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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: On the Rise – Its not that the Greeks are prevalent on campus (only about 10% of students are in Greek life). Its how unique and awesome the Greek system is. Fraternities and sororities at NYU are about as generic and conforming as the school itself. There's a lot of diversity within the Greek system with the added bonus of a community- something hard to find at a school like NYU. Every year more people rush, leading to a steady incline in the Greek population. DPhiE is widely accepted as the best sorority on campus, winning 17 out of the past 18 years. The most dominant/"most bro" is Pike.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: NYU students believe they are much to artsy to possible participate in the archaic heathen ritual of competitive sports.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty Good for NYC – Standard sized dorm rooms for the most part...but put in the context of downtown Manhattan that is pretty spacious. The freshmen dorms are all pretty close to campus. Most juniors and seniors move off campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The people living in Greenwich Village are so chill. They are mostly families or college students.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs are located all around campus. There is always a computer available if need be, and printing dollars are preloaded onto student's ID cards every semester.

College Freshman

Parking: No Car – don't get a car, you don't need one. just don't do it.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Have Fun – SUre there are good looking people but a lot of them are ass*****. There's a saying around here: There are thee kinds of boys- gay, taken, or ass*****. True or not? It's...not all accurate, but it's close. For sure there are a lot of horny [well dressed] kids. Social life is great if you love dancing and clubs. For those that enjoy lounge bars and just drinking? Not so much. Greek life is pretty dead, and even if they do have parties in clubs. Expensive cover, expensive drinks. Classy, but not all of us have that kind of money to blow.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Probably Have What You Want – NYU is very very diverse. With that being said, there are a noticeable number of Asians [particularly Koreans, for some reason], and obviously a lot of Caucasian people. If you are looking for something else, I'm sure you can and will find your own kind, but it might just take a little effort since it's such a big school.

People are pretty tolerant of sexuality (we're in NYC helloo), and tolerant in general.
I think there are a good amount of snobs and a lot of kids definitely throw daddy's money around which I 1) an jealous of but 2) hold them in disdain.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Unreliable, Yet Convenient – Most students, whether they live on or off campus, live within a reasonable walking distance to their classes (approx. 20 minute walk or less). NYU offers buses to campus from every residence hall, and although NY traffic can make it unreliable, the schedule offers several opportunities to ride the bus. NYU also offer rides for late-night travel back to residence halls through their Safe Ride program. For those living off campus, the subway stations are everywhere and have fairly consistent service throughout the weekdays.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: New York University's integration within New York City makes it stand apart from most traditional college campuses. Students live in the city and walk on city streets to attend class, eat, etc. Every day we pass by regular people doing their daily business, deal with crazy taxi drivers, and get to experience real New York life. Because of this, the students at NYU become more independent much quicker than students who live on a traditional campus and rarely leave the confines of the school. Students here also become much more independent. While the transition is often dramatic for most incoming freshmen and transfers, the integration becomes something most come to appreciate.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People who come to NYU are a different breed of college student. There are so many awesome people to meet, but YOU are the one that must seek them out. It's such a big university that YOU are the one that must make your own footprint and if you want something you have to make it happen. No one will hold you hand. This is awesome because this parallels life. No one will be holding my hand after I graduate, so why not start getting acquainted with this feeling now? If you need support, it is always there waiting for you, otherwise you are an adult. That's what I love about this university, the people are REAL, the experiences are REAL. There is not sugar-coating and baby-ing here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: One Word: Manhattan – It's tres cher in Manhattan. Unless you are planning on getting 1-4 other roommates to split the rent, you best be looking over yonder in Brooklyn for a studio or something. (I might add that Brooklyn is amazing.)

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York City – There's about 1000000 places to eat and if you are frugal with your spending, you can find $1 per slice pizza and $10 entree restaurants that would blow you away. People that complain about the price are not looking past Broadway or 5th Avenue. Duh... How about you go to St. Mark's Place or East Village. It's cheap and delicious.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Good, but Not Ivy – I'm a student at Stern. The teachers are really good, but the students are all really intelligent. You have to work really hard to do well in this school. The professors are really nice. Internships are prevalent because it is New York City.

5 College Junior

Majors: Internship at the NAA – Getting an internship in the city is not difficult if you are an NYU student. In fact, many companies love NYU students. MTV, Jimmy Fallon, MACY's, companies on wall street, Seventeen Magazine, and other organizations/businesses/companies always seek NYU students. As a communicative science major pursuing a career in Speech Pathology, I applied for an internship at the non-profit organization called National Aphasia Association. There, I am getting hands on experience working with a Speech Pathologist who coordinates events to raise awareness and help fund money for the care of individuals who suffer from Aphasia. Although my internship is unpaid, it is a great experience and I have learned a lot more about Aphasia and how to run a non-profit organization.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Meet Friends – Living on campus is the best way to meet friends. With all the hall activities and other sorts, it is really the best way to spend your freshman year at NYU. The dorms are scattered all over the city so you do not necessarily live on campus. The RA's are nice and the spacing in the dorms can vary. NYU provides different option for many, since it is expensive though the smallest dorms will probably give you the smallest closet.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – Many races, nations, and beliefs on display here. Gender ratio definitely leans towards females, though, and there are a fair number of lazy rich kids. All in all, though, I've been very impressed. And, plus, you're in the melting pot of America; even if the student body itself is slightly uniform monetarily, the whole city certainly isn't.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful but Temperamental Thermostats – Really nice gyms (especially Palladium -- beautiful, air-conditioned, TVs at a lot of the aerobic machines), absolutely gorgeous and very well stocked library. Most buildings are in good condition, though some have very crappy heating/AC systems -- some days the buildings will be sweltering hot, and other days freezing cold.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Money? Are You Kidding? NYU has tons of money. But don't expect to see any of that money paying for your education. NYU's funds are instead directed towards building campuses across the globe, striving for a 'greener' economy, printing pretty propaganda pamphlets for potential applicants, and buying booze for Stern kids. If I attended another school, according to my EFC, I would be paying about half of what I am paying here. That said, people don't come here for the financial aid. They come here because there's nowhere else in the world that you can get stellar academics coupled with the perfect location for internships and networking.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's NYC. There are subways everywhere, buses (certain ones are free for NYU students), trolleys (which I've heard are unreliable), great public safety vans that will take you to any NYU building at any hour of the night without asking questions, bikes to rent, and -- of course -- the option of walking. Most NYU buildings, save some upperclassmen dorms, are all within 15 minutes of each other.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: So since the dorms are pretty spread out around campus, NYU provides buses/shuttles that run between many campus buildings. Since I live about 10 minutes from campus (walking), I have yet to take one of these buses, but it's always nice to have that option.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: A Wide Variety – NYU has a very wide variety of students. There are international students as well as students from all over the country. Many people that go here are well-odd, but others are your average middle-class citizen. Some perks about going here is that you can find celebrities, like Dylan and Cole Sprouse and Dakota Fanning in your class, which is cool because you get to see that they are just normal people like you. One thing that is kind of a downer here is that a lot of the guys are either gay or manwhores, so if you are a girl looking a nice guy, it's going to be tough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: New York Grub – There are TONS of places to eat off-campus. You're in NYC! You can walk a block and pass 2 street vendors as you go. Some places even offer discounts for students, and one place by campus, Crepeaway, gives you a free crepe on your birthday. Free is always a plus!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food Options – You're surrounded by great off-campus dining but it all requires money--Manhattan's expensive

3 College Freshman

Majors: If you're really interested in the Medical Field then it probably doesn't matter for you, but your schedule won't really permit you to pursue other interests between all of the required courses. As a Neural Science major, i wouldn't even be able to take any neurology courses until late in my junior year. Also, for a Global University, the only place PreMed majors can study abroad is London, which didn't appeal to me as much as some of the other campuses. I wanted to explore my interests, so I switched to a Computer Science major where I can start taking classes for that right away.


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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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