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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health center does a pretty good job, but its out of the way and almost always busy. Walk-ins are taken though. Counseling services available are extensive, although i've personally never used them. Safety is not really a huge issue, as buildings are well guarded and require key-in. However, they have been crimes committed right near dorm and school areas, but keep in mind how many people live in this area! Taking that into consideration, the crime is minimal.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: NYU is an old school, but its facilities team works around the clock to keep it in good shape. Anybody can submit a work request detailing something that needs a repair and the facilities guys will get it on asap. In general, everything is super well maintained.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The most important disclaimer about studying here is that NYU is not for everybody. It is not the typical college experience. You do not have a true campus. You don't live in an oasis. Instead, you actually live in one of the world's greatest cities, and you get everything that comes with that. It can feel like you're being rushed to adulthood, but you get experiences and opportunities here that are absolutely unique. If you are willing to explore and put yourself out there, you will flourish here. It takes some courage and some resilience, because most of us have never been in a situation like this. But, throughout the journey, you get to appreciate some of the greatest things the world has to offer.

Now that that's out of the way, some more concrete facts. Our main library, Bobst, is gargantuan and has pretty much everything you could want. The librarians know everything about Bobst and can easily answer your questions. NYU is clustered around Washington Square Park, a New York Public park. This is pretty much NYU's quad. The Park is really beautiful in all seasons of the year and is a great place to hang out, do some reading, etc. If you like cities and urban spaces, you'll find NYU beautiful. It's not the highly manicured sterotypical university, but it's definitely majestic in its own way. There is little in the way of campus traditions, because of the lacking sense of community here. Instead, people take advantage of what the city offers and carve out their own habits according to what they're into. There's tons of space for personalization and individuality.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are world renowned, the workload is heavy, there are plenty of study areas (albeit not enough chairs around finals time!) and the curriculum is comprehensive. Study abroad is also readily available and a popular choice.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: They are spectacular. NYU is an amazing school that offers an insane variety of majors, and is often ranked #1 in many of them. Personally, my business education thus far has been amazing, and opportunities are already coming in for me. Tons of internship and job possibilities, and my program is well-organized.
Only downside? For many majors, the workload is really quite heavy. Be prepared to work.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: It's really good! Although the wireless internet is ALWAYS reliable, especially in certain buildings, I haven't had a problem with it in over a year. Plus, it's extremely fast, good enough for playing online games or downloading large files. BUT YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN COMPUTER. Some classes even require it (most don't). You need your computer for NYU classes, the essential course info page where announcements for classes and homework is often posted and submitted. Also, you need it for class registration.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's pretty good, just not as good as you'll find at some of the restaurants here, that's for sure. But campus dining is good. Some of the halls are pretty hit-and-miss, but others are consistently great (Kimmel, Downstein, arguably 3rd North). Upstein is a cool collection of chick-fil-a, quiznos, peet's coffee, and jamba juice, for those who want something fast-foody on your dining plan. Lots of places around Wash square take our campus cash, and the local starbucks and the dunkin donuts on union square even take our dining dollars (the flex dollars, basically).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The biology program is an up and coming program in the nation and its faculty are involved in important research that gets international attention. Nevertheless, it gets overshadowed by the titans of business (NYU Stern) and performing arts (NYU Tisch), which have propelled NYU to fame. You have a lot of internship and job opportunities, assuming you are willing to be dedicated. This connects to our facilities, as we have a lot of nice labs with professors willing to give internships to undergrads. The Biology Department is also super well integrated with NYC, as they've formed partnerships throughout the city and region.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: NYU offers a huge variety of academics and they're all very well respected. Most professors are really great, although occasionally you'll encounter one that just is not good. They're very rarely mean or unfair, just sometimes unorganized, unclear, or flat out boring. Registration is pretty simple, but classes can fill quickly. It's good to have a lot of AP credits, because registration slots are prioritized by who has most credits, so AP credits can get you ahead of the rest of your class. There are not many easy classes. Basically, you have average classes and hard classes. Take your work seriously and you'll do great.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: It is the most amazing atmosphere for college! Nothing like it! However, it IS expensive to live here. Food and clothes and everything costs a little more than everywhere else, but we have every variety... of everything. So yeah. Shopping for clothes in SoHo, food in the Union Square greenmarket, and malls in every borough in some form. Living around Union Square, I've never really felt unsafe, although I have seen some s!*t happen on the 'square. However, Washington Square and the East Village fell completely safe, even at night imho.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are super available. Most students drink or do some drugs, but it's not in your face, if you don't want it to be. There aren't huge parties, so you won't see campus all prepped for certain events. If you're in campus housing, they will enforce drug and alcohol policy, but they're forgiving and you can get caught many times before any serious repercussions. If you're careful, it's also really easy to not get caught.

College Sophomore

Parking: Yeah this is a weird one. For starters, people don't really drive here, unless you're a teacher. Even then, a large portion of the professors here either live right off campus or in the city and use the subway. Parking isn't really "a thing" here. If you do drive, however, expect NYC parking for the most part, with some open spots near the main buildings usually. Otherwise, have fun in a parking garage.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Frankly, NYU does not offer much financial aid. For being one of America's richest schools, you would expect more. In addition, it seems that they give out aid somewhat haphazardly, with some students getting a ton and other getting almost none for no clear reason. If you clearly demonstrate need, though, NYU does do all they can to accommodate you.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: THIS IS THE WORST PART OF THE SCHOOL! Look, I love this place, but unless you qualify for an insane amount of need-based aid, or are a, don't plan on receiving that much aid. NYU claims it meets the needs of something like 80% of peoples aid, which is redonkulous. John Sexton is sitting on our huge endowment and only taking over buildings and building campuses in Shanghai with it. In order to apply for aid, you also have to apply for need-based aid as merit-based aid is not given separately... If you need, NEED the money I still encourage you to apply, but prepare to be disappointed. Also, international students are not given aid, as a heads up.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports play a super minor role at NYU. For the athletes, though, it seems that they get what they need and really enjoy the experience. The student body just isn't plugged in to varsity sports. Intramurals are readily available and very well coordinated, though. Most of the sports get fully booked up and it's a lot of fun.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Nobody has a car, so nobody worries about parking.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The choices here are endless. You have the really basic 24 hour pizza joints all the way to the unique ethnic food. All of it is usually delicious. It's easier to eat well than to eat badly here. Of course you have plenty of up scale options for when the parents come to town, but on a college budget, there are plenty of cool places to be discovered.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: First off, let me start by saying the parties here are ass. If you're coming to NYU to go to traditional Frat/Sorority-House type parties, you're almost totally out of luck. This is because, by far, bar-hopping, clubbing, and loft parties are the predominant form of party- even the frats go to bars/clubs (and rent them out, too). Underage nightlife generally sucks until you get a fake id (I'm NOT condoning this though, it's illegal and risky, not to mention expensive) and until you have a group of friends that like to go out and party (lots of introverts here as well). But the options, once you are old enough and allowed in, are limitless, being in the City and all. Hell, underage still have concerts, comedy shows, plays, museums for the weekends as well.
So basically, there are plenty of places to go, but it won't be school-sponsored, or even "on campus" ... especially considering we don't even have one of those...

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Living in New York, you have 3 major airpots (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark all within cab distance), 2 major train stations (Penn and Grand Central), and countless passenger bus services. New York is also relatively bike friendly and the city recently installed a bike share that has stations all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. The subway is also omnipresent and can get you seriously anywhere in the city, for only 2.50. Options abound for transportation. Just remember the city is huge and it can take a while to get places, depending on where you're going. Campus itself is all walkable, so don't worry about that. Overall, it's easy to get around campus, get around the city, and get in and out the city.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety always does their job. Of course, you're living in New York, so you need to have some common sense, because the guards can't babysit you. So long as you're reasonable and watch out for yourself, you should feel as safe as you can feel in one of the world's largest cities. Student health is provides a variety of services and is easily accessible. They're not very visible, though, so you need to seek them out. But once you do, you'll find plenty of services.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: This is an odd one to put a "star"review on... Alcohol and marijuana are clearly the most popular drugs (if you don't count nicotine, b/c everyone and their mother smokes cigarettes), and most everyone seems to be on some sort of anti-depressant sometimes, but otherwise drugs are relatively out of sight. It IS easy (very easy) to make friends with others who don't partake in drug use, but on the other hand, it is also easy to meet people who like to do hard drugs as well, if that's what you're into. Also, around the beginning of the school year, every year, molly use spikes, do to the ezoo festival nearby and the end of summer festivals, which many students go to.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold in the winter and the summer is humid. You have a couple awesome months in the fall and spring, but those are vastly outnumbered by the rest of the year.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: As far as campus dining goes, NYU stands out to me as some of the best dining hall food. In all my visits to friends' schools, I haven't seen better dining halls yet. There are dining halls scattered throughout campus that all have some distinct options, so you can eat different food every day. Some dining halls also rotate what they serve on daily or weekly basis. The food itself is quite reasonable, too. Obviously not the best thing you've ever had, but still pretty good. Dining halls are clustered around Wash. Sq which is great for freshman, although there are options further out. There are a lot of meal plan options and you need to pick carefully at risk of either overparying for more meals than you actually used or not having enough meals. All meal plans come with some dining dollars which you can use throughout campus stores. Not only is that convenient, but the prices are also totally competitive with outside stores.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: New York City. Enough said.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Once you are admitted to CAS, declaring a biology major is only a matter of submitting the appropriate form.

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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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