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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not personally involved in Greek life however I've heard reat things from my friends who are. I have many friends in both fraternities and sororities and for them there is definitely a sense of family within the organization. They visit other school, do community service, go to parties together, have study sessions together. It make the campus seem more like a community then a few scattered buildings.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: New York University is a large university in a city that is extremely diverse. Therefore there is no surprise that the students of the university are also diverse. Unfortunately most classes will be 95% white students. However there are many clubs and organization on campus for students of every ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. You just have to look somewhere other than the classroom to find diversity.

4 College Junior

Transportation: At NYU, you either have to walk or take the subway or bus. It's not hard to get to campus just annoying if you're a commuter.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse Campus – NYU is very well known for having a lot diversity on campus and having hundreds of student groups for different ethnicities, languages, and races.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Right in NYC! Difficult – In New York City, it is very hard to find apartments have to do a lot of searching and be open to living outside of downtown Manhattan.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Most freshman dorms are walking distance, but commuters and people in other dorms have easy access to the subway. Very affordable and convenient.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Never Ending – Huge selection of bars and clubs. They're all over the city. It IS NYC,

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Many Unique Things – NYU has A LOT of schools such as Tish, College of Arts and Science, Nursing, Stern School of Business, Dentistry, Gallatin etc. So you get many options even when you were choose a school. Also, NYU has many dining halls-Palladium, Weinstein, Rubin, Kimmel, University Hall etc. So if you choose NYU, you will get many options unlike other school that impact your day, life, whatever it is.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not Too Great – I tried out for badminton team and only a few more than 10 people made in. Most of them were people who were in badminton team last year or graduate students. I understand that they can only accept people who are really good but I'm pretty sure they weren't on that level from the beginning so I think they should accept more people and divide them into two or more groups and train them separately. Who knows people from lower level group had potential and do much better.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cheap Places to Eat – There are many cheap places to eat around NYU. People might think everything is going to be so expensive since it's NYC but no, that's not true. Near union square, there are many carts that sell food and they are cheap (around 7 to 8 dollars), convenient, and most importantly, they are good! Also, around NYU (if you have student ID with you) you get 10 to 15% discounts!

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid here is a joke. They don't give it to anyone. If you are from the city, you can get some serious scholarships but those have nothing to do with the school's financial aid. You have to be rich or get student loans; that's it.

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College Freshman

Facilities: Don't Be Lazy – Don't live in Rubin. Study abroad is amazing. TAKE ADVANTAGE of free trips and activities and movie screenings, etc that are offered at your dorm; the tuition is ridiculous DON'T WASTE these opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's THE City – Can't be beat; amazing, day and night, but the nonstop noise at night can be unbearable to people who haven't lived in a city before

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: NYU has a great bus system that is free. It takes you to all of the dorms and major buildings at NYU. If you need to get around the city then the subway is you best bet, it's cheap and fast.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You Can Do Whatever You Like – There are plenty of places for everyone. If you are a partier, there are 18 and over clubs. If you like to see shows, Broadway opens 8 times a week. Plus, there are thousands of things to see in the city like landmarks, museums, shows, and just the city itself.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's New York City – While there are many options to eat with your meal plan, it's New York City. There are thousands of coffee shops, sub places, soup places, Indian food, Chinese food, Italian food, Halal food, and anything your desires. So while you can save money and choose to eat out of your meal plan, you will always have a plan B.

3 College Junior

Computers: There isn't Wifi everywhere because NYU is in the NYC, but there is access to it in main buildings. Printing sucks, there are a few printing labs but there usually closed or broken.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a Non-Greek – The greek system is really only a big deal to the people in it. It doesn't dominate socially whatsoever, and because of the location of NYU, the frats just don't have the 'frat houses' to host the huge crazy parties you expect from greeks. My roommate freshman year went greek and loved it, on the other hand that made my first interaction with the greek system the incident where the sororities decorate their pledges' rooms (I was kind pissed about 1. the fact that I lived their too didn't seem to be considered and 2. the principle of some stranger messing around in my room while I was out)

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A Mess – There are a LOT of hipsters and a great number of spoiled yuppy types (especially in Stern), so the typical 'looks' follow those types. Alotta the people here are into alotta things since you are in nyc, many are into the party scene, others theater, others music, other just random exploring. The social life can be tricky if you aren't into the club scene or don't have the money for it, but you CAN find things to do obviously. For straight girls, the dating scene is notoriously nightmarish because there are so many more girls than guys, and alotta the guys are gay, but then again you have the upside of not being sequestered on campus. Straight guys have it pretty easy by the same rule. The LGBTQ population has a large presence, NYU and NYC in general is an accepting place. It's an easy place to be open about your sexuality on and off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: This Is Where the Money Goes – NYU is a very aesthetically modernized university. Bobst library for example is a sight on its own, I was actually kinda overwhelmed to go there my first time. The Stern building is in general the epitome of that clean, swanky yet minimalist style. Not every single building is necessarily fantastic because truth be told just like any other student I haven't had a reason to go to all of em, but the main buildings right on the square-Silver, Kimmel, Bobst, etc-are very nice aesthetically. The one downside however is that you ARE in an overcrowded vertical university--get ready for elevator lines, even lines up and down the stairs, and just generally alotta crowds and congestion. If you get claustrophobic it's something to consider..

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a LOT of very unappealing guys here, though admittedly they can make very interesting conversationalists/friends and are often from interesting parts of the world/are very rich. However, looks-wise, guys are hard to find. If you do find a guy who is tall, fit, good-looking and STRAIGHT, he is likely a) in a frat b) loaded and c) very very very cocky. The girls here are a lot better than the guys, though that isn't saying much, and they are pretty shameless in pursuing a hot guy once they find out he ISN'T gay. These guys have their pick of the girls, basically; it usually isn't worth getting involved with them because they are so full of themselves. Finding a relationship at NYU seems most common for hipster-types; if you're a girl in the nightlife crowd, you are very unlikely to find a boyfriend who fits your standards/desires at this school. That being said, the city is a big place and if you're constantly putting yourself out there, you're more than likely to meet someone worth your while.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a Big Deal to the People Who Are in It – Greek will never affect your life unless you know people who are in it, in which case, it is the most important part of their college experience. Most of the good-looking, athletic, straight guys I know here are in a frat, and the vast majority of them are in Pi Kappa Alpha. They say they are looking for a good community of guys they can relate to, basically typical frat guys which are hard to come by at NYU. Even so, they are heavily involved in the night life. Because of NYU's proximity to the meat-packing district, basically everyone who parties does so at clubs; there aren't really frat parties like there are at Columbia, where they are very far away from any kind of nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Nothing to Complain About – The staff in the printing centers are active about solving your problems, and the IT support, should you ever need to call them, are also very personable. The WiFi in my dorm (Third North) is always fast; not sure if this is the case everywhere. The NYU wireless network is available in every single NYU building; in fact, I have never been unable to access it even in buildings that aren't technically owned by NYU (Starbucks, etc.) Personal computer is a must, and I would definitely recommend bringing a printer if you can find room for it; going to the printing center can be a hassle when you're in a hurry.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have walked around the village on my way home very late at night, say 4 or 5AM, or I will go out to get something to eat at a similar hour, and I never feel unsafe. Sure there are a couple drunks or hobos who may shout something remotely offensive if you're a girl on your way back from the clubs, but other than that there is really no issue. I have never felt I had anything to fear. Signing guests into the dorm is a very strict and secure process, which is good but also very annoying.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The City – As a Studio Art major the resources of the city are awesome. We take field trips (or go on our own) to the many great art museums and even places like the zoe or natural history museum to draw. Plus the gallery scene is great. We go to the galleries all the time. Plus you can get great internships and jobs


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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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