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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's NYC! Probably the best off-campus food since NYU is located in downtown NYC. Foodies should definitely take advantage of Restaurant Week for a taste of upscale dining. St. Mark's is always a great street nearby for almost any type of food.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Mostly Weed – Lots of people smoke, but more often people want to go out in the city, and that means drinking

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Too Many to Count – Seriously, so many places, so many kinds of food, open late, student prices. Of course NYC can get pricey, but there's something for anyone from street food to fine dining

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Plenty of Labs – For all the students at NYU, it's easy to find a computer if you know where the labs are. They have them in quite a few buildings around campus and in most of the dorms. Also, there's express printing in some of them to help move people through who only need computers for that purpose.

5 College Senior

Academics: Unfortunately, I feel what often gets lost in these reviews is the thing we come to school for in the first place. While having the "college" experience is nice for some, it's highly overrated and, as a graduate student, I feel I can approach this forum with a slightly different perspective. I learned early during my undergraduate career that there is much more to higher education than drinking games, Greek life, and meticulously kept quads.

At NYU, if you're lucky enough to get in, your classes are likely to be led by instructors who are leaders in their respective fields. Many of them publish articles regularly, write books, and have a media presence. Whether you are at Stern, Steinhardt, Silver, Tisch, etc, this school has, hands down, some of the best academics in the world. You will be in a class of your peers and man of the people you go to school with are going to go on to do great things. The list of notable NYU alums is an impressive one.

You will have access to Bobst library, one of the largest university libraries in the country and an intimidating piece of architecture. At twelve stories, you can get lost in this fortress looking for books or trying to find a nice quiet place to study. The resources are endless here and if you need to get some research done, Bobst is an ideal place to begin.

Outside of Bobst, NYU's online resources are equally as impressive. Students have access to thousands of premier professional and research journals, full of up to date articles as well as many from years gone by.

Needless to say, I am happy with my decision to go to NYU. There were other options on the table when I made my choice and I'm certain I made the right one for the right reasons. For me, it was all about the education I would get here. Well worth the price-tag and some of the other minor obstacles one would face at any other large academic institution.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – Just walking down University Place, you see that students at NYU come from very different backgrounds. I've encountered people of all colors, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. You really do get exposed to a lot of people outside one's original community.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls Are Better Than I Thought – Although cafeteria food in general has its limits, NYU is pretty good at maintaining variety. The meal plan is a bit pricey, but it all depends on which dining hall you go to and at what time/day. Some dining halls make you get a set portion for your meal plan, but other dining halls are buffet style. All dining halls allow take-out because they know we are busy college students. All dining halls have vegetarian options, too. Many different cuisines can be found in all of them, such as Asian, Spanish, Italian, and American.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A City Is Always Busy – NYU's campus is pretty nice when it comes to clubs and activities. Going to the fall club fest shows you that there are 100, maybe even 200 different clubs at this university. New York is a diverse city, so there are clubs on religion, frats, hobbies, sports, almost anything you could ever want! The Kimmel Center is a great place to hang out and most of the club activities occur there. There is also a nice gym a few blocks away from the main class building area. The Bobst library is also fantastic for studying, in almost any way imaginable. (Solitary studying, quiet studying, semi-loud studying, group studying, etc.) I also consider it the hyperbolic time chamber because I somehow get work done ten times faster in there. All in all, NYU's facilities are A+.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Biology Is Rough Here – NYU has great professors with great backgrounds and knowledge, but the curriculum is tough. It's a lot of work to take, especially if you're a freshman taking both biology and chemistry right away. But the heavy workload really helps you learn a lot in a short amount of time. Also, the instructors are usually looking for interns. And it's easy to find a job as a teaching assistant in the later years. Summer classes might be recommended, as it is hard to focus on all four classes and the city life sometimes.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: There is the option of Greek life at NYU, but most people don't go that route. There's so much more to the City than a sorority or fraternity that most people don't bother with it.

2 College Junior

Athletics: NYU has sports, but they don't invest in their teams like other schools. They are there for people who are interested, but aren't really a part of NYU life.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are many things on campus for student use, like 2 gym centers, multiple computer laps, a large library, and student centers where kids can study. To get into any NYU building you need a campus ID. Most of the campus surrounds Washington Square Park, and it's beautiful to just sit there between classes sometimes. But the downside? There's no REAL NYU campus, just a lot of buildings that are close to one another.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Not Very Good – Their financial aid was alright, however the cost of the school is very high. The process of getting aide is also extremely impersonal.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Though it is difficult for international student to get financial aide, there are still tons of them. There are also tons of different sexual orientations. NYU students are fashionable and not afraid to express themselves. I learned a lot about a lot of different kinds of people while I was there.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Their is wireless in almost all the dorms that is reliable. All of the buildings also have reliable wireless. There are tons of printing and computer labs, though they sometimes get busy with lines. Most of the computers at nyu (95%) are Macs.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Better for Boys – I think the percentage of girls is 59% at NYU. There is also a large gay population at NYU. There is a diverse crowd at NYU in terms of a student's "look", you could probably find any type of kid you could think of. It seems like most people are hopelessly single, but there's always a chance of true love! ha.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Too Much to Do – New york City is truly the greatest city in world. There are limitless options for you to do on any given day. You will find many beautiful parks and sights, movie premieres, art galleries, music venues and so much more. It is a very safe city during the day, but I would not recommend walking around too many dark streets by yourself. You will easily tell if you are comfortable or not. There is some hostility towards college students because of the stereotypes (usually pretty true) such as walking too slow and covering the whole sidewalk, talking too loudly in the subway or public intoxication. Don't be that kid!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are definitely present at NYU. You would not see it in an average day at school, but you might hear someone in one of your classes talking about "last saturday's wicked sweet party". I haven't heard of much drug use besides smoking pot and drinking alcohol. Usually there will be a stoner on your floor of your dorm who will occasionally stink up the halls, but they'll get in trouble pretty soon.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: NYU is always sending out emails alerting the student body of upcoming games and such, but overall I would say NYU students are not too interested in athletics. There are intramural sports which can be fun and laid-back. There are also two great exercise facilities with weight training, lap pools, basketball courts, etc. You could always go to Madison Square Garden for a Knicks game if you wanna get pumped up...

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It Is Completely Possible. I have a work study job at the film center of NYU which I got pretty easily. I work there just for the money, but career center also offers internships that follow you academic pursuits. I haven't looked into this path yet, but I have gotten an internship with an artist and musician who I contacted myself. That is the great thing about living in New York, there are thousands of professionals who are interested in young cheap labor, but its a great opportunity for you too. I sent emails to about five artists and this one guy was the only to answer, but I got it!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Gallatin School of Individualized Study – It was not too difficult to apply to Gallatin. They are looking for interests or hobbies that you already have and would like to pursue in an academic atmosphere. Your GPA or SAT scores are not as crucial as your character and passions it seems. Also it is wise to be come accustomed to the Gallatin program and how it would be a perfect match for you

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: New York Mothatrucking City! It is undeniable that the majority of students who choose NYU do it because of NYC. There's no shame in denying it. New York City is the greatest city in the world and it is really a privilege to get to live there. You will be able to see incredible cultural events that none of your friends will be able to experience anywhere else. At times you will have to check yourself though, because the New York scene will often get in the way of your academic life.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: A Little of Each Season – In New York City you get to experience each season pretty much. In the beginning of each school year its beautiful hot days where kids are lounging in Washington Square in shorts and tees. Autumn might come a bit too soon but the colors are beautiful around campus. After winter break there will be a snow storm or two in which NYU could possibly cancel classes. New Yorkers are famously wimps in transportation in snow, so thats good! Finally spring comes along which is a great relaxer to the stress of finals and such.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wide Wide Wide Variety – There are many choices when it comes to housing at NYU. There will of course be some dorms which are much closer to the campus (mostly freshmen), some which are much smaller, some which are much cheaper, but NYU has a very honest and simple application process. You know what you are getting and how much you will pay. Some of the low-cost option dorms are almost unbearable, but each building is located in a dynamite neighborhood. Just take your time looking over all of your options. Remember, it is a place you will stay at for a whole year, maybe an extra thousand dollars wouldn't be too much to squeeze from daddyo.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Lots of Options, You Just Need to Know Where to Look. Like most schools the computer labs will be crowded towards the end of each semester, but overall NYU has a pretty great system. The printing labs are somewhat easy to figure out after the first time, and hopefully you will be able to get in and out quickly. There are also THOUSANDS of computers all over the campus in every building which is a great plus. There are desktop computers on every floor of the library and the basement also has several computer labs which are often empty. Sometimes your internet might drop out, but for the most part it works quite easily and the Tech Help people are always helpful (haha). For the most part I would say a personal computer might not be essential if you don't mind going to the library or some other public location to write essays.


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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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