College Junior 2013-10-10T22:00:17Z
Health & Safety:
The dorms are extremely strict, and are always there for protocol during storms (ie. Sandy). I lock my doors anyway because it is New York City, but I'm not too worried about other students stealing my things.
College Junior 2013-10-10T21:56:52Z
The food is pretty good, and the staff are really friendly. I don't have a meal plan because there's no real need. Living in the dorms automatically puts money into your account, but it's useful for coffee in between classes.
College Junior 2013-10-10T21:55:19Z
There are none. We don't even have a discount for public transportation.
College Freshman 2013-10-03T22:07:41Z
Guys & Girls:
I know that a big concern for prospective students is the lack of straight guys. Put your fears to rest. There are straight men here.
College Freshman 2013-10-03T22:02:56Z
There isn't a campus per se. It's more like a cluster of associated buildings within a few blocks of Greenwich Village. This is typical for universities in NYC (NYU doesn't have a unified campus either). I actually prefer it to a traditional campus. It's easy to walk between all of my classes.
The computer labs are nice. There are multiple small libraries -- a humanities/social sciences library, and archive of design materials, and a music library. The New School is part of a library consortium with other universities, so we can check out books from NYU, Cooper Union, etc.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:54:39Z
They offer a good variety of interesting classes from introductory classes to very specific classes. The teachers are passionate about what they teach. The class sizes are very small. My largest class is like 40 people and it's a lecture class. It is a VERY intense reading/writing school so be prepared for that.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:52:38Z
It's kind of a hassle to get financial aid.
Basically you have to keep going to them and telling them "hey I need more aid" in order to get any help. They also do this really obnoxious thing where when you ask for more aid they tell you that you can take out
Loans (which isn't really aid).
They give you the bare minimum according to your financial status. You're not going to get much more than what they first offer you. But I still recommend being persistent.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:47:23Z
I'm currently living at home because I'm from New York City.
Even if you aren't from here though I highly recommend moving off campus after freshman year. Live on campus for freshman year to get to know the environment and New York City, but then move off campus for the other years. It's not worth it to pay dorming fees. You're paying about $14,000 a year for dorming with anywhere from 1 to 5 other people. That's more than $1,000 a month and you're sharing and don't have your own bathroom usually. If you get roommates and look around you can get a 3 bedroom apartment for significantly less. I also recommend considering living in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Manhattan is more convenient, but Brooklyn has more affordable, bigger apartments.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:41:47Z
It's New York. As a college student you don't need parking. Take the subway or bus.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:39:15Z
There really is no drug safety. People smoke weed in the courtyard and around campus all the time.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:33:36Z
There are people from a lot of different places, and there are people with different personalities and interests. While there are people of minority races, a lot of students are middle/upper class white kids from liberal families.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:31:25Z
We don't really have any good competitive athletics. We're definitely a more artsy school. However there are opportunities and resources to start sports teams if you want to.
College Freshman 2013-09-12T07:29:58Z
I mean it's New York...can't blame them for weather. I will admit though that when it's humid outside, going from building to building is brutal especially if it's like from 11th street to E 15th street.
College Freshman 2013-09-10T19:08:05Z
The workload is a little rough, but all of the work is relevant, none of it is "busy-work". I, like the majority of the student body at Lang, have not yet declared my major. I've met Juniors who haven't yet declared. Such is Lang's curse and blessing. The only majors that seem to have clear-cut curriculums are the literary studies, media studies, and psychology majors which are the most popular majors at Lang. On the bright side, you never have to take math again if you don't want to!
College Freshman 2013-09-10T18:50:13Z
Of the 5 dorms we have, I'd suggest requesting University Center, not only are they the newest ones, but the most spacious too. The floors are also made with a material that prevents dish-ware from breaking when it drops. My favorite parts though are the dry-erase boards on every door and the larger refrigerators. They are the same price as Stuyvesant, but cooler. The only dorm that seems to have a real social scene though is "Stuy" (an all freshman/ first-year dorm), there are always people hanging out outside. I wouldn't suggest rooming in 13th Street, 20th Street or Loeb Hall, as none of them seem to have any sense of community. The only redeeming factor for 13th Street is that they have a café, but it really isn't worth it; the dorms are extremely compact (bunk beds), have no kitchen, and have communal bathrooms (ew.)
College Freshman 2013-09-10T18:19:24Z
There seem to be parties every weekend, when you can't find one there are always clubs and bars. Most people I know have fake ID's but there are still some clubs that are 18+. Most, if not all, parties /clubs have a cover charge that ranges from $2-15.
College Freshman 2013-09-10T18:13:11Z
Typically, Eugene Lang and TNS seem to attract more artsy/ intellectual-types so sports are for the most part extremely unimportant. We have intramural and club sports, but few people seem interested in them. The student-run Zumba and yoga classes, though, are pretty popular. The dorms do have work-out rooms, if you're trying to stay in shape. Also, the Recreation Department has tons of events to get you active, like kayaking and rock climbing; I haven't personally tried them, but they seem fun from what I've heard!
College Freshman 2013-09-10T17:56:18Z
The summers are hot and humid and in the winter it snows; you will want to bring a coat or two. Since it's so cold, you may end up taking a taxi to class on multiple occasions! But Fall and Spring are perfect, so not to worry!
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-11T15:42:23Z
I lived in University Housing for most of tenure at Lang, so I can't fairly comment on this.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-11T15:41:15Z
Eugene Lang College doesn't have any sort of officially sanctioned athletics, to the best of my knowledge. The type of people who apply to Lang don't usually mind this!
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-11T15:37:08Z
Eugene Lang College is in the heart of Greenwich village. Students are surrounding by people that are driven and committed to success; the scenery is vibrant and conducive to intellectual growth.
College Senior 2013-06-08T04:41:50Z
The New School and its colleges are in very central parts of Manhattan, Eugene Lang College especially. Its buildings are in Greenwich Village, on 12th and 11th street, with NYU and Washington Square Park at a 5 minute walk South. Food in the area isn't great, but one subway stop or a 10 minute walk will get you to some fantastic eating spots in Manhattan. The same goes for shopping. However, it's off a bunch of subway lines, and I never have trouble getting to class on time even when I'm running pretty late. The college is on some quieter and prettier streets around the area, and is only a short walk away from the rest of the Liberal Arts buildings.
College Senior 2013-06-08T04:31:57Z
Guys & Girls:
People are somewhat interesting, but they don't exactly come from all walks of life. They are all upper-middle class or middle-class kids from the US, or have studied at American universities abroad. Most are into the same music, movies, and general culture. I don't share much in common with most of the students, and it is a fairly homogeneous student body. It is fairly difficult to make friends with most people at the New School, just as it is in any other context, but one can meet some nice people through classes or student groups. Oddly enough, I also made friends through some of the initial socializing events my college hosted. All in all, one could call the kids here "hipsters". People don't seem to fall into any other stereotype. If you're down with the hipster scene, smoke cigarettes, have a beard or tattoos, then this is the place for you. The girls are cute, and lots are from Jersey or California. There aren't many guys. Most of them seem to be queer, but there are a few straight guys too. I don't think I have any guy friends at my school, and I have a decent number of female acquaintances, but no really good friends yet.
College Senior 2013-06-08T04:04:30Z
Minimal intermural athletic programs, and they are not promoted as much as they could be. However, they're there. It's a small university, and I didn't go there for sports, meaning there are very few teams to join, and they aren't too serious.
College Senior 2013-06-08T03:59:03Z
The financial aid options at the New School were the solidifying factor in my decision to attend. I had been given some assistance through FAFSA and could afford to attend a few UCs, but I yearned for a more worldly and less disconnected environment to pursue my undergraduate studies. I sent the New School my financial information in addition to my FAFSA, went in to their financial aid offices when I toured the "campus" (Universities in NYC don't really have campuses, just buildings around the city, other than Columbia which occupies a huge gated space in Morningside Heights), spoke to a great guy working there who told me I had been awarded a number of scholarships based on need and on academics/writing. I almost got a full ride. I'm eager to see what aid I will qualify for this year. All in all, the process was very easy, and my need was met. There are also certain study abroad options that will accept the financial aid you receive from the university. Grants and scholarships are widely available to students throughout the university system as well.
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