College Sophomore 2012-07-08T01:55:03Z
A Major for Everything – NYU has a diverse array of majors, so each student can find an area of study that interests him or her.
College Sophomore 2012-07-08T01:53:29Z
Very Dramatic Changes – In New York City, it gets unbearably hot in the summer and unbearably cold in the winter. There is plenty of rain and humidity, and the smell of body odor gets really bad in crowded areas during the summer.
College Sophomore 2012-07-08T01:49:01Z
Busy Urban Atmosphere – The atmosphere at NYU is very urban and no-nonsense. It's a dog eat dog world, but if you tough it out, you'll love it.
Lots to do in the city, many internship opportunities. Washington Square Patk is beautiful so you get your fill of nature.
College Senior 2012-07-01T00:02:46Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – NYU is located in a great area of the city. I never feel unsafe when I am in school
College Senior 2012-07-01T00:00:47Z
Find a room mate and a good rental agent and you are good to go.
College Senior 2012-06-30T23:55:57Z
NYU is what New York is all about! People from all over the world working together as a union.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:33:09Z
Despite what many people may believe it is not super hard to find off-campus housing in Manhattan. Three of my friends recently started renting a 3 bedroom apartment in Stuy Town for 3,600 per month (1,200 per person). While this may seem very expensive, for a three bedroom that includes amenities (electric, WiFi, water, heat, ect.), parking, and other nice features (gym, parking garage, ect.) This is also less expensive than forming. Many NYU kids dorm in Stuy Town, as well as in many other, cheaper areas. Most of these are near campus and in largely safe areas with some form of building security. The only con to off campus housing, in my opinion, is that you may miss out on making friends if you do it during your freshman, or even sophomore year, however after junior year, it's the smartest thing to do in terms of being cost efficient.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:22:27Z
NYU has two gyms/athletic centers, one of which has a pool. There is also the Gramercy Dorm, on 23rd street, which is somewhat removed from the immediate campus area and has its own dorm. The student center is spacious and hosts both student and university run activities. Bobst Library is somewhat intimidating looking, but it's huge and has an extensive collection, as well as countless computer labs, cheap printing, and different types of study spaces (personal cubicles, group study rooms that students and entire classes can request, silent study rooms, an area for watching films, and a cafeteria style study room where speaking is allowed). NYU's facilities are top-notch. A few buildings definitely need to be renovated, but a lot of them are in the process of being fixed, and those that have been recently fixed look great.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:17:00Z
There is no better place for night life than NYC. A lot of people will tell you that you need a fake ID to have fun, but that's completely untrue. I've lived in NYC all my life and I don't have one. There are 18+ parties constantly and a lot of bars downtown don't really care. Some of them aren't the greatest, but once and a while there are some fun ones. Besides the club and bar scene, there are so many concerts, shows, and hookah bars. There's also the option of movies and dinner out at great restaurants, as well as campus events. For transportation, the subway system is easy and close to campus. If you're traveling a group, you're fine even if its late. However, if you're traveling alone/with only a couple of other people, the best thing to do is take a yellow cab, which will accept cash or credit/debit.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:10:46Z
NYU is definitely not for everyone but I had a great first year. I spent a long time trying to decide if I wanted a more traditional experience at Vassar or a more metropolitan experience at NYU. Even after I decided on NYU, I was VERY unsure, but I'm ultimately very happy with my decision. My classes were great, and the people were very friendly. I admit I came into the school expecting people to be stuck-up, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so many wonderful people, and instantly became close with almost everyone on my dorm floor. NYU is a giant school, but I never felt lost in the shuffle--when I had problems, it was easy, at least in my experience, to get things sorted out, and I was able to form relationships with my TAs and professors despite having some large classes. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that not all of my classes were big, which had been a concern of mine. Last year, over the course of two semesters, I had four big lectures, which probably consisted of about 50-70 students, and four smaller classes, consisting of 8-15 students. In all my classes, even the big lecture halls, my professors encouraged group discussion. After my first year at college, I truly feel more confident and knowledgeable, which I think is what anyone would hope to get out of college. The nightlife is of course great. It's NYC, and no matter what you enjoy--karaoke, clubbing, bar-hopping, movies, theater--it's all here. NYU also has a lot of surprisingly great events for students and offers all kinds of deals on everything from Broadway to Yankees tickets. There are many different colleges that make up NYU and I encourage anyone applying to check out all of them to ensure they're making the best choice. However, once you are in the university, you can transfer to another college within it or take classes at another college fairly easily. Finally, a lot of people complain that there is a lack of school spirit and that the whole no "campus" thing is part of the problem. In my personal experience, if you get involved in activities, there is definitely a sense of school spirit. However, I personally like the option of not having to be involved. NYU isn't one of those schools were EVERYONE goes to the football games and cheers their hearts out (not just because we don't have a football team haha, though I suppose that is one of the reasons), you have a choice here in whether you want to be super involved or just focus on schoolwork and doing your own thing. And we may not have a closed in campus, but I feel like most of the dorms and classes are in one area and I always see people I know walking around, or hanging out in Washington Square Park, which is sort of at the center of everything and "campus-like," if that makes sense. Anyway, if anyone thinks they might be interested in NYU, I'd definitely say apply and check it out. It's not a perfect fit for every type of student, but I personally couldn't have made a better decision.
College Junior 2012-06-26T02:55:21Z
Greek Life is largely ignored at NYU by non-Greeks, but I know that people involved seem to enjoy it. I think you either get a penthouse in one of the dorms or an apartment somewhere. The parties usually aren't the greatest :/ However I've heard Greek life is great for networking and making friends.
College Junior 2012-06-26T02:53:02Z
Do Not Bring a Car – If you could actually find parking, I'd say that the cost is not completely outrageous and there is even free parking near campus. However, this being Manhattan, it is nearly impossible to find parking. On the bright side, you don't really need a car. For commuters, taking public transportation into the city is quicker and easier than a car anyway, especially during rush hour. For students living on campus, there's really no reason to bring a car from home. Everything one needs is in walking distance, and different trains are all around "campus." If a person were to drive and needed parking, their best bet would probably be a parking garage, but those are super expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T00:08:35Z
Guys & Girls:
Huge School - So Something for Everyone – There are all types at NYU - hipsters, serious business students, artsy kids, slackers - the girls seem kind of unapproachable
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T00:03:54Z
Tough to Find and Expensive – NYC is famous for being very expensive. Being close to Washington Sq. is especially hard to find and expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T00:02:31Z
Available If You Want to Use – Not much hard drug use that I've seen. Mostly smoking and drinking
College Senior 2012-06-21T02:11:30Z
NYU is relatively stingy about giving out financial aid and meeting each student's entire financial needs. This upcoming fall, my brother will also be attending college and my family is feeling the strain of steep tuition bills even more. NYU failed to increase my financial aid even after I made multiple requests and despite my mother now having to put two children through college.
College Senior 2012-06-21T02:08:47Z
Diverse but Segregated – NYU brings in a high percentage of international students and racially diverse students because of the college being in NYC, a labeled melting pot city in itself. With this being said, however, students tend to hangout with 'like' students and it's not rare that you'll find a group of all Korean students or a group of all Indian students exclusively hanging out together.
College Senior 2012-06-21T02:03:55Z
Drinking, Cigarettes, and Adderall Most Popular – Adderall and Ritalin recreational usage is high and it is relatively easy to get ahold of. Drinking and smoking pot are popular dorm activities and Residential Advisors (RA) are lax about these two drugs, generally speaking.
College Senior 2012-06-21T01:52:57Z
The varsity sports at NYU are underrated overall. Despite NYU's Division III status, the basketball team and soccer team show an abundance of pride, dedication, and passion for their respective sport and more importantly, for their school. NYU sports and intramural teams provide students like me with a taste of traditional university lifestyle and connectedness.
College Senior 2012-06-13T10:24:28Z
Bring Your Own – During finals all the computer labs are full and you better bring your own to get your work done.
College Senior 2012-06-13T10:19:21Z
Amazing department with great professors. The classes are big for the core courses but if you approach the professors and start interacting with them they immediately open up and you will get to know them very will. They city is a great place to search for internship or jobs liked to this major . The classes are tough and the workload is pretty intense but this is one of the best majors at NYU and top ranked in the US so it's understandable.
College Senior 2012-06-13T10:11:25Z
NYC... No Comment Needed – It's NYC! Every corner has amazing food. There are cheap and very expensive options but you will never run out of them.
College Senior 2012-06-13T10:02:03Z
No for Everybody – Personally it have been a great experience and I no way regret coming to NYU. The education, city, friendships extracurricular.... all are exceptional. But it isn't for everybody.You really have to be ready to live in the city and not "need" a traditional campus. It's the perfect university if you are looking for its unique type. Those who hate it couldn't handle it.
College Junior 2012-06-12T23:23:02Z
You'll Find One – We have so many majors and such great professors in each field that you can change majors (like from Engineering to Acting) and not really be worried about how well the professors and classes are in that major.
Plus, we have our own SCHOOL (Gallatin School of Individualized Study) where you can create your own major. It has advisors, classes and everything.
College Junior 2012-06-12T23:09:23Z
We have two gyms (one of which is beautiful and the other which is on its way to being revamped). A lot of buildings are modern and somehow mix rather well with the older buildings of New York. And, if you can count on NYU for anything, you can count on them renovating old spaces into aesthetically pleasing spaces or opening new spaces on a regular basis. Next fall, they are opening up a revamped dining hall.
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