I'm just finishing up my freshman year at NYU and I have to say I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The only thing that might stop me from attending next year is the astronomical price of tuition, which only continues to rise year after year, regardless of inflation. |
The bad - NYU does not care about the student, per se- they want your money. Once you learn to accept that fact, which you are likely to encounter at most institutions, you will find that the school is a really wonderful place. My program - GSP - is absolutely great and has really shaped my experience here. For other people in the College of Arts and Science, I have heard mixed reviews. But for other students in GSP, they unanimously agree that it is truly a special program. We read great classic books, have absolutely amazing professors, and have small seminar classes with no more than 30 people per class (and that's pretty big- my classes were 15-20 average).
Before committing yourself to NYU, you must visit. End of story. For anyone confused as to where the sports teams and green grassy knolls are, you won't find that kind of thing here. Sure we have sports and grass, but not in abundance like the typical college campus. Same goes for Frats and Sororities. Living at NYU is actually living in New York City, not a gated-off community like Columbia's. If you get in here and can afford $40,000 per year, plus spending money and loan interest, and you aren't deterred by an atypical school experience, then by all means apply and come visit.NYU is the only school I can see myself attending, for the city has helped cultivate my independence in ways that other schools wouldn't have. I have 2 internships (getting ready for my third this summer) and have already gained invaluable connections. Don't miss out if you're the independent go-getter type: you will be inspired by New York and will succeed here.
|Apr 14 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I came to NYU expecting much more out of such a reputably "great" institution; boy was I surprised...The academics are a complete joke, campus spirit is non-existant (I'm not talking about your "typical" college experiences; NYU spirit in general), and worst of all, the girls are extremely pretentious, picky, and ditzy. Yet they complain about the lack of straight guys?!?!?!? Bullshit. Theres more than your fair share of straight guys (like me), but we get overlooked because girls tend to flock around a few hot guys, leaving us regular guys with NOTHING.|
The party scene revolves mostly around clubbing and barhopping. **I can't stress that more, if you're not into the whole clubbing scene...be ready to become fiercely independent; there'll be many a night spend alone in your room (which is fine with me, because I never was dependent on people coming into NYU, but for weak-willed kids, it might be frustrating)** I was disappointed in the lack of the "dude-lets-chill-with-a-couple-of-friends-and-smoke-pot-and-get-food-at-3AM"
The only redeeming qualities of NYU are its dorms and city location. EVERYONE has a private bathroom, and most students live in luxurious dorms, which are de facto apartments in the most expensive part of Manhattan! And yes, the city location can't be beat: plenty of jobs/internships; if you know what you're going to do in life, by all means attend NYU; opportunities abound. And like in any major city, there's tons of stuff for you to do thats not NYU related: concerts, restaurants, sightseeing, etc.
With all that said, the greatest piece of advice I give is be sure you fit these two characteristics: ABSOLUTELY love NYC and KNOW what you're going to do in life. Independence is a must at NYU. Period.
|Oct 22 2006|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| If you are looking for a traditional college experience, athletic contests, parties, a campus etc., think twice about coming to NYU. If on the other hand you enjoy being independant, do not need to feel connected to the student body, and enjoy city life, you will probably enjoy NYU. I enjoy city life, but have found the lack of unity in the student body, and the academic experience to be sub-par. My experience at NYU has not been terrible, but certainly has not been worth the exorbitant tuition, or four years of my life. |
|Feb 23 2006|| Male --
Class 2000 |