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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are tons of clubs and activities that students can be a part of at NYU. Even if you're not a part of the club/ activity, you can stop by to check it out. We welcome/ encourage newcomers and ask that they join us.
If people are disinterested in doing NYU related things, they are free to look around the city in general. There's always something that caters for individuals. Plus, they can start things on their own!

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: We have a lot of buildings around Washington Square/ Greenwich Village, and I think that if the school managed how many acceptances and such, the buildings we have are enough. Not to say that we should limit ourselves from providing others a chance to get an education from NYU, but the NYU 2031 expansion plan has brought in a lot of criticism because the school is trying to build more buildings in Greenwich Village where residents/locals live, and I'm not quite sure that we need more space.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Most people are friendly, but some are snobby/rude.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't know why you would bring a car to NYU, but parking is just trying to find a spot on the streets in the city. Parking in a garage is overly expensive and not worth it unless you really are in a pinch and need it for the whole day. Honestly though, no one here drives, people just takes buses and subways.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of great restaurants in the Washington Square/Union Square area and they are not all expensive. Dos Toros is great for burritos, Spice is relatively inexpensive for Thai food, and many more. There is also a dumpling place on 14th that is super cheap and delicious. You can easily find some cheap options around you if you want a change of pace from dining hall food.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The professors are all extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields. The course work is rigorous, but enjoyable if you have found the right major. The professors are also very helpful if you want to speak to them out of class about what you plan to do and will discuss what you can do with the major, but you have to actually go and ask them. They are almost all really friendly and will be interested in helping you if you are interested in their field.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Depending on the major job prospects vary. The school is helpful with providing opportunities to search for internships which can greatly help you. I would have taken more time to figure out what I loved instead of diving right into my original major (math) and then realizing I wanted to switch and didn't know where to go.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a wide variety of majors and declaring is easy. Changing majors is not overly difficult, but transferring in between schools to choose a major in another program can be challenging.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: NYU doesn't have a football team like other colleges, but we have other varsity sports as well. Hockey, for example, is rather popular.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: First off, NYU greatly encourages international students to attend here. The community is also very accepting to students with diverse sexual orientations. Culture, ethnicity, and heritage are greatly celebrated at NYU.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Really great. Generally the professors are incredibly smart and incredibly connected, get to know them or at least be polite, because you'll learn a lot. The workload can be overwhelming at times but if you get in, you're smart enough and you will find a way. But its a big school and the faculty are diverse. Sometimes you get s***y teachers. But the point is you need to make your own path and figure it out yourself. Whining about teachers won't raise your grade.
And registration is tough and the schedule can sometimes work against you (underclassmen have a difficult time getting classes they want), so figure it out ahead of time and have back-up plans in case your first choice of class schedule doesn't work. Do your research.
Still, the academics are stellar. The instructors are incredible and the classes can be very stimulating.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty much non-existent, at least to the majority of students. If you like a sport, the facilities are not lacking. But don't look for any school spirit, you won't find much. There is no college football team. In fact, the lack has become such a joke that NYU Football Team jerseys and shirts have actually been produced and sold. But then again, if you go to NYU, you're not really there for a varsity sport atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities range depending on where you go. Some buildings are up-to-date and current, some are dilapidated and not so recent. But the computer labs and class facilities are generally top-notch. The gyms are generally pretty okay. The one at Palladium has the most diverse and up-to-date equipment, but other gyms are pretty standard.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The buildings themselves and campus is very safe. Guards, ID checks, all the works. Rarely fear for theft or violence. However, outside of your apartment and campus can be dangerous, if you don't take necessary precautions. And since living in NYC is so integral to going to NYU, it is not an option. This is not a college town, and robbery and assault occurs, just as in any big city. Take the necessary precautions: don't go out alone at night or wear headphones, try to walk in a group as much as possible, etc. But don't let this disuade you from going to NYU, the city is part of what makes it NYU to begin with.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Coming from a fairly multicultural place to begin with, I thought NYU was alright. But hearing from classmates who came from more homogeneous places like the midwest, they are often surprised by the amount of ethnic diversity.
With regards to religious and sexual orientation, most people are very accepting towards whatever stance you have, but with a predominantly liberal/nonreligious attitude. Religious people are not necessarily in the minority. Like Republicans, they are there, just hidden. But if you ARE a card-carrying conservative, it might be difficult to find your niche here. You won't be ostracized, but you will find yourself in the minority.
And most of the people here I didn't find to be extremely wealthy- though there are many. But you'll find that most of the people are generally from a middle upper class range. Its not crazy polar states of wealth, just something you notice. The middle range of wealth is higher than most schools, and most students are pretty unworried about money. (i.e. they complain about tuition, but they can pay it without a problem).

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While NYU is diverse in terms of ethnicity, race, religion, and sexual orientation, it is extremely homogeneous in terms of economic backgrounds and political beliefs. Most people come from wealthy backgrounds, and the students are extremely liberal. It is in these two categories that the student body is not accepting of other backgrounds.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: NYU has a lot of international students. There are a fair amount of prevalent ethnic minorities, especially Asians and Blacks. Sexual orientation diversity is in-your-face acceptable and promoted.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of options, great for vegans and kosher eating.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really understand what the grade for this means. The drug scene at NYU is pretty big, but that comes from the bias of a music student. People usually aren't too serious about it, but will enjoy a joint or two at parties. A small percent of kids do harder drugs.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs here at NYU are great. I attend the McGhee School and every semester they add a $50.00 credit to my account for printing. Computers are always available and lab tops are available for students to use at no cost at the Bobst library.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the food here at NYU is delicious. There are many choices from many different cultures. You can eat healthy or not, its up to you. Everything is fresh and the cooks are confident.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The snow makes you have to bundle up and trek to classes. The weather is humid when it rains, so you're wet and hot at the same time. When it gets to summer, the weather shifts from cold snow to hot and humid. On the other hand, I adapted pretty quickly, you just have to dress properly. It wasn't my ideal type of weather, but you just have to deal with it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The places on campus are good. We have multiple dining halls and food courts available--many more than my friends at other colleges have. This allows us to have many different options for food to eat. It is pretty easy to eat vegetarian or stay couture; there are less options for those who keep gluten-free though. My main criticism of the campus dining would be the hours they are kept open; some are open most of the time, but many shut down, leaving us to go to a specific dining hall all of the time.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's New York City, what more could you want? Don't expect to get in anywhere if you are under 21 and don't have a fake ID though. The bars and music venues near NYU are generally awful, but there are plenty of spectacular bars and clubs elsewhere; I like Williamsburg best.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Greenwich Village is a great neighborhood. Plenty to see and do, most days of the week. Not necessarily as safe and idyllic as a lot of people make it out to be though.


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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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