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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: With its plethora of course offerings in NY and globally, incredible professors, insightful peers, and its location in one of the greatest cities in the world, I can honestly not see myself in any other school. While most of my experience is at Gallatin, I've met so many intelligent and inspirational people, all of whom are passionate in their interests. Yet not only are most of the people I've met interested in learning and discussing, but they're all self-motivated. For instance, within the first year, most of my friends and I have begun working concurrently while attending school, participated in independent projects such as extracurricular leadership positions or gallery exhibitions, and plan to stay in NYC to take on more work through the summer. Although many people joke about NYU's lack of community due to its "campus without gates" motto, I think this awareness of a physically limitless campus makes everyone even more eager to form social ties and meet others with similar interests.

ANYWAY, in light of my pontificating gush, depending on what school/course you're taking determines the size of the class and often the kind of professor to expect. At Gallatin, the courses are mostly seminar or studio style, but regardless, the average class size is about 12-17 students because classes are based on discussion. I've only taken a few Gallatin classes thus far, but the professors are always interested in hearing student's thoughts and opinions and are willing to help you hone your arguments. In terms of larger classes, like intro courses at CAS, the average class size is at least 200. These classes are obviously lecture style, which might make it tempting to fall asleep because you can hide in a sea of 400 faces, but definitely try to get a professor whose lectures are interesting enough to keep your interest. For more advanced courses, like special topics, the class size is around 20, but these too are mostly treated like lectures.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm still in school, so I can't speak on the behalf of post-college careers. However, regarding internships and jobs during your time at NYU, the majority of the people I know possess one or the other (or both, which is kind of a stress overload). NYU has the Wasserman Center which helps with finding career prospects, and students can schedule a meeting with Wasserman consultants about possible career paths/job application assistance.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are 22,000 people at this school. If you don't like a guy/girl you will probably find another. To heterosexual female students looking for heterosexual male students: good luck.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When studying in such a large city, I think NYU does a pretty good job at regulating health and safety standards on campus. In addition to marking public businesses affiliated with NYU for students to use if off-campus, there is NYU transportation throughout the area and a safety shuttle that runs at night which can be called to pick up students. Especially during finals when everyone studies into the night, this shuttle is constantly running to move students between dorms and the library safely. I haven't yet used the school's health services, but there are free walk-in psych consultations which are well received by students who need it.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I have never participated in Greek Life and only one of my friends is part of a frat.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: NYU is a Div III school whose student body is mostly populated by artsy fartsy kids, so there isn't much focus on sports. However, there does seem to be a loyal minority of athletes, so I'm sure if you find a team/club/intramural, you'll make friends.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All I know about off-campus housing is based on friends' experiences. Regardless of where you want to live, it'll probably be expensive rent for a small room. However, usually students move to Stuy Town with a few roommates to spread out inflated NY real estate prices. In fact, with this method most off-campus housing is cheaper than living on-campus, but then again, the rooms will probably be smaller and less convenient than the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Manhattan, so there's tons of food variety, but if you stay near campus it's probably expensive. If you're gonna eat somewhere, pay attention to that single dollar sign on Yelp.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Unlike more isolated schools, NYU's party scene ranges from clubs/bars/etc in the city or dorm/apartment parties. Apparently there are frat parties too, but is Greek Life really a thing at this school?

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have much to say, but based on my friends who attend other colleges, I think it's similar to administrative policies of other schools.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not qualify for financial aid, so I don't know much about it, but from my understanding it's a pretty tedious process. However, even if you don't receive aid from NYU, I think a lot of students usually get outside scholarships which cover costs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: While dining on campus is really cool like "wow eating like an adult making nutrition choices!!!1!" you will probably get tired of the halls really fast. Palladium's probably the best out of all options and UHall's Burger Studio and Dunkin Donuts are comforting symbols of 'Murica, but tbh if you don't live near Union Square that seems like too much walking. Thus, if you're too lazy to walk like 7 short blocks, you'll probably just find yourself getting a to-go box of shame from Downstein. However, among options near WSP, Kimmel is pretty reliable and has consistent options (pasta, pizza, sandwiches, burritos, Halal, grill, and stir fry), but it's closed on the weekends. There's also Peet's Coffee on the second floor of Kimmel and it takes Meal Swipes, so if you want to burn meals just buy coffee there. Regarding Weinstein, Sidestein usually has decent hot meals so check there before heading downstairs. Upstein also has Chick-fil-A, Jamba Juice, and a breakfast station. If you're really hungry and just want to eat whatever, Downstein is probably the best option since it's buffet style (which isn't terrible, it's just that the food is "eh" compared to everything else). Alternatively, you can use Dining Dollars at Sidestein to buy a family sized bag of Cheetos and eat that for dinner (I don't know what you do). Side note: you'll probably have a lot of leftovers at the end, so I recommend getting food for friends without meal plans and/or donating your meal swipes at the donation stations which are located in different dining halls at the end of each semester.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Regardless of where you live your first year, generally all of the housing options for freshmen are livable and fairly close to campus. Each room has its own bathroom and the size of your room depends on options such as the number of roommates and whether you chose to live in a low-cost space. As far as "best/worst" dorms, it really depends on your budget and housing preference. There are many dorms near Union Square with apartment style rooms (kitchen and living room), but these tend to be more expensive (e.g. Palladium). Meanwhile, the cheapest dorm is probably Rubin, which is traditional style (no kitchen or living space), but it lacks AC (which is apparently not a problem since NY weather doesn't really get that hot after move-in week). **However, keep in mind that if you choose to live in NYU housing after your sophomore year, your priority for picking dorms decreases since most upperclassmen live off-campus. I haven't began apartment hunting yet, but some of my friends have and as long as you have a few roommates and look over your options carefully, it's pretty doable to find a decent off-campus place.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I still live in the dorms, but have friends who moved off campus. It's stressful but doable

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are restaurants everywhere, and you can anything you might ever want, usually any time you want it

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's always something happening, whether its at a friends apartment or a bar or a club or a warehouse in Brooklyn

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3 College Junior

Administration: They're good about some things, but when I had something stolen from my room, they weren't very helpful

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I have a very generous financial aid award, but am having trouble getting financial aid for a summer semester

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Upstein is great, with Chick-fil-a and Quizno's and Jamba Juice, but Third North was terrible. Palladium is pretty average and has some good options, some bad ones

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms themselves aren't amazing, but you certain can't beat the location - right in the center of Union Square

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Oh boy. I don't even know where to begin with this one. I will start by saying...if you are a heterosexual female looking for a serious relationship with an attractive guy who actually takes commitment seriously, then please, please, please, DO NOT under any circumstances come to this school! I cannot emphasize that enough. From my experience I can say there are three types of guys who go here: short (as in 5'5" and under), disgustingly repulsive, geeky Asian, Indian, or Jewish guys who want a relationship (but you won't date them because they don't meet your standards), scruffy, bearded faux hipster, "lumbersexual" bums with greasy man buns (who look like they just walked out of a homeless shelter) or semi decent but not amazing looking fratty "dude bros" who are just looking for a good time. You want a nice, tall, goodhearted, handsome, all-American man with strong values and husband worthy potential? Too bad! You won't find him here. I have seriously considered transferring because the dating scene for straight women is just THAT bad. I'm not even kidding. Now excuse me while I lay down with my "boyfriend pillow" and cry.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: New York has some pretty amazing restaurants! Sure, they can get rather expensive if you go to them all the time, but it's nice to go out to eat every once in a while. There's definitely a lot of variety in offerings, from pizza to sushi to ramen to Mexican! You can find virtually anything here! As a student you will likely become very acquainted with Seamless, a food delivery app that practically everyone I know uses, some more than others. Many restaurants will deliver to the residence halls, but you'll need to go down to the lobby to pick up your food.

4 College Freshman

Administration: NYU isn't really any more or less "strict" than other schools, but I guess whether or you think it's strict depends on what type of person you are and what type of "activities" you like to get involved with. NYU is super lenient when it comes to guests and fairly average on everything else. No one is made to feel like a criminal, but you don't see people constantly getting away with crimes either.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence halls themselves are fairly nice, depending on how much you/your parents are willing to pay. Some of the buildings (like Rubin) are very old while others (like University Hall and Gramercy Green if you're an upperclassman) are fairly new. The rooms are very nice considering they're dorms, and they all have private bathrooms, which is a huge plus.

The housing process is relatively simple for incoming freshmen, and most people get either their first or second choice. The only problem is that you cannot pick your own roommates or what room you live in (your first year, that is), which leads to the possibility of ending up in a good or bad room with someone who's either amazing, okay, or just plain awful, all based on a completely pointless and vague survey (if you want to know how I fared, I probably had the worst roommate imaginable- my case was rather extreme though). If you're an upperclassman, that's when housing can get really tricky. To put it plainly, if you don't get an amazing housing time, well then you're out of luck, because rooms go fast and many people end up coming out of the lottery not knowing where they're going to live, even though they've been guaranteed a room. Rising sophomores have highest priority, but not even that guarantees a quad in Gramercy or a single in Alumni- as someone with "top priority", I got placed into Lafayette, for instance.

To sum it up, NYU dorms are nice, but I have to dock some major points for the terrible and unfair lottery process.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a commuter student.

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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.

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