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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I like to hang out in my dorm's lounges, or in casual lounges in academic buildings. It's fun to hang out in a dining hall, but loud and sometimes smelly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school's facilities are mostly above average. There are a lot of buildings that you can go to, which is convenient since they are all within a range of a few blocks or less. The Washington Square Park is right in the middle of the campus, which is a plus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's absolutely wonderful living in and of the city

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Huge library, gyms with Olympic-sized swimming pools, Washington Square Park, The Green House dorm at 7th Street, lots of computers, great dining halls.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Many nice places with good views

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NYU facilities are in and of the city, which means they are a mix of historic and cutting edge. Many buildings are just old, and consequently, many facilities aren’t perfect. They do, however, have that certain New York gritty-but-pretty charm. NYU is also finding money to renovate lots of buildings, including Third North residence hall, the journalism building, and the Gallatin building. In general, classrooms, common spaces, and especially elevators can be crowded—being surrounded by people is the NYU and NYC way of life.

Overall, NYU's school board has been making a significant effort to renovate old structures, and the school does a good job in terms of ensuring that facilities needed by students are readily available. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
250 acres
Student Centers
Helen and Martin Kimmel Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Kimmel lounges
  • Starbucks at Faye's
  • Washington Square Park
Bar on Campus
Since NYU isn't a traditional campus, there are all sorts of bars in this urban area.
Bowling on Campus
Bowlmor Lanes is right on 110 University Place.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Starbucks at Faye's
Movie Theater on Campus
The Cantor Film Center on East Eighth Street offers movie showings for $2 every week in a classroom that is designed like a movie theater, with a huge pull-down screen and cushy seats.
"Green" Initiatives
NYU has a Sustainability Task Force made up of students, faculty, and administrators who work to improve the University's green practices. By 2017, the hope is for NYU to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.
School Slang
  • A/CDE: Assistant/community development educators, those who run the residence halls
  • Albert: NYU online class registration and grade reporting system
  • The City: Manhattan
  • ConWest: "Conversations of the West" is a literature/history/philosophy course that will drive you crazy. Everyone must take it, and no AP score on anything will get you out of it.
  • E and L: Eisner-Lubin Auditorium on the fourth floor of Kimmel, used often for student productions
  • FYRE: First-Year Residential Experience, refers to all freshman dorms
  • Judicial: Meeting with your CDE or A/CDE of your building if you've violated policy
  • MAP: Morse Academic Plan, required classes taken mostly during freshman year
  • PNG: Persona non grata. You don't want one. If you get one, you're prohibited from entering that building-indefinitely.
  • To swipe: To get a meal with your meal plan
  • The train: Subway
  • Annual Strawberry Festival: This festival is a day of fun in the sun on West Fourth Street with lots of food, games, and strawberry shortcake.
  • Club Fest: In order to entice new members, every single NYU club and organization sets up a table in Coles gym. The result is a fury of fliers, snacks, banners, buttons, and peppy club presidents. A must-attend event.
  • Flurry: This refers to a night of free ice skating, hot chocolate, and red bus tours at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
  • Forbidden NYU (FNYU) : Put on by the College of Arts and Science Theater (CASTheater), this production channels Forbidden Broadway and parodies life at NYU to the tune of your favorite musical hits.
  • FYRE (First-Year Residential Experience) Olympics : All freshman residence halls compete in intellectual and athletic events to claim the title of FYRE Champion.
  • Grad Alley: West Fourth Street is transformed into a carnival-like celebration for grads, friends, and families.
  • MLK Week of Service: During the week of Martin Luther King Day, students, clubs, and residence halls organize a plethora of community service opportunities at soup kitchens, schools, and hospitals. NYU students take to the street to better their city.
  • The Reality Show: All freshmen are required to attend this fabulous production put on by Tischies in Madison Square Garden. It shows you everything you can expect to encounter during your first year at NYU.
  • Relay for Life: NYU hosts a 24-hour cancer vigil and fundraising event in Coles Gym. Students, groups, and residence halls form teams and raise money all year long in anticipation of this culminating event. Food, games, dance and singing performances, and a general feeling of goodwill and camaraderie fill the night.
  • Studying abroad: Whether for a summer or a semester, everyone goes somewhere, and visiting friends who are abroad is a common winter and spring break pastime.
  • Ultra-Violet Live: A talent competition featuring the best of each residence hall takes place in Skirball Center. There is a prize of $1,000 and unparalleled glory.
  • Violet Ball: An all-school formal, which is the only one that serves alcohol to those of age
  • Welcome Week: After the chaos of freshman move-in day begins the week-long chaos of acclamations to the city. Mostly for freshmen, the week of activities, events, and all-around city immersion is highlighted by the Mystery Concert and performance edition showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Urban Legends
  • NYU is actually a poor school, despite the fact that it charges high tuition and is constantly erecting new buildings all over the city.
  • NYU is going to build dorms on Governors Island and run a tram back and forth to Washington Square.
  • NYU paid for the park renovations so the fountain would be under the arch and look prettier in graduation photos.
  • Sixty-five percent of all the real estate in New York City is owned by the University.
Favorite Things To Do
One of the greatest facilities NYU has to offer is the NYU Ticket Central, which has discounted student tickets to popular Broadway shows and even free movie screening passes. For those on an even tighter budget, there are always shows being put on by the Tisch drama students, with prices ranging anywhere from free to $15. The Violet Café is transformed into a coffeehouse on a regular basis and hosts open mic nights and student poetry readings. For physical fun, Coles and Palladium offer a variety of clubs and classes. The climbing wall at Palladium is a great way to change up your workout. Mostly, though, everyone's favorite thing to do in between classes is grab a cup of coffee and find a bench in the park or a couch in a lounge and take a few minutes to catch up with friends. Being that NYU is centrally located in an urban area rich with culture, students are not limited to University activities.
Student Newspaper
NYU's Washington Square News
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There's a club for everyone at NYU. It's hard not to find something that interests you. The University holds Club Fest every year for new students to meet representatives from clubs and organizations so that they can get involved.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 122 responses

  • 21% Welcome Week
  • 21% Studying abroad
  • 14% The Reality Show
  • 7% Club Fest
  • 7% Annual Strawberry Festival
  • 7% Ultra-Violet Live
  • 6% Flurry
  • 5% FYRE (First-Year Residential Experience) Olympics
  • 4% Forbidden NYU (FNYU)
  • 3% Violet Ball
  • 3% MLK Week of Service
  • 0% Grad Alley
  • 0% Midnight Breakfast
  • 0% None
  • 0% I'm a freshman so everything has been great so far
  • 0% IRHC Semi-Formal
  • 0% Pie the RA
  • 0% BSU
  • 0% Breakfast for Dinner during finals
  • 0% Exploration Floor Activities

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 126 responses

  • 16% Explore the city
  • 15% People watch in the park
  • 13% Get Coffee
  • 11% Hang out with my friends
  • 9% Hang in my dorm
  • 7% Hang with my friends, playing music
  • 7% Study in Bobst
  • 6% Attending professional events
  • 6% Eat at Palladium
  • 5% Take a nap
  • 2% Read a Book in Bobst
  • 1% Hang out with my sorority sisters
  • 0% Eat in Hayden
  • 0% Subways are right around campus, so it helps
  • 0% Tons of great bars.
  • 0% BRUNCH
  • 0% Enter Broadway lotteries
  • 0% Go to shows

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 250 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 135 responses

  • 41% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 247 responses

  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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