Any NYU student will tell you that if you want a traditional college campus, then NYU is not the school for you. The campus is part of the city—it is spread out around Washington Square Park with dorms all over NYC. The city atmosphere is fast-paced and hectic, and if you get too caught up in it, your grades could be affected. This is not to say that it is impossible to go to school here—you just need to find a balance between all the excitement of the city and your studies. Students love New York because it provides endless entertainment with plays, concerts, bars, clubs, restaurants. There is never a reason to be bored. Just walking down a crowded NYC street can provide hours of stimulation.
The local atmosphere at NYU is exciting to many students. However, one can often feel lost being merely one person in such a big city. At NYU, it can be harder to meet new people than it is at more traditional campuses. Students very rarely leave their dorm room doors open, which gives a cold sense of exclusion that can make it tough for freshmen and transfer students to establish an initial group of friends. In addition, NYU tends to stray from interacting with other city colleges, despite the fact that there are several nearby. So while the city atmosphere is the main reason that students say they come to NYU, the feelings of isolation created by the nontraditional campus make the grade slightly less than perfect. Overall, the local atmosphere at NYU is both metropolitan and residential; thus, there is a comforting balance—no matter your preference.