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NYU is a mixed bag, just like NewSuper BrilliantMeteorology
NYU is a mixed bag, just like New York: there's something for everyone. If you want to start a club with one-legged lesbian nuns, you'll probably get at least three members.

It's a great school for students who take initiative and go after what they want, don't need to be coddled, and who don't expect to make more than a few really good friends. City life can be intense, but it opens a lot of doors in terms of what the city has to offer, and to develop professional networks and gain internship experience.

The size of the school DOES matter. You have a lot of choice in terms of classes and there are a lot of great professors, but you have to fight for what you want sometimes. There is very little 'school spirit' or campus community, and many students feel alienated and atomized in such an anonymous, overwhelming 'campus' setting. More than any other school I know of, NYU is a Corporate University, although this has not necessarily lessened academic integrity so far.Expensive. Everything's expensive.

4th Year Male -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: C
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Do not attend this school without a seriousQuite BrightEducation
Do not attend this school without a serious professional life goal. It will be a waste of time and money. This is a school for those who know what they want out of life. This is a place for those who are already mature enough to live and survive in a LARGE urban environment. You will get almost no help from administration during your time at NYU and their paperwork is horrid.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2008
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Individual Value: F
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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!
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