Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T20:43:40Z
Coke Dens and Chronic – Like any college or university drug use and alcohol consumption does occur at NYU. However, there is no extreme pressure to do either. RA's in the dorms do their best to enforce all campus rules (no drugs, no alcohol) however things go under the radar. There are clubs around the city and drug usage ranges from marijuana to even heroine.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T20:29:39Z
Campus living is nice and in a prime location in New York City. Freshman dorms are located close to the "campus" and the major school buildings and as students progress through their college career the dorms fan out around the city farther from campus. The buildings range in quality and age but each have their own advantages, disadvantages, and rumors.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T20:19:07Z
Conventionality Vs Independence – One thing you give up when you decide to attend New York University is a traditional college campus. And while this may seem difficult at first, after a few months you realize that trading a quad for central park or washington square park or trading a closed off campus to the bustling streets of New York City may be one the most unique and rewarding parts of the university. Though there is no real campus, most of the school buildings - the learning buildings, student centers, library, etc - are concentrated in Greenwich village and all within a couple blocks o each other. A NYU bubble does exist. There are two "campus" gyms, both very high quality. Sporting events do happen, though a majority of the school population knows nothing about them. The library is renowned and one of the first of its kind and our student center, Kimmel, always has delicious food and a place to study. I would say that although NYU does not have the traditional and conventional feel of a college campus or even community, city life and student life prepares you for independent living and the real life we are all about to enter on our own.
Greek life exists under the radar and although being Greek makes you a minority, people still find their own groups and cliches in sororities and fraternities. The school sponsors a number of clubs fit nearly anyones interests and provide an instant connection within the campus and foster a campus community.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-10T02:08:13Z
People Are Ok – Mostly douchy, have to find some good friends to enjoy it
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-09T08:48:19Z
There are many different kinds of clubs organizations at University of Buffalo. There are cultural, religious, art, academic, political, language and a whole other bunch. Each of them have different activities during the school year to have their voice heard and for the rest of the community to learn about what they are doing.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-08T22:49:21Z
There's Always an Option. New York City has everything from public buses, school issued buses, late-night pick-up services, taxis, and subways. In fact public transportation is way better than relying on private transportation as driving in the city is a huge pain.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-08T22:43:28Z
Football Isn't Everything – Sure NYU doesn't have a football team, but good for me that I don't like football. On the other hand, NYU has a variety of sports that I consider more spohisticated. We have a good swimming team, basketball team, and even a fencing team. There is even an equestrian team. Anything is possible, even in the city. The athletic facilities are also nice. There are two places to work out and there is everything from indoor swimming pools to rock walls, and top notch equipment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-08T22:36:19Z
Ok but Pricey – Dining hall food is alright, but without a meal plan, food is a bit pricey. There are so many great places to eat in NYC though, that I don't find it worth it to confine oneself to dining halls.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-08T04:34:42Z
So Far So Good – I've had an excellent academic experience so far. Professors have been stimulating and as helpful as they can be. Many professors here are extremely well known, and even famous in their respective fields. Granted, in most departments, classes are large and you may not have the intimate connection with your profs that you'd have at a smaller school, but in choosing to come to NYU, you should've been aware of that in the first place. If you want to be on a first name basis with your profs, maybe choosing a cozy Liberal Arts College instead of the largest private university in the country would've been better. I'm not saying that you CAN'T know your professors well-- you'll just have to work harder towards it is all.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T13:40:15Z
There Is None – Hardly anybody is Greek at NYU. There is one fraternity that throws parties in alphabet city, but other than that I don't know of any. The parties they throw are also too crowded and the drinks run out fast. If you want to go to one of these, get there early and leave early!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T13:38:09Z
Diversity on campus varies. Politically, there are a lot of liberals, and the faculty is generally pretty liberal as well. Religion isn't a huge part of campus life, so it's hard to comment on the diversity as far as this is concerned. There is a lot of diversity concerning nationality, as there are a lot of international students. There is also a lot of diversity as far as sexual orientation goes.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T13:31:40Z
Printing Is Okay – The networks in the dorms and the NYU buildings are pretty easy to understand and make good use of. I would highly recommend your own computer. There are plenty of computer labs on campus, which is great, but most of them are not open late at night which can make things difficult. They can get crowded sometimes, but there are short term use computers in some of the labs if you are just interested in printing a few pages off. You don't need your own printer, but know that printing isn't free on campus. You get a $50 credit at the beginning of each semester, but after that you have to pay with your own campus cash.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-04T04:33:37Z
The Art Scene – You get to meet photographers, actors, dancers, playwrights, and film-makers on a daily basis. It's a cultural Mecca.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-03T04:14:14Z
The Best – Academics are challenging and that sometimes affects your social life, but it's all worth it in the end. Coming to NYU is the best decision I ever made. Living in the city is so much fun, and if you take the initiative to make friends, you'll never be alone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-03T04:11:25Z
Guest Policy – The strictest aspect of campus security is signing guests in and out. Guests without IDs are turned away from the buildings. RAs and Public Safety are very helpful, but don't often break rules to help out.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T23:21:46Z
How Much Is That Gonna Cost Me? New York City has a notoriously high cost of living and that doesn't change just because you are a poor college student. It's not that there aren't a wealth of apartments available for rent throughout the city... the problem lies in their prices. Generally what is going to be "within budget" isn't exactly going to be the nicest place. And it definitely won't have laundry. The nice thing about NYC though is that gas and water are always included in your rent-- it's NYC law.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T23:11:00Z
Health & Safety:
As Good as It Gets – NYU is in a bustling, metropolitan area. There are going to be some safety concerns. But smart students and proactive security makes NYU one of the safest places in New York City. All dorm buildings have a 24/hr security guard and most educational buildings either have a guard or require you to swipe your ID and enter your birthday for entry (some buildings have both!). There is also a shuttle bus that will take you from NYU building to NYU building and has various stops on the LES.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T23:08:14Z
Depends on Your Department – NYU is great at making small recitation sections where the students are in classes of 30 or less and can have some sort of rapport with their teacher. Lectures are just that-- large lecture halls with 100-200 people and are generally name-less, face-less kinds of classes although if you put in effort you can be known. It also depends heavily on your department. As a theatre student I am in a very small department when I can easily access teachers as well as high level administrators. I even sometimes work to assist the dean of my school with special events!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T20:41:15Z
Do the Greek Speak? Like Greek-life in any university, the Greeks of NYU tend to be as cliquey as the stereotypes. Although fraternities tend to be more involved with actively participating with non-Greek student in efforts to raise funds and volunteers for community service projects, sororities do not have this outward appeal. While Greek life is present in student governments, it is not overwhelming.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T20:38:15Z
Guys & Girls:
Attractive Youth, but Homogeneous Style Sense – NYU's student popular seems to wallow in the style of the hipsters - the 'irony' of mismatched patterns, oversized glasses, and paisley dresses. Though they may seem attractive, they all seem to look more or less the same. If one were to deconstruct any one student's outfit, individual pieces would have their merit.
As far as physical beauty, students are generally fit with attention to hair and skin maintenance - though the art students tend to have the whole scruffy bohemian thing going on. However, NYU's diversity and attention to student social needs allow for students from different backgrounds and majors to mingle and connect - a dating, networking and collaborating prospect for some.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-02T20:32:03Z
Comparable Alternatives to Dining Plans on a Student Budget – While most non-NYU dining options include deli sandwiches, fast food, and coffee carts, this is not to say that there are not delicious, healthy, and affordable alternatives intermingled into the campus. Sammy's vendor cart on Broadway and West 4th has the most savory serving-and-a-half sized portion of lamb and rice for $5 while a number of delis and grocery stores are within walking distance to satisfy larger cravings. Eighth street between University and Broadway has a number of options including Subway, Rockwell's burgers and Au Bon Pan while Bagel Bob's and Think Coffee are convenient during the morning rush. However, taking the time to wander outside of the campus perimeter can reveal some hidden student discounts (check out Defonte's on Third Avenue).
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T20:14:56Z
Drug scene within the college is moderate but since you're in the city, I suppose the drug scene is highly visible. Peer pressure, etc. depends on who you hang out with. There is enforcement by RAs in the dorms so no alcohol or drug usage is permitted, but some RAs are quite lenient and will turn the other cheek if the drug or alcohol usage is not obvious. There are floors that you can apply to that consist of other students who do not drink/smoke.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T20:08:13Z
There are many dining halls near campus especially by the freshman dorms because freshmen are required to buy a meal plan. The smallest meal plan should be bought because it's not necessary or practical when NYC offers so many choices and as a freshman, you and your friends will be tempted to eat out a lot. Meal plans however come in handy when you're too lazy or sick to go out and cook. Most of them are also designed in a buffet-like style so you can eat as much as you want or when taking out, stuff as much as you can into the take out box. The dinning halls are also conveniently located in freshmen dorms. Different variety of food depending on dining hall.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-01T20:03:36Z
-Plenty of computer labs and computers (mac + pc)around campus. Usually crowded around midterm and finals times but otherwise very empty.
-There are about 3 printers at each lab and at peak times, there might be lines for printing but you should be okay any other time.
-There's wireless almost everywhere near campus and you can even connect from within Washington Square park on a nice day.
-Speed of the wireless is standard.
-Most student prefer a personal laptop or printer for emergency scenarios, note-taking in class, and late night essay writing but can definitely survive without one.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-25T14:50:49Z
The Bobst library at NYU has so many resources! There are books about every topic and every language available making it a researcher's heaven.
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