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New York, NY
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21,247
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$44,958
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Hard
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Reviews 3205 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful scenary and surrounding community.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can find something at your budget whether is is dollar-a-slice pizza or a five star restaurant. All of your ethnic food cravings, except for some really good Mexican food, can be covered.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I was lucky enough to get a scholarship covering about half of total expenses but that still leaves me with upwards of 30k debt per year that my family cannot afford so I have to take out loans. All the help that I can get is appreciated.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've gotten to study abroad for half of my time at NYU so far and will have studied abroad for at least 3 out of my 8 semesters at this school. If you are a city person and can afford it, this school is one of the best in the world for you.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: We have people from all walks of life. They are all out there... well maybe except for Republicans. They are definitely out there, but few are brave enough to admit it in an almost completely liberal school.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: While the guy to girl ratio is approximately 40:60, creating a vast pool for people attracted to females, the male pool is a bit limited, especially for straight girls because there is a good chance that half of the guys you meet will end up being gay. That said, straight guys are out there, everyone dresses their best and if you want a social life and/or relationship, it may not fall into your lap, but you can definitely find what you're looking for.

College Junior

Academics: My major, Global Public Health/Premed is going into its second year at the school in the fall and is developing as we take classes. As I've only taken a few major classes, I don't feel it is right to give a rating yet but i will say that the promised interdisciplinary preparatory nature of the major in preparing me for medical school while giving me a broad platform to work off of is very promising.

4 College Junior

Academics: I personally have never had a problem with registering for the classes that I want although I do have a few friends that have not been able to get the specific professor that they want, so they will save the class for the next semester. The professors that I have had have all been incredible and have challenged me every step along the way without expecting too much. As a pre-med student, my workload is VERY heavy but that was my choice so I can't really complain about it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: For a school that has over 40,000 students, having Greek life that constitutes only about five percent of the student body isn't too impactful on student life, but for the students that do participate, it is big enough to be a substantial and impactful part of their lives. As a non-Greek that has a few friends that are Greek, I don't really view them any differently although a lot of the richest kids are the ones participating. As far as housing goes, they have a few floors in a dorm in Chinatown but most students do not choose to live in this housing.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Attending college in Manhattan provides the best of all worlds. There is always something for everyone to do and, if you need to escape the vibrant city life for a while, Central Park really is the place to escape from it all. The only downsides are safety and the cost of living, but honestly, all cities have some level of crime and our Public Safety Officers are amazing and we all knew what we were getting into money-wise when we decided to come to NYC.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Having a campus in the middle of Manhattan requires a high level of strictness in order to protect the students and faculty. Having to have an ID to get into every single building or having very strict visitation rules may be annoying at times, especially if you are running late for class and forgot your ID, but we all know that it is for the good of the school and therefore necessary.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's NYC. What else can you say? We have everything from every country, even if you have to go to Brooklyn to get it.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm at NYU for economics which is one of their best departments and it is a really great program. The workload can be a bit much but going to NYU you should expect that. The faculty are pretty good and the TAs are usually more than happy to help you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are some great programs at NYU like Stern, Economics, MCC, and Tisch. They are all world renowned and have great professors. They have an expected large workload, and have good curriculums for the classes. The sign up process is a huge headache and everyone hates it, a big reason it's so horrible is the size of the student population. A lot of people study abroad, in fact pretty much everyone but Tisch students go abroad.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The only people that would really catch you with drugs or alcohol are the RAs. They take their job seriously since no one wants to loose their job (free housing is valuable). However, most RAs aren't mean and they don't go out of their way to catch you. They can't walk into your room without being invited in which means they always knock before they come in. They only get suspicious if you can clearly smell alcohol or drugs in the hallway or if you're being loud. In those cases they come to inspect but besides that they don't want to catch you because that's more work for them and they don't want to be hated. Either way though, most people party off campus and a lot of people have off campus housing so people rarely get in trouble and if you get caught once or twice in dorms with alcohol you only get written up which means there isn't even a feee, you just get talked to by the hall director.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are pretty and mostly single. They all dress nice, a lot of them have designer bags( a lot of LV bags), Brandy Melvile and Free People are some of the most common brands on campus. Most dress either boho chic, leather chic, or in a more put together business style. The guys also dress nice. Very rarely do you see guys in basketball shorts and a tshirt unless they are going to the gym. A lot of gay guys with is unfortunate for the large single girl population. It really is true when people say that the guys are either gay, taken, or douchebags. Those guys that are single and straight typically don't see the point of dating and because so many girls are desperate enough to sleep with them they get and inflated ego and sense of self. As they grow older though a lot of the guys mature and become less douchebagy. They start out like tat freshman year because they are still immature but think that because they live in the city that they are somehow mature and suave. However, at night everyone puts on their best club wear (girls it's heels mandatory) and they go to clubs, get drunk, hook up with people, just like any other college, it's just usually less frat parties and more clubs within the city.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My room in Founders was definitely AMAZING. If any of you are considering where to live freshman year Founders is great because the rooms are HUGE!! They are bigger than any room of any of my friends at any other college. There isn't a dining hall in your building but there is a dining hall half a block away for a quick stop or Palladium one block away which is one of the best dining halls on campus and it has a great gym. The walk is about 10 to 15 min from campus but that is a relatively good distance when considering how far away some of your housing or apartments might be later on. It's just preparing you for the future walking. It is also two block away from Union Square which has amazing shopping. There is a Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Best Buy, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. Founders is one of the newest NYU buildings so it is clean, big, nice views if you're anywhere above the single digit floors (especially if you're on the 26th floor). It has an interesting church facade in the front because it was built on the land where a church used to be and they decided to keep the front of the church as decoration. There is a big space in front of the building where people can hang out while waiting for friends (or smoke side that's what most people do in front of it). And there is a back courtyard that people sometimes go into but it is mostly used for building events like ice cream social and what not. However there are other dorms that aren't as nice. Ruben is old and has no air conditioning. Third North has tiny rooms but at leas they have a dining hall and a common area in every suite with a kitchen.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Despite the lack of school spirit, the sheer size of the population of the school, and the lack of a college feeling, there is no place I would rather be. You get an advantage over anyone that wants to move into the city for a job after college because you can get internships and jobs before you even graduate. You get to experience what it is like to be an adult in the sense that you live alone in such a big city, you have to deal with the high prices everywhere, you have to go apartment hunting in one of the hardest places to get an apartment, and you feel the competitiveness of the workforce. But you get all of that experience before you even graduate and if you mess up in any of these steps you get several chances since at the end of the day you are in college and there are so many people to help you with your mistakes. After college you don't always get those kinds of second or third chances and if you fail once it might be the end.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one at NYU cares about sports, at least not NYU Sports. People don't even know what varsity sports we have (though there are people that participate in them), inter murals are for people that did sports in high school and miss the sport, and most people feel they have better things to do than sporting events. People that like watching sporting events watch them on TV, go to Yankees games, go to a bar and watch them, anything but supporting our teams. Honestly, people do sports to stay fit or because they like it, not because they want the attention of cheering stands. The facilities though are quite good. Palladium's gym is amazing and regularly visited by a large percent of students as well as some alumni. People care about being healthy at NYU and not watching sports. As a joke we have an NYU football shirt (we don't have a football team) so the lack of spirit is something that bonds us because we all joke about it.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Kimmel, Upstein, and Palladium are all pretty good dining halls but even these halls aren't worth the $10-$12 per meal that you're paying with your meal plan. And it definitely isn't worth it when you don't have a meal plan. There are so many places to eat off campus and plenty of delivery services that you never want to eat in the dining halls but as a freshman you are required to have a meal plan so you waste your first year feeling guilty whenever you eat off-campus. After freshman year, most people don't get a meal plan or if they do it is the smallest possible amount on the flex plan in case they ever need food and are running low on money.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is just students trying to find an apartment in New York City which as everyone knows is an extremely difficult and tiring process. It takes time and it is not cheap but it is necessary to find an apartment on the island because otherwise transportation takes very long. Speaking of which, no matter where you find housing, public transportation is always easy to find. Cars on the other hand, aren't at all welcomed at NYU. It is too expensive to find a place to store a car and on top of that there is constantly traffic. Your best best is the subway or a cab, or mostly walking if close enough to campus. It is pretty safe to have an apartment anywhere on the island, and though you don't have NYU campus safety near your apartment NYPD is everywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people don't get any financial aid and the requirements to get financial aid are very high. They tend to set the requirements very high for who can get financial aid and it is very unfortunate because so many people do not get the help they need. We also have a lot of international students and I don't think they receive financial aid at all so those students pay full price which doesn't seem to raise the amount of help given to US students.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Because we have so many different colleges and every single one has different requirements it is difficult to go into this school not knowing what you want to major in or later wanting to switch because you would have to do the requirements all over again. I personally didn't know that I wanted to go into business until the end of my freshman year. By then, I had two choices, pick from the VERY limited number of majors outside of our business school, or transfer into the business school. The business school accepts under 10 transfers internally from NYU every year and it has its own set of requirements to fulfill on top of the ones I fulfill for the school I started in.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is a two year liberal arts program from which you transfer into another college on our campus afterwards. It is an okay program for those going into Liberal Arts; but unfortunately, while in this program I realized that it is not the type of education I want, I would prefer something more math based, but it is too late to transfer and too much of a hassle. There aren't really any internship or networking opportunities because the program is so short and in general they do not really focus on jobs. The faculty and curriculum are challenging and it is a heavy workload however so you do get a good education.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a lot of acceptance on our campus overall. We have a very large number of LGBT students so everyone is accepting of them because they are so used to it. We have a wide range of political beliefs and everyone is always free to express themselves though sometimes debates arise over certain ideas on our student Facebook pages but it is usually very interesting and it shows student's passions. We have a very large variety of students in terms of culture and economic backgrounds considering the fact that we have so many local, national, and foreign students. You can never assume someone's cultural or economic background until you ask them because of the immense variety among our students.

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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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