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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is ALWAYS something to do in NYC. You could not ask for a better city to live and study in. Since NYU technically does not have a campus, you have to remember that you're in New York City the moment you step out your residence hall. I have explored several places around the city and have never ran out of places to explore; the only bad thing is that there's not enough time for adventures because homework exists at NYU (I'm not kidding).

3 College Senior

Computers: Labs Are Not All Equal and They Get Crowded – Choose wisely where you want to study on school computers. While a lot of campus is equipped with fairly new Apple computers, not all the Windows softwares seem to be as up to date. NYU's wireless network is pretty reliable and as the school is setting up all dorms with wireless, working from home is getting easier every day. But if you need to go print something in the morning as all students get $50 of free printing per semester at the school, go early as the lines get very long. The best way to start avoiding the line is to install the software that allows you to send a document from your own personal computer to print on a school printer.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's Impossible to Be Bored – NYU can be an overwhelming school by its size and impenetrable administration sometimes but it is located at one of the hot spots of Manhattan. The Great White Way theaters might be a few stops away but here is where local shops are the friendliest, where the history of a grittier and rougher Manhattan can be found and where the skyscrapers aren't blocking all the sunlight. It's a little expensive but with the right strategy, after no time, you'll find there's no need to go very much further to find all that you need. And if you do decide to go out and explore beyond Greenwich Village, the West 4th subway station leads pretty much anywhere.

4 College Senior

Academics: Nice Balance Between the Practical and Theoretical – The broadcast journalism major is very intense and, as you take more advanced classes, gets very hands-on. Journalism is not a subject best learned in books so the only option is to go out and report. NYU always gets notice of very attractive internship opportunities in the prestigious news outlets based in New York, which is ideal because they will be key for anyone trying to stay and work in the city after graduation. Becoming a journalism major also means you are required to double major which is nice because you come out with a concentration for your reporting but also because it forces to think about other things than reporting as it's easy to forget about everything else if you have a story to complete.

The dramatic literature major is very different. There are less requirements and the design of the major becomes more personal. I tried to keep textual analysis classes and film analysis classes balanced because I thought it would give me a wider range but if theater practice is something you want to try, that's possible also. It's not a very big department so it's easy to find familiar faces.

4 College Junior

Diversity: A melting pot of cultures – New York University is in the heart of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City; Soho. Soho is also called apart of The village where being true to you is key. In Soho there are dozens, if not hundreds of shops dedicated to offering retail therapy. Many of these shops offer student discounts, which is something I find extremely helpful. The city has opportunities for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers to meet different people from different cultures, try different foods, and take part in different festivals. It is a very healthy environment.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial as a Freshman – As a freshman, I didn't have much trouble with my financial aid. My only advice is to get it done as early as possible! However, both the financial aid office and the bursar's offic are willing to work with you to help you pay your bill. I only wish it weren't so expensive!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: New York City! I mostly chose this school for its location. Living in the East Village in New York City is amazing! Plus, all my classes have turned out to be super fun (although hard) and the dining hall food and the dorms are pretty nice too.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of strange people here. I have yet to find a group of individuals that are like me: someone who tries to be funny and point out the obvious when no one else wants to.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people are into drugs, but not as much as in other cities because there is more to do, and because school is very arduous here.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fashionable and Diverse – A lot of strange looks, but that is expected, it is New York. Everyone is dressed well for the most part, and social life is always alive. Relationships are seen, but strange because a lot of people seem guarded here.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – I see more people getting in trouble for drinking than drugs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The city life is so exciting day and night. The diverse atmosphere exposes me to all types of culture and people. But it also makes it a bit difficult to make friends due to the hectic nature of the city.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Vegetarian Options – I recently became a vegetarian and there are several great, affordable options to choose from within blocks of the campus. Many of them also offer discounts to NYU students who show their student ID.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's NYC! Hello, NYU is in the heart of Greenwich Village, the coolest place on Earth.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of Asians, Not Many Black People – Many of my black friends have complained of the lack of black community at NYU, but there are TONS of Asians, Jews, European people, etc etc etc.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most of the dorms use Ethernet, but other than that every building has access to NYU Wifi. The network is fast despite the amount of students. There are rarely free computers during the day, but you can check out laptops a few hours at a time from the library and they usually have plenty. Despite the library's massive size, it's pretty much always crowded. NYU gives you 500 free printed pages a semester.

4 College Junior

Weather: There's winter, summer, fall, and spring. Pretty standard. Snows sometimes, but there's not much opportunity for sledding in lower Manhattan.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: New York City – New York City has excellent convenient options for any and every price range. There are some student discounts, depending on the restaurant. St. Marks has many great restaurants. One of my personal favorites is 2bros pizza. You can't get a better slice of pizza for a dollar anywhere in the world!

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Hate It – The assigned counselors don't know much about the school and completely misinform students all the time.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Our school has some diversity to it. And pretty much all of that diversity comes from students from NY and who commute. Our school, however, doesn't like commuter students or "ethnic" students, so pretty much all native New Yorkers are put down in some way or another.

5 College Senior

Computers: Great Computer Labs – Computer labs are located all over campus, and have up to date Mac computers as well as some PCs in some labs for students who prefer PC over MAC. Computer Labs are usually crowded during lunch time, midterms, and finals and hard to come by.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are a Great Option – NYU provide student buses and the subway (MTA) is easy to get to.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities are excellent and open late. The athletic center is clean and neat. The Bobst library is awesome. The general campus is great and the Washington Sq park was completely redone and is awesome

College Senior

Greek Life: One Percent – Pretty much no one joins Greek life at NYU--only about 1% of students, I think, out of 20,000. It's kind of a joke. The Greeks don't have their own houses, just a section of one of the residence halls, and not too many live in Greek housing, which makes a difference. People outside of Greek life don't really go to frat and sorority parties--actually, you never even hear about unless you have close friends who are in Greek life. They do organize a fair number of events and seem to be pretty involved in the NYU community, and because they aren't as closed-off from university life, the Greeks at NYU seem friendlier and more open and less snobbish about their Greek associations.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Crazy-Diverse Mix of People – There are all kinds at NYU. People are pretty diverse, and anything goes. There are a fair amount of pretentious d-bags, but a lot of really cool, interesting people as well. Most everyone is really passionate about something, be it their major, their a capella group, their clubbing schedule, or their stash of weed. It can be hard to make real friends at first, and it's easy to feel lost in the crowd, but if you get involved and have a little patience, you'll meet awesome people that you really connect with.


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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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