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Reviews 3506 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of strange people here. I have yet to find a group of individuals that are like me: someone who tries to be funny and point out the obvious when no one else wants to.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people are into drugs, but not as much as in other cities because there is more to do, and because school is very arduous here.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fashionable and Diverse – A lot of strange looks, but that is expected, it is New York. Everyone is dressed well for the most part, and social life is always alive. Relationships are seen, but strange because a lot of people seem guarded here.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – I see more people getting in trouble for drinking than drugs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The city life is so exciting day and night. The diverse atmosphere exposes me to all types of culture and people. But it also makes it a bit difficult to make friends due to the hectic nature of the city.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Vegetarian Options – I recently became a vegetarian and there are several great, affordable options to choose from within blocks of the campus. Many of them also offer discounts to NYU students who show their student ID.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's NYC! Hello, NYU is in the heart of Greenwich Village, the coolest place on Earth.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of Asians, Not Many Black People – Many of my black friends have complained of the lack of black community at NYU, but there are TONS of Asians, Jews, European people, etc etc etc.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Most of the dorms use Ethernet, but other than that every building has access to NYU Wifi. The network is fast despite the amount of students. There are rarely free computers during the day, but you can check out laptops a few hours at a time from the library and they usually have plenty. Despite the library's massive size, it's pretty much always crowded. NYU gives you 500 free printed pages a semester.

4 College Junior

Weather: There's winter, summer, fall, and spring. Pretty standard. Snows sometimes, but there's not much opportunity for sledding in lower Manhattan.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: New York City – New York City has excellent convenient options for any and every price range. There are some student discounts, depending on the restaurant. St. Marks has many great restaurants. One of my personal favorites is 2bros pizza. You can't get a better slice of pizza for a dollar anywhere in the world!

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Hate It – The assigned counselors don't know much about the school and completely misinform students all the time.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Our school has some diversity to it. And pretty much all of that diversity comes from students from NY and who commute. Our school, however, doesn't like commuter students or "ethnic" students, so pretty much all native New Yorkers are put down in some way or another.

5 College Senior

Technology: Great Computer Labs – Computer labs are located all over campus, and have up to date Mac computers as well as some PCs in some labs for students who prefer PC over MAC. Computer Labs are usually crowded during lunch time, midterms, and finals and hard to come by.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are a Great Option – NYU provide student buses and the subway (MTA) is easy to get to.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The facilities are excellent and open late. The athletic center is clean and neat. The Bobst library is awesome. The general campus is great and the Washington Sq park was completely redone and is awesome

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Crazy-Diverse Mix of People – There are all kinds at NYU. People are pretty diverse, and anything goes. There are a fair amount of pretentious d-bags, but a lot of really cool, interesting people as well. Most everyone is really passionate about something, be it their major, their a capella group, their clubbing schedule, or their stash of weed. It can be hard to make real friends at first, and it's easy to feel lost in the crowd, but if you get involved and have a little patience, you'll meet awesome people that you really connect with.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Okay for the First Year – NYU's dining hall food can be pretty good, depending on where you go--Kimmel is definitely the best, and Weinstein's fast food court is dependable and open late. There are a fair amount of options, including vegetarian and vegan. But meal plans are not worth it after the required first year, as all upperclassmen dorms are apartment-style, and come on, you're in New York City. You're going to want to eat out. There is a lot of good, cheap food right around campus that is a much better value (a 10-meal-a-week plan works out to about $15 per meal), so even if you don't want to pack a lunch, you have other options than the dining halls. It is nice that you can use Dining Dollars at Starbucks in Washington Square and Dunkin Donuts on Union Square, and Palladium Sunday Brunch is not to be missed (there's a chocolate fountain!).

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for Outside Aide – NYU is notorious for giving out very little aide. I got a few scholarships but they barely covered room and board. My parents income isn't that high, especially since my dad was unemployed, but I still didn't receive much from the school. I had to turn to sources outside of the school for financial aide.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Living – There is always an apartment or condo available in the city,but price is always an issue. If you decide to live out of Manhattan the cost of living declines drastically, but then you have to worry about a heavy commute everyday for classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are your typical style dorm room with two or three beds and a shared bathroom. Low cost housing is available, and for the most part that is cheaper than living on your own in an apartment in the city. Upperclassmen dorms get a little pricey, but they all include a kitchen. You have to remember that living in Manhattan is expenesive to begin with, most dorms end up being cheaper than renting an apartment and paying for utilities. By senior year most people are out of dorms and living in either Brooklyn or Queens where the cost of living is overall less expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Cheap Living in an Expensive City – "New York City is the place where dreams are made of." We have all heard that before, students come to the city with high expectations and dreams, but how can they meet these high goals on a realistic budget? NYU is smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, one of the most expensive places to live in the entire country. As a student here I was at first worried about the high cost of living, but now that I live here I have been able to find cheap eats and shopping that fit easily into my budget. There are so many markets , small restaurants, street fairs, and thrift stores in walking distance from campus that have reasonable prices. Most people in the area are friendly, and they will point out to you the good places to shop, and the places to avoid.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: NYU offers a bus to get people around from their dorms to where the majority of classes are held. Since NYU is in the city, you have buses, taxis, the train and then there is walking. NYU is surrounded by places that are really convenient. Taking public transportation will be costly over the year for commuter students, so they should get an unlimited metrocard.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I believe by NYU saying diversity, it means it has a lot of international diversity. There are African-Americans and Latinos that attend the school, but I would like to see more African-Americans and Latinos accepted to NYU. The school is very accepting of the LBGT community and that is great. NYU is in New York City...the melting pot and I don't think out of state students get the full gist of NYC diversity when the environment that surrounds the university is majority white. NYU tries to increase diversity, so there is some effort.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: NYU as a whole is too big, but it is the school within the school that makes the experience worth it. My time at the business school has been phenomenal. The professors have been outstanding and the clubs within Stern are a great way to network. I just wish Stern was it'w own entity outside of NYU, because a lot of the NYU dealings are a pain (such as financial aid).


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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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