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4 College Junior

Majors: Everything will be unpaid, but you'll definitely find something if you're willing to accept that. All major businesses have headquarters in New York, so you definitely have unlimited opportunities here - you just have to find them and hope that you're good enough.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Ever since ZTA and KKG came to campus, Greek life has risen to 10% of the student population since 2012. This has vastly improved the quality of Greek life, as many more people can be accepted now (usually about 200 out of 500 female rushers get accepted, and now it's around 250). You don't need to be Greek to enjoy parties, but it sure makes it a lot easier if you're in one because the Greeks have connections to bars and clubs that helps Greek members get in with no hassle or cost. It also helps you meet people outside of your major or residence hall, which is helpful if you want a diverse group of friends or want to expand your current friend circle. Greek life here is very active - for example, most sororities have 3 to 5 events a week! Not much is mandatory, which is great because it makes Greek life very manageable, yet there's always things to do if you're bored, from philanthropy events to sister/brotherhood events, as well as the mixers and formals. It's kind of hard to get a bid to a sorority, but it's definitely worth trying if you're a freshman.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winter is pretty uncomfortable if you're not accustomed to the cold. It's colder here than where I grew up in New Jersey (less than an hour's drive) simply because there's no freaking sunshine because of the buildings, which also create awful wind tunnels. Not bad in summer and fall, spring is chilly and winter...ugh.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not hard to find an apartment if you have money, but impossible to get one within walking distance (like 30 min walk or less) to campus for less than dorms cost (that is, when you include furniture costs and the fact that you usually have to rent it the whole year).

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I was scared of coming to Manhattan for college for safety reasons, but I've never felt unsafe at NYU at any hour. Greenwich Village is pretty safe. I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: On-campus dining hall food is generally good, but the selection can get tedious at times.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: NYU is notoriously one of the worst universities for financial aid and scholarships. I was lucky enough to receive a decent amount of financial aid, but NYU is still very expensive. NYU is also an endless bureaucracy. I was sent to 6 offices to get an invoice for a scholarship and never received it after contacting the person in charge of invoices repeatedly. I know many people who find themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, so if you question being able to pay it back it's probably not worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most places are 21+ but if you just like hanging out at a bar or hookah lounge, there are plenty of options. Aim for apartment parties though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received about 20k scholarship wise which seemed like a lot until I thought about how that's only about half the cost. Some people I know got nothing at all. It's kind of hit or miss.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in University Hall and the rooms are pretty large. Also, every room has its own bathroom (and that's the same for most, if not all of the dorms). The proximity to classes varies depending on where you live. A lot of the upperclassmen dorms are a little far but the walk still isn't much, around 15 minutes from where I live. The dorms are kept clean and some have little markets to buy things like snacks or cleaning supplies.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of weed smoking but I have not seen much hardcore drug usage, although some of the people I know have. It all depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is also pretty popular.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in Manhattan there are several different options for off campus dining for NYU students. I typically utilize my yelp app to find cheap eating like $1 pizza at Two Bros and 99 Cents Pizza.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are several dining halls at NYU, typically in Freshman dorms, which is convenient because most Freshman dorms are right on campus. The best I would say include the Kimmel Dining Hall and Downstein, both offer a variety of options. We also have a Kosher Dining Hall in Weinstein and almost all dining halls have a salad bar, fresh fruit, grilled meat section, soup, and pizza all day. Dining halls are extremely busy from noon to 2 and at 7pm it can take usually thirty minutes just to get food and there might not be seating available.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are better looking than guys by far. All the girls dress well and are beautiful. The guys do not even compare to the girls at NYU. There are more girls at NYU and there are many gay men. The straight guys are either taken from girlfriends from home/highschool or think that its okay to treat girls like dirt.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: NYU is in the city with endless opportunities...including food.

4 College Junior

Academics: My humanities program is well supported. We have great professors, a tremendous library and a wonderful and supportive subject librarian. The reading load can be pretty intense, but you get used to it and the classes are interesting, which motivates you to do the reading.

4 College Junior

Facilities: NYU's library is fantastic. They have, literally, millions of books, and terrific, knowledgable librarians who can be reached by email, text, or IM.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: NYU does think about student safety, they offer a "Safe Ride" program that will drive you home after midnight, but they could offer a lot more drug prevention education.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: NYU has amazing resources for students. The Kimmel center offers free printing, we have great gyms, and the library is one of the best in the country.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It´s a very save place with a lot of restaurants, bars, cafes. It`s very nice, there are a lot of cultural events. Is very nice.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: With every school/collection of people you will have ignorance. It is unavoidable. But as far as NYU goes....I was pleasantly surprised at the level of acceptance and diversity here. It's okay to be who you are and to be a little weird or different. Frankly, it is NYC and there are much stranger people out there. Nothing is "bad." Although politically we are generally more liberal, I have met my fair share of great people on the conservative side.

I'm not saying there isn't any challenges here...I have heard one or two stories - but as far as schools go, it's incredibly accepting here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a photography major and a student at NYU, I am to take Tisch courses and CAS courses to fulfill my requirements. The teachers that I have encountered so far have been amazing and very helpful. But with all colleges, it is important that you look up the professors BEFORE you sign up for classes. Each school will have it's good bunch of teachers and not so great bunch. Registration is a bit of a hassle, but it's doable. Bobst, the library, is a huge place full of a plethora of resources.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation is great and they even provide a free shuttle service that picks you up where you are when it gets dark.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: If you forget one form, they are completely unwilling to help with anything. I got zero financial aid.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather is mostly not too bad in the city, but when it does get bad, it's terrible. Students do not have cars so you are forced to walk to school no matter what kind of torrential downpour is happening outside.

The only time school has ever been cancelled for me was during hurricane sandy.


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Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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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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