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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: NYU's campus is an open design because of the location in Manhattan. However, I feel very safe even walking at night. All buildings require a valid school ID to enter. Manhattan may seem intimidating to a young adult, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and be smart when making decisions to go out.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: YOU KNOW – IT'S NEW YORK! GREAT LIFE! GREAT CITY ! GREAT GUYS!!!!!! ;) ;*

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Not the Top Priority – Compared to other US colleges, the emphasis on sports is relatively small at NYU. While there are various sport teams which get some attention from the student body, sports are not such a big crowd puller as, for example, at USC.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Big Variety – Especially at NYU Tisch, the student body is very diverse. A thing that most guys and girls have in common here is a strong sense of individualism, which they express through their alternative tastes in fashion and music.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel totally safe at NYU. Campus Security is ever-present at the entrances of all the buildings. There have been no major incidences as long as I have been on campus

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Very walkable campus, plus theres NYC public transportation (subway, bus, cab) if you need to go farther off. NYU has free bus service that picks up and drops off students around campus so if theres bad weather you dont have to walk to class.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Fashionable – My single friends (male and female) complain over the lack of hot guys/girls here. Everyone here is really well-dressed, but they're not necessarily 'hot.' Not too many straight guys. Huge asian student population.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pretty Good Food, WAY Overpriced – The plus to going to a huge school is there are are several dining halls to choose from. You always have pizza, burgers, etc. There's also some pretty cool stuff like halfway-decent sushi, indian food, and vegan food. My only complaint is that the meal plan is SUCH ripoff. You may think that the 175 flex (minimum meal plan) is not enough for you, but it is too much. Everyone ends up with a ton of extra unused meals at the end of the semester. The meals are $15 each, so its a huge waste of money. I wasn't able to eat out much and enjoy NYC during my first semester because I was too busy trying to make the most of my expensive meal plan. It would be cheaper to just dine out in NYC so it sucks to get ripped off by your school like that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: You are living the dream. A kid in the big city. This school is not for everyone. You need to be ok with having to search for community because it can be difficult. The city is intense, but fun. Will prepare you for life.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: IT's NEW YORK! NYU is in downtown Manhattan, it is an unreal experience. This is the best place in the world to go to college.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Too Expensive – NYU is super pricey and doesn't hand out a lot of financial aid. Even with grants, scholarships, and student loans we STILL had thousands of dollars out we had to pay out of our own pocket. It's a bummer, but if you love the school and you love the city... It's worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So Many Opportunities! The opportunities presented by NYU are virtually limitless! It's a real hotbed for ideas and scholarly research in so many different areas. There are also so many resources to take advantage of: free foreign language workshops, one-on-one writing help, fantastic gyms.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Bobst's computer rental program is a pretty ingenious idea! I don't really like carrying my laptop long distances, but I like the ability to work anywhere with a laptop, not just in a crowded computer lab. The computer rental program lets me have both.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many majors available, and even a school to create your own. Cross school minors are widely available.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: New York University is amazing! The experience there is slightly different to tradition colleges but amazing nonetheless.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety – Safety is great, sometimes almost a little too secure. You need your ID to enter every building.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I.D.'S - a Real Drag – Because we have no campus, everyone must show their i.d.'s everytime we walk into a school building, which can be a drag if you forgot it that day.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a Big Deal – Pretty much non-existent. NYU is known for its lack of a campus and hence school spirit, so that's why I believe Greek life should be promoted more. Anything to help foster a sense of commradery would be appreciated.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: NYU is comprised of a diverse population - many blacks, asians, Indians - and you would be hard pressed to find anyone with conservative views here.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hipster Scene – Most of the guys and girls are into less mainstream clothing, music, activities, etc. They are very liberal in their ideas and thoughts. You will definitely find a niche amongst the diverse body of students.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Cold – In the winter it is brutally cold. Lately, it has been surprisingly mild though. Weather is not as much of a concern as it is in Syracuse.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – You can probably find any kind of drug you want on this campus. Cigarettes are big. Weed is big. Crack, molly, etc....you will find it eventually. Alcohol can be smuggled in a backpack. Some guards are chill, but some are really strict and can be complete ass****s when you're doing nothing wrong. Tons of dorm parties get busted too.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Straights and Gays – You will see people of all kinds. Straight up chill bros, trendy metrosexuals, quiet brilliant gays, and super flamboyant gays. NYU has it all and you will meet all of them in a quick period of time. Everyone is accepted here. We happily accept you for who you are.

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: Personally as a native New Yorker (of the city) students of greek life seems quite the contradiction of pursuing a higher education in a cultural mecca such as NYC. Greek life is for small suburbs and large 'party' colleges, and whilst they exist at NYU they are viewed as a bit ridiculous by non-Greeks, who wish to immerse themselves in the larger facts of life in the city beyond restrictive childish 'clubs' and 'memberships.' It does not dominate at NYU.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Comtemporary Eats. Campus cash is restricted to campus only dining halls and restuarants. Variety includes sandwiches, pizza, and contempoary eats. Not a wide variety on ethnic foods however.

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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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