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| I'm a honors track Phil / Politics double major in my junior year. To sum up my points, if you like strong academics, this is a good school, but it comes at a cost. Read on to find out more.|
Support and services: NYU wastes its money on stupid, frivolous things. They just built an entire building near WSP for catholic students and "spiritual life", meanwhile, the administration hardly helps anyone with financial need. Something that is really important to know is that IF THEY GIVE YOU A SCHOLARSHIP THAT IS MERIT BASED YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR, IT WILL BE CUT COMPLETELY FOR SOPHOMORE YEAR. I lost a 15,000 dollar scholarship even though my GPA was a 3.85, and I know many other students who had scholarships, excelled academically, and lost their merit scholarship. I know nobody who came on scholarship (other than presidential scholars) that kept theirs after freshman year. That NYU cuts merit aid no matter how the student performs and doesn't care is disgraceful. Need based is even worse, as I can attest from what they've tried to do to my girlfriend's tuition. If you need to take out a lot of debt to come to NYU, I really suggest that you don't.
Academics: As a double major in Phil / Poli sci, I can say that if you want to take advantage of the resources available to you, you can get an absolutely tremendous education. The ranking that USnews gives NYU isn't based purely on academics, it's also based on things like freshman retention rate, which is awful for reasons listed below. However, the Philosophy Dept is the best in the world, and the politics department is #17. The range of majors and minors here is astounding, and there is something for almost anyone. In other words, you will be getting a high quality education here, should you choose to be motivated and take advantage of the education. If you choose to apply yourself, you should know that the other kids who also apply themselves can be extremely competitive, so don't expect hugs and kisses.
Social life: Let's be frank, NYU is only for a few, certain types of people, and if you *aren't* that type of person, you will be friendless.
A large majority of NYU's student population is wealthy and bratty. They complain incessantly, judge others mercilessly, and are overall fairly close minded, though they all profess to be "real" and "open minded". By and large, the most socially successful people at NYU are those who talk about themselves, a lot. People at NYU love to talk about all of their experiences, or play themselves up to be the Messiah (or the second coming of Christ, if you're Christian), while mutually ignoring the others who are doing the same.
NYU forces you to be an extrovert, and if you aren't an extrovert or you're somewhat shy, NYU isn't the place for you. Your friends and, by extension, social life, will be determined solely by the people you meet on the floor you live on your freshman year. If you don't make any friends on your floor, or you only make 1 or 2, your social life is doomed. I know many people who complain very frequently about the terrible quality of their social life, because they weren't absorbed into a group at the beginning of freshman year. People are not at all interested in making friends in their classes. It's no wonder NYU ranks high on one of the loneliest universities, and has an awful freshman retention rate.
Finally, NYU might be good academically, but few students are actually academically motivated, and few have any sense of intellectual "geekiness" that accompanies the relatively high quality of the education at the school. If you consider yourself to be geeky or nerdy in any way, I would suggest Columbia or a more heady school.
|Feb 21 2012|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| Ok, where should I even begin? First of all, if you're not into the whole liberal arts thing, then you shouldn't come here. This whole place is all about the fine arts, and many students here are majoring in things like "Dance" and "Theatre." So basically, if you're not into the whole art scene, then it will be hard for you to relate to anyone here. Most of the teachers are friendly and willing to help you out if need be. However, I have also had weird professors who make you feel as though their class is a waste of time and money. Definitely read up on the professors prior to choosing your classes. Everything here is extremely costly - approximately triple the price (because it's New York City), so it definitely helps to have lots of money. And that brings me to the next thing-the students. Most of them are wealthy and worldly (having traveled everywhere under the sun). There are lots of hipsters and snobby people. Also, if you're a single girl, your chances of finding a datable guy here are fairly slim. About half of the guys are gay, while the straight half mostly consists of conceited jerks who are only looking to get laid. Many people here are still not over the whole high school party scene. They feel inclined to go to the only place they know of that doesn't card (this shady Mexican place downtown) and get as drunk as they can every weekend. Honestly, it gets old after the first two weeks. The immaturity level amongst the students is too high, which is quite disappointing. The best thing about this place is that it's located in New York City, so there's a lot to do...once again, if you have the money. All in all, I'd have to say that NYU is definitely not worth $60,000 a year. |
|Sep 30 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Where to begin...It's 4 in the morning and like any other college student, I just needed a break from studying. I'm not like most kids here. They are motivated and driven to succeed. I don't like being challenged and I never really liked school. It lasts four years!!! four freaking years!!! If you don't care that much for school, NYU is probably not for you. I think it would be fun to go to an easier school, put less effort in, have an outstanding GPA, go out, have fun and look like a freaking superstar. But here, its challenging and you have a lot of talented peers to compete with. The classes are annoying and ask you to do a lot of work. |
However, I love the atmosphere and people. Sure there are arrogant snobby hipstard elitist annoying rich kids, but in tandem, there some very interesting people. Funny, quirky, sincere people who have really cool hobbies like playing volleyball, designing CD covers, sewing, etc. People complain about the social life here, and the fact is its not terrible if you don't have a lot of money. Sure the rich kids go out and party at high-life clubs. You make your social life here. You have to be outgoing, say funny things, join clubs, talk to the person sitting next to you in class. That's how you make friends here. And if someone doesn't like you...s/he is a lame person...move on! Then you and your friends can go to brunch and see a 12 dollar show or concert at the Skirball center.
I love love love the city. Seriously, so many cuisines to try, so many plays to go to, the Hudson River, cool bars on Bleecker Street, great concerts. And you can find great deals on tickets!The cost is freaking rediculous if you don't have some form of financial aid. The financial aid is really impossible. My friend who was an emancipated minor under 21, was still saddled with high tuition...
|Feb 25 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |