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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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1 College Freshman

Parking: There's absolutely no reason to even have a car in New York city, and NYU doesn't make any effort to have parking for it's students.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New York City is the best city in the world. There are so many different things to do, from art, to music, to partying, to restaurants and shows.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I would say that alcohol is a large part of college life, particularly if you're over 21, but nobody peer pressures you or makes you feel bad if you don't drink.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: There is no campus strictness or academic strictness really. I've never received an offense. It's all other students just trying to do their job to keep their free housing. But there are many loopholes and you can easily explain yourself in a diplomatic way.

If anything, the city of New York will be a little more strict on you about your social life. As far as academics, as long as you perform well, you won't be faced with academic probation.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There is financial aid available, but most of it is geared towards getting loans. I have a deep seeded issue with loan companies and I'm still struggling to pay them off in this hyper-inflated low wage economy, and I would recommend getting as many scholarships as you can.

Also, look into Pell Grants. They are about $2000 at most, not nearly enough to cover the tuition at NYU, but if you have the drive write as many scholarship essays as possible to get your tuition funded.

I loved NYU so much that I'm looking at their graduate school program. However, I'm not looking to take out massive student loans again and am trying to find as many suitable scholarships to get me to school again to defer loans and to get my Master's.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Most NYU schools & dorms are located around Washington Square Park. This means 3 things: 1. You are in the heart of NYC, but still in a relatively quiet place. 2. You have an amazing park nearby where you get to see little performances by artists everyday. 3. You are surrounded by students!
There are students from all over the world & everyone has an NYU spirit that bonds us together.
There's a sports center, lots of shopping places and number of eateries & restaurants within a mile from most schools!
You're in Manhattan..nothing better!

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Being a graduate school, alcohol is served at most social events here. Smoking is strictly prohibited in school buildings & so you see people smoking only outside (& since there is no school "campus" as such, restrictions can be imposed only inside the individual school buildings). No idea about undergraduate school activities.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its New York City! There is so much to do. You can take the subway to see the Statue of Liberty or The Empire State or go to a museum. There is always a party going on. Greenwich Village is full of shops and food. It is right next to Soho, so the shopping options are endless. Also, there are actually some nice parks like Washington Square Park. You can also catch a baseball game or go to a Broadway show or a musical. There is an endless number of things to do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Third North which is supposed to be the best freshmen dorm on campus. It seems only mediocre to me. The room is dirty and the air conditioning seems to be broken. There is dust everywhere and there is mold growing on the air vents. The food is not that great either. There is a salad bar and pizza and hot food, but the food becomes boring and repetitive. If Third North is supposed to be the best freshman dorm, I cannot imagine how the other dorms are. But we do get a kitchen and a game and TV lounge which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here are amazing and so diverse. Although most of the food is a bit on the expensive side, there are a vast number of options such as fast food places like Wendy's, McDonalds or Chipotle that offer cheap dining. There are also tons of food carts located close to classes so there is no chance that students will ever go hungry. What I love is the number of vegetarian and vegan options. Being a vegetarian myself, it is nice to know that if I forget to prepare my lunch or if I do not have the time, there are always dining options available for me.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's tons of clubs and restaurants in Greenwich village. Sometimes they don't even check your id.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Cars are useless in New York City. There is no space to park.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Nightlife at NYU is very enjoyable and memorable. Students go out to outside clubs and have fun. But for those who drink, it is always good to drink responsibly to avoid trouble out there. Most clubs are tolerant to those who are 21 and over. Transportation back to the campus is convenient during reasonable hours.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: New York city is a very attractive city. It has many celebrities who are in the music industry, and this creates bliss to music lovers and those who wish to become musicians. Shopping is enjoyable mostly to the rich, because the cost of living in New York is very high. People in the New York communities value students because New York University is a very reputable university worldwide.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid process is very stressful. It is difficult for international students to get financial aid. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. I am yet to receive a considerable amount of financial aid.

Here are the tips to get financial aid:
- demonstrate the need for financial need
- excel in academic studies
- excel in sports activities

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a lot of help and support if you are pre-health.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's NYC...I personally don't mind the different weather.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are definitely enough computer labs and the printing service is great.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Manhattan apartments are small and pricey, but you can't beat the location; everything is easy access. NYU has an off-campus housing listing, but other websites are often more useful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There is no need for a car to access New York City. However, since I commute to school, whenever I have gone to campus, there has always been a spot available within a few blocks of the school.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Ha good luck girls. If you're gay you'll probably have an awesome time here, same for straight guys. Unfortunately the closer you get to campus the uglier males become. It's New York City so in theory if you work hard enough you could probably find something. Girls are mostly pretty though, so have fun competing with that.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is basically non-existent at NYU. There are a few frats and sororities, but you can't have houses because we live in the city. They generally throw parties at bars or clubs and sometimes, apartments.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: All of the buildings on main campus are within walking distance of each other, so you don't need public transportation unless you're leaving the village. However, if you are, you have an array of options, such as the subway, bus, and taxis. The only reason I wouldn't give transportation an A+ is the price. It costs $2.25 per subway ride.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Typical students are typical hipsters. There are more girls than guys and many of the guys are gay so I think the ratio should be adjusted to more like 80-20 than 60-40. If you are into artsy, studious, musical type guys (not so much the all-American, athletic, outgoing type) and wavy haired, ipod-clad girls in short laced boots then NYU is the place for you.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at NYU are pretty strong across the board. You can find professors in all subjects who practice what they teach and pass on the knowledge well.

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Victoria Adesoba
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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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