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3 College Junior

Technology: 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

Campus Quality: 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

Technology: 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

Campus Quality: 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

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Everywhere – You're in New York City. Of course there are tons of drugs. Before coming to NYU I smoked but had done nothing more. Within the first two weeks here I had experimented with shrooms, Molly, DMT, and my floormates invested in a vaporizer. my floormates have also experimented with cocaine, E and some prescription drugs. They are totally apparent even just in my freshman dorm and very easily accessible. It is very easy to say no, however. No one is pressuring you to take them (besides why would they want to waste expensive drugs on someone who doesn't want to take them?)

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Not So Good. It's a little depressing when it rains, but its not so bad since dorms are so close to classes.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's Always Something. There's always something to do around here. There are always movies, shopping, plays and so much more. Washington Square park is always filled with a great laid back atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Looks Aren't the Most Important Thing Here – there really aren't that many attractive people at NYU at all. Granted there are some gorgeous girls, but chances are high they wouldn't ever date someone that goes to NYU. There are two types of gay men: the ones that are catty and don't speak to anyone and then the ones that are over the top and annoying. I tend to stay away from both. Regardless, I wouldn't want to be a straight girl in New York City.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing on-campus is generally pretty easy. There is free printing throughout the school, but people generally just go to Bobst to print because there is printing on almost every floor.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: On the Rise – Its not that the Greeks are prevalent on campus (only about 10% of students are in Greek life). Its how unique and awesome the Greek system is. Fraternities and sororities at NYU are about as generic and conforming as the school itself. There's a lot of diversity within the Greek system with the added bonus of a community- something hard to find at a school like NYU. Every year more people rush, leading to a steady incline in the Greek population. DPhiE is widely accepted as the best sorority on campus, winning 17 out of the past 18 years. The most dominant/"most bro" is Pike.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: NYU students believe they are much to artsy to possible participate in the archaic heathen ritual of competitive sports.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty Good for NYC – Standard sized dorm rooms for the most part...but put in the context of downtown Manhattan that is pretty spacious. The freshmen dorms are all pretty close to campus. Most juniors and seniors move off campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The people living in Greenwich Village are so chill. They are mostly families or college students.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Labs are located all around campus. There is always a computer available if need be, and printing dollars are preloaded onto student's ID cards every semester.

College Freshman

Parking: No Car – don't get a car, you don't need one. just don't do it.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Have Fun – SUre there are good looking people but a lot of them are ass*****. There's a saying around here: There are thee kinds of boys- gay, taken, or ass*****. True or not? It's...not all accurate, but it's close. For sure there are a lot of horny [well dressed] kids. Social life is great if you love dancing and clubs. For those that enjoy lounge bars and just drinking? Not so much. Greek life is pretty dead, and even if they do have parties in clubs. Expensive cover, expensive drinks. Classy, but not all of us have that kind of money to blow.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Probably Have What You Want – NYU is very very diverse. With that being said, there are a noticeable number of Asians [particularly Koreans, for some reason], and obviously a lot of Caucasian people. If you are looking for something else, I'm sure you can and will find your own kind, but it might just take a little effort since it's such a big school.

People are pretty tolerant of sexuality (we're in NYC helloo), and tolerant in general.
I think there are a good amount of snobs and a lot of kids definitely throw daddy's money around which I 1) an jealous of but 2) hold them in disdain.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Unreliable, Yet Convenient – Most students, whether they live on or off campus, live within a reasonable walking distance to their classes (approx. 20 minute walk or less). NYU offers buses to campus from every residence hall, and although NY traffic can make it unreliable, the schedule offers several opportunities to ride the bus. NYU also offer rides for late-night travel back to residence halls through their Safe Ride program. For those living off campus, the subway stations are everywhere and have fairly consistent service throughout the weekdays.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: New York University's integration within New York City makes it stand apart from most traditional college campuses. Students live in the city and walk on city streets to attend class, eat, etc. Every day we pass by regular people doing their daily business, deal with crazy taxi drivers, and get to experience real New York life. Because of this, the students at NYU become more independent much quicker than students who live on a traditional campus and rarely leave the confines of the school. Students here also become much more independent. While the transition is often dramatic for most incoming freshmen and transfers, the integration becomes something most come to appreciate.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People who come to NYU are a different breed of college student. There are so many awesome people to meet, but YOU are the one that must seek them out. It's such a big university that YOU are the one that must make your own footprint and if you want something you have to make it happen. No one will hold you hand. This is awesome because this parallels life. No one will be holding my hand after I graduate, so why not start getting acquainted with this feeling now? If you need support, it is always there waiting for you, otherwise you are an adult. That's what I love about this university, the people are REAL, the experiences are REAL. There is not sugar-coating and baby-ing here.

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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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