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4 College Sophomore

Academics: NYU has a huge amount of opportunities and resources available to it's students , and although some people may complain about the large classes, they just aren't taking advantage of all of the other academic opportunities offered to them

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: New York's transportation system is well managed and staffed.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received scholarship entering NYU and maintained to keep it. Although NYU is known to be stingy and not give out scholarships, if you work hard and have financial needs, they will be more than happy to help you out.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: While the city life can be suffocating at times, it is exhilarating. You feel like a real grown up living in the "real world." It is rather easy to navigate and there are so many places you can go. Although it is a city environment, there are parks and nature for you to enjoy. SoHo is great for shopping and there are great museums and attractions all over the city which are just a subway ride away.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: New York University is located at the heart of New York City so off-campus dining options are fantastic. There are restaurants on almost every block so you have a lot of options and varieties. You will never get sick of the off-campus option since there are so many.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You will meet every kind of person at NYU, the diversity is unmatched here. It is really nice to see a wide variety of perspectives and lifestyles.

4 College Freshman

Weather: My main complaint about the weather in New York is the heat in August. The rain, snow, and cold weather never get so bad as to be a huge problem here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the College of Arts & Sciences at NYU. The workload, options, and quality of classes are excellent. My only real complaint is the MAP (general education requirements), as many of them are irrelevant, draining, and somewhat useless.

5 College Freshman

Academics: One of the main things I liked about NYU was that you could begin actually preparing for your career from day one. Whether you want to go into the arts, business, science, or so on, you can begin studying useful subjects as soon as you get to NYU. Of course, NYU also has more liberal arts based education - mostly through LSP and CAS - as well if that is what you prefer.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are large and all have private bathrooms which is amazing. The views in Hayden and Founders are incredible too. Most of the dorms aren't the newest, but they are still relatively nice and clean.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great. There are numerous options no matter what your preference and budget is in the Village alone, and if you go outside Greenwich Village, there are even more choices throughout the rest of Manhattan.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: New York City has mostly excellent public transportation, though the MTA will occasionally try really hard to screw everyone over.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: My first year, we dealt with Hurricane Sandy. We missed a week of classes. In addition to that, we had a massive winter storm. Other than those two chaotic events, the weather here is predictable. Snow in the winter, chilly, bitter days in the fall, and rain in the spring.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you have a lot of people in your room, with alcohol and/or drugs, you can be pretty sure you'll be busted if the RAs on your floor are doing their duties. A first strike will get you a warning, with penalties increasing with each write-up after that. Enough infractions and you can very well be expelled from campus housing!

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is perhaps unfair to lambast the Greek Life at NYU, for the very reason that it does not permeate campus life at all. In fact, it is quite possible to go an entire year without ever encountering Greek Life, be it through parties or events. That being said, Greek Life at NYU carries a certain stigma, if only for the Fraternities and their less-than stellar reputation with female students. All in all, Greek Life is there if you want it, but you have to look hard.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: a lot less students at nyu use drugs as you might expect. it is obviously a concern still, but there are so many people who do not that it'll be easy to find friends who don't.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There are so many different courses offered at this school, sometimes the list is overwhelming, but it is very exciting to look at the courses available and know that in one semester you can study astronomy as well as "the art of laughter." If your major is more strict with your ability to choose your courses you may not have as much fun in course registration.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are so many clubs and organizations to be a part of at NYU that celebrate diversity. The school can be very liberal and accepting at times to most people. However, because of the majority of liberal students, some conservative students feel outnumbered sometimes and afraid to express conservative religious beliefs out of fear of judgment.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't bring a car. You live in Manhattan. Parking and gas expenses are ungodly. Take the subway, you'll be faster anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs are great, when you can find a computer. Don't even try showing up in between classes unless you want to deal with huge lines. Download the printing software so you can do it from your own computer. You get $50 dollars of free black and white printing, which is great, but you have to spend your own money for printing in the library, copying, or color prints. The wifi is fast, but you'll have to connect a few times to make it work, and you have to set it up first. It's available all across campus, so that's a plus. Apparently one girl was still using it all the way in Central Park!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is tons of diversity in the campus dining. We have food for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions. Our kosher cafe is unrivaled, and we always have vegetarian and vegan options. Plus, our burgers are killer. There are healthy options all around campus, so you can eat in dining halls without feeling like you'll gain the Freshman 15. I'd recommend a flex meal plan, especially if you have a kitchen in your dorm (most do). Dining dollars are great for Starbucks or other miscellaneous snacks. You can even buy house supplies there! It's a fantastic plan.

4 College Junior

Majors: Steinhardt Applied Psychology overall is a very rewarding program. The faculty are among the top experts in the country in their field. The curriculum is designed to easily reach your goals and be put in a place to graduate in four years. Class requirements are dispersed as such that no semester is substantially more difficult than another. "Fieldwork" requirements put students in real-world environments working with actual professionals in the field and giving them job experience for the next level.

3 College Junior

Majors: Overall I am satisfied with my program thus far. Given the choice, I would probably embark on the same route again, but for me it is still a little premature to tell whether or not it was all truly "worth it." I hope to attend graduate school in either Psychology or Law so at this point I feel that I am on the right course to do so.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am not sure how rigorous getting into Steinhardt Applied Psychology really is. NYU is known for their Stern School of Business as well as its Tisch Arts Programs. Not to say that Applied Psych is by any means easy, as it still has substantial requirements for admission such as high SAT/ACT scores, high GPA and significant extra-curricular experience. I would rank Applied Psych as about average in terms of difficulty of admission within NYU majors.

4 College Junior

Majors: Overall, I feel that my major is highly unique in that NYU offers one of the only programs in the country in Applied Psychology. The curriculum can be highly challenging at times, so time management becomes crucial, especially in Junior year where internships become more and more critical. Internships can be completed thru professors in the department and put students in real-world situations. I learned more through my internships than I did through my classes.


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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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