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4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Options to Choose from – There are a lot of options in terms of travel. For longer distance, take the subway ($2.50/ride). For shorter, or late night travel, take a taxi (more expensive). For cross town, take a bus. Usually, though, I recommend biking.

1 College Junior

Athletics: Not the Most Athletic.. NYU athletics are basically non-existent, unless you swim or fence. Except for the odd pick up squash game in one of the gyms or intramural teams, there are minimal organized sports. You'd be better off joining a city club sport.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A Cacaphony of Food! While eating out every day may not be the most cost efficient, the variety of food around campus is unrivaled. For a quick bite, go for falafel at Mamoun's or a slice at Artichoke. For serious grub, there is Sacred Chow, a vegan/vegetarian option, or Cafetasia, an Asian fusion restaurant. All prices are reasonable for a student's wallet.

4 College Freshman

Weather: East Coast Blues – If anyone is used to living on the East Coast the weather should be of no surprise. Because I have lived on the east coast my whole life. The blizzard of the winter and the delayed warmth of spring are all normal to me, but if you are coming from Southern California you may be in for a surprise. Either way, the worst of the winter comes during winter break when you can go home and the warm weather is never too hot. I personally enjoy it.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The Never Ending Search – Parking in New York City is bound to be horrible but aside from move-in day and move-out day you really don't need parking. Honestly, you take the subway everywhere and if you're feeling lazy you can hail a cab. There are however parking garages near campus if you really wanna store your car away and pay by the hour. Overall parking is average, simply what is expected when you are in New York.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hard Work – It's really hard to get money at NYU. I wish you luck.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Be True to You – If there is anything you learn at NYU in order to enjoy it is to see the positivity in anything. That's what will get you through it. You want to have a set of friends that you have things in common with, and an ability to talk well to get what you want at NYU. Friends come when you do things you like together!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and Healthy – It's pretty good at NYU. As long as you travel in a group, you'll be fine. There are lots of security guards patrolling campus, so you definitely feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My Friends from Home Are Very Jealous – While most freshman dorms don't offer much in the way of amenities, halls like Founders or Brittany have huge rooms. I lived in Founders and had a beautiful view of downtown Manhattan all the way from Brooklyn to New Jersey. Freshman year, definitely go for Third North. The rooms are apartment style, with a kitchen and living room, and there is a dining hall in the building along with other building features. Upperclassmen dorms range from decent to beautiful. Gramercy Green is infamous for it's huge corner rooms, granite countertops, and multiple bathrooms. Every suite has a private bathroom, too, so no down the hall showers.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better Than Most – Dining on campus offers much more variety than most schools. Meal plans are a little expensive, but mostly worth it. Sunday brunch at Palladium and restaurant nights at various locations offer a classier meal, for just one meal swipe. Definitely go for the flex meal plans that allow to use them across the semester, rather than the standard 14-a-week. After freshman year, all of the dorms come with kitchens so a smaller meal plan, if any, is recommended.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: If I Could, I'd Make It a++++ – I mean, NYU is in NEW YORK, the nightlife capital of the world! If you aren't into clubs, fork over $100 for a reliable fake ID and hit up the unique bars that surround you. It's literally impossible to have nothing to do on a Friday or Saturday night. Even just walking around the city is great. Due to the larger size, dorm room parties even happen sometimes. Apartment parties are common in Brooklyn and are sure to be great, cheap time. The only downside is the cost. But if you can afford to attend NYU, you can probably afford the $10 drinks that come with New York.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Gyms, Great Libraries, Great Everything! Washington square park serves as the centerpiece for a school that is both urban and chic. On warmer days, you'll find dozens of students laying in the grass or studying on the benches. The reopening of the east side of the park, due this month, will be met with great new vegetation and artwork. The gyms are large and fully equipped with long opening hours. Palladium gym even has two rock walls which are great for alternative exercise. Bobst library is famous for its behemouth size and winding hallways. One student even lived there for 6 months with out being discovered. There are plenty of comfortable study spaces which come in handy during the finals when the library is open 24 hours. Kimmel serves as an excellent student center, right on the park.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the dorms are equipped with a few compters (Macs, mostly) and printing stations. Printing in my dorm was free as long as you brought your own paper. You can also rent Macbooks or PC's from the library free of charge.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Lenient – NYU trusts its student to take care of themselves for the most part. Security to enter dorms and school buildings is tight; with 24 hour security guards in every building, it's a safe environment. Police officers for the most part aren't worried about drunk students and won't bother you. RA's are pretty lenient as well, as long as you get a good one.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Hipster Alert! The majority of the people you will see at NYU are grade A hipsters, not that there's anything wrong with that. Most of these upper-class white kids stood out in high school because of their uniques styles, but now they are surrounded by other thrift store lovers and seem to blend right in. According to the numbers, NYU has a larger proportionate of international students than others schools. Korean students for a minority majority, perhaps it's because they only hang out with each other. Overall, pretty good diversity balance where everyone can find their place.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to Get, Expensive – Off campus housing is pretty hard to come by, after all, it's New York. You're basically all on your own as the school doesn't help out much.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Lot of Traffic – I currently attend Queens College, yet I am applying to NYU. Queens College is located in a high traffic area with limited parking. There are a few places to eat but nothing to grand or exciting in the local area.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No Pressure – Drug use is definitely present. Most people will graduate with knowing at least one person that went to rehab but there isn't any pressure at all to get involved with that.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Growing and Powerful – In the past I can see how students could say how greek life is non existent on campus but within the past few years greek life has grown unbelievably. More than 7% of the student population is now greek and they are always present on campus doing different events. I didn't join greek life until my sophomore year and completely regret not doing it during my freshman year because it was definitely really hard to make good friends freshman year. The people that I've met my sophomore year in my organization are some of the best friends I have made in my entire life. There is an organization for every person. NYU is diverse and it's greek life is diverse as well. The greeks are definitely not over bearing on campus...but they are definitely present. On a side note, greeks have overall higher gpas than the rest of campus. Also, many people come to NYU for the career opportunities in the city and many alumnae of greek organizations at NYU end up staying in the city and always offer internships/jobs to active brothers and sisters in nyu greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard but excellt professors who are always there to meet with you

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love It Here. Not your typical college experience because you are basically living in the real world. Your experience here depends entirely on how ambitious and adventurous you are.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Swiping in – It is great having a security guard at the door because they can be cool, but when you are drunk or doing a walk of shame its kind of not so nice having a guard glare at you while you attempt to remember your birthday. Overall though safety trumps embarrassment.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Variety, Not Great Consistency, and Pricey – There are a lot of different options, but it seems a bit pricey. It is also frustrating having to eat on campus when NYC has such great food. The quality varies a lot from place to place and day to day, but overall pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Bobst Is Heaven, but the City Is Your Real Campus. There are endless locations to study or just hang out on campus. Also great views of the city. All of NYC is really your campus here. Forget about a quad, we have washington square park filled with lively events and people all the time!

3 College Junior

Weather: Snow= Cancelled School, Rain = Messy – It's the Northeast here... so of course we get our fair share of snow, sleet, gross rain. It sucks a lot because you mostly have to walk everywhere. But when it does snow, we get days off.

Another downside, it's hard to see the sun with all these tall buildings around!


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Victoria Adesoba
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NYU offers students a taste of the hustle and bustle they will most likely encounter in the real world once they graduate. It is an overpopulated institution, so you have to be ready to fight to gain certain academic opportunities, but cultivating such a habit may serve as indirect training for new graduates when they have to go about securing jobs in their respective fields. Life at NYU demands a certain kind of disposition; thus, it is not for everyone. For students who love NYC and the challenge and experience it offers, it is an exciting and ever-changing community. For those who desire a community-rich college experience, NYU is lacking in that area. However, you can make an amazing experience out of what the school does offer. Whatever your choice, get ready for a mix of demanding academics and wild experiences in the city. Finding a balance between the two is key at this big-city school.

Many students claim that the best part about attending NYU is living in New York City, while other students complain about the school's large tuition. Most often, students are dissatisfied with the lack of a campus or school spirit, and many students believe that the institution is run too much like a business, with the school using millions of dollars to make NYU a global institution instead of supporting its current students. Otherwise, most students appreciate the various benefits of living in the city, such as diverse and exciting nightlife options, a broad range of cuisines, and prestigious and diverse internship opportunities.

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