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New York, NY
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$44,958
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Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in New York City. You can have any food you want, at anytime. Need I say more? Warning: if you move to nyc for school, you may suffer the pizza curse. I am currently afflicted with it. I've spent a considerable amount on pizza since moving here. It's just the best. And there's awesome one dollar pizza a few blocks down from my dorm. Beware the pizza curse.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to make your own nightlife. If you like bars and clubs, New York offers a variety of all types and prices. While there are house parties, you have to be outgoing enough to seek them out. There are many neighboring schools that offer their own party scene as well.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you demonstrate genuine need, NYU will give you good financial aid. A lot of people complain that NYU doesn't give good scholarships, which is true if you come from an upper or middle class background. But for those of us that are poor or working class, they do offer a very good amount of financial aid. I still had to take out loans, but nowhere near as much as if I hadn't received scholarships.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: You're living in the middle of NYC, there's an almost unlimited number of bars and clubs within walking distance

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life exists, but only exists as kind of a joke. NYU is a very independent school, people here aren't interested in joining social groups like frats

3 College Junior

Weather: A few chilly months, but fall and spring in NYC is gorgeous

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: There's plenty of dining halls to choose from around campus, some better than others. Kimmel and Upstein have delicious choices, but the rest of the dining halls leave something to be desired. Prices are kind of steep for a meal plan, however, and you usually don't end up using all of it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: NYC is a big city, and an expensive one. There's a large availability of apartments, and even some affordable ones, but only if you're willing to look in brooklyn or the upper edge of manhattan, put up with sketchy landlords and brokers, and pay lots of fees.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: NYU is known for having terrible financial aid; I received a small amount of my tuition covered by aid, and that percentage hasn't risen in the three years I've been here.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: You're situated in the middle of New York City, what more could you want? Cheap food, lots of variety; cheap comedy shows, movie theaters (including three different indie theaters around campus), shopping, bars, etc.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of the buildings are relatively new and/or renovated.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is generally just quite large and disjointed--by design. Students are more independent than at other schools and do their own thing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in New York is extremely expensive. However, NYU does provide many resources for finding housing.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: NYU does have Greek Life but it's incredibly small and not a lot of people join it. It's not a big deal at all.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you have a fake ID, going out in the city is great. If not, there a lot of dorm parties that are good also. The music is good and the atmosphere is too.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of people at NYU - from the really artsy type, to the preppy or sporty. It all depends on what you're looking for, but you can pretty much find anyone you want, and a great deal of both guys and girls are really good looking. Personally, I like the artsy type, and trust me there are a lot of really good looking ones out there.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Honestly, NYU isn't big on sports at all. If you're interested in sports you can definitely join one, but it's not a huge deal on campus at all.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: From what I've noticed there are three main categories within the student body--the ones who came to the city for the arts/grunge scene, the ones who came for the night clubs, and the ones who lived in close proximity to the city (westchester, new jersey, long island)and wished they lived in the city. The last group is unfortunately the largest and they tend to fit inside the 2nd group--people who came to go clubbing. Obviously large generalizations but it is clear particularly in people's fashion: there are people who are genuinely hipster/hippies/ live in bushwick, or high fashion--could be on the sartorialist, vs. the others who shop at H&M and Urban outfitters and wear uggs and emulate the former group while also finding them weird. Most of the Tish acting students fit into the later categories. People all find their friends though because it's a big school and they all tend to lose the uggs over time and lose their fear of the subway... As for guys, I am from NYC and already had a boyfriend before I came to NYU... Most of my friends are single... But there are definitely straight guys and single, and plenty of older men who you can meet at bars/ life outside of NYU.

P.S. people tend to be pretty fit/ thin because of all the walking and the pressure to look good in your high-fashion heels

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Tons of clubs, but you really have to go to Club Fest in the fall to find anything. Also check out the Listservs for clubs for those who didn't go to Club Fest. In terms of sports, it helps to like fencing over football, considering we don't have an American football team, and fencing is our biggest sport.

Operative word for anything related to school: walking. You walk everywhere for everything.

4 College Student

Transportation: There's NYU buses going around, plus the metro. Dorms are all near NYU buildings, and it's nice to just walk to class. Metro is dirty and disgusting though.

1 College Student

Drug Safety: only been here for like 2 months and I already know so many people doing drugs in almost every dorm.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are great buildings that are recently renovated and seem very new.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There are minimal parking spaces. Most are in public garages that you have to pay a large sum of money to keep your car there for.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at NYU are very up-to-date. All the dining halls are very well maintained and new, as well as the freshman dorms. The dorms themselves are very large for city dorms, which is a great plus. Some academic buildings are a little rusty, especially Silver. But other than that, the buildings are all pretty new.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm studying Film Scoring, and this is one of the only 3 schools in the country that offers this Graduate program.

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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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