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  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    136 out of 140 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    When coming to NYU, you need to have an open mind. I sincerly believe that there's a certain type of person who succeeds at NYU and that's someone's who's bold and independent and doesn't mind going out of their way to meet people or at first be out of your element. It's great for people who adapt well to new situation, love having their hands full, making connections and have big-time aspirations and want to be able to submerge themselves into their career from the start. If you're into close-knit communities, sports and frat life don't look here to get your fix. But we definitely are perfect if you want to meet people passionate about what you are whether it's business or the arts, like shows, cultural experiences and the big lights. The arts are abounding so if you're an artsy-fartsy type, future entrepreneur or an activist look no further.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be different. NYU is all about diversity. Everyone you meet here is fascinating in their own way. The things you can look forward to here is bragging rights you live in one of the world's greatest cities there's basically no resource or industry not a your fingertips. Internships are everywhere if you take the chance to look and in my first year alone I've met some of my idols: film directors, DJs, musicians etc. Also a lot of kids at NYU have their heart set on what they want to do. We are really school oriented here. You can choose between for Undergrads Tisch (Arts), Steinhardt (Education and Random Stuff), Stern (Business), College of Arts & Sciences and Gallatin (make up your major). Some kids get placed in Liberal Studies Program if they don't make it where they want to go but then get to redirect on their path later. You'll probably make your best friends within your major here and if that's something that you love for example: discussing films all the time. Then be ready for people who think and like things like you, but of course, there's always a chance to branch out plenty of clubs on campus and outside NYC activities.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 out of 89 people found this review useful. 2 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    There is a certain mystique surrounding New York University and the city it encompasses. The lights, Broadway, instant access to the World's biggest hub. Dispel that notion immediately. While these events happen somewhat frequently, they do not come close to encapsulating the NYU experience. As a student, you must become independent immediately. The learning curve here is slightly steeper than many other colleges, but it's manageable if you take slow steps in finding your place in the school's culture. Also don't worry about not fitting in with certain crowds, there is a niche for every type of individual, but many of theme are somewhat liberal (this varies from school to school). Also note that NYU is an expensive place. By the end of four years, you will have spent $57,228 per year (assuming you dorm), which is $228,912 overall. The sticker shock, while intimidating, can be managed through a combination of loans, frugal spending, and financial aid. All of which can easily half the total figure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academically speaking, New York University is somewhat of a hodgepodge in quality between its different schools, so make sure you apply to the right one with the right credentials. Among its more renowned branches include: The Tisch School of the Arts: Founded and supported by the late Laurence Tisch (who, by the way, graduated from what is now Stern) and his family, the Tisch School is known as the #1 film school in the U.S. That said, If you're applying here, make sure you've got artistic chops. You will need a strong portfolio that should blow people away with its creativity and uniqueness, and know that you are competing against the best amateur film makers and artists around the globe. On the bright side, standardized scores and figures aren't emphasized, so a low GPA and SAT aren't that hazardous. Known graduates include Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, and even Angelina Jolie. Left-handedness is preferred. The Stern School of Business: Known for producing investment bankers that go on to work for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, etc, the Stern school is filled with people with great mathematical skills with good GPA's and high SAT scores. Aim for a > 3.6 GPA, > 2100 SAT and > 720 on SAT II's. Known graduates include: John Paulson, Robert Soros, Alan Greenspan. NYU's College of Arts & Sciences is a bit trickier than the other two schools, but its strong points include the Courant Department of Mathematics (#1 in applied math, USNWR), Philosophy and Economics. You can study anything here and the requirements are significantly lower than the previously mentioned schools. Aim for >3.4 GPA, >1900 SAT, >650 SAT II's. Gallatin is the school where you can create your own major. You have access to every course at NYU, so you can mix and match things around and end up as a specialist in Indian Agriculture. While the atmosphere here is extremely liberal, I would advise against applying to this school unless you are very independent. Keep in mind, if you wanted to major in Finance or a something in NYU's specialized schools (Tisch & Stern), you would have to do an internal transfer. Requirements are about the same as CAS Polytechnic is the new engineering branch for NYU. Since the school has just been incorporated in to the system, I expect that its requirements would be a little lower than CAS. There you go, a whirlwind tour of NYU's departments. Good luck on your application.

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 out of 82 people found this review useful. 3 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    I transitioned easily, but prior to my arrival, I was told that it was easy to feel isolated at NYU—that it was necessary to put yourself out there and to actively make friendships. For those who do not find that fact daunting, NYU will probably be a great place for you. However, even if you are more reserved, there are plenty of opportunities to meet people (orientation, extra-curricular activities, residence halls, classes) and there truly is a niche for everyone. As long as you are open to new relationships (friends, professors, etc.), perspectives, and environments, you will most likely thrive at NYU. Living in one of the world’s greatest cities is not without its temptations, so make sure you can keep a realistic balance between the social and academic aspects of college. NYU is perfect for those who want an exciting/non-traditional college experience, who don’t mind being obstructed from class because Robert Pattinson is filming, who love bustling cities and cultural experiences, who are open-minded and independent, who want to carve out their own opportunities, who revel in the fact that NYU’s football team is undefeated and the mascot is a violet/the library card catalog, who want to explore, grow, and challenge themselves, in addition to those who are looking to have the time of their lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are in the midst of your high school career, keep your grades up and stay involved. NYU generally doesn’t conduct individual interviews, so you need your application to shine among the tens of thousands that flood the Admissions Office. Apply to the NYU school that you want to apply to – i.e. don’t go to College of Arts and Science if you fully intend to transfer to Stern. Internal transfers are not necessarily easier. Carpe diem, baby – just follow your passions. If the college application process has finished (congratulations, hope it didn’t drive you too mad), then it must be decision time. This may seem obvious, but if you do not like the city, NYU is probably not for you. I’ve met several first-years who chose NYU despite their dislike for the city, and then ended up hating their entire experience. You have to understand that the closest thing to a quad you will get is Washington Square Park: a former burial ground. Take the time to visit NYU, make sure you can see yourself living there for four years. Talk to current students, stay overnight, sit in on a class, talk to faculty, do your research, get all of your questions answered. Every school within NYU has its own specialization/field. Whether you are dead set on what you want to study or you have no idea – there truly is a place for everyone. Keep your passions within reach, allow your education to serve as cornerstones for your career path, but look into the arrays of classes and leave some room for exploration.

    Bang for the buck

    Unless you’re blessed with scholarships, born incredibly wealthy, or fortunate enough to be Alexis Bledel or James Franco—you’ll probably cringe (at least a little) at the fact that NYU comes with a minimum price tag of $50,000. Gandalf the Grey is still falling down my hole of debt. Is it very expensive? Yes. But is it worth it? I think so. It’s an insurmountable burden on my parents, so I’m making the most of my education – and if you do too, the entire experience will truly be worth every cent. You live in Manhattan, you get some of the best residence/dining halls, you have access to an exponential amount of part-time jobs and internships, you have an expansive array of classes and extra-curricular activities to choose from, and some of the best faculty and experts heading it up. And you’ll have the time of your life. Like the commercials say—priceless.

    Am enjoying being here

    Blair Waldorf may refer to NYU as a “glorified state school” filled with students with ironic facial hair – but NYU is rightfully called a dream school and deserves the prestigious tag. Freshmen year was truly one of the greatest years of my life and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. This is the University where the meaning of communal bathrooms is lost; where you will wake up in the morning and revel in the fact that you attend NYU; where an acceptable “Welcome Week” activity is “Guess the Straight Person”; where going out at midnight is completely acceptable; where Thursday is the new Friday (unless you’re Pre-Health, sorry); where drawing a fellow student naked or tap-dancing (or both at the same time) are typical forms of homework; where an exciting non-traditional college experience awaits you; where adventures are in reach and in front of you (unless you stumble upon a film set, in which case you need to go around); where the grid of Manhattan is your campus; where the campus never sleeps; and where summer is truly the worst part of the year.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning portion is inevitable, isn’t it? NYU has various schools underneath its purple umbrella – College of Arts and Science, Tisch School of the Arts, Stern School of Business, Steinhardt School of Culture/Education/Human Development, College of Nursing, Silver School of Social Work, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality/Tourism/Sports Management, the new Global Liberal Studies Program, and the Liberal Studies Program. No matter what your interests or professional aspirations are, there is a school for you. If none of them quite fit the bill, there’s the Gallatin School of Individualized Study where you can design your own program of study. NYU, with its rigorous curriculum, will give you a well-rounded education. You will be well-versed in the ways of the world – through the courses for your major and the core curriculum: The Morse Academic Plan. My course load this past year consisted of various classes in different areas – Art History, Music Business, Game Theory, Anthropology. They were taught by some of the most experienced and expert faculty. Although I’m not a hugely Science-oriented person and I didn’t find my Natural Science course interesting at all times, the course definitely heightened my knowledge in the area. Overall, my courses were stimulating, challenging, and interesting.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 41 people found this review useful. 4 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    New York University is wonderful for students who have a grasp of what they care about and who they are, but are willing to remain open-minded about both. New York University is best for the students who can handle constant stimulation from every direction and even better for those who crave it. It's for people who want to explore and share their discoveries for the advancement of themselves and their fellow man.

    Tips for prospective students

    You're not going to school because you need to, you're going to school because you want to. Because you won't be satisfied with a life less rich than it could be. Don't settle for being comfortable and don't be intimidated out of being the person you are. You are doing what you want, and not what you're told. If you're going to a large school, in a large city you should be most eager to learn more about yourself and be prepared to accept things you did not know.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive. However, you're going to college for a reason. You're not planning on settling. It's just a matter of how much faith you have in yourself that determines what you are willing to invest. For some, New York University is a risky investment. Those people content with silently studying in their dorm are better off putting their money elsewhere. For people who get the most out of hands-on learning, New York University is a better investment. I'm paying for college myself, neck deep in student loans, but I'm confident I made the right decision because I found the experience I was looking for.

    Am enjoying being here

    New York University attracts the type of students I would prefer to be in a community with. The students of NYU are spectacular. They are competitive, interesting, intelligent people who have chosen to engage their lives in their passions. That's why I have fun at NYU. Going to NYU doesn't just bring the fun of the city, it brings the fun of all the people who choose to go there as well. The students come from every state and so many different countries and bring their unique backgrounds with them creating a fascinating community. The creative energy pulses everywhere through the streets, there is no such stimulation anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    New York University offers a learning experience on levels many schools cannot deliver. As with any practical college, the learning is balanced so it takes place in and out of the classroom so that a well-rounded education naturally occurs. The school's resources (the faculty, the library, and the city itself), are endless, but they are useless to people who don't take advantage of them. Many students can get by at NYU by taking required courses and doing fairly well without actually learning a ton. However, those students who thrive on opportunity and involvement in what they are learning will find a very comfortable place in the culture of New York City. There's something special when you can learn about Picasso or Ancient Egypt, then take a trip to the Met and see works by Picasso and sculptures out of Egypt first hand, rather than a stylized picture in a text book. The environment of NYU encourages students to take learning from active participation in the city's cultural/intellectual richness and apply it in class. Not many other schools can say the same.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 23 people found this review useful. 5 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're drawn to NYU for more than just the prestige, this is probably the school for you. Students who are looking for a stimulating, non-conventional environment will love NYU. It's not only one of the best schools academically, but culturally it outshines any other. The school and students are so diverse & accepting of anything one could choose to be. Being right in the middle of New York City itself is also an incredible opportunity. You'll learn just as much outside of the classroom in everyday life as you will from one of our amazing professors. This is not a school for someone who wants the typical frat parties, football games, closed campus kind of college experience. Instead, NYU is perfect for those students who wish to freely express themselves & explore everything the city has to offer, while getting the education of a lifetime.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is unlike the majority of other top Universities, in more ways than one. While academics definitely matter when it comes to getting accepted, they look at a lot more than just GPAs & test scores. NYU wants students who are unique; extracurriculars & essays are a big part of admission, & it shows in the student body. Everyone I've met is not only very intelligent but also extremely interesting, creative, & talented. The campus is full of top-notch musicians, artists, actors, & writers, as well as future politicians, lawyers, CEOs, & doctors. NYU seriously has something for everyone! Make your application stand out from all the other Valedictorian book-worms, it's what they appreciate most.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 6 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Like I have mentioned, the school is so large and so full of opportunites it is impossible to point out a steriotypical NYU student. I would say, however, that a person who is definitly a city-person and one who is willing to explore and go on adventures in the city. As Jay-Z and Alica Keys eloquently put it, These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you, Let's hear it for New

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT THE SCHOOL. Make sure it is what you want. NYU is a totally different atmosphere than any other school and it is not for everyone. Although, we do welcome those of all shapes and sizes.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly and statistically speaking, NYU has one of the higher price tags compared with other universities. But you also have to take in consideration what the school is offering: bathrooms in every room, dining halls with every possible meal selection, considerably large dorms that would cost a fortune in the city. Also, all the interships and jobs in the city are at your fingertips. So yeah, the cost may be an eyesore at first, but NYU also knows that, there are not many students who are not working, have a scholarship, loan or aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    What is so unique about NYU is that you truly learn life long lessonss, the city can be the source of immense opportunities, but it can also turn you cold. It is a large school and it is easy to be overwhelmed with the people, the city and the school. However, you learn to stand on your own, you will gain the skills needed to be truly independent. That is why I truly enjoy being here.

    Am learning a lot

    It is not a question of if you will lear a lot its the immense options of what to learn that is the problem. Wether you choose to major in Happiness and Sex in our Galltin school, fufill your dream of holding that Oscar or majoring in our top business school. NYU honestly has it all. As soon as you step outside of the classroom, you enter a whole new world of learning and possibilites. I cringe a little as a say this, but as cliche as it sounds, the City is your playground/classroom. You will learn the ins and outs of the city, learn first hand the living habits of neighbor Jude Law and where the cheapest/best chinese food is. However, Im not going to lie and say that it is not hard, no matter what major you are Happiness or Pre-med, NYU is first and foremost a prestigious university and there is a reason for that. School work is hard, but is it well worth is? YES.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 7 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Generally, people who are bright, motivated, outgoing, mature, creative, open-minded, independent, and confident will succeed here. If you are bright and motivated you will do well, and if you are outgoing and confident you will form relations with your peers and professors. The mature and independent attitude is necessary because there are a lot of distractions in the city. Creativity and open-mindedness is necessary because of the diversity at NYU. This is definitely not the college for someone who wants the classic college campus experience with frat parties and no other people besides students. It's also good for people who work well with stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first few days are tough because you don't know anyone, but neither does anyone else. Once you get into your schedule, you'll start picking up friends according to what you like, such as in class, clubs and sports. And if you're introverted, it won't really work here, because with so many students you need to speak up and make yourself stand out. Also, make sure you take full advantage of your resources. NYU has so many resources, and the job market is competitive, so you should try and make yourself more interesting by taking up activities and getting relevant experience under your belt. College grades DO matter, especially when you're an undergraduate and you will probably change your major. When you go into college, maybe you think you're going to major in something simple where grades don't matter, but maybe after a year you'll realize you want to be a doctor and have to apply to medical school. Always remember why you're paying $56,000. If you're going to goof off, go to a cheap school.

    Bang for the buck

    Some people label NYU as a playground for rich kids, which is kind of true. However, it's only that expensive because you are paying for some of the best--fantastic education that is well respected in the global community, numerous dining halls with really good quality (Asian, sandwiches, health food, Italian, desserts, homey, etc.), all of the clubs and organizations that make it possible to stand out on your future endeavors, volunteer projects to help the community, sports equipment, etc. You are paying for some of the best professors around, with some of the best research facilities and equipment. The residence halls are, for the most part, air conditioned, private, and spacious (private bathrooms are nice too). It is expensive to live in the city, and even more so to go to NYU, but I think that it should be seen as an investment for your future. NYU is one of the few prestigious colleges in NYC, and a lot of opportunities and money are in NYC. The connections you can make here and NYU's name can get you far in NYC. As I stated previously, you are paying for the diversity to see things in new ways and to experience things you've never experienced. For almost the same price as NYU in NYC, sometimes even less, you can study abroad for a semester in one of NYU's sites abroad. Lastly, NYU has an excellent career center that can hook you up with internships, long-term jobs, short-term jobs, and experience. It's definitely worth it. Plus, the gym membership is pretty awesome. Great gyms.

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU is a unique experience. Since it's not really a college campus and is instead a jumble of assorted buildings around the city, it doesn't attract the same type of people who are attracted to a small-scale rural school. Also, since NYU is a high-standard-academics university, almost all of the kids understand that their education comes first, so if you enjoy intellectual discussions and humour, NYU is the place to go! In terms of things to do you would never be bored. There's always something to do. You can join clubs (there's a club for pretty much anything, or you can make a new one), play sports, take a sports class, see a play, go to the park, visit the shops, ride the subway, go to concerts, dance at clubs, visit museums, etc. Anything you want to do, you can find in the city. NYU offers cheap tickets for plays and sports and movies and the like, which is quite nice. Also, NYU often sponsors free events such as special seminars, concerts, and movies. If you like to read, the NYU library is huge with over 3 million books. Plus, NYU offers these free language courses to help you learn to speak another language (and you can take a bunch per semester).

    Am learning a lot

    NYU is in a highly populated metropolitan area and as such, it is very diverse. This is true not only in the physical nature of the students, but also in how they think. Therefore, a lot of emphasis is placed on putting problems in many perspectives and thinking about things in new ways, as opposed to traditional memorization. It's also definitely different from the high school experience where there is a set curriculum that a teacher follows. The professors have a lot more leeway than in high school, so their interest shows. With such a diverse student body, there is a huge amount of classes for a student to take, so it definitely encourages me to step outside of what I'm used to and study a new subject. As far as personal attention goes, the faculty always makes time if you need help (they have office hours, but they'll also make appointments with you if you e-mail them) and NYU provides tutoring for most subjects. The departments themselves often offer tutoring hours and if you're confused, most likely other kids are too, so working together is often useful. Also, the large lectures (which for me have been at most around 100 kids) are supplemented with recitations, which usually consist of 20 or so kids to go over the lecture.

  • 12/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 8 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    -People who consider shelling 40-50k a year to be an investment -People who enjoy the big city campus -People who want to come here and have a future and enjoy the now -People who have a future -Determined people

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't procrastinate, you're only going to hurt yourself. -If you live in the city, COMMUTE. -If you commute, avoid taking 8 AM classes. -Learn time management skills. -Really get to know your professors. -Forge friendships. Really. -Work both academically and non-academically. Like find a job. -Sleep.

    Bang for the buck

    55k a year? Shocked? I was too. Don't worry. Thousands have done it. And they left here calling it a great investment. Don't cut class, spend time with your friends, classmates and professors. Try not to get hooked on parties. That's not what NYU is for, even though it's a party zone around NYU.

    Am enjoying being here

    I thought as a commuter student I would miss out the fun and everything. I was wrong. As a commuter student, I sought ways to build friendships and find fun. You don't need to dorm in order to enjoy college. My group is filled with commuters, and thus we are from the city. Thus we are able to relate to each other things we know. And thus, that allows us to bond faster.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are really helpful and they inspire you. Though I have early morning lectures, my professors then seemed to me like beacons of information. Get to know them better. They really want to know you well. For example, I don't feel bothered when I had a conversation in the elevator with my chemistry professor. Nor was he. And I would walk down a block discussing sociology with one of my professors. They really enjoy it. Don't feel weirded out. It's a grade-maker.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 9 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, vibrant personalities will blossom in the NYU/New York City environment. And even for the shy, reserved types, NYU can be a perfect fit because it is a place that encourages making connections with people. In many cases, it happens effortlessly. It helps to be independent, focused, and a person who exercises self-restraint. New York City is literally the city that NEVER sleeps. Therefore, there's always something to do. That can be detrimental if you're not careful. Be sure you have everything in order as far as your academics are concerned. It's easy to forget the real reason why you chose NYC/NYU: your education. And ultimately, this school is perfect for you if you love being your own person. Individuality is a cherished gem at NYU!

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, be sure you consider all that NYU has to offer from every possible source you can find. It's a great help to read-up on the website, talk to current/past students, send in requests for brochures, and actually visit the campus. Do not allow any one factor to deter you from what I believe to be one of the most prestigious universities in the country. The cost to attend is pretty steep for the typical family, but NYU is great about really assisting where possible in financial aid. Don't be shy about reaching out to local organizations, businesses, and even your high school (guidance counselor/school-to-career coordinator) for scholarships. Usually, when they see a motivated student, they are more than happy to help out. If you're unsure about what you want to do, NYU is a great place to really find yourself. The school is set up in such a way that you can take a wide variety of courses so if you don't know where you're headed exactly, don't worry. And New York City is a wonderful place to just be YOU! Any and everybody is accepted here and NYU falls into that same quota. You can be who you are and not worry about people judging you. Diversity is not only accepted here, but encouraged. Please, just be sure not to let one sole reason make or break your decision to attend. Consider all things possible and go with what feels right. Sometimes, when visiting the campuses of your college choices, you can instantly feel if you're going to be at home when you attend! Good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    I will admit, it's a pretty penny, but worth it! The reputation of NYU is far-reaching in NUMEROUS fields of study!

    Am enjoying being here

    During summer breaks, I dream about moving back in on-campus and resuming my studies!

    Am learning a lot

    It amazes me how hungry my brain is for more these days!

  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 10 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    NYU is a great university for students with initiative, and for students who are not looking for the traditional college/campus experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is a place where you do your own thing and where you're respected for it. If you want to go places, and you want to make your own luck, NYU is defintely the place to be. You will make tons of connections with students studying in various industries - mutual connections that will last.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is a great school; however, I think if I'm going to be paying upwards of $50,000 for school every year, I should be able to take more than 4 classes a semester.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved being at NYU, and living in New York City. NYU is located in Greenwich Village, which provides the students with a more relaxing environment, despite being in the middle of NYC.

    Did learn a lot

    NYU is a great university with many resources available for its students. The professors that taught my Economics and Political Science courses were fantastic - they were all brilliant, and were very concerned with the practicality of the subjects they taught in the real world.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 11 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for hardworking students who don't mind being in a really big school. If you love New York City, or think you would, you'll probably have a great time here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions if you want information or advice, don't expect the answers to come to you.

    Bang for the buck

    The educational experience is fantastic but it's also one of the most expensive school in the country, if not the world, so you definitely have to factor that in.

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU isn't a very close-knit community so it's very easy to get lost in the crowd, especially if most of your classes are big lecture classes, so you have to take a lot of the initiative for making friends and having fun, but if you're willing to do that you can have a great time. Living in the heart of new york city means there's tons to do if you're willing to pay for it, though being under 21 is somewhat restrictive.

    Am learning a lot

    If you're looking to be challenged, NYU should not disappoint, they offer a very challenging curriculum. I have tons of reading and most of the classes I've taken have been really interesting but that all depends on which classes you take. NYU has the tools for you to learn about just about any topic that interests you, just be aware that you'll have to take some initiative to access those tools on your own.

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    New York University is a great school for those students that are ready for a challenge, both academically and socially. It is a huge school and filled with many different types of people. The key is finding the people that you most enjoy being with (which isn't so hard) and activities that you truly enjoy. Active students are definitely sure to find a good fit here, as there is always something to do both on and off campus. Academically, students who show a strong sense of work ethics and willingness to learn would fit in very well at NYU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips i would give to prospective students are to plan ahead. Start looking for scholarships in advance so that you aren't stuck in a jam and not able to go to class because your bill isn't paid. In regards to work, try to step a little bit outside of your comfort zone and take classes that challenge you academically. They may be difficult and stressful while you are taking them, but when the semester is over you will be proud of yourself and the work you've done. The advisers are very helpful and so is talking to other students about which classes and professors to choose. The best tip of all is don't procrastinate!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Of course, NYU is most definitely not a cheap school. In truth, I feel as if I am mostly paying for the name of the school and to live in the greatest city in the world. Tuition is certainly ridiculous and an extreme challenge for me to handle, although I did receive a small scholarship from the school. I am looking to outside sources to help pay for my tuition. In truth, the tuition I pay is to be challenged academically while being able to enjoy the extraordinary city surrounding me. 50,000+ per year is still ridiculous, though.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am certainly enjoying being here. I live about an hour away but still live on campus and everyone in my dorm and on my floor are nice and friendly. Everyone leaves their doors open and one is free to walk in and out of each others dorms to chat and hang out. There are many events going on each and every week. For example, yesterday each dorm had a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, paid for and catered by NYU. There is always either a school sponsored or some other social event going on because, after all, this is New York City, the city that never sleeps. Being surrounded by all of these amazing events and opportunities helps to motivate oneself to do their work in advance so that they can enjoy the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Academically speaking, I am learning a lot in my first semester at New York University. I am enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and am busy both completing the school's requirements and my major requirements. I am also taking a Freshman Honor's Seminar, which I highly recommend to anyone planning on attending. While this class is challenging and demanding, I thoroughly enjoy doing the assignments and readings. It is teaching me to be a more well-rounded student and really work on my writing and time-management skills. The MAP (Morse Academic Plan) requirements can be a bit annoying but even as someone who doesn't enjoy science, i love my science class and professor. Since the class is for non-majors, he makes it easier for us to understand and makes people WANT to come to a 120 person lecture. Each week I see a real life example of something from one of my classes and that is probably one of the greatest feelings, to feel that I can apply what I am learning about to life around me. Overall, the classes are most definitely demanding, but if one wasn't looking for that, they wouldn't have come to NYU. The school is truly stimulating my mind and I can honestly say that I am learning a lot and applying it to the world around me.

  • 11/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    NYU is a great school if you are open-minded and determined. This school has many opportunities to further your knowledge. You should be willing to learn new things. This school is not easy. Be sure you are willing to keep up with the work and responsibilities. NYU is full of diverse personalities and various opportunities to express yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Those thinking of attending here, be sure you can support yourself financially. Apply to as many scholarships as you can to fulfill the fees and tuition. At first, NYU may seem a bit intimidating with the amount of work and new responsibilities that arise, but as time progresses, you will get used to them. Do Not Procrastinate. If you need to pay a bill, be sure to get on that. Never settle for less. If you need help with anything at all such as a homework or paper, go seek help. There are many opportunities for a student to get help. Be sure to grasp these chances because NYU is not cheap so make your tuition count! Getting used to the environment may be intimidating but have an open-mind. NYU is full of diversity. Do not judge a book by its cover! Most people are very friendly and/or shy. If you are interested in this school, be sure to write every single extracurricular activities/ volunteer work/ hobbies that you can think of. Visit the school! Even though NYU has a prestigious reputation, it may not be the right atmosphere for you. Be sure that the school you want to go to will satisfy your social and academic needs. Lastly, be smart, economically smart and street smart. Although there are many security guards and cars around, don't go anywhere unsafe alone. Always be with a group of friends if you go anywhere.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 14 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    it's great. there are nyu busses, security guards everywhere, and if you ever need a ride from one nyu location to another, usually late at night, security will pick you up and take you to your desired on campus location. the security staff is relatively friendly, but this is ny.

    Greek Life

    there are some fraternities and sororities, but joining them is not necessary to be accepted at the university community.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are about a million clubs at the school. many ways to get involved in whatever it is that you like. there is also an exceptional (expensive) study abroad program that no one has ever had a negative word about. there are alumni programs that will help you find a job, and great career services to benefit from.

    Great for these types of students

    hard working driven students. people who find a way and never give up. people who will sacrifice their love lives for the sake of their careers. people who want to be the best. people that want to create something exceptional. people that love an urban environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    flurry is an ice skating party that kicks off the winter season at woolman rink in central park and it is super fun. it's a free event and there is a candy tent, where you can stuff a bag full of candy: for free!

    Bang for the buck

    the school is dramatically more expensive than any school ever should be. it's a joke and who knows how they get away with it. a lot of rich kids go to school here, but there are also a lot of average kids who want it bad enough that they make sacrifices. the best things about the school are 1) the city it is located in, 2) the connections that the professors have to the industries 3) the other students you meet that have a passion for their field as much as you do. those are the things that make nyu stimulating and inspiring.

    What to do for fun

    the city might be the best thing about the school. people are always on the streets at every hour and it is impossible to be bored. there are 1000s of restaurants, museums, parks, libraries, landmarks, shops and activities to choose from. the school is centered around some very cool neighborhoods (east village, west village, soho, gramercy, tribecca, midtown, chelsea, ect.) but new york is an island filled with something for everyone. the subway makes for easy transportation and city biking is also an option. this is a hard paragraph to respond to because there are too many answers. new york has something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    food in the dining halls is fine. but, if you can afford it, there are some really spectacular restaurants in greenwich village and beyond. there are also lots of spectacular cheap places to visit. dining in new york is a thrilling hunt that continues in each neighborhood you visit. basically, there is too much good food out there to eat in dining halls all the time.

    Dorm Life

    there are enough opportunities to get involved in dorm life, but most likely, you will have so much work to do that you wont have time for this. be choosey and save time for what you especially enjoy. ny is a big city, and there is a lot to do off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    it is difficult to understand how the professors expect the students to possibly get all the work done that they have to, but somehow they manage. the courses are definitely difficult, but the plus side of being in new york city is that many of the professors have connections to the industries the students someday hope to be a part of, allowing room for connections and even some in-class field work. new york is pretty much the center of the world, with the forefront of virtually every industry based there.

    Tips for prospective students

    the school is not cheap. new york is a tough city and students must be independent, hard workers to make it in the school, and especially in the city upon graduation. nyu and nyc are not good places to mess around. you've got to be serious. and for the amount of money you're paying, you should be. and most likely if you got in, you will be.

    In three sentences

    new york university is an academically strenuous and challenging school in the heart of downtown new york city. the campus is new york city, with lots of grand old buildings, mainly centered around washington square park. each of their programs are superior to most schools and the workload expected of the students can be daunting at times.

  • 01/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    NYU is a big school, numbering around 50,000 that can be very intimidating, plus it is located in New York City, so make sure you comfortable around large groups of people. NYU has lots of opportunities, amazing connections with great opportunities for internships and job, if you are a go-getter and don't get easily overwhelmed then NYU is the perfect place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU offers a lot of intensive programs for motivated students, they have a number of schools, including Tisch Scool of the Arts, Stern school of Business, Steinhart School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, and more. Make sure you are aware of all the opportunities and programs available before applying. Also don't count yourself out if you don't have the best grades or test score, NYU is a very open-minded school, they place a lot of value on extracurriculars, and they have some very interesting essay questions, created specifically to help the students show their creativity and personality.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is expensive, there is no getting around that, however I think they do a good job of returning the money in quality of education. I was excited to go to every single one of my classes, and learned a lot in each one. On top of the great teachers and great education NYU offers many free and fun activities on campus, free movie screenings for the students (often with celebrity actors, writers, and directors), speeches, lectures, and lots more interesting events.

    Am enjoying being here

    On top of the great school it is located in the heart of Manhattan. Being in New York adds a lot to the college experience, Washington Square Park, and Union Square are each a couple blocks from where I live, such central landmarks and easy access across the city makes going to college that much better.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of teachers here is outstanding, they are all working professionals in their field, and experts at what they teach. They also have a new writing program that each student must take, this class completely changes how you write an essay, and how you think about writing.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    There are little purple and white cop cars everywhere! Campus security guards are always around, but they're so cool. They know students by name and are really sweet and helpful, you'll need them when you get lost on campus.

    Greek Life

    Almost every greek organization is here on our campus. Simple as that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands, yes, thousands of clubs and activities at NYU. Anything you can think of, we have a club for it. The Dog Lovers Club, the Beach Club, MusicSoul Club, its all here.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will fit in at NYU. There are so many schools like Tisch School of the Arts for the creative mind, Stern School of Business for our future moguls, and so many more. Everyone is welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I said earlier, its New York. Your gonna see lots of unusual people and happenings, but it'll be fun none the less.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is very expensive. However, it is worth it. There is so much more to NYU than just your classes. You learn alot in class, but most of what I've learned has been from my experiences with my classmates outside of class, roaming around the city and meeting so many great people at campus activities. NYU is worth all the money.

    What to do for fun

    Its New York! There are sooooo many things to do in this city and most of it is right around the corner from NYU. The school is located in lower Manhattan. There are so many clubs, restaurants, shops, and theaters in the area. You'll run out of energy before you run out of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There are so many dining halls and they all offer something different. Thats why the food is so good, they are so many options! Pizza, wraps, sushi, smoothies, sandwiches, pasta, etc. They have literally ANYTHING you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are cool. Almost all of them are apartment style, fully loaded kitchens and bathrooms and bedrooms. There is a resource center in each dorm, and the staff members are great! The dorms are located in the best parts of town and are convenient to subways.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are tough. But don't worry! The professors are so amazing, that the work doesn't seem as hard anymore. They have a serious interest in each student and its really clear that they want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead financially and academically. Make sure you keep an open mind and get involved! Participate in on-campus activities and network! Your classmates are the next leaders!

    In three sentences

    Best school ever! I'm learning so much. Im having a great time at this college!

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is great, but I believe that the school's emphasis on the presence of officers misleads prospective students into thinking that we live in a dangerous area. Do not be afraid to walk around at night because the city is quite alive at night. However, this is not to say that you should not be wary when you walk alone, say, at 2am from the library. I believe this a much stronger issue for upperclassmen as their residence halls are much farther away from the centralized campus than freshmen dorms. Upperclassmen will most likely invest in bikes, or use the services of NYU Safe Ride.

    Bang for the buck

    It is difficult to gauge the bang for the buck, because the school is rather expensive, but financial aid varies heavily from student to student. In addition, I feel that perception of bang for the buck changes from person to person in their appreciation and adjustment to city life, and their overall adaption to the University, its officers, and its facilities. Since this topic is highly subjective, I'd recommend any prospective student to visit and spend a day or two walking around and attending some classes. Some students are in love with the city, and are willing to shell out almost, or full tuition to attend. However, some students hate the city and cannot stand the constant hustle and bustle. They would choose a university that stands in a college-town, and quite possibly transfer out of NYU their first year. If you were to ask for my personal preference, I would say that my rating of bang for the buck lies somewhat linearly with the rest of the country. I believe that attending Stern for its business program and exposure to an industry of my dreams and hopes is worth the money, but again, this is a rather complicated topic and almost entirely relies on the factors of life and experience that surround and have surrounded you.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest, I don't know if I can accurately describe the culture of the City without writing a book. First are the clubs, lounges, restaurants, and cafes around the general campus. What everyone does the first couple weeks is explore the city. Walk around, and go window shopping! I didn't find out 5th Avenue was two minutes from my residence hall until halfway through fall semester. So, if you don't want to eat Italian cannoli or classic cheesecake, take a walk down 5th Avenue, or Broadway and experience the culmination of the world's most exclusive styles, fashion, and design statements. NYU is situated in Greenwich Village, and if you can't find anything to do here, you won't be able to find anything to do anywhere. Food is an infinite experience in the city. Pizza is a dollar a slice, and halal carts run every street corner. All the attractions of New York City are at arms reach. You can take a subway to virtually anywhere in Manhattan, and beyond. Whether its going to Columbia to visit friends, or to Times Square (especially on Halloween and New Years), any traveling is entirely in your reach. Before the weather gets cold, Washington Square Park has a giant fountain that becomes a massive tourist attraction. So if you want to stay local, grab a cup of coffee and sit down in the park or Gould Plaza and read a book to the sounds of the city. If you don't mind the travel, which isn't that long to begin with, take a stroll through Central Park. It is something that you'll rarely get the chance to do once classes begin, but make sure to take advantage of Central Park, especially in the sunny months. In addition to the regular shopping and eating, remember that New York City is home to some of the world's most exclusive fine arts. Whether its the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the arts are at our fingertips ready to cultivate young and cultured minds. Because we are NYU students, our student IDs often mean student discounts to these museums and shows. When you arrive, unless you are already familiar with the city, you may probably be afraid to get lost and explore, but once you become familiar with the grid system, navigating the city and traveling become far less daunting. Everything is within walking distance, and your perception of the city will shrink from a vast labyrinth to a neighborhood on the back of your hand.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is much better than what you would expect. Current students often tell you that the food is terrible, but remember that they've been eating the same variety of food for many years, so of course, they'd be sick of it. The food offered at Weinstein and Hayden are varied and consistently quality foods; every residence hall offers special nights, for example when Rubin offers steak night every Friday. But for you to find your favorite location, you must visit each dining hall. For one of the nicest dining halls, you can go to the Palladium residence hall. It is a sophomore residence hall, but it also houses one of the two NYU gyms and the Wasserman Career Center. The Palladium dining hall offers a delicious deli, sizzling pizzeria, made-to-order sushi, and hot grill line. Its philly cheesesteak, combined with seasoned waffle fries, are legendary. For my dietary plan, I eat several small meals throughout the day, so I often get a to-go box that you can fill up with as much food as you can fit. Of course, each meal swipe is all you can eat, so you're welcome to sit down and eat until your stomach bursts. From breakfast until dinner, dining halls have waffle makers, cereal bars, salad bars, and a deli to satisfy whatever you crave. Also, there are specialized dining halls like Kimmel and Weinstein's Kosher that offer entirely Vegan or Kosher menus. Each semester you are given dining dollars, and across the street from the Library is a Starbucks where you can spend those dining dollars without spending out of your wallet. Dining dollars are pre-loaded on your NYU ID card like a gift card, and you can spend it at small grocery-like pantries in the dining halls. These pantries offer everything from toilet paper to frozen pizza, and dining dollars carry over from Fall to Spring semesters (but not from year to year, like Spring to Fall), so if you can't spend it all, it will carry over and then you can bust it all on Red Bull during Spring finals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exceptional at NYU; however, I cannot stress the importance of finding roommates that are suitable to your personality and living habits. Allowing the University housing system to randomly place you with someone is very risky, and can ruin your entire first year, if not entire college experience. To play it safe, (if you have the option), find someone from your high school to room with. By growing up and living in the same area, it is safe to say that they maintain similar living standards as yourself. But, all in all, there is no trump card to play, and housing is perhaps the craziest wild card you'll ever encounter. When you do become situated with dorm life, it is very comfortable and pleasingly social. Coming from a Hayden resident, I can say that Hayden is known for its parties and social crowd, but other dorms are quite rowdy themselves. Hayden is a very old building, and comes with odd smells with every floor. However, that means that each floor grows very close with each other, even between floors as well. It is difficult to meet, hang out, and get to know most of the people on your floor the first couple weeks, but by Midterms, you'll have bumped into each other so much that you start to hang out and talk. Of course, you shouldn't walk into dorm life expecting to become a huge family, exchanging every moment of your lives. Being a little shy myself, I couldn't make friends with the entire school in one night, and Welcome Week events didn't help that much. Creating a new network of friends was not painful, but was not a walk in the park either. Just find it in yourself to be friendly, and friends with come. One of the biggest issues prospective freshmen may consider is security and safety. Honestly, people may say that things get stolen all the time, but on my floor, everyone tends to be honest and hold a higher moral ground. Of course, lock your doors when you're out of the room, and take standard safety procedures, but people that go to a good school tend to be well educated and trusting. No one on my floor locks their laptops, and electronics, like iPods, are left out in the open because none of my floormates really has interest in stealing. If I were to recommend a residence hall, I would recommend Weinstein. Its online reviews and student reviews do not do the Hall justice. It is equally proximate to your classes, and its dining halls are much better than the others, particularly because its upper dining hall has a Chick-Fil-A and a Quiznos that are open until midnight everyday.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are applying, or have been accepted to Stern, then I will begin by telling you to work exceptionally hard. The first year will incorporate several classes in other schools and departments, but the few Stern classes you may have will be tough unless you put in 110% every day. Stern has an unruly grading curve, where you are expected to perform flawlessly to earn an A, not to mention an A+. Don't be tricked by low levels of coursework throughout the semester because small assignments are often graded harshly and account for huge grade percentages. From what I hear of friends in other schools, the College of Arts and Sciences is quite demanding in their levels of coursework, and you will be required to schedule many hours of laboratory if you pursue the Sciences. Also, do not be misled by the perception that Liberal Studies is the runt of the school, and therefore the students there have little work. My roommate has little work, but others who have enrolled in tough classes are quite often buried under mountains of work. Tisch has, by far, the least rigorous curriculum, but for what it lacks in academic rigor is made up by its demand for creative talent, imagination, and innovation.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to New York, be ready for extreme variations in temperature and weather when you go outside. If you come from the sunny South, then it might take a while to become used to the gloomy, wet, and dark weather that engulfs the city during the winter. Unless you are in the park, the tall skyscrapers will block most of the sunshine, if any. However, the campus is surrounded by a remarkable patchwork of boutique shops, eccentric lounges, and curio shops. There is more than enough for you and a group of friends to stroll through for many semesters. However, be accustomed the possibilities of the night life; it is not a joke that there are odd people and odd things that appear when the sun sets. Because NYC has such a well-developed infrastructure, take it upon yourself to explore the city, and the landmarks. In all honesty, I'm not going to repeat the same answers given by school officials. Living here, you will see that every stereotype of New York City is true. It is the world's craziest city, and all your perceptions and notions of what it is, are indeed true.

    In three sentences

    NYU isn't a tight-knit campus school because its buildings are scattered throughout Lower Manhattan, so meeting people and developing a network is more difficult than the traditional environment where you may often see the same faces around school. On the flipside, the city life is much envied by others, and you're able to blend into the regular rhythm of the city. The students are often quite divided by their respective schools within NYU, which act almost as a status symbol in the community.

  • 02/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone (as long as you don't mind not having a foot ball team)

    Tips for prospective students

    Be different. Try to take on leadership roles and volunteering opportunities that make you stand out. Its not just about high grades and test scores. P.S. Start applying for outside scholarships as soon as you have sent in your application. You are going to need them.

    Bang for the buck

    So I completely agree with those who say NYU is overpriced. It cost nearly 20 grand a semester plus room and board, not many people can afford that. The truth is not many students here can afford it themselves, but most of us struggle through each semester pushing towards senior year. Somehow we know graduating from NYU will be worth it. The job placement rate after graduation is very high even in Tisch (the art school). The opportunities that are opened to you as a graduate of NYU are nearly endless. Short story....I was talking to a film producer the other day, and she told me when she has to hire editors,art directors,actors etc. she always flags the resumes of NYU graduates. Those individuals in her words having something more. Most often she hires them on the spot. Thats what NYU education gets you, not just a prestigious name, but something more that will put you ahead of the other job seekers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying going to school here, however certain things are not what I expected them to be. Its definitely hard to find a close community of friends. If you don't get along with your floor mates the first week or so, you will probably have to look elsewhere for that community you feel comfortable around. Since the school is so large, you will most likely find that place to belong, it just might take awhile. Don't be discouraged by the cliques. NYU isn't big on sports or greek life so don't expect it to be huge presence on campus. I was never into that stuff much so I don't mind its near non-existence. I love being in the city. There is always something to do and always some restaurant open if you need a midnight snack. Everything is so close or just a train ride away, I never have to travel far.

    Am learning a lot

    I am Tisch film and television student at NYU, and I am definitely in the right place to study the media and entertainment. One thing I love abut NYU is that immediately upon your arrival freshman year you begin classes in your major. From day one I began taking classes on screen writing, acting and cinema. The information I learned in these classes was invaluable. Most of my professors were industry professionals, so they knew what they were talking about. Under their tutelage I went beyond the textbooks and lectures to create my own projects and ideas. I love the fact that I was encouraged to take what I learn in the classroom on to the streets of New York, and really utilize it. Don't get me wrong not all the learning is hands on and away from the books. I still have midterms and finals, but with small classes and understanding professors (especially in Tisch) I was prepared for them. Outside of Tisch my professors encouraged us to use their office hours and TA tutors if we ever needed extra help. The Writing Center is always available to help revise papers and the Learning Center offers tutoring in nearly every subject if you need it.

  • 04/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 19 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    If you want to broaden your senses, definitely try to go on one of the study abroad programs here. It is a life-changing experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are in need of financial aid, just keep in mind that NYU does not give full tuition. They can be difficult, but it is nice to say that you are a student at NYU. I guess you could say it adds a little oomph to your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    So far, NYU has impressed me in the classroom, but they can be difficult in the office - especially if you are in need of a lot of financial aid like me. From what I've seen personally, it is unfortunately assumed there often that students there are very well-off and can deal with the costs of tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am really enjoying myself here. At the moment, I am at the Paris campus finishing up my freshman year. I really appreciate the fact that NYU gave me a chance to come to this city. They're aiming to create more of a global community at the school. I meet people from all over the world. Everyone knows at least two languages, and everyone is able to give more of a global perspective on issues brought up in class.

    Am learning a lot

    I definitely have learned a lot at NYU. I'm just about to finish my freshman year here at their Paris campus. That's one of the things I really love about NYU - the fact that they will offer freshman study abroad programs to a select few. It's really wonderful being able to leave home and explore Europe on your own while learning liberal studies. I've learned how to more deeply analyze when I read books or watch films. The teachers are, for the most part, inspiring and insightful.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    This is hipsters paradise, everything is about fashion, music and taste here. If you are a bro you will feel out of place due to the striking lack of bros. It's also great for people who like to be independent.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you consider a good college experience to be frat parties, tail-gating sporting events and bro-culture then this is not the place for you. NYU is a college in and of the city so expect to have to make your own fun. You have the whole city to explore, use it.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything here is top notch though for 60,000 a year they could provide a few more services. The mandatory meal plan freshman year is too costly for a very strict meal plan and the housing is a bit pricey but so is everything around it.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great college and being in New York City provides many unique opportunities. There are almost no frat parties or sports events so weekends usually consist of going to apartment parties, concerts and bars/clubs or doing anything else imaginable in the city. Only downside is you should expect to spend money.

    Am learning a lot

    All the teachers are very knowledgeable and open to working with students outside of class. The classes are hard and demand a lot of work as well as a lot of reading. Considering this I have learned in 1 semester than I've learned in a whole year of high school.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Urban

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is known for its financial aid not being all that great. My financial aid package from NYU was considerably less than many of the offers from my other accepted colleges. It's fair enough, I guess.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love NYU for its location and the convenience and opportunities that come with it. It's easy to get around the city via subway, bus, taxi, or just by walking.

    Will learn a lot

    NYU, with its many schools, offers countless opportunities for students of all majors and interests. In addition, many students come from out-of-state and international, providing a very diverse learning environment.

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Be very proactive and self-directed. It's a bit harder to meet people here compared to other colleges with campus life. Also, you're one in forty thousand people. Stand out. Go to your Professors' office hours. Seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors generally tend to be on the harsher side for grades, so make sure to keep on top of your work and ask plenty of questions! Get internships at NYU academic departments or outside companies (and apply them for credit too), go to museums, and take advantage of discount Broadway tickets. Take full advantage of being in New York City, and the price will be worth it in the end. Take a class outside of your intended major-- you might end up loving it.

    Bang for the buck

    NYC=a hefty price tag. It's a school with a nice name, but unless you're going to Stern or are on a pre professional track it's a bit too expensive if you can barely afford it. The price, especially of dorms, plays a huge part in the fact that some students sleep in the library. You'll often hear students complaining about tuition rates. I recommend dorming your first year, then renting an apartment in a cheap area of NYC like Alphabet City or Chinatown. You should consider outside boroughs too, although transportation is a bit of a pain. You'll get used to it though.

    Am enjoying being here

    Admittedly, New York City isn't right for everyone. If you're looking for a lively campus life especially with a Greek life, then NYU isn't for you. The school is too large and too diverse in interests for one to be swept up in campus spirit, and have a stereotypical college campus life. It doesn't help that there isn't a quad, although Washington Square Park is the unofficial quad of NYU. Everyone here is fairly independent, but it's possible to find your niche. Chances are though, it just won't be easy.

    Am learning a lot

    Being a rising school in New York City, NYU attracts a lot of amazing faculty members, and a lot of great research opportunities. Whether you want social or physical science research, you're in good company here.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    NYU's campus is in the middle of New York, so everyone has to be a little more street-smart and cautious, especially when walking around at night. However, the school provides SafeRide and a free shuttle bus. The number for SafeRide is on the back of each student ID, and is accessible to everyone. Each building has a guard that checks the ID's of every student, ensuring that non-NYU students cannot enter the buildings without special permission. The dorms are extremely safe: Not only is there an officer on duty 24 hours a day, but there is also a turn-style where students swipe ID's and enter a code to get past the lobby. I have never felt in danger on campus, and know that I have a place to go in the event of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    While I do not participate in Greek Life, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved for those who wish to do so.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone. I cannot even begin to list or describe the number of clubs, sports, choirs, and programs at NYU. And if there is not a club to your liking, you can make your own! There are a TON of student-ran clubs: One of my friends created a ballet club called Twinkle Toes this past year that offers free ballet lessons for beginners.

    Great for these types of students

    NYU is perfect for the student who wants to be immersed in the culture of New York City. I would say that the students who enjoy NYU the most are those that actively seek out opportunity and new experiences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every NYU building has something special about it. At Gallatin, we are known for being very lively and (generally) eccentric. During the Gallatin Arts Festival, the building is completely consumed with different arts projects and presentations. One of the strangest I have seen (or rather...heard) was a constant heartbeat in the 5th floor bathroom, which was certainly an interesting experience as a freshman. Also, some might call the annual Strawberry Festival somewhat unusual, as it is known for providing the largest strawberry shortcake in New York City.

    Bang for the buck

    I am very fortunate that Gallatin provides me with a scholarship every year, however, that is not the case for most students at NYU. I love everything about the school, but, unfortunately, the tuition is outrageously expensive. I am getting a fantastic education in the best city in the world, but, even with a scholarship, I am already nervous about paying back my student loans.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless possibilities for fun at NYU. Personally, I just love walking around and discovering the different neighborhoods of the city. I love Christopher Street Pier, Madison Square Park, and the West Village. Of course, there are tons of places to go and see all around the city. The school also offers many activities, programs, and events. Some personal favorites are the Strawberry Festival in the spring, Casino Night, Midnight Breakfast before finals, the Reality Show at the Beacon Theater, and any other performances and showcases that are constantly going on around the school.

    Food and Dining

    NYU has plenty of options for dining. The best burgers are at Burger Studio, located in the basement of University Hall. Weinstein, another freshman dorm, has two dining halls, and each have great food. There are various vegetarian and kosher options, as well as restaurant and themed nights. Besides dining halls, you can use dining dollars at Argo Tea, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts, so caffeine is never far away! And, of course, New York is the ultimate city for all types of food. NYU is close to Chinatown, Little Italy, among other neighborhood favorites and food trucks (like the Waffles & Dinges food truck that is almost always outside the library). There is something for every palate.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I did not have the best experience in my dorm, however, I attribute that to a dud roommate. I lived in University Hall, which was a really great building. Everything was new and clean, and the building staff was extremely friendly! NYU also has a free bus, which is convenient for anyone who lives in dorms farther from campus, like Gramercy Green. If you are looking for a busy social life, UHall is not the dorm to live in. It is more like an apartment building, and typically very quiet. However, other dorms that I visited, like Goddard and Third North, were much more lively! The upside to living in the NYU dorms is that they are the nicest apartments anyone will ever have in NYC.

    Academic Rigor

    Class is only as difficult as you make it. If you put in real time and effort into your papers and participation, your professors will notice, and it will be apparent in your final grade. I never missed class, took pages of notes, studied everyday, and participated in class. As a result, I had a near-perfect GPA for my first year!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive in your education. As a student at Gallatin who and has learned over the past year how to navigate the different NYU schools, the best piece of advice I could offer would be to avoid a passive attitude. If you are on top of your game, not only will the professors appreciate it, but you will also get into the best classes! Take advantage of opportunities both in school and in the surrounding neighborhoods. The city is the campus; anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

    In three sentences

    While NYU is a huge school, it is the perfect place to learn independence and global consciousness. There are plenty of interesting classes, taught by top-notch professors, that cater to a diverse group of interests. If that isn't enough for you, the neighborhood is the perfect place for any/all twenty-something-year-olds looking to explore the big, bad city!

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    You have got to be independent, strong-willed, and eager to do just about anything. You'll see just about everything here, so keep an open mind, but be smart! If you like unpredictable, this is definitely the place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely consider how much financial aid you receive and figure out whether the difference can be made up in student loans. I used an immediate repayment plan for my first two years, but I can no longer afford to do so. I would recommend this since it saves you thousands of dollars in the long run--it's just a matter of budgeting properly for the monthly installments. However, if you can afford to go to school here for all four years, I say go for it. Dorm the first year, get a feel for the city, and then, if you can, find an apartment for the duration of your academic career here. It's really something to experience. I also think that you need to check out the club fest and go to as many meetings as possible. There's never any pressure and if you don't like what you see, you don't have to keep going. Find what you love and make as many connections as possible. Most importantly, keep some balance! Stay focused, but have some fun--just don't go overboard. Go party crazy during orientation, but then figure out what works for you for the remainder of the semester.

    Bang for the buck

    I am in over my head with student loans, but I beam with pride whenever someone asks where I study. The school is highly esteemed and will prepare you for whatever you may be studying. I would recommend transferring in for your junior year, though. It's an amazing school, but with the lack of financial aid, it may be easier to just graduate from NYU--it's the diploma that counts after all.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's definitely harder for me since I'm a shy person. I'm the type that wants to be approached and doesn't know how to approach others, so it impairs me socially. However, as hard as making friends is in general--you really have to find your own way here--I think finding communities to fit into is fairly easy. Meeting someone at dining halls, at the gym, or in a club you care about--there are numerous ways to find people you'll easily interact with, you just need to put in the effort.

    Am learning a lot

    As far as education goes, I've always been very academic, but it's different here. I'm not going to class and learning because I have to, but because I want to. There are, obviously, some required classes, but with the right instructor, the challenging coursework seems manageable. My first semester was very difficult because the professor and I had different styles--her teaching didn't match my learning--but my second semester--in the second part of that class--I found it much easier since I switched professors. The amount of teachers to choose from--in some classes--definitely helps and it's easy to find someone that will inspire you to go to class regularly.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for hard working students that enjoy fast-paced environments!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for future students-prepare for a challenging education, make the most of your investment with hard work. Seek out money saving strategies and plan out future investments. The best way to reduce stress is to plan ahead!

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is undoubtedly expensive, however it is what you make of it. At first I was overwhelmed with the ongoing expenses of not only the University, but expenses of the city as well. My advice, seek out all the free/discounted resources available to students. Free transportation and gym access (with tvs for each machine) in addition to discounts at many vendors are only a few available resources.

    Am enjoying being here

    As I have never lived in the city, New York City was an abrupt change. At first seemingly overwhelming, after a week I began to appreciate the diversity and opportunities provided in the area. Walking across the street to study in Washington Square Park, working among students in coffee shops, and listening to jazz bands playing down the street are only a few reasons that I value NYU as an overall learning experience. NYU not only provides a great education, but it also provides a growing experience for its students.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a second degree nursing student at NYU. The university has great student resources; however, they must be utilized. The experience is what you make of it. The curriculum is undoubtedly challenging, preparing students for the professional world. Instructors are very helpful when approached for help. In addition, clinicals in New York City hospitals, offer a diverse and valuable learning experience.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    we have a public safety office here, and there's also a hotline that you could call for them to pick you up at the wee hours in the morning. i would say we're pretty safe because sometimes you see the nyu public safety vans patrolling the area and it's nice to see that you have protection, although our area doesn't seem to need much watching over. we're pretty safe!

    Greek Life

    greek life apparently doesn't seem to be so known throughout campus because fraternities and sororities are not so high profiled here. but i hear that its respected and its student led organization that actually commits to be involved around the city, volunteering here and there.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have so much activities and things to do around here, and i feel that every type of student has some common interest with any clubs here. they host so much events, you find yourself wanting more than 24 hours a day to do everything.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for people who are academically gifted but at the same time socially inclined. you don't have to be genius smart, but you have to have some knowledge to keep up with everyone else. but don't lock yourself in your room studying all day, you gotta come out and bask in the sunlight!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every incoming student has to have at least seen our presidential reality show. you cannot miss it. it's not mandatory but students flock to get the good seats up close and personal. it's hilarious, but its a nonfiction kind of informative performance. these students dance and sing (quite beautifully too!), but at the same time they are dancing and singing about things you should know about campus and things like that. you find yourself grinning from ear to ear because it's so entertaining!

    Bang for the buck

    seeing the pricey tuition might make some people think twice about applying, but there are scholarships and funds available. loans are probably inevitable because after all, this is nyu. that's why you have to take advantage of the resources they provide. do everything you can to make it worth it. however, you do need to keep up with your academics so that you keep the financial aid scholarships. that will be the difficult part of this. but study hard and you can do it.

    What to do for fun

    nyu nightlife is awesome! we have washington square park and the huge arch. at night, it looks so beautiful you can't help but take pictures for memory. often, there is always some event going on in kimmel center and you can just walk in and enjoy the night. again, we are in the city, so you can do whatever you want. this is nyc.

    Food and Dining

    nyu has a number of dining choices. you could opt for the buffet style dining halls or go to places where they accept campus cash and dining dollars. although you could get a variety of foods across campus, it tends to get somewhat generic because they serve sort of the same food there. but since nyu is situated in the city, you could get cheap eats all around manhattan, so that's another option.

    Dorm Life

    being a commuter, i don't exactly have all the details about dorm life, but from my one night stay at one of the dorms, i find it very comfortable. although you have to share bathrooms and such, it's not that bad. unless you opt for a single, having a roommate should really benefit you on your first semester here. and i hear that every dorm is known for something, so you should research that first before you choose anything.

    Academic Rigor

    again, it all depends on the classes you take. but i would suggest you looks at sample syllabuses if the professors actually post them up and see if the workload is compatible with your other classes. otherwise, you might be taking on more than you're able to. every class has a specific course structure and we follow this very closely. every meeting you go to is of vital importance.

    Tips for prospective students

    it all depends on what specific college you get into within the university because there are major specific curriculum courses that you have to pick from. the writing classes here, i believe, are challenging than most, and it's what most students complain about. however, we have so much resources, like the writing center, that helps you so much, and so you have to take advantage of that. and you might as well, since your tuition and fees money is going towards these resources. what's important is that you should get involved and join many clubs or organizations so that you can meet people, who come here from international countries or even out of state. it's so nice to have these connections with people from different cultures and it would be such a waste not to take advantage of this opportunity.

    In three sentences

    nyu has such a unified main campus and everything is within walking distance. the good thing about this is that while you can get to classes within a matter of minutes, on your free time you can also explore the city, if you are not familiar with it yet. nyu owns so much buildings that when you're walking down the streets of manhattan, you see the representative nyu torch flags flapping in the wind, signaling a nyu affiliated building.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel threatened or unsafe at NYU. The Public Safety team does a fantastic job, and most of the Public Safety officers were part of the NYPD.

    Greek Life

    The Lafayette dorm houses the Greek Life at NYU, and because we are in the city, instead of Frat/Sorority houses there are pent houses! How cool is that?

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU literally has any club you can think of (Quidditch club, cupcake clubs, comedy clubs, etc.) If NYU doesn't have the club you're looking for, then you can create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, hard-working, diligent, not easily overwhelmed or stressed, time managers, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dorms are very spread out across the city, so it's nice to visit friends all over Manhattan. It's just an awesome location to go to school.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU has an awesome reputation with employers, so even though it's an expensive school, I believe that you really get your bang for you buck when you graduate and get an awesome job.

    What to do for fun

    Well, you are in New York City, so you have numerous options; i.e see a broadway show, see a sports game, go to a concert, go to a movie, walk the town, go to a club, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Kimmel has the best food, in my opinion. The white pizza is to die for, and the salad bar has great selection.

    Dorm Life

    I love the sense of community in the dorms. There are 1,100 people in my dorm, yet I feel like I know everyone. People are super friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are top par. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the professors are so well qualified and helpful that they try to make things easier for you; i.e. explaining things very well, breaking things down, giving real world examples

    Tips for prospective students

    Budget your money; don't become overwhelmed by the other students because people can be very competitive here; worry about yourself, and you should be fine

    In three sentences

    NYU has awesome connections and opportunities. Its location is prime for internships and jobs. Even though it's a large school, it still has a wonderful sense of community.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 197

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, self-starting students who are social and can handle a little alienation once and a while. Students looking for a different college campus feel because there essentially is no campus. Students who want a lively, non collegiate, social life and great professional opportunities half a block away from their dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming from California, and UCs and CSUs, where admissions is a little more formulaic, NYU is a private school and will therefore have a lot more holistic admissions process. My best advice is be well-rounded, balance our your weak areas (SATs, GPA, etc) with stronger facts (conversely SATs, GPA, extracurriculars). I would say it's better to devote yourself to one or two activities and become superlative in those things than to spread yourself thin just to look like you're versatile. Focus and dedication are things colleges and NYU will look for. Sports will get you into NYU, but they offer no scholarships since the only division I sport is fencing-- so just a word to the wise. My greatest advice applying to any private school is that they are looking for people, not robots.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, NYU is a private school, and that means at least 50k a year. I'm dependent on financial aid to attend, but the professional and education opportunities I'm offered are worth it. This is especially applicable if you're interested in Stern or Tisch. Professional networking and internships are worth shelling out whatever you pay/will pay for NYU. After all, you are going to college to get a job.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is nothing like living in New York City and going to college at the same time, especially NYU. Nestled across West, Greenwich, and East Villages, you'll have plenty of things to do and people to meet. You won't have any trouble finding things to do when you're not in class or on weekends. As for NYU activities, there are a multitude of extracurricular activities, but you just have to drag yourself out of your dorm room or that nightclub to do it. The opportunities are there.

    Am learning a lot

    As with most colleges, it will vary with the teacher, but make sure you do your research and make friends in all grade levels so you have opinions of other students you trust. When it comes down to it, you are responsible for learning from the professor/TA, not the other way around.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 29 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    if is pretty safe

    Bang for the buck

    good

    What to do for fun

    well you are in new york city so there is tons to do

    Food and Dining

    the food is always good.

    Dorm Life

    it must be good if its in nyc

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to talk with the fanical aid office

    In three sentences

    it looks good to me

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    even though nyu is in nyc, i feel very safe here. there are guards at each building that you have to show your id to.

    Greek Life

    it exists, but i don't know much about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of clubs here. everyone can find something that they like.

    Great for these types of students

    nyu is basically known for tisch school of the arts and stern school of business, so, for anyone wanting to major in one of those schools, nyu is the place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    apparently only graduate students are allowed to walk under the arch in washington square park, but everyone does it.

    Bang for the buck

    nyu is very expensive, but i'm hoping it will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    nyu is in nyu. what isn't there to do for fun? there's broadway shows, museums, tourist attractions, etc. anything you can think of to do, it's here in the city.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good. nyu has the only chick-fil-a in the city, but i hate their meal plans. freshmen are required to have a big meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    each room has its own bathroom, which is awesome and the rooms are pretty big.

    Academic Rigor

    so far, being a freshman, i've mostly taken general ed/required classes, but they have been pretty good classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    beware writing the essay.

    In three sentences

    nyu is a great school located in one of the greatest cities in the world.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    I was impressed with the university, seeing as it is in New York City, by how they handled security. There are always New York University Police on site and in vans keeping the students of NYU safe. All university buildings require a student ID badge to enter excluding the library and visitor center.

    Bang for the buck

    Although NYU is quite expensive, the opportunities and education the student receives is exceptional. First, all professors live on campus with the students in order to build a lasting professor-student relationship beyond the classroom. Second, the opportunities for study abroad are never-ending and the extra costs are for the travel expenses and a little bit for the room & board in the foreign country.

    What to do for fun

    There are always fun things to do in New York City. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, go up the Empire State Building, take a walk in Central Park, eat in Chinatown, or go see a Sunday matinee on Broadway, New York is full of fun opportunities always.

    Food and Dining

    There are many eateries on campus. In addition, Chinatown and Little Italy are further downtown on the 6 Subway and there are many cafes and little shops in the city.

    Dorm Life

    You're living in New York City, what else can you ask for?

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is definitely going to put you to work. Even if you're not in an Honors program, all classes will be tough, so study hard and do your best. You'll do fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best in school. Even if you think the class is nominal to your success, you may regret not completing that term paper to the best of your ability. Also, never give up hope. Just because its a prestigious university, NYU looks for diversity and leadership skills. If you can be unique and show exceptional leadership work, you should be all set.

    In three sentences

    New York University (NYU) is definitely the school for all-around excellence and academic diversity. The opportunities offered by NYU are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and NYU has fantastic study abroad options. If you love to travel and wish to see the world, then NYU is a great choice.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's in the heart of the Greenwich Village and there are enough Campus Security employees around to lay siege to Fort Knox. It's safe as the City can be.

    Greek Life

    Although perhaps not as Greek-y as other schools due to the non-traditional campus set up, there is no shortage of Greek Life events and groups at NYU. They throw parties, charity events, and service the community. As noted above, there are also some lesser known societies on campus whose members are more subtle about their association.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons. Of. Stuff. To. Do. Seriously. There are clubs for nearly anything you can think of, from wine tasting to politics to celebrity appreciation.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who will preform best at New York University are those who are determined, motivated, and hardworking. It's possible to succeed and be only one of those things (or maybe even none), but those students with a singularity of mind and passion for learning will be rewarded for their efforts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NYU is notorious for not having a traditional campus. You won't find a quad or courtyard with tables to sit and chat. You won't find grassy hills on which to sprawl and study. But there are some more... mysterious traditions at NYU, many of which are rumored to be rooted in the history of the Height's Campus. Dragons, Heretics, and Ravens move about unnoticed by most, but exist without a doubt.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said before, you really get out of it what you put into it. It's popular to complain about the high cost of studying at New York University, but most the people complaining don't realize what they get for that tuition. It isn't just the professors you're paying, it's access to one of the finest research libraries in the world, career placement resources, regular speaking and networking events that aren't offered anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city and take advantage of all the amazing free events and entertainment opportunities offered by NYU and other non-affiliated groups and projects.

    Food and Dining

    It's New York City. The food ranges from gourmet fine dining to street meat and french fries. Regardless of your budget or palate, there will be options for you.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    As people say, You get out what you put in. Yes, it is possible to coast through certain courses if the professors are lenient, but most are not. The more effort and attention you give to your studies, the more knowledge you'll walk away with.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU isn't for the timid or faint of heart. It's a huge school, so if you're not one to get things done for yourself you may be left on the sidelines. Don't let this happen! There are plenty of helpful, nice people––you just have to be sure to grab their attention and let them know you exist.

    In three sentences

    A prestigious institution of higher learning that offers amazing opportunities for advancement and growth. Located in the center of it all, the absence of a traditional campus may be intimidating for some students. If you're a self-started, determined, and highly motivated, you will do well here.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 197

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    Bang for the buck

    Yes, NYU is expensive, but for the amount of extra stuff they do for the students, it is worth it. Most schools will throw you to the wolves, and that's how they can charge a lower price, but NYU will take care of you, and they truly go the extra mile for their students.

    What to do for fun

    You have all of NYC to explore! If you can't find something to do in your off-time, there is something wrong.

    Food and Dining

    18-23 year-olds love eating, we all know it. The food is good, and because of that, it's dangerous.

    Dorm Life

    Even if you are introverted, you will find a place here. Enough said.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are the heart of NYU. If you come here for any other reason, you will be surprised. NYU is known as one of the most rigorous academic programs in the world, and it lives up to the hype.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will thoroughly enjoy the admissions process, and you can't say that about many schools. They make the entire process easy and streamlined, so all you have to do are the forms, send them in, and they do the rest!

    In three sentences

    NYU has a beautiful campus, New York City becomes your lifeblood and resource center! They do a great job of making your life easy with questions about admissions, financial aid, on-campus housing and employment, etc. All around a great school and a great place to be!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 197

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    What to do for fun

    Go to museums, go to concerts, go to sporting events. Sit around Washington Square Park and people watch or read a book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to the people in your classes and recitations. Don't be afraid to talk to professors and go to office hours.

    In three sentences

    NYU is great for diversity. NYU provides a lot of opportunities to try new things. As a university it will challenge you and help you gain a sense of independence.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    NYU has campus security at every building and the higher security officials are usually retired NYPD lieutenants, captains, etc. Additionally, NYU implements strict ID observance, especially with their newly installed RFID chips into ID cards making it easier to enter NYU buildings, but also more secure. Finally, at night for those worried about their saftey, NYU has a hotline number to call for a free pick up and drop off to any NYU location after 11. Usually used for pick ups from the library, cafeteria, etc. and drop offs to dorms.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at NYU is a fairly old thing. There are always Greek events going on, whether its Rush events or an NYU Pageant for Mr. NYU, there is always something Greek afoot. NYU has many types of sororities and fraternities (multicultural) with many more having joined recently, giving rise to a decently sized Greek population. NYU also has strict anti-hazing regulations in place for those worried about that and a confidential reporting system. It is a wonderful opportunity to be apart of the Greek community but it is advisable to fully explore one's options before committing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundred of clubs and activities within NYU. I am nearly sure you will find a group that you enjoy being a part of, or if a particular ideal you are interested in doesn't have an organization sponsoring it on campus, you can easily create your own club or activity. Being in downtown NYC gives the clubs access to alumni in the city, stores great for having events at NYU, etc. Joining a club or activity is not hard and NYU makes every club available for interested students, they even have list servers set up to help you choose ones you are interested in when/if you decide to join.

    Great for these types of students

    If your ambitious, want to have fun, want to experience new things, unsure of your major, or any other type of student, NYU is for you. There are several colleges within the university and changing between them is not too difficult, this makes NYU a good place to find yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After a long day of classes or during breaks many transfer, commuter, and to a lesser extent dormers, go to the Student Resource Center in Kimmel. This has become a place students can hang out, eat, study, use free computers, print, etc. It functions as a sort go to lounge for everything student related and many times they sponsor events with other clubs (every Thursday at 5) to bring students fun activities, stress busting advice, financial scholarships, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes restaurants are over priced because it is the city, but if you look around you are sure to find many deals that give you a bang for the buck. If you like eating out there is Restaurant Week NYC participates in where usually expensive restaurants put up pre-fix menus for relatively inexpensive prices (i.e. 3 course meal for $20). So deals are out there all the time, you just have to try looking. NYU Skirball also offers many deals on discounted tickets to movie theaters, Broadway Musicals, debates, concerts, etc. Other NYU organizations and clubs hold shows or give away cupons/ offers as do vendors on the street all the time so flyers should not always be ignored here in the city.

    What to do for fun

    You can do any number of things for fun: sunbathing in Washington Square Park, Intelligence Squared Debates in Skirball (famous politicians and authors usually are on the panels), discounted (half-priced) tickets to various movie theaters (AMC, Regal, etc.), discounted tickets to Broadway Musicals (Wicked, War Horse, etc.), clubs further uptown, bars (if you're 21 and enjoy an occasional drink), exotic restaurants (different kinds of cuisines to try), gym with weights, treadmills, swimming pools, etc (Coles and Palladium NYU Gyms), billiard locations, hookah locations, Shakespeare in the Park, picnics in Central and Battery Park, Metropolitan Museum of ART, Mo-MA (Modern Art Museum), Natural History Museum, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Roosevelt Island concerts, etc

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent because this is NYC, there is every type of ethnic food you can think of in your backyard literally, well in your campus's backyard (if you go to NYU). Whether you have cravings for Mamoun's, Halal, Chinese, Sushi, Korean BBQ, American Diner Food, etc. it is all reachable within a 5 block radius (alright maybe 10 max). The food in the NYU Dining Halls is not bad at all either. If you get a meal plan (recommended for dormers), you can experience all you can eat buffets (Downstein), Kosher (Upstein), and exotic foods (Kimmel Market) every day for a flat rate. The plans with weekly dinning is better, unless you don't like going to the same place often, then I would recommend the Flex Pay plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life overall is a good experience to have (especially if you've never done it before). Couple it with a meal plan for the best experience. Usually there are kitchens but being in NYC means the rooms are small unless you get some of the newer dorms or you are out further from the campus area (i.e. Lafayette and Broome have huge rooms but are located closer to Chinatown and further than most other dorms). Freshman dorms such as Ruben need to be upgraded pronto (no A/C) and not a good idea, so recommendation would be to start living in a dorm starting your second year and onwards if possible.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a pre-medicinal and American literature major and the courses are top-notch. Some English and science classes are easier than others, not to say less work, but easier in terms of understanding concepts and materials. Science is usually hard, but the students that have take it before do not mind helping out someone taking it presently! Office hours provide a great source of review from the professors themselves so go to those.

    Tips for prospective students

    New York University is not an easy school where you can coast by on the assumption that being the top of your high school class is enough, many students there are valedictorians or salutatorians. This means the crowd can be very cut throat at times, but just like you (hopefully) very ambitious. This means stop and take the time to befriends with classmates, etc. They want to do well in classes just like you, they can help you prepare for tests via study sessions or generate essay topic ideas, they are an invaluable resource (especially when it comes to experience).

    In three sentences

    When you're told the cheesy line, all of NYC is your campus, most people laugh and claim that idea is impossible; yet, somehow, NYU has managed to turn NYC into an internationally acclaimed campus! Whether you're sightseeing in Washington Square Park, watching protests in Union Square Park, looking off the top of the Empire State Building, running past celebrities to be on time to class, or simply enjoying the vibrant night life of the city that never sleeps, being in NYU offers you a social life not seen at any other campus. Of course there is also the added bonus of being academically and professionally tied to a renowned international campus (for those not as into the social scene)!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe considering we're in the middle of Manhattan (which is a relatively safer borough in NYC)

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not very big at NYU. Whereas it may be a strong community builder in other areas, the vastness of the city and the plethora of other activities overshadow Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities to sign up for - there's just not nearly enough time in a day to do them all. There literally is /always something going on!

    Great for these types of students

    NYU has students from all over the world with all sorts of interests, so it's hard to narrow it down to a certain type of student. Each college within the university targets a different type of student as well - from business students in Stern to theatre students in Tisch to general studies students in the College of Arts and Sciences. If I had to choose though, I would say NYU is great for students who like the fast paced nature and life of the surrounding city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not an unusual tradition, but the 2011 welcome week dance was Lady Gaga themed - called the Monster Ball. People went all out for this dance - some friends and I actually made our dresses out of duct tape!

    Bang for the buck

    My biggest complaint about NYU is the cost. Tuition and housing costs together add up to a ridiculous amount of money. Not to mention NYU is very stingy with financial aid. Something really needs to be done with the cost of NYU.

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC! There is so much to do, there's not enough hours in a day to do them all. There's a ton of school held activities, and even more city wide activities. We're also right by Washington Square Park where you will always find interesting people and events going on. Improv Everywhere actually recently did a skit there, go check it out!

    Food and Dining

    Food here is actually very good. Most of the dining halls have a variety of choices. In my opinion, Kimmel and Palladium have the best food out of all the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    If you have the chance, get to know your roommate before you move in together. Email, FB, tweet, whatever really to find out lifestyle choices, interests, study habits, social habits, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes depends entirely on the teacher and the student's particular strengths. My Writing the Essay class, for example, was not difficult but it was tedious. My Accounting class was very difficult and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students: Join a club targeted towards a passion of yours. There are so many clubs and organizations in NYU, you will most likely find something related to your interests. It's a great place to meet some cool people. Take on some leadership roles, have fun with your friends, but also remember to do your best in academics.

    In three sentences

    I am currently a Business student at NYU Stern. The people here make the college great - overall very open-minded and accepting. There's a lot of activities going on, both in school and in the larger NYC.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For a school without a campus, the public safety officers really make us feel like we have one, and that we're completely safe on it. NYU works on the blue light system so you can call Safe-Ride, the free shuttle service, from anywhere on campus after midnight and they will pick you up and drop you anywhere. Public safety officers are in every building and often outside, and the bus runs between all buildings NYU owns if you feel unsafe walking anywhere. It's wonderful and most parents feel satisfied with the safety of their children at NYU.

    Greek Life

    About 15% of students are involved in Greek life, and we do have a good number of frats and sororities on campus. The pledging process isn't bad at all and the connections last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club imaginable is on campus, from volunteer organizations to idea forming clubs to ones dedicated to eating and drinking (cookies and milk club!), and you can easily start your own. I'm on a board of two clubs and plan to start a non-profit in the fall.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love studying- Bobst or any of the 50 and more locations on campus to get your study on, or find a nook in the city itself in a bookstore or coffee shop! Hipsters- you're unique and listen to indie music- so does 50% of NYU's population and we love it. Social Butterflys- what better place to have a billion friends than in NYC? Connections are your best friend at NYU, someone to always be with is nice in such a huge place The list could go on. Even sports people could go to NYU games or join a team, frats and sororities have their place at NYU, and so do the wallflowers and the people who just want to express themselves. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans, we love you all as well. NYU is literally the most accepting university you will ever attend, and ask anyone on campus and they'll tell you the same.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People actually LOVE to hang out in Bobst, the library, or Kimmel, the student activities center. Lunch times are spent in the backstreets in the fabulous quick-bite restaurants behind Bobst and Kimmel. Traditions include mocking the lack of sports and making fun of Columbia University's tiny campus as opposed to our takeover of NYC.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is definitely expensive, and ridiculously so, but that money is going towards expanding the university. They aren't that stingy with financial aid either, so don't be afraid to ask! Once again, nothing will compensate for the experiences, which are well worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. You can literally do anything and have fun at NYU. On campus there are a wide range of extra-curricular groups and classes to get involved in, and starting your own clubs is easy as pie. However, be prepared to run it because NYU wants to see you take leadership and an active role! Off-campus... well you're in the city, so you can go out to a club or to a park, go sightseeing or exploring in the West Village or the Brooklyn Bridge, or explore the other boroughs (the city in fact IS more than just Manhattan!). Look at all the eating options, and the hidden treasures the city has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining in the 9 or 10 dining halls (can't keep track there are so many!) have a great variety of choices for all eaters, whether it be religious specifications or general lifestyle they accomodate everything! Some dining halls are definitely better than others but all are worth a try!

    Dorm Life

    Nowhere else will you get to live in places as nice as 5-star hotels! While yes, NYU does have its own dorm-horror stories (don't go NEAR Brittany) the other dorms that are beautiful make up for it. Even the low-cost housing is spacious and clean and you always get a beautiful view. Usually the dorms aren't where people hang out until upperclassmen years but they're excellent and are always ready to facilitate a good community.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is a Tier-1 school, and really makes sure of that. The classes are vigorous but not demanding. There is a certain amount of studying that has to accompany each class, some more than others but projects usually fill in the other classes. Be prepared to meet students with more or less or equal ability to you and be prepared to have a great academic year with a mix of these people- as long as you do the reading!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure when you come here you aren't looking for a campus! The point of this university is literally to live and be one of the people in NYC, a melting pot of culture, ethnicity, and backgrounds. You may not realize it but every time you walk to class you get to be a part of that, and that continues into the classroom, during mealtimes, even in the dormitory. Be prepared to study here despite all the fun you'll have, and although living in the city does require responsibility, nothing can make up for the experiences and lessons you'll learn that will be valuable to your life afterwards.

    In three sentences

    New York University is a university that provides a completely unique college experience. It's set in the heart of the city, and IS a part of NYC, so with that comes the fun and academic standard set high by the city itself. Students who attend this university often leave armed with more than just academic knowledge, and can handle themselves quite well in the working world and beyond.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police will drive you were you need to go if you just call them. People without id's can't enter the building. It's really safe.

    Greek Life

    Almost non existent but it is here. There's no hazing and there are perks that come with being a part of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sooo many clubs. And if you can't find one you like, you can make one.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for anyone willing to work and wants to experience the fast paced life a little more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before you graduate you have to find the president (John Sexton) and give him a hug.

    Bang for the buck

    I received good financial aid but the school costs $61, 000 a year which is a bit much.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities. Free zip lining, go to the gym, take dance classes.

    Food and Dining

    There are about 14 dining halls and cafeterias. Soooo many options. And if you somehow don't like any of it, there are a lot of stores around this part of Manhattan.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which dorm you're in. the cheapest dorm is about $7000 and is a bit far from campus, however there is an NYU bus that will take you from the dorm to campus buildings for free!

    Academic Rigor

    It's intense. My 1st day of class, my social foundations teacher assigned me to read the book of Exodus and the book of Job in a night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look into which school in NYU you want to attend. The university is big and has multiple colleges within it that you can apply to.

    In three sentences

    I love this school! It has great energy and a lot of activities. Dylan and Cole Sprouse also go here! :)

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always ramped up around University buildings and guards are very reliable.

    Greek Life

    Practically inexistent

    Clubs and Activities

    With such a large student body, there are clubs for everyone: from the more standard student radio to a chicken and rice club to a student-run food co-op or cultural clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, independent, proactive, wealthy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is spread out over most of Greenwich Village all the way down to Chinatown and mixes with the general NYC population so depending on the building, life can be pretty different.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is too expensive but it does offer NYC on a plate which makes some of the cost a little less difficult to palate. Without any scholarship help, it can still seem like a difficult choice to justify at times.

    What to do for fun

    NYU is a pretty good source to find cheaper (sometimes cheap) ways to enjoy New York City as the faculty is made of a large number of active professionals who have connections to help students out. From the Broadway shows to the museums and the endless number of concerts as well as restaurants, there's rarely an occasion to be bored. The NYU community is also quite active as much of the student body has an artistic streak.

    Food and Dining

    Like with any college, you have to know where to eat to get the good stuff. But not unlike other colleges, if you can't find what you want in the dorms, there is the whole of NYC to explore.

    Dorm Life

    Many efforts are made to turn the disparate and large student body of NYU into a tighter community thanks to activities in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are certain of your financing possibilities because the school is very expensive and is not the most helpful when it comes to helping out with anything other than a loan proposal.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful location. A wealth of opportunities if you are willing to seek them out. But not the most supportive administration for questions pertaining to what is not academic.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So many folks out and about, always feel safe. NYU also has their own bus service to get between classrooms and dorms, as well as their own blue-light safety system.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for independent students who want to learn. Definitely not a party school.

    What to do for fun

    NYU is in the heart of New York City. Free concerts in Central Park, the dorms are surrounded by movie theaters, so many activities on campus, plus discounts to Broadway shows and other major entertainment, plus can always hop on the subway to get anywhere in town easily.

    Food and Dining

    NYU has many dining options, from cafeteria buffets, to using your campus cash at off-site restaurants. Don't miss out on Sunday brunch, the best meal of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the freshman dorms is a great way to meet new kids. NYU matched me up with a fantastic roommate, their questionnaire really worked. Lots of dorm activities to be involved in, if you so choose.

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to study, study, study! Lot's of homework to keep you busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be outgoing. So much to see and do, and people to meet, just keep yourself open to new experiences. It can be a little intimidating at first for someone from a small town, but soon enough you will be out exploring with your new dorm buddies and classmates.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic mix of students. Great atmosphere for learning inside the classroom as well as outside. Living in New York City give us a wonderful sense of independence.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 197

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The city is our campus.

    Bang for the buck

    You live in the city... what more can I say?

    What to do for fun

    If you're under the age of 21, that's a little tricky. A lot of people here end up getting fakes (which I don't recommend doing) to go to clubs/parties/bars. If you're 18-20, it's more-so wandering the city, dorm parties, going to a movie, and doing activities at NYU.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options. There's a kosher dining hall, Chick-Fil-A, Burger Studio (which is pretty popular), Dunkin, Palladium has Sushi, soup, salad, pizza, and more, vegan/vegetarian options.. etc. etc. However, most of the other freshman I know have extra meal swipes, as do I. The default meal plan is a ton and so is the one that's a step below that.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are really nice. They're all revamped hotels and what not. Freshman dorms here are awesome: you can go the traditional route or go for the apartment style (If I could do it all over again, I'd probably go the traditional route and choose Rubin, Hayden, or Weinstein). There's a lot of programs that you can choose to get involved with as well and they really try to make the FYRE a good one.

    Academic Rigor

    I think every school is different. I'm in LSP and sometimes, I feel like I'm in high school with massive amounts of reading. However, I have a friend that's in Stern and she said that graduating from Stern with like a 3.5/3.6 is considered impressive.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend here, definitely do your best to keep that GPA up and really try to well on the SAT/ACT. On the application (which is the Common App + a supplement) don't mention how much you love the city in your essays too much and really be sure that lack of community and having to go the extra mile to gain friends is okay with you (& also be sure that you can afford living here because man, oh man, NYC is an expensive city)!

    In three sentences

    NYU is a really great institution with, from what I've seen, pretty good professors. That being said, when you hear things about lack of community or extreme independence they're not lies. In order to gain friends here you really have to become involved with clubs or sports (which really don't mean much here) or Greek life (which is kind of different here, I think) and you are definitely getting a real-life experience living here and attending NYU.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in NYC. There's so much fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many dining options, and you can use NYU dining dollars at Starbucks. It's a wondorous thing.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Rubin. There is no AC and the walls are paper thin. It does in a pinch, but it isn't the greatest dorm I've ever been in.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very demanding. Get used to lots of homework and papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved or you may feel left behind.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a busy place to be. There is literally a niche for everyone, but you have to go out and get involved; otherwise you might feel lonely and overwhelmed. The classes are great, but you are also paying for the name.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a average sized and height young woman and I feel safe walking around campus at night or even in the early morning. There are always other people around to make you feel safe and plenty of lights to show the way.

    Clubs and Activities

    Top notch in quality and quantity. There are more clubs than I could possibly go to if I went to one everyday for an entire semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for someone with an open mind, a dedicated individual, and people person. Although all students aren't necessarily like this I do believe that NYU encourages an element of independence and self-assertiveness with its policies. Also, it encourages a sense of community - despite being so big.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU certainly is not cheap and I suspect a lot of the tuition simply comes from the expense of the real estate and not necessarily given to running the school in its entirety - but - there are top facilities and plenty of resources given to students. I certainly think that you get your money's worth in the professors and the experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of social activities and clubs available. There is something going on everyday whether it is speakers or an event or something to join - there are plenty of activities.

    Food and Dining

    Because Manhattan and NYU students are so diverse, so is the food around the area. There are plenty of both cheap and expensive, and everything in-between, places to eat - you just need to look a little to find what you like. There is an experience and food for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    This certainly depends on your major but as a student in the Liberal Arts Program I have not had much difficulty getting an A or A- in my classes. If you expect a college level workload from yourself then it will not be a problem. Try your best in your classes and always think about what you can bring to the table.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and never assume anything. Be confident in your ideas and follow your passion, if this shows through your application, you'll have a higher chance of acceptance. Don't be afraid to try new things - that is what Manhattan is for.

    In three sentences

    NYU has a completely diverse atmosphere of people, ideas, and environment. It has amazing and dedicated professors which are supplemented by its enriching campus and opportunities to learn and explore. It has a plethora of activities, interests, and clubs for every and any individual.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even though it's in New York City, it's probably the safest place you can be. NYU takes their security seriously in all their buildings, especially dorms. As for being on the streets, while I wouldn't wander around aimlessly at 3 AM, it's actually not that bad of an area in NYC. You can also have public safety pick you up and drop you off at your dorm if it's late and there are no busses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities to choose from, however, none of them are very prominent in the community.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is really really expensive. Because of this, I might have not chosen to go there if they didn't have the really good program that I'm in. If you can afford it, then definitely go to NYU. However, if you're going to be paying those loans back yourself, consider a cheaper college unless NYU's program for your major is far superior than any other school.

    What to do for fun

    This is New York City! There's not much you CAN'T do!

    Food and Dining

    NYU has dining halls spread out between Union Square and Washington Square. Some are definitely better than others. The meal plan is kind of expensive (I think it's more than $10 a meal, so it's really only worth it if you go to an all you care to eat dining hall and eat your $10 worth), but at least you never have to worry about buying your own food. With plenty of dining halls, this means whether you're at your dorm or on you're on campus in between classes, you'll never be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Every room/suite in the NYU dorms have their own bathroom. This alone makes the dorms better than most colleges. Also, some of the dorms are pretty large compared to traditional colleges, despite being in a crowded city.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken classes at other universities, so it's hard to judge how much more difficult classes at NYU are. However, expect to always be on your toes and don't fall behind on your work, or you'll end up regretting it when it comes time for that midterm or final.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come from a small town, be prepared for a big change. It's hard to be alone in New York City, which may be frustrating when you're having a bad day, but it's also a great chance to socialize and make connections.

    In three sentences

    New York University is more than just a school -- it's a whole new world of opportunity. Being immersed in New York City gives students opportunities to get a head start in the real world by offering a plethora of people of all different ages and backgrounds. There is no strict boundary between the professional world and the classroom.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 197

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Pretty much non-existant

    Bang for the buck

    NYU spares no expense in making sure the students have a good time. I was exposed to so many trips and activities in London through NYU programming and I am so thankful. I got to go to Cambridge, Brighton, Newquay, Canterbury, and even on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC! You can do anything from shop, to see a show on Broadway, go to the Met, see a Yankees game, take a walk/jog through Central Park, see a band at a local bar. The possibilities are literally endless. It's up to you to pick.

    Food and Dining

    It's expensive but worth it! Everything is really good and rarely gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    Last year I made so many friends in my dorm it was amazing. At the end of the year one of my professors commented that she had never seen sure a unified group of students and I couldn't agree more. We were all very friendly and accepting of each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses may be easier than other, but teachers are tough graders so that always keeps you on your toes. Hard work definitely pays off though. It's really hard to get through a class without opening the book or attending the lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come to school focused! It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the city but if you set a schedule for yourself and follow it you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    NYU is the ultimate melting pot of colleges. You can find every race, sexual preference, hobby, major, and everybody is accepting of everything! It's truly one big family.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    GET OUT! and explore the city. You are going to be living in NYC what could be better than that.

    Food and Dining

    Too much to eat trust me but you can't really eat the amount NYU has to offer ;)

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls can be super fun especially if you get along with your roommates well and blend in with the environment.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of competition here at NYU which is good for those who are willing to work hard for a better future.

    Tips for prospective students

    To stay on top work real hard. Sometimes NYU can be a little distracting but a focus will help you do better so Keep that in mind and also try reducing your personal expenses as NYU can be very very expensive.

    In three sentences

    Degree is worth it. Opportunities are waiting to be grabbed here at NYU. Splendid diversity.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Its New York City. You can find almost everything to do.

    Food and Dining

    NYU has the best buffet style cafeteria and is surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the world. You can never not find in the city at any corner or time.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms at NYU can be cold but they are in the best location. From having cool apartment style dorms to dorms with some of the best cafeterias, gyms, and other facilities, NYU's dorms also has exploration floors where students with similar interests can bond and experience city life together.

    Academic Rigor

    New York University has two of the top business and nursing schools in the country whose students do not compare to others because of the resources that this school has.

    In three sentences

    New York University's Nursing program is unlike any other because of its facilities, teachers, students, and location. Going to school in NYC gives nursing students and all other students at the school so many opportunities with all of its connections to unlimited resources all over the city. In addition to the endless opportunities available to the students that go to NYU, the school has a global network that opens up the world to them.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 197

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is on point. plus it's New York, so the streets are never empty. We have a number of systems in place to protect NYU students. There is safe ride, which is a free bus that you can call to come pick you up at any time of night, anywhere on campus. There are Public Safety Officers (PSOs) in all residence halls, staffed twenty four hours. You also must swipe in with your id card to every building.

    Greek Life

    It's here. Somewhere....

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs at NYU, and we consider ourselves a community of micro-communities. We have pizza and abs club, in which they do abdominal exercise for five minutes and then eat pizza. We have Shakespeare in the Square, which is a smaller version of Shakespeare in the park. We have debate team, a bunch of a capella groups, clubs where they do puzzles, clubs where they assess financial risk (for fun!) and literally anything else you could think of. Activities mostly centre around clubs or organisations within Res Life, like Flurry which is free ice skating in central park, or the various excursions that RAs take their residents to. And then of course there is life outside of the school that the school will often sponsor like free concerts, tickets to movies and shows, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal Artsy Hipster SoCal Unique Independent Quirky Non conformist

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NYU isn't big on traditions because we are anything but traditional but not too far away there is a really old French cafe that is open 24 hours, has the best escargot, and some great french music. It's a lovely place to sit and study, or people watch!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive. And it will hurt a lot of people. The Bursar's Office is worse than a tyrannical dictatorship. But I love every minute of it and I couldn't imagine being any where else. That is the thing about NYU. It's too expensive not to be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Everything; New York is your oyster. The night life is great,comedy clubs to music venues, broadway shows. I personally enjoy biking across the bridge to Brooklyn for the flea market, and in the summer it's great to take the subway to Brighton Beach. Brunch is a big deal in New York City (SATC, I'm guessing) and I brunch it up every weekend. There are always free movie screenings for NYU students, and great lectures from world leaders and political masterminds. In resident life most of these events are free if not really cheap. And if all else fails, you can sit in Washington Square Park and wait for Ryan Gosling to walk by.

    Food and Dining

    Ranked 11 for Vegetarians. A lot of options. Good food. But let's be real, who is eating at an NYU dining hall when you can go to Mario Battali's restaurant for 10 dollar pasta?

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are great! Community is really built through Freshmen dorm life. After that, the dorm life sort of dissipates but it is still there is you want it.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on what classes you take and the kind of work load you are used to. NYU students are academics, regardless of whether they're studying dance or applied psychology. You WILL be taught and tested in your selective field and it WILL NOT be a joke or a breeze. But people manage and do well and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU isn't for everyone. It may be the number one dream school in the United States, but it is a very unique environment with a very unique type of education. Different programs are renowned for their excellence: Stern School of is ranked number 5 in the country for it's undergraduate business program and Tisch has the most graduates who have obtained Oscars. If you are passionate about something, then NYU is a great place for you because it thrives on passion. But it is not a place to just go because you can. If you do not love it, it will not work for you.

    In three sentences

    New York University doesn't hand you things on a silver platter. NYU is all about setting out on your own, forging your own identity, and making your mark in the toughest most amazing city on earth. It is in and of the city, surrounded by a wealth of culture and opportunities and all you have to do is reach your hand out and take it.

  • 09/01/2013

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    In three sentences

    Upon my first visit, it looked like an excellent school. NYU is sure to acknowledge that while there are plenty of extracurricular activities, they do place a lot of emphasis on academics. The library is spectacular, and I'm sure that anyone who attends is resourceful enough to pay a visit every once in a while.

  • 10/07/2013

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    In three sentences

    NYU offers a wide variety of programs in one great school. This school is for those looking for independence in the biggest city in the world. I hope to attend here in two years.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very strict here, but for a reason. Security guards are so nice. Don't hesitate for help!

    Greek Life

    Practically non-existent, but it's there. Do it if it's what you're into. They provide unity and solidarity in this vast university.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of options and it's a must! It's hard to meet people, so start with those who have similar interests. It's hard to meet people in class too, so clubs and sports are definitely the way to go.

    Great for these types of students

    Interdependent people who know what they want, yet are willing to explore and find new and captivating things.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of cheap street food, but if you have a meal plan, stick to it and save your money because you already paid for it. Cheap concerts and cheap yoga.

    What to do for fun

    The music scene is awesome. Concerts are cheap and fun. Brooklyn is an easy train ride away. Night life becomes significantly better once you turn 21. But in the mean time, you can go to house parties and concerts and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Actually pretty good, plenty of healthy options, and plenty of options for vegans as well. Gets a little repetitive after a while, but still flavorful. All the workers are really nice.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are in great locations. Easy access to absolutely everything. Dorm events are fun and low-priced, so take advantage of that! Study halls are in every dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Lectures are fun and interesting. Do all your work and readings, study far before exams, study every night. it'll help appease the burden of work. Professors are really smart and helpful. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded, it's easy to get lost in this crowd, so be prepared. Be ready to study a lot and learn. With an open-mind, you can avoid a stressful college experience.

    In three sentences

    At NYU, there are no limits. You have everything and more that you could ever imagine in just a few blocks. You are able to expand your knowledge and expand your dreams.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU is in a very safe part of NYC. Not only is it a college campus, but there's always someone around who could help if someone came on to you. Also, at night, if you're walking from one of the campus buildings to your dorm or another place on campus, you can get one of the on-site campus security guards to take you to your on-campus destination, free of charge.

    Greek Life

    NYU does have a few sororities and fraternities, but if you're looking for the typical greek life college experience, NYU is not the place to get it.

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU is a very diversified place, in the middle of a very diversified city. Any clu you could imagine (to an extent), you name it. They've got it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, curious, and social. An introvert won't do very well in a place that is as heavily populated as NYC and NYU.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is quite pricey at $60,000 per year. However, I would highly reccomend it. They aren't the most gracious when it comes to financial aid, but you can always get scholarships elsewhere. I believe that NYU is very much worth their price tag. Not only do they have top-of-the-line professors, classrooms, residence halls, and staff, but they are in the heart of what I think is the best city in the world. At NYU, you don't get a typical college experrience. However, you get to spend the 4 best years of your life in the best place you could ever imagine.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do not only at NYU, but in NYC. The Kimmel center constantly has club meetings or small get-togethers. You could go out to eat with your friends, or you could go shopping in Times Square or SoHo. You could attend a sports game, or go to Central Park. NYU also has a ticket center where you can get tickets for a largely discounted price. Broadway shows, sporting events, you name it. They've got it. If you want to get into a hockey game for $5, that's the place to go.

    Food and Dining

    Food can be rather pricey in NYC, so if you have a tight budget, watch your wallet. However, there are many places in NYC that you could go that are very reasonably priced for the budget of a college student. As for the on-campus dining, I have heard that it is about $8 per meal, and some of them are an all-ypu-can-eat buffet.

    Dorm Life

    I am the very excited to see how they organize the dorm life. The best dorms are farthest away from campus, but I have heard that the quality of the dorm makes up for the 15-20 minute walk to Washington Square Park.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU has some of the greatest professors in the world, so if you're looking for academic rigor, you can get it. It all depends on which course you take. However, I would say that there is a lot of academic rigor at any college you could find. You know what they say, for every hour in a college class, you should put in 3 hours of independent study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your head up. The cost can be worrysome, but there are millions of scholarships you could get online or at your school. NYU is not the most gracious with financial aid, but the more effort they see you putting into it, the better of a chance you will have getting financial aid from the school. The financial aid carries over your 4 years, as long as you continually fill out FAFSA, so don't worry about having to pay full price over your last 3 years.

    In three sentences

    New York University is the dream school of millions of people, including me. The professors are some of the best, and NYU has an amazing variety of academics and extracirriculars. Not to mention, its campus is one of the most besutiful ones out there, and it is in and of New York City.

  • 06/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student planning to major in art, business, philosophy, and nutrition. NYU has highly ranked programs in these fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU isn't for everyone. If you are expecting a green campus with grass and trees like you see in all the movies, you're coming to the wrong place. Also, don't be afraid to apply. A lot of students who attend NYU never thought that they would be accepted in a million years. If you want to come, you should definitely apply, because you really never know what going to happen.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU isn't a cheap school, and its financial aid is not highly regarded. However, it is one of the top universities in the nation. You need to think of the money you spend to attend NYU as an investment. You are going to have to pay a great deal of money, but in the long run, it may be worth it. Still, there are other universities that are ranked higher and give better financial aid, which is definitely something to think about.

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU is a very enjoyable place. There is an abundance of work that needs to be done for your classes, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy yourself. The university has a variety of activities such as sports teams and clubs. NYU's location is ideal because it is right in Manhattan, which allows for students to take full advantage of all the city has to offer, from its restaurants, museums, theaters, and sports teams.

    Am learning a lot

    NYU is a very large university, with about 20,000 undergraduate students. Although there are a great deal of students, NYU manages to keep many of its classes relatively small, which is conducive to learning. The university stresses a solid liberal arts foundation, so you learn way more then just your major, regardless of what school you are in.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent and confident and resistant to cold. Not for students who dream of living in NYC thanks to Gossip Girl.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to go out and seek a community, it will not be bestowed upon you the way it is at other traditional university campuses. Also, bureaucracy. You will wait on the phone for hours before getting the information you need, unless you know which person to call. Do not be afraid to call, call often, and try to get different people on the phone. They will give you different answers and the more you will learn.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is expensive. Really expensive. But considering the connections you'll make, and the people you'll meet along the way, if you're doing what you love and learning, then the money doesn't matter.

    Will enjoy being here

    The city is great. The people are ridiculous and diverse and fascinating. The campus, though nontraditional, is centralized and has an excellent feel to it.

    Will learn a lot

    The teachers I have met so far seem to be really passionate and excited about what they do. The university has exponential numbers of internship connections waiting to be tapped into, so learning in the outside world as opposed to the classroom almost feels like a prerequisite for graduating.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a state university, it is more affordable than a private school or other nationally recognized university.

    Will enjoy being here

    New York City is a metropolis and a fun city to be in. It can be a little overwhelming, but what you need to remember, like anywhere really, is to just put yourself out there a little and be a bit more proactive in talking to people and you'll probably like it better.

    Will learn a lot

    The curriculum is pretty powerful

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who love individuality!!!

    Will enjoy being here

    I can't wait to be living in the big apple! I know I 'm going to meet so many different people and experience so many things that I wouldn't be able to anywhere else. NYU ha so many activities available to everyone, especially Freshman. They even have special interests floors at the frosh dorms and explorations where people with like interests come together and practice activities together.

    Will learn a lot

    I am so excited to learn as much as I can. Since I am going into education I know will be a forever learner and I know NYU will kick off my journey through post-secondary education perfectly!

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone open and ready for a new life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a totally different lifestyle if you're not from the area

    Bang for the buck

    I sure hope its worth the money.. sheesh

    Will enjoy being here

    I love the big city life! I am excited to be a part of the volleyball program as well.

    Will learn a lot

    I am super excited to learn things inside and outside the classroom.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for an open minded and independent student. One must take the city head on, with all force possible. It's not dangerous as it was before, however it does take a certain amount of skill to get around, and cross the streets. NYU would also be great for someone looking to be more open minded because the city takes a certain degree of open mindedness to live in.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is ranked #2 on the most expensive schools, however, the amount of money that has to paid is worth living in such a city. Just the experience from living in New York has no price on it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is gorgeous, and literally spread out in the Village. It's not just one building, nor is it just a few blocks. Along with being such a spread out campus, the city that it is located in provides adventure for every single day. In New York City, there is something completely different to do every single day. You will never get bored in that city, whether it's partying all night long, attending a poetry reading at a cafe, or just walking around the city for hours.

    Will learn a lot

    NYU is an amazing school. The amount of diversity in the school, and in the city one can learn so much from. Granted, it does take a certain open-mindedness to take on such a school and city, but placing oneself out of their comfort zone is completely worth what you will learn from this diversity.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, Super-cool

    Tips for prospective students

    Sell yourself as an open minded individual who enjoys diversity. Work hard and achieve!

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Science based students, nursing, and business are great candidates for NYU art gets its shine here as Lady Gaga and Mos Def graduated from here along with actor James Franco.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to write lots of papers, come into the school well read. Furthermore if your set on one major be prepared to reconsider since there are over 100 majors to choose from and the create your own option.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive as it may seem, there are lots of free events and the 10% discount on over 180 stores really helps. Furthermore you don't have teachers that are obviously only bachelor students , most if not all have a phD , m.D. ,M.B.A , or even a random professional degree

    Am enjoying being here

    Who doesn't love Manhattan? The possibilities to meet new people are endless , furthermore the resources are limitless from on campus to associating law firms, hospitals, and business centers. I skateboard everyone and even if i get lost having the NYU flag near every building and or having a shirt with NYU on it and asking for directions will get you where you need to go.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn a lot , essentially if your in cstep you meet lots of people that are like minded and have a strong work ethic. Don't worry about the rumors of being lonely in the school , people are bound to just walk up to you and ask a question or find something to talk about. I even do Chemistry during lunch time on napkins and its not weird at all!

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, Different, Open to new things, Can take themselves out of their comfort zone, Wants more than just campus life, Ready to cease different opportunities (academically and for future jobs)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit NYU before! It's not like any other school, especially because it has no campus. Also, it helps if you're pretty independent because you do a lot of things on your own and you can only depend on yourself to do it! Also, consider study abroad because NYU has a GREAT study abroad program and it helps to make new friends too.

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said earlier, if you know what you want to do it'll be worth it. The tuition is very high and going up each year. So it's best to research what NYU has to offer, and if that's what you want then it's worth your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU is not only about interacting with the school, but the entire city! There's so much to do (and to eat) that you almost never get bored, unless you want to stay in to save some cash.

    Am learning a lot

    If you know what you want to go into, and you're in the right program best fit for you, then you will learn A LOT (and enjoy learning it too). It was only when I was unsure what I wanted to do and taking my core classes that I felt the classes were mediocre.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, driven, self motivated, social (you have to really make an effort to meet people because there is no campus)

    Tips for prospective students

    You're in a wonderful new place - don't get trapped in the NYU bubble! Explore! Use your student status as an advantage to get student tickets to Broadway shows, movies, and always be on the look out for free NYC events. Don't limit yourself and use NYU resources to their FULL advantage - you're paying for them after all. Introduce yourself to professors in big classes and always email with questions - more often than not they'll want to help. Don't over-do it. NYC can be a stressful place and many students can feel it take its toll. Take some time for yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Being completely honest - no way. When you pay for NYU you are paying for their name. That's it. I can honestly say that I have no idea where exactly that money is going except to building campuses in Beijing and Abu Dabi (which we don't need) and taking over the city. It is a great school with great professors in a great place but if you are at all uncertain about your college choice I would think heavily on it. I look at as paying for the opportunities that the city provides me - not just the school. That said, the NYU brand name often ends up meaning something post graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU is definitely not your typical college experience. It won't be anything like those stereotypical depictions of college in movies and most likely won't be exactly what you expected. That being said, you adjust. As an NYU student you have an experience that is 100% out of the ordinary (even from schools like Columbia that have a campus) and that is something to cherish but also is something that is not for everyone. The lack of campus does make it difficult to meet people, especially after freshman year (so make sure to meet a lot of people at the onslaught). Overall, the experience has been fun. You are not coddled by a campus or a college bubble but I think that is a small price to pay for the seemingly endless opportunities that New York City can provide.

    Am learning a lot

    If NYU does one thing right, it's hiring skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic professors who more often than not are working professionals in the field that you are studying. Even without thoroughly scouring RateMyTeacher, you're bound to end up with a great one. There are a lot of great resources that students can access if they are struggling and most professors really try to make themselves available to students.

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Heard it has a lot of programs to excel in

    Will learn a lot

    I heard this was a great school

  • 08/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love convenience and the city life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't mess around too much. You have to know your limits. College is based on how much effort you put in. Teachers won't constantly be on top of your work like high school teachers. College is the time to prove to yourself that you can make it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey but there are many benefits to attending NYU

    Am enjoying being here

    NYU is in a great location, New York City! Some people complain that there is no campus but you actually get an unlimited campus! NYU students are everywhere. Washington Square Park is the chill area. It's great.

    Am learning a lot

    I got really lucky with my professors and classes last year. Hopefully I'm just as lucky in the fall. The professors are passionate about what they are teaching and they really reach out to the students.

  • 10/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    unique, fun-loving, determined, caring, non-traditional, hard-working, independent

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come here if you desire to attend a sports-oriented school. In New York City, you do not need that. There are of course sports teams here, and we have lovely athletic facilities, but that is not at the top of our fun things to do lists. Basically, if you know nothing about sports, you'll be fine! However, if you are a sports fan, you can simply attend big-league games or watch them on TV with friends in your residence hall. Everybody wins! If you want to make friends, you cannot do that by being a mute. If you are outgoing and are not afraid to walk up to people and be yourself, I assure you that you will have no problem making friendships that will last a lifetime. I followed that tip, and I am still close with many of my friends from freshman year.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is a very expensive school. My family has made many sacrifices to fulfill my financial requirements. I believe I speak for every student when I say that the tuition should be lowered. At the same time, the resources that are available to students are endless; there are many I was unaware of until after my sophomore year! Also, the faculty here is fantastic, and you can tell by searching famous NYU alumni. We may pay a mighty fee to attend this university, and this school does have its share of flaws, but we are given a lot in return. Furthermore, NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development helps you prepare your resume and has an enormous search engine for finding work on campus, off campus, and for when you graduate. It has been a life saver...and there is no fee for that!

    Am enjoying being here

    Let's be real...if I wasn't happy here, then I would have transferred out. Just about every person I have met here is accepting of me and my unique personality. The professors, for the most part, are fun to chat with and are extremely knowledgeable about their fields of study. Also, you are living in the greatest city in the world. There is not much else to say!

    Am learning a lot

    I must start by saying that choosing to go to NYU was one of the best decisions of young life. Yes, you will learn many new things in your classes. As a student in LSP for two years before transferring to CAS, I took very interesting seminar classes, which consisted of round-table discussions enjoyable reading assignments. Yes, a great deal of work is required of you, but it will pay off in the classroom. Furthermore, as a student in New York City, you learn how to be a true Manhattanite. Within a month of starting my first semester, I became very independent, and have never looked back. I learned that it is important to have a small job during your college years so you can support yourself financially...if you can be independent in some manner, then you will be ready to enter the real world. NYU helps you learn to rely on yourself rather than on others, which is key to being successful in life.

  • 11/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Diverse Individual and Independent

    Tips for prospective students

    Be Yourself. There is no one else you could be.

  • 11/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you want to meet a student from any country in the world, talk to people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, become friends with people with differing political, social, and religious views, then NYU is right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The kind of experience you will have at NYU is entirely based on how much work you want to put into making your experience a great one. It seems that whatever you are looking for, you will find, and whether that is enjoyable or not depends on your perspective. The professors that I have had are always looking for the next student they can enlighten with ideas about the world, and they really just want their students to do well in their classes and prepare them for the real world. I don't think I'd be as happy as I am at any other university.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for tuition is really high because you are paying for the experience of being in NY and for the amazing connections that NYU has to offer.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, Artistic, Film,

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get to choose a freshman dorm to live in, choose 3rd North. You won't regret it, I promise!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like it's overpriced for what you get. The resources are nice, but honestly, we pay so much money for tuition, and we are restricted in what we can and cannot do. For example, I live in a dorm where I don't have a good view of the city, and all my roommates and I really want to do is see the New York City Skyline at night from the roof of our buildings. We went on an adventure to another dorm building that has 26 floors, and looked out the window of the top floor just to see the view. We didn't go outside or anything. We just wanted to look. We understand that there have been several people jump from NYU buildings in the past, but we weren't going to do that. We just wanted to see what NYC looked like at night. For that reason, I feel like they could give us a little more leeway in what we can and cannot do.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am in love with this city!!! The big perk about going to NYU is that you are smack dab in the middle of Greenwich Village, NYC. There's so much to do here. I feel like I don't have enough time to do everything I want to do here. I couldn't have chosen a better location for a college.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot in my Media classes here, however, my Statistics class is very difficult to understand because the teacher won't really explain the material, so we as students are basically left to figure it out on our own. Other than that, every other class I'm taking is teaching me new things.

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students with strong and independent personalities would do well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    A strong and independent personality is required to succeed here.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely believe I am getting a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy very much being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning tons of new things involving my major.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am learning a lot

    Wonderful!

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    everybody

    Tips for prospective students

    awesome school

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    1) Enquiring 2) Open-minded 3) Risk-taking

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is a great school, which allows a student to discover his interests and gain a greater insight into himself. So don't be afraid to apply without having a clear understanding of your future major; you will get enough help to sort your academic interests out.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sometimes it's a little too secure. You need to show your ID to get into every building and sign guests in for residence halls.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, goal driven students who know what they want in life.

    What to do for fun

    All the dorms constantly have lots of free and low cost programs to attend if things to do in the city are out of your price range. There are a lot of shows of all kinds in the city, however: comedy, on and off Broadway, concerts etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have solid food, however meal plans are expensive. If you have a kitchen available it's a lot cheaper to get your own groceries.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are full of activity.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. However, there are a lot of resources where one can get help with classes and students love to help each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    The city and the people you meet make the price worth it, especially if you know what you want to do.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    what I do for fun is engaging in school activities such as group discussion and being around friends.

    Food and Dining

    New University have 13 dining locations across campus that offer delicious dining options, a variety of foods and convenience. With a NYU Dining meal plan all student well taking care of in terms of healthy food in school.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the halls and becoming part of the dorm life provides an invaluable complement to a student's academic career. New York University are committed to providing the students with an inclusive, healthy and welcoming home.

    Academic Rigor

    New York University has the quality of being extremely academic excellence. A community of scholars characterized by collaboration, innovation, and incandescent teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    New York University offers a wide array of services to assist prospective student with the transition to life.

    In three sentences

    An ideal place for students to live and learn. Prepare students in a great urban center to become tomorrow’s leaders. independent, and diverse classmates who will challenge your perspectives

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing to worry about if you act reasonably.

    Greek Life

    Not as popular as in other schools, e.g Columbia. But there are fraternities and sororities here, too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, intelligent, liberal, alternative, interest in the arts.

    Bang for the buck

    It takes a little while to find out where to shop for little money, but once you know where to go, you can make some good deals.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want. You're in New York. Sport games, clubs, bars, theaters, concerts, operas - all at your disposal in world class quality.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to many other campuses, really good quality. Like everything in New York, it's pretty expensive, though. ($10-12 per meal)

    Dorm Life

    Is a lot of fun and can get pretty wild. Choose your roommate wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you try hard and show interest in the classes you are taking, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about how you are going to pay for NYU. This college has one of the highest tuitions in the country and living in New York can get pricey, too.

    In three sentences

    New York University is an excellent college. Tisch School of the Arts offers one of the best film programs in the country.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    nyu is located in a very safe part of the city. there are also always patrolling new york police as well as nyu safety police. they close wash sq park after midnight so there are not many locations to loiter around the campus where you could run into danger.

    Greek Life

    no clue. soory.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are some clubs, but i have not looked into any myself. i tried to find a poetry club and it seemed to be totally defunct which was hard to believe. there are a lot of ethnic groups which is interesting and fun to sit in on. you will always find neat discussions and free food!

    Great for these types of students

    nyu is great for students who have the initiative to pursue their passions. you cannot have a traditional college experience in nyu. it would be ridiculous to try and ignore the thriving city you are situated in. the school is helpful in getting each student to utilize the city's vast resources, but many students take it upon themselves to find internships or any other great opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there aren't too many unusual traditions of nyu i have seen, but in new york? whoo boy. there is the epic halloween parade, the musicians of washington square park, street artists and so much more.

    Bang for the buck

    it is definitely a pricey school, but you get a priceless experience. the financial aid department is pretty helpful for the most part, and you can always apply for scholarships. some students do transfer out after their first year for financial reasons, but many students stick through it simply because they could not see themselves anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    new. york. city. there are too many options to choose from. you can simply wander the streets if you are bored, but there are also tons of cultural events always going on, no matter what time of year it is. you can find a great music show any day of the week, great art exhibitions all over and so much more. the best city in the world.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls are alright. there is a lot of diversity and some places have specialities, but it is also very worth it to look in to having only a partial meal plan. you can find tons of cheap places to eat at in the city, and it is always a fun experience to eat somewhere new.

    Dorm Life

    the process of choosing your dorm is pretty straightforward. you will know what to expect depending on how much you are able to pay. i lived at brittany hall in my freshman year and i found the experience priceless. i found some of my best friends on my floor and still keep in touch with a lot of people from that first year.

    Academic Rigor

    it really depends on what type of program you are taking. your instructors will give you warning if the course will have heavy workload, no one is trying to trick you into failing. overall most teachers are understanding and will try to meet with you after class hours to discuss any problems you might have with the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    a prospective student should try to make as much contact with their classmates as possible. it is hard to break into new circles of people once the year is already in full-swing. one should also look into classes which might not initially jump out to them because you never know what professor and subject will inspire you.

    In three sentences

    new york university is a school with limitless options and potential. the massive size of the place can at times be a great stress, but is ultimately an advantage. being in new york city allows the nyu student to enter the real world earlier than most teens while still guiding them through their four years of invaluable growth.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    shop, sight see and eat

    Food and Dining

    food is great and expensive

    Dorm Life

    people arent friendly

    Academic Rigor

    it is intensive

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard

    In three sentences

    it is okay

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    in love. doesn't take too much of your time but takes just enough that you really feel a strong sense of community.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone finds their niche here. it's big enough that there's someone and something for everyone

    Bang for the buck

    way too expensive. tuition and nyc. but could be worth it...

    What to do for fun

    bars and clubs. or anything else in new york; broadway shows, comedy clubs, apartment parties, restaurants, exploring the city.

    Food and Dining

    i actually am in love with the food on campus and i'm sad that i don't have a meal plan this year. kimmel has the tastiest food ever, uhall has great mexican food, and downstein always has awesome things in the home zone.

    Dorm Life

    really depends on the dorm. really the only bad ones are rubin and lafayette. the rest are clean, homey (a bit small), and many are very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    most classes are very challenging, but definitely do-able if you set your heart to it and study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in clubs, especially greek life. you will immediately have a sense of community that many people find lacking. also, i highly recommend studying abroad. florence is an awesome city and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

    In three sentences

    i could not have asked for a better college experience. new york city is the greatest place on earth; there's always something fun to do, great restaurants, cool bars, and a sense of purpose. i will truly be sad when i graduate.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    greenwich village is a very safe part of manhattan. also, nyu has security guards in most of its buildings at all hours. i feel very safe here. but as a general precaution, you should never travel at night alone; you should always be with at least one other person no matter where you go.

    Greek Life

    i think only about 5-10% of the student body participates in greek life. it is not really a huge deal at nyu.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of student clubs that you can join at nyu. keep in mind though that there aren't many on-campus events such as pep rallys for athletic competitions or anything like that. you will need to find your own niche and stick with that.

    Great for these types of students

    students who enjoy the city life will definitely like nyu. academically, nyu is near the top in the sciences, the creative arts, business, and mathematics. so nyu will be great for those who enjoy studying those 4 things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    cole and dylan sprouse (the kids from the suite life of zack and cody) attend nyu, and so does dakota fanning. i've actually seen the sprouse twins a couple times.

    Bang for the buck

    nyu costs a lot. however, housing, meals, and social life is very good, so you do get something out of what you pay. there are a lot of fun things to do in new york city, so if you enjoy the city life, it will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    there isn't much of a greek life or a huge following for nyu sports. so you will largely need to find your own fun. there are a lot of 18+ and 21+ clubs in manhattan where you can hang out. there are lots of restaurants, movie theaters, and every other amenity you get by being in new york city.

    Food and Dining

    there a lot of selections for food: indian, chinese, italian, japanese, just to name a few. there is a chick-fil-a and quizno's on campus. almost every dorm has its own dining hall, some which are open until as late as 3am.

    Dorm Life

    there isn't a huge sense of community at nyu. so, you'll need to take advantage of befriending your roommates and floormates.

    Academic Rigor

    nyu has world-renowned departments, so the difficulty of classes is relatively high. there will definitely be a lot of late nights, and each class will challenge you and stretch your mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    consider the benefits of going to a really big school. also consider distance away from home. it also costs a lot to go to nyu, so you should strongly consider scholarship offers and cheaper tuition at other schools.

    In three sentences

    it is a huge school where you can meet someone once but not see them again for months. there isn't much greek life nor is there much support for athletic teams. nightlife can be really fun because you're in the middle of manhattan.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    it's the big apple. shopping and dining. enough said.

    Food and Dining

    dining is amazing, since there are so many dining halls, and if you don't like it, there's always restaurants and food stands. but again... it's new york, so be prepared to lighten your wallet soon.

    Dorm Life

    depends where you dorm... upperclassman dorms are clearly better than freshman dorms, but there are some okay freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    come on... it's a good school for a reason. everyone has to do their homework to even hope for an a.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to come here, be prepared; lots of reading and schoolwork. but, when you live in nyc, and dorm for nyu, you really feel like you've been given the key to all the freedom in the world.

    In three sentences

    it's fun, since it's in the big apple! it's hard, because it's such a good school. it's amazing, because you begin to make your life here.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    worth every buck for that bang.

    What to do for fun

    two athletic facilities that include rock climbing, couches and lcd tv's in front of every treadmill.

    Food and Dining

    food is a bit expensive around campus but there are several places that provide discounts by showing your nyu id.

    Dorm Life

    in the library late? no bus or trains? call the nyu public safety and a van will pick you up and drop you off the dorm free of charge.

    Academic Rigor

    though the work is heavy, nyu provides a lot of resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    get the administrative processes done as soon as possible. don't postpone anything.

    In three sentences

    new york university focuses on their students needs for engaging education. all of our professors are extremely intelligent in their respective fields. worth every penny.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    the school sounds absolutely excellent, and i'm excited to apply, and hopefully get accepted. the campus looks wonderful, and the diversity and open-mindedness is something that is very important to me in a college.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    it's nyc

    Greek Life

    blah. no thanks, most attendees look upon greek life as a ridiculous substitution for an authority to direct one's life and behavior. members are asked to give up any notion of common sense and worship propriety in order to secure a financial position based on one's pledge. gang behavior, no?

    Clubs and Activities

    tons to do outside of school and class.

    Great for these types of students

    academically driven, passionate about their study, desire more from college than just what is in books.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you can certainly find the unusual in nyc

    Bang for the buck

    the connections and internship possibilities are amazing!

    What to do for fun

    anything and everything. including hiking mountains on the weekends or surfing in long island.

    Food and Dining

    just fantastic and environmentally/fair trade conscious. lots of choices and variety: kosher, vegan, etc.

    Dorm Life

    really, really great. having lived in the honors dorms during my undergrad and off campus, nyu provides wonderful living opportunities and it is worth every penny.

    Tips for prospective students

    commit, excel, focus.

    In three sentences

    nyu is diverse, exciting, and opens up incredible and unique experiences. nyu is prime because of its location which allows for great personal and professional discovery. nyu is challenging because of academic standards and location.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i love that nyu has so much variety when it comes to food. my residence hall has a dining hall that serves home cooked meals, vegan food, and hayden also has the best chocolate chip cookies. there are also dining halls for stuff like burgers, sushi, pizza, asian cuisine, halal, etc.

    Dorm Life

    i didn't really enjoy most of my freshman year here because my roommates and i didn't get along (i lived in a triple in hayden hall along with two other girls). however, many of the people that were on my floor were so laid back and fun to be around. the residence hall also has a lot of events that are always going on.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here are no joke. the work is both plentiful and difficult but it'll all pay off in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    compared to other universities the people here aren't as friendly (probably a new york thing), but you get out what you put in. so join as many clubs as you can if you want to have a good social experience here.

    In three sentences

    new york university is an amazing university for those who love the fast-paced city life and are use to being independent. many of the professors here are extremely helpful. as long you ask for help and show you're willing to work hard for a good grade you'll do well here.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the security is very serious and good, also there is a van that will pick you up at night and take you back to campus!

    Greek Life

    greek life is not big at nyu - it is not that type of school, and a very small percentage of people join greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a ton of different clubs, one for anything you could imagine! they're fun and a great way to make friends.

    Great for these types of students

    thinkers, intellectuals, dreamers, truly unique students, independent students, savvy, street-smart, hardworking

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lilbrary is 10 stories high, classes are held in the park if its nice out.

    Bang for the buck

    i wouldn't change a thing about the academics. the things learned here are invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    new york city is your playground!

    Food and Dining

    the quality of food for the price we pay should be a lot higher, but a meal plan is required as a freshman, so there's not much you can do, but i'd get out of it asap.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are quite pricey, crowded, and sometimes far from campus. you're better off finding a rent-controlled apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    nyu makes you work hard, but the learning experience is amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    some tips for prospective students are: don't be afraid to brag, make yourself stand out (or else you'll be sure to get rejected), be proud of yourself, and score highly on your sats.

    In three sentences

    nyu is an extremely large and diverse school, with students of all ages, races, and ethnicities. the buzz of intelligence among the students is palpable as walking around the campus interwoven into downtown new york city. the experience of going to school at nyu lies in the hands of the student, who really determines what they will get out of the school.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    even though it's in the city, which is potentially dangerous, nyu feels very safe. there are security officers in every building and you must show your id to gain entrance; if you find yourself somewhere at night and you feel unsafe, you can call the nyu safe ride and someone will pick you up.

    Greek Life

    greek life is not very popular at nyu, but the people i know who are involved with it love it. it's a lot of extra work, depending on the group you choose, but it can build really close bonds and be an easy way to find a community.

    Clubs and Activities

    the city is full of cool experiences, and joining the residential college system gets you straight in to some of those. if that doesn't interest you, however, then nyu has hundreds of clubs. one of the most popular volunteering group is civic team, which requires only 2 hours a week of service, but they hook you right up with a place of your choice (from their list--but they have quite the variety) and you'll easily fit into that community. going to club fest at the beginning of the semester will help in finding a club that's a good fit for you.

    Great for these types of students

    great for anyone who is really interested in being active in their life--you can't sit back and let college roll by at nyu. everyone is promoting some petition or volunteering or interning or working--you'll feel the need to be involved, too. but even if you thought you hated cities (i know i did), it'll be a good push out of your comfort zone and into the wide world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the school myth is that students who walk through the arch in washington square park will not graduate... and as for unusual locations, there are plenty, from the museum of sex to the oddest food you'll ever taste.

    Bang for the buck

    nyu is super expensive--one of the most expensive in the country. however, it's right in nyc, and offers a very unique experience. the classes are wonderful and the city opens up right before you, offering you so many opportunities to intern to gain experience or volunteer.

    What to do for fun

    it's nyc! anything is fun. grab a friend and explore, there are hundreds of great restaurants right outside, clubs, libraries, museums, anything you could think of.

    Food and Dining

    the food is, overall, alright. kimmel, right on washington square, is one of the best, but also is not buffet style and always has long lines. hayden has the best vegan/vegetarian options. palladium has a sunday brunch with an unending dessert bar (cake and cookies galore!) and also serves good food.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are all situated in the midst of downtown manhattan, so there's an endless supply of things to do. the dorms have decent sized rooms (there are also room tours on youtube, i believe, of each dorm), but rather expensive. goddard is the freshman residential college dorm, which provides tons of opportunities to do really cool things--trapeze lessons, community service, seeing broadway plays, etc. however, that dorm requires an application and a dedication to the community.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are rather difficult, depending on your field, but none are impossible. ask professors for help or visit them during office hours, because they're always willing to give it. ta's are valuable resources, too. get some numbers from friends in class and help each other out; studying together can be easier than studying alone (as long as you stay focused!).

    Tips for prospective students

    definitely take a tour of the school before or after applying--the city lifestyle doesn't fit everyone, and it's easy to feel lost. but an abundance of clubs and volunteer opportunities make fitting in easy as long as you search for it. you have to quickly learn that your college life will revolve around what you do with it--you can sit in your dorm and wish you were involved, or you can push your way in and make a difference.

    In three sentences

    new york university is a great school for people interested particularly in being active in the new york city community--there are tons of opportunities to volunteer or fight for a campaign you believe in. the teachers are all incredibly helpful and intelligent; the classes, as long as chosen wisely, are fountains of knowledge that can completely change your perspective on the world and society. nyu is a rather loose community as a school, however, but it truly feels like entering the next phase of your life in the midst of nyc rather than settling in for four years at a predictable and normal college.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i do not dine on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    i am taking courses online, which increases the amount of reading that is required. if a student is well organized, no amount of work will be excessive. however, it is more challenging in the aspect that the professors expect that their students desire to learn from their class.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    independent, curious

    What to do for fun

    museums, arts, concerts, clubs

    In three sentences

    I love the diversity, atmosphere, and all the challenges NYU affords me. I feel truly I am attending a University of higher learning. I am surprised being so far away from home how adapted I am becoming which speaks favorably of me and NYU.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for motivated students who aren't afraid to take risks and carve a path for themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is definitely expensive and not for everyone, but if you want the amazing college experience while being immersed in an incredible city, there's no where else to be.

    What to do for fun

    You're in New York! What isn't there to do!

    Food and Dining

    The dining is pretty good, not fantastic though, and they do a nice job to try and provide variety, but it's a tough job serving food to so many students.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are great! And also really safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are definitely tough, but they are well worth it, and you get out of it as much as you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join extracurriculars, it's a great way to make friends!

    In three sentences

    New York University is a wonderful opportunity to study your passion and explore an amazing city at the same time. The school enables you to surround yourself with an incredible culture and also with fantastic artistic experiences. There truly is no school quite like it.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything! It's NYC!

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is great, and you can find whatever you crave nearby anyway.

    Academic Rigor

    Have not begun, but NYU's reputation is as an academically rigorous institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard, make yourself stand out, and look for financial aid

    In three sentences

    I have not begun at NYU yet, but I am very excited; it is a great school, world renowned. It boasts the top rated OT program (my major) in the country. Additionally, the campus is beautiful, state of the art, and located in one of the best parts of New York City.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Three words: New York City. :)

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many options for dining! There are various food halls that students can gain access to. The city of New York also offers up some great eats.

    Dorm Life

    All the freshman dorms I visited exceeded my expecations! The students are excited to show you around and the views from some of the dorms are incomparable.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU means business. Whether you're studying at Tisch for Drama or Business in Stern, you can be expected to be pushed and encouraged to further expand your learning experience. The professors I've spoken to are excited and passionate aboput their respective crafts.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is not cheap. Make sure that you begin your scholarship searches and applications early, giving yourself ample time to rack up the big bucks.

    In three sentences

    In the heart of NYC (Greenwich Village)! Great learning environment for studetns who are in and of the world. Personifies the meaning of worldy education through its study abroad programs and various campus sites around the world.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you want, I mean it's NYC!

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the living expenses within New York City extensively.

    In three sentences

    My department is fantastic, and every professor I've come in contact with has been helpful.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    All campus locations are in very safe locations.

    Clubs and Activities

    I will be happy to update when I have some more experience. However, as a student starting soon, I've already attended many events, gallery openings and alumni networking events.

    Great for these types of students

    Contemporary mind sets who love city life.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but having the name on your resume will help with the job search in any field.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of places to check out near by all of the campus sites. Coffee, snacks, libraries. Students also post about upcoming events and often approach other students to ask if they would be interested in attending.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of options when it comes to food. Being in the center of New York City gives you the option to have anything you're heart desires.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not dorming so its hard for me to comment on it.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a lot of work, but interesting fun assignments. You never feel like you're being assigned busy work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The application process can be tough, but it's worth it! Don't be discouraged and be sure to ask a lot of questions.

    In three sentences

    They're been great about scheduling and keeping me up to date with current information. They have a lot of Alumni events and I've already had several opportunities to speak with them as well as students I will be in class with. The small class sizes allow you to network and become very close with the other students and professors.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never not felt safe while on campus. There's also public safety that will take students from any NYU building to any NYU building after midnight. They take FOREVER AND A DAY to get to you though so wait inside somewhere. Or take a cab. It was kinda helpful after editing a film until three in the morning.

    Greek Life

    It's existent but it isn't very prominent like it would be on a typical college campus. They're present but they're not a big part of the social life but they are quite welcoming. There are such a variety of different sororities and fraternities and other forms of Greek Life that would interest anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, thrill-seeking, food loving students who are okay with dressing up everyday to walk through a city to get to class. They should be tolerant of other orientations, ethnicities, backgrounds, and more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the annual Strawberry Festival - it's very very interesting and super strawberry themed so check it out

    Bang for the buck

    Try not to shop at our bookstore for books unless it's the only place you'll be able to find your books. Try Shakespeare & Co across the street from Tisch or Barnes & Noble to buy or rent books! Also ask upperclassmen and find them on facebook groups - they're always trying to sell their books.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something happening in Washington Square Park so check that out. Go to Coney Island - beautiful for filming or photography. Union Square and SoHo are AMAZING for shopping. Explore the East Village - it has A LOT to offer for everything you need, especially food. Go to a show at Webster Hall. Go to student exhibitions like film showcases or photography showings. Explore Queens and Brooklyn.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, compared to other college dining halls, NYU is so superior. We have such a global array of foods and anything and everything for those of you late night snackers, vegans/vegetarians/, Kosher only, and more. I personally think Kosher is the best and I'm not even Kosher!

    Dorm Life

    It's amazing! Hayden, Weinstein, and Third North have the best dining halls. Weinstein's dining hall is open until 3am four days a week! Third North has amazing breakfast and Hayden has the greatest cookies. Socially, Hayden and Third North are where you want to be. There's ALWAYS something happening at either dorm. Founders, Third North (and now University Hall) are the furthest freshman dorms from the center of campus. It's about a 10-15 minute walk but they're in such prime areas for nightlife, food, and shopping compared to other dorms that the walk really isn't a big deal. Plus there is an NYU bus system that runs almost all day that will take you to class or to any NYU building. Goddard is the freshman dorm literally in the middle of everything: the campus Starbucks, across from Stern, and Bobst Library. You have to apply to live in Goddard, though. Rubin has amazing practice spaces and study spaces for those of your artsy/Tisch people but the dining hall...eh not so great.

    Academic Rigor

    You WILL be challenged here. This is definitely several steps above high school but you'll come out of your classes ready for the next semester. You'll have professors and TAs that will work with you outside of class to make sure that you're doing okay. There's also student-run tutoring services and a writing center for professors to read over and give constructive criticism to your essay.

    Tips for prospective students

    In addition to taking tours, try to see if there are tours available for your specific major. For example, prospective Film/TV majors have tours specific to them

    In three sentences

    NYU is a university on its own level. You will not be able to find a college like this anywhere. The opportunities, the people you'll meet, the classes you'll take, the places you'll go, the relationships you'll make, and the challenges that will come your way are just part of the unique NYU experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU's campus is New York City, where one must expect the unexpected. While it's not exactly forbidden to prowl the streets at night, one must keep their own personal safety in mind as they would if they were anywhere else.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is somewhat scarce at NYU; it's there of course, but not incredibly popular and maintains a less-than-respectable reputation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are special interest groups and clubs for honestly anything you could ask for and, if there's something you find to be missing, you're free to start a club of your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants an immersive college experience--those who want firsthand knowledge of the world and what they're getting into from those who are best-equipped to give it to them.

    Bang for the buck

    The large part of NYU's reputation comes from the fact that it is so expensive. For what is offered, the school is definitely worth it, though the financial aspect of attendance must be taken into consideration.

    What to do for fun

    NYU is in New York City, enough said. There is never a time where there isn't something to do or somewhere to go--if you ever get even the slightest bit bored, you're probably not doing something right.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls, for those who wish to utilize them, are stocked with a variety of choices designed to suit anyone's fancy. From kosher to vegan dining, you can find a dining hall at NYU that'll suit your needs with relative ease.

    Dorm Life

    NYU's dorms are scattered throughout New York City and are, for the most part, top of the line. The relations you make living in the dorms are invaluable and can really shape your college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU's courses are apprehensive in a way that provides enough challenge to keep any motivated student busy and stimulated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't second guess yourself! NYU looks for a diverse student body and looks far beyond things like GPA and academic profile. If you have the desire to go there, it's more than worth a try.

    In three sentences

    A lot of prospective students have a general idea of what their dream school would look like, yet have their doubts when it comes to finding it in the realm of actuality. Going into college, I was one of those kids whose eyes were wide open but unsure where to look. With NYU, I can say with certainty that there is a dream school out there, or that I at least found mine.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I generally feel safe, but it is an open campus in the city, so one must be mindful.

    Greek Life

    There is one...just don't know them personally. Also, we're not particularly known for them, but I know e have them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 500 clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, creative, free-spirits, independent, green, .....all sorts really.

    What to do for fun

    Over 500 clubs.....find one and join in! Also, you're in the city - if you have the time go out and explore, or you know, just go out. Like I said, it's the city.

    Food and Dining

    Many options, for all tastes. But don't fall for the deadly fast-food routine.

    Dorm Life

    Generally you'll feel safe, which is the most important thing. As for the roommate...well, there is all types of people. Mostly, you yourself chooses how you want your relationship with your roommate to be - that is, how close you want to be with that person. Freshman year everyone is friends with everyone, very social....as you progress people stick with their small group of friends, and most doors to rooms are closed.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be deceived by the little amount of work you seemingly have. Before you know it, it piles up, many deadlines come up at once, and then you are in trouble. Professors are generally very helpful, but also very busy with many other students (mostly if you are in big science courses), so make sure to take the initiative to talk to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to all opportunities, as there are so many of them. You are in the city that never sleeps, but don't forget your academics. Generally, NYU is very safe, but once again, you are in the city, an open campus, and you should approach certain matters with caution.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a community of creative minds, people from all backgrounds imaginable. We pride ourselves in diversity, and an open-minded, accepting community. Almost any sough-for major is available at NYU, with countless options, and opportunities.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do such as street fairs, concerts, museums, movies, art galleries, shopping, and much more. Just walk around town and you'll definitely find something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you immerse yourself in New York culture and enjoy all the museums, foods, festivals there are. The quality of professors can vary, so be sure to ask around about which ones you should take. Work hard and pay attention to class and you should do fine.

    In three sentences

    New York University is truly an exceptional and diverse school. Although there is no campus, the school still has a great sense of community and ample resources for students. No matter what division you are enrolled in, you will learn a lot and have lots of opportunities for internships, volunteer work, clubs, etc.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I know i can walk anywhere around my campus and feel safe and protected. I feel no fear or discomfort here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There isn't a single person who won't find a home here. There is a club for everyone and if there isn't you can make your own that others will attend! There's something for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for anyone that enjoys life and art and is creative and open minded as well as intellectuals who value education and knowledge.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth every penny in my opinion! I'd rather pay til i'm sixty to attend this school, than go anywhere else for free.

    What to do for fun

    See a Broadway Show or a comic perform, watch city performers, and visit the many places that only New York has, such as Ripley's Believe it or not, or Madam T's wax museum.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have not yet attended classes, so i don't have any.

    In three sentences

    NYU is very welcoming. I received great advice and help from anyone that I asked. It's such a beautiful place to learn and grow as a blossoming adult.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Considering the school is in the heart of Greenwich village, which can get seedy at night, the school does a great job of keeping students safe. Adequate lighting and verified access to facilities ensures only NYU students are able to access the campus.

    Greek Life

    Not familiar with. The frats and soro. are available but one must seek them out. They are not always for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities! NYU teachers and students are great at networking. This is a definite plus, when considering job placement after school.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is ideal for those who think outside the box. This school is ideal for individuals who want to concentrate on learning while having non-traditional fun. Because sports and the like are limited, one must find a social experience outside the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not familiar with any. I am excited to see them. I may only experience them from a far, however. As a future grad student, I may not get the chance!

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone is familiar with NYU and it's reputation. Is this school considered an Ivy school, no? But will it place you on par with individuals who did go to Ivy schools? Yes.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! Shopping is endless. Art must be experienced at the Met and MOMA. Music and the ballet must be experienced at Lincoln Center.

    Food and Dining

    With all of NYC dining at one's disposal- can anyone really say anything negative about this food? Variety beyond words. Still, budget must be considered because eating out can be pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Not dorming; Still, I imagine life would be fun in the doors since all of NYC is outside your door. This I would assume also poses a challenge since too much of a good thing can be a distraction. Time management and prioritizing are key.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic wise it is up to par with a lot of the Ivy universities and exceeds the CUNY system. I have heard mixed reviews from the former student body. Nevertheless, NYU is intense and to be respected!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get a good financial aid package because tuition is pricey! The loans can help cover some of the costs. However, graduate students receive less help scholarship wise.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a historic but progressive school. The campus is completely embedded in the city landscape. The professors are unique and available to their students.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always there and there's even public safety transportation for those nights when you stay out late and don't want to walk home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The city is your campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but worth it for the school recognition and the experience.

    What to do for fun

    It's the city! You can always find something fun to do at any time of day or night. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge, go dancing!

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of food options if you are a picky eater or have a special diet. It's edible the majority of the time. If not, go for a sandwich. You can never go wrong there. I recommend the Bleecker.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are small. but that's the city for you! The apartment style suites are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU may not be Ivy League, but it's close to Columbia and they take academics seriously here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours! Make friends--you'll need them during exam time. Learn about the city you live in--go exploring!

    In three sentences

    NYU has great campus life. The students are friendly. The professors are always willing to help.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Hardly anyone joins sororities or frats.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, but loves past paced city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People sleep in the library.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, bars, group events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a lot of storage stuff for your dorm.

    In three sentences

    Very liberal. Very expensive. Worth it.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security at NYU is phenomenal. Because there is no contained campus, NYU has stationed security guards around the vicinity of all NYU buildings. Every NYU building has security guards located within, so only students and faculty can enter. I never feel unsafe around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    One thing that people worry about going to NYU is a lack of community. A great way to find a sense of community is through the hundreds of clubs that the university has to offer. I applied for Project Outreach which allowed me to move in a week early and volunteer around the city with other incoming freshman. I met my best friend through this program! There is a club fair at the beginning of the year where students can walk around a sea of booths and talk to various active students.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring New York City never gets old. Every time you go out and walk around, I guarantee you will see something new. Going to museums, such as the Met or The Frick Collection is always fun (and they give student discounts!). Don't be afraid to go uptown -- Harlem and Washington Heights are so different from the village and Midtown. And make sure you explore the other boroughs! Brooklyn has a lot of young and hip neighborhoods with great music venues, such as The Knitting Factory.

    Food and Dining

    For college food, it isn't half bad. I mean, how can you complain when there's an actual sushi chef in Palladium dining hall? And Palladium Sunday brunch -- nothing beats it. For buffet style, Hayden dining hall if probably your best bet - they always have the best desserts, including the NYU famous Hayden chocolate chip cookies. They're to die for.

    Dorm Life

    LIVE IN HAYDEN YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR. Seriously. Living on Washington Square is an incredible opportunity. Out of all the freshman dorms, Hayden by far has the best location and environment. It's an old building, but it has lots of character. And if you end up living there, befriend JoJo the security guard -- she's awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    I just finished my first year in the Liberal Studies Program. It has the reputation as being the easiest program, but that really depends on the professors you have. I was always pretty busy with work, but I always had enough time to go out and enjoy the city with my friends. However, make sure that studying is your first priority - that is the reason you are in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and be brave. You're going to see a lot of really strange things in the city and it will definitely shock you. Whatever you do, don't isolate yourself in your dorm room. Go out and meet people and explore.

    In three sentences

    NYU is in and of the city, in and of the world. There is a strong focus on tolerance of diversity and other cultures. NYU will make you a global citizen.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU is committed to keeping its students safe. There are NYU buses to take you from the further dorms to campus. There is Public Safety that you can call to transport you at night if you need help/feel uncomfortable traveling from the library to your dorm (for example).

    Greek Life

    It was difficult to make friends during my freshman year at school but after joining NYU's Greek Life, the community became so much smaller and intimate. I now see people around campus everywhere I go, which is a nice, comforting feeling. Greek Life at NYU is very involved in philanthropic endeavors throughout the city. Mixers are held at bars and clubs in the city and are always a lot of fun. The opportunity to make connections is amazing; I started working at my first major internship because it was handed down to me from a sister. Greek Life at NYU is growing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone! So many on-campus activities throughout the week. Dorms usually have fun outings and activities planned as well, such as cheap tickets to the US Open during Welcome Week!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, go-getter and highly motivated individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many unusual....clubs at NYU. There is a club for everyone and every interest. I have seen Larping on campus and NYU was a top team in the Quidditch World Cup.

    Bang for the buck

    Again, it's what you make of it. At NYU you are paying for the opportunity to intern and develop a career while you're in college. I've been interning since my freshman year in school and have made so many great connections that I can rely on when looking for a job during my senior year.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Get involved in Greek Life! Get a fake ID so that you can take advantage of the nightlife in NYC. Go for a run in Central Park or along the West Side Highway. Walk along the Highline. Go to dinner with friends....etc

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are pretty expensive at NYU. I suggest getting a 'Flex' meal plan which gives you a certain amount of meal credits per semester; much better than purchasing a '14 meal per week' plan in which your meals do not roll over if you don't use them. Kimmel and Palladium are the best dining halls, in my opinion, because they are very clean and the food is made in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at NYU is fun. Many freshman live on or near campus with the upperclassmen living in off campus dorms or in apartments throughout the city. Dorms are typically near dining halls. It's really what you make of it; try to immerse yourself in as many dorm programs as possible so that you can meet new/more people.

    Academic Rigor

    Truth be told, the academic rigor depends on what major you choose and how hard you work at it. Like any major at any institution, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. It's difficult to get A's, but not impossible, just apply yourself...and make yourself known to the professors on day 1.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is a large school in a large city. Be active. Join clubs, be a member of your dorm's hall council, or join Greek Life. By incorporating yourself into clubs like these, the NYU community will feel much smaller, and you'll have the ability to easily make friends and network.

    In three sentences

    The expense of NYU is well worth the opportunity to live, intern and work in New York City; the connections you will make here are incredible. NYU does not offer a lot of scholarship money or financial aid, so be prepared to look for alternative resources to fund your college career. Apply to a school within NYU, try not to get stuck in the Liberal Studies Program for your first two years, even if you are unsure of your intended college/career path.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police officers patrolling the buildings so at daytime it is very safe. However, late at night, it can be a little unsafe to walk around on your own since you are not in an enclosed campus. There are safety rides offered if you happen to stay in the library very late and need to go back to the dorm.

    Greek Life

    There is not a heavy emphasis on Greek Life. However, fraternities and sororities do exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many opportunities for extracurricular activities and community service. You can also make one up if you get enough people to be interested.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a place ideal for those who are financially stable, engaging, social, and pretty bold. One should be able to speak up for themselves and take the initiative to attain what they want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During May, there is what is called NYU Strawberry Festival. Basically, it is a celebration of springtime. Many free things are handed out, there is music, and you can see the very long strawberry cake that they have for you taste.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is very expensive and since it is a big school, it might be hard to get the personal attention you would like.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do since the school is located in Greenwich Village. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes nearby to hang out with friends and stores for shopping. Also, nearby are a movie theater and a Barnes & Noble at Union Square.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food- from Asian, Mexican, to Kosher. The dining halls are clean and have a nice atmosphere. There are so many stores around campus that you are not limited to only the options provided by the school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and there is a laundry and recreation facility. However, since the dorms are within the city, you can hear garbage pickup trucks and sirens at night.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy and grades have to be earned with effort and diligence. The professors are quite kind and helpful if you reach out for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to think if New York City could be the right environment for you. Because tuition, fees, and living expenses are high, contemplate if you could manage the next four years.

    In three sentences

    New York University has a very busy and active atmosphere. There are so many things you could pursue here, in terms of internships or activities in the city. Because the schools and buildings are pretty dispersed, it is sometimes hard to navigate from class to class.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's NYC... there's no limit on what you can do there for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    WATCH YOUR STUDENT LOANS. I got lucky because of my financial need (less loans), but if loans are making you worry, I would consider attending a different school.

    In three sentences

    NYU has a great location, and provides interaction with a variety of students and faculty. I wish it was a little personal, but overall, a good school.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU takes safety very seriously because they are located in the middle of New York City. Campus is located in one of the safest precincts of the city, and students must use their ID to swipe into every building. There are public safety officers at the front of every building whenever it is open, and in residence halls 24/7. Also, NYU has many resources for safe transportation for students, including a Safe Ride program and NYU busses to and from residence halls and academic buildings.

    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up about 10% of the NYU student body. It is an active part of campus, but certainly not a dominating or even major part of student life. There are 26 fraternities and sororities, and they hold a variety of interesting events, mixers, and community service projects for other students to participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU boasts over 400 student led clubs and organizations, which range from the East Asian Literature society to the chicken-and-rice club, where NYU gives students a budget simply to get together and eat chicken and rice. There are also intramural and club sports teams, again ranging from basketball to Quidditch. If, somehow, NYU does not have a club for your interest, you can gather a group of students, get faculty support, and petition to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    NYU is fantastic for brave, outgoing, fashionable, loud, motivated students. For students who can't wait to take on New York City, or who crave culture, buzz, and energy, NYU is perfect. However, for students who seek quiet, or who desire the typical college campus with the grassy quad, NYU might not be the best fit. It is not a traditional school, but it is a lot of fun and very exciting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Today, all-university graduation is held in Yankees Stadium. However, before the new location and the increased number of graduates, graduation used to be held in Washington Square Park, at the heart of campus. There used to be a certain amount of mythology around walking underneath the arch; supposedly, to walk underneath before graduation was a curse for your future academic success. Today, because graduation has moved, the hype has died down, but many students still will not walk underneath the arch before they walk with their diploma.

    Bang for the buck

    Fact is, NYU is an expensive university. However, they do offer financial aid for the majority of students, and the opportunity to live in the city, learn from brilliant professors, study abroad at one of 13 or so foreign campuses, and have the college experience in the cultural center of the country is completely worth it. It takes a lot of preparation and a fair bit of courage to undertake the cost, but the majority of current students would not go back and change their decision to come to NYU.

    What to do for fun

    NYU always has something going on, whether it is a floor event, a residence hall event, an extracurricular class activity, a school event, or a university-wide event. This can range from community service projects to the Monster Ball, which is a Gaga-themed dance during welcome week. Most of these events are paid for by NYU, and are completely free for NYU students. Skirball, the largest theater below 42nd street, features concerts (like Alicia Keys) and stand up (like Jesse Eisenberg) exclusively for NYU students. If NYU isn't interesting enough, students have all of New York City for their entertainment. All of the major museums, central park, Times Square, and busy shopping districts are within a subway ride of campus. Students can see the statue of liberty, catch a Broadway show, eat out, and see a concert all in one day. Truly, to be bored at NYU is an impressive accomplishment.

    Food and Dining

    Again, NYU takes a lot of pride in its dining program. There are over ten dining halls, each with its own unique flavor, and the cuisine frequently changes. Students can also use meal swipes and dining dollars at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Quiznos, and Argo Tea. Moreover, NYU boasts the only Chick-Fil-A in the entire city. There are always vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options at every dining hall, and if for some reason NYU's option do not do it for you, there is an entire city of restaurants, food carts, delis, and coffee shops at your disposal.

    Dorm Life

    Residence halls at NYU are incredibly nice, mostly because the majority of them are renovated apartment buildings or hotels. NYU students do not have community bathrooms, instead, each suite has its own private bathroom. Upperclassmen residence halls have kitchens and small living rooms as well. To live in a residence hall often feels like you are living in your own apartment in New York City. Furthermore, NYU seeks to create strong feelings of community within the residence halls and on floors in order to increase a sense of home. RAs, or upperclassmen acting as mentors to the floor, will host fun events both in the building and in the city for their residents. If you're lucky, you will have a room with a view of the Empire State Building or the rising Freedom Tower.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging, even the general education requirements, but the professors are approachable and easy to talk to. The coursework can sometimes be overwhelming, but because of the sheer number of academic resources available to students there is no reason why a student should struggle in a class. All professors are required to hold office hours (and they are very easy to talk to) and the majority of classes also have tutors available. In addition students have the opportunity to study abroad at any of NYU's portal campuses across the globe, and can also pursue internships throughout New York City.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to succeed at NYU you have to be proactive as you register for classes, make friends, and find your niche. NYU has a New York mentality; it will take care of you, but you must also take steps to take care of yourself. If you actively find social circles, take advantage of the amazing opportunities the university has to offer, and work hard in your classes, you will undoubtedly love the school. However, if you feel like the city environment would be too overwhelming or you prefer the typical gated campus lifestyle, perhaps NYU is not the best option.

    In three sentences

    New York University is an amazing, busy, fast-paced school located in the heart of Manhattan. It is in and of the city, and truly takes advantage of everything New York City has to offer. The classes are challenging, the atmosphere is energetic, and the staff and students come from an incredible variety of interesting, diverse backgrounds.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, incoming freshman attend a giant show and speech at RCMH. It was a wonderful experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Haha, it's a pretty penny.

    What to do for fun

    It's the city - anything you want!

    Food and Dining

    Kimmel forever <3

    Dorm Life

    Get out after sophomore year if you can.

    Academic Rigor

    Large lectures are awful and impersonal, but the smaller seminars afford students the opportunities to thrive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in the city is hard. NYU is not the school for you if you doubt your ability to live, love and work in the NYC.

    In three sentences

    New York University is an incredible school, with thousands of opportunities. It is hard to maneuver the bureaucracy sometimes, but you simply cannot beat the city environment, teachers, and resources available to you. NYU prides itself on being a global university, so going abroad is one of the best opportunities afforded to students.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    NYU has a vast majority of clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for a diverse, educationaly gifted student. NYU welcomes a diverse group of students so that their campus may have a little of everything. If you are educationaly gifted, I recommend NYU. The studnents are here to learn more about their career while having some fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that if you are willing to pay this amount of money to go to a top notch school then you will get your bang for your buck. There is so much to do within NYU's campus. It is right in the heart of the city where anything and everything is happening. You will be taught by some of the most prestigious faculty members as well have some accomplished peers that may help you gain your name in your future career.

    What to do for fun

    There is a plethora of activities to do for fun. There is shopping, broadway plays, baseball games, tanning or playing with friends in Washington Square Park as well as just sitting in your dorm area talking with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! There is something for everyone. If you are a vegan, there is food for you, if you like itallian, there is an itallian bar, as well as a salad bar, meat bar, anything you could imagine.

    Dorm Life

    I think the dorm life would be incredible! Being able to spend four years with a group of diverse people is so inviting to me! I believe I would grow so much culturally from meeting so many different people while attending NYU.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the academic rigor is high but attainable with a strategic study plan that out pours stellar grades. The faculty is so nice, that they will be willing to help their students with any questions they may have.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on applying to NYU I suggest visiting the campus. It will give you some insight on where you might be living for the next four years of your life. You should plan on sitting in on a class or two to get a feel for the teachers and students learning. The faculty and students are so diverse.

    In three sentences

    NYU is the college I plan on attending! I visited it this past spring and the campus is right in the heart of the city. The atmosphere from the students and faculty is amazing and so inviting.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I believe it is suitable to each students

    Dorm Life

    Best Environment for students

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Go For It.

    In three sentences

    NYU provides different kind of opportunities for me to continue pursue my education. I will gain lot of experiences there. I love the school environment.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    new york food everywhere

    Dorm Life

    engaging

    Academic Rigor

    demanding

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is definitely safe. Even in the heart of Manhattan you don't feel as if you're in danger even late at night.

    Greek Life

    Virtually non-existent. Or it's not based around Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    From cupcakes to swing dancing to Doctor Who there is a club for everyone and everything at NYU.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City so there is so much to do for fun. Just think of it and you can probably do it.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of dining halls to choose from. That being said they aren't amazing, but they aren't the worst. It's food and it's mandatory your first year so you'll get used to it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are close to campus which is nice. The downside to the dorms is that they are expensive and quite old (in regards to freshman dorms). You meet lots of different people from different backgrounds.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but they're definitely worth all of the time you put in to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the school before going. Join clubs or some sort of group. Make sure you're involved with something or the campus came feel very isolating.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a diverse school that sits in the heart of Manhattan. It may not have a traditional campus, but it welcomes everyone who comes it. It is a school I am lucky to call home.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    When I visited, there was NYPD trailers located on every block with police officers that take care of the students. They're totally approachable and friendly, allowing for a safe yet comfortable feeling all around campus and especially at Washington Square Park.

    Bang for the buck

    I must admit, NYU is a pretty high-maintenance and expensive school. The only way for you to get the most out of your money is to take full advantage of EVERYTHING there.

    What to do for fun

    Extracurriculars, greek life, and clubs are extremely well-fortified at this school and offer plenty of things to do. It allows students to still be connected and offer them other opportunities make their mark at school while having a blast.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of the dining halls are located right underneath the dorms and they accommodate to all students with a kosher, vegetarian, and all you can eat dining halls. So good, although I am desperate not to gain the Freshman 15, haha.

    Dorm Life

    Clearly in the heart of Manhattan, it's impossible to not have a GREAT dorm life well suited to the NYC lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a prestigious school with close-knit small classes that force you to participate and truly connect with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to navigate around to your classes and manage your time well! You are in an area that truly forces you to take advantage of the city either through school work or internships/personal work. Falling behind is equivalent stunting yourself of opportunities, so keep on top of your game.

    In three sentences

    New York University is the most diverse, innovative school I've visited yet. Centered in a location integrating the real world with the campus feel, it brings the antique with the modern and draws out the creativity in its students. Overall, NYU is captivating and invigorating, allowing me to fully express myself independent of the rest of my classmates while still allowing me to integrate into my own niche.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Almost non-existent. If you want an active greek life, NYU is not the school for you. Frats and sororities do exist here but very few people actually join.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is very pricey. No question about it. Is it worth it? That is entirely up to you. What I would say is if you're planning on majoring in a field that has low employment prospects, do not spend 50k a year going to a college that will saddle you with debt when you graduate. You'll have a great deal of trouble paying off loans if you're unemployed.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City! Plenty of things to do. Join clubs and organizations on campus, relax in Central Park or go to Coney Island in Brooklyn. Don't just limit yourself to Manhattan and the NYU area, there are 4 other boroughs in New York =]

    Food and Dining

    Same as above

    Dorm Life

    Cannot comment on this as I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor surely varies by major and program of choice. I am a chemistry major on the pre-med track so I take very rigorous science and math courses. I am also an anthropology minor and the courses in this program are rewarding in a different way from my major courses. NYU is not a school for the unmotivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and organized during the semester, It's easy to get caught up in the eclectic atmosphere of NYU as well as NYC, especially if you're living on campus, but remember that you're there to, first and foremost, receive an education. Make use of the resources NYU offers and that includes professors and teaching assistants. Go to office hours if you need help. Finally, enjoy yourself because college, despite all the work, is a wonderful experience.

    In three sentences

    NYU offers many opportunities because of it's large and diverse student body and location. Most of the professors are extremely knowledgeable and qualified and care about their students, despite the usually large class sizes (at least in my case). Cost is a downside because financial aid is really not the best. But, if you can afford to go here or can afford to live with the debt when you graduate, then this is a great school.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great dorm food and awesome food within NYC.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in a dorm, but I heard it is conveniently located throughout manhattan.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but worth it for its location.

    What to do for fun

    Night life.

    Food and Dining

    There is a broad range of foods in the city.

    Dorm Life

    While the experience may not be the same as that of a campus school, there is still a sense of community within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Stern School of Business has a rigorous curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    It helps greatly to dorm.

    In three sentences

    New York University is a school for students who wish for a city life.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? You live in New York City!!

    Food and Dining

    Great dorm food. Great variety!

    Dorm Life

    It's quite an experience but it is too expensive. Try dorming your freshman year and living off campus the rest. You will save thousands of dollars.

    Academic Rigor

    You will get plenty of papers and you will have to study for your exams. Show up to your classes and be attentive. Mostly everyone who is going to NYU wants to excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know you are going into a big city where you may have no friends and no one is trying to be your friend. You will be overwhelmed because you will learn to never stop. The wheels in your brain will always be turning and there will always be something to do, somewhere to go, and people to see. You may be asking, But will I have fun? The answer is truly If you want to. Don't believe what you see on Gossip Girl or what you read in blogs. This isn't all lights, cab rides, and shopping in Soho. You will run out of money and there are plenty of places that will take your fake. But if you walk in with an open mind and goals to push you forward, NYU will be the place for you.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a school where the priority is taking advantage of your surroundings. NYU is all about what NYC has to offer you and how you can take those things and prosper. The curriculum, the ability to network, and the opportunities to intern and work in your field are worth the tuition.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    From what I've read, I think New York University is amazing, although it does disappoint in some respects. I think living in New York will be full of opportunities and though it seems the actual academics are just above average, these opportunities are worth the price tag. My main concern is that I may end up with a crazy roommate, though this is a universal concern no matter what college, though I wonder if New York City will alter the odds against my favor...

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    New York is made out to be incredibly scary. Especially New York City, but I felt pretty safe walking around, even by myself.

    Great for these types of students

    Tisch is great for students who want to be in the entertainment industry. Whether you want to perform, produce, etc. There have been plenty of now-famous people who attended Tisch!

    Bang for the buck

    It costs a LOT of money to attend, but if I had it I'd say it's totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York. I think that's self-explanitory.

    Food and Dining

    The food they gave us at orientation was ridiculously good!

    Dorm Life

    We got to stay in the dorms during orientation, and I have to say I was pretty impressed.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone there is intimidatingly smart, but it also makes you feel smart for being one of them haha.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the earliest possible orientation you can. You can get into some awesome classes!

    In three sentences

    I went to visit NYU for orientation and I freaking loved it! The only thing keeping me from attending right now is the tuition costs. It is beautiful, fun, lively, helpful, social, and just all-around awesome!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's NYC, so it can get creepy and scary sometimes, especially on subway. I have gotten assaulted by homeless people out of nowhere before(I am a girl, so it's very scary...but I guess guys would get scared too)

    Greek Life

    NOT in NYU

    Clubs and Activities

    school spirit only exists in theory here...

    Great for these types of students

    RICH and LOADED career-minded artistic ppl who can entertain themselves when there is no one else to hang out with. tough(psychologically) and adaptive

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chinatown is fairly close if you want some good tasting Chinese food. I go to St. Marks a lot, even for food. However, most of the places open fairly late, around noon, so for people who have classes at 12:30pm, it may not be the best place to eat lunch.

    Bang for the buck

    I have a scholarship, so...

    What to do for fun

    Different people have different ways of entertainment, usually depends on your budget. Everyone can find something to do in the City. Even the same type of activity has various options based on peoples' budgets, for example, there are free concerts held in public parks and more expensive ones held in Madison Square Garden.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, but it gets boring after a while. Plenty of choices in the City. I usually go to St.Marks for Pho or Thai food. There is also a Japanese Ramen noodle place within walking distance that I like very much.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please visit the campus and get an idea of what is it like living in NYC before making any decisions.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a place for certain types of students, some students flourish while some had difficulties adapting. It is not a traditional university where the school shields you from the REAL world for 4 years. In NYU, only the strong and adaptive survive and flourish!

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is a little expensive, but it is normal for Manhattan spending.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your classes and professors. You will find your classes hard or easy. There is a NYU-hosted page that allowed students to rate the professors and the classes anonymously.

    In three sentences

    NYU is one of the many prestigious school out there. Although expensive, the quality and facility are excellent.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You need to flash your NYU I.D. before entering every academic building and swipe it at Bobst library. You have to punch in your birthday, as well as swiping upon entering your dorm. Security is definitely nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    As mentioned, it's nothing to write home about. Something like only 4-5% of NYU males are in frats, and 1-2% of females are in sororities. However, most people I know who rushed are happy with their experience. It depends on the person.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot on offer, from language classes to dance, academic clubs to varsity sports. Also, students have the opportunity to start their own club where they deem necessary. The area NYU really falls short in is the Greek Life (or lack thereof).

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, hardworking go-getters who know what they want from their education and have zero interest in campus sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Free midnight breakfast during finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and fees are very, very, very expensive. New York real estate is not a joke. Be prepared to take out a few loans (NYU financial aid is notorious for its lack of generosity) or cross your fingers mommy and daddy have saved up to help make your dreams come true. However, once you get through that, graduate prospects are great for certain schools/majors. In particular, Stern has the second best Finance program in the world. Moreover, NYU forces you to grow up and take responsibility for your own actions in a way many other college students fail to.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you like. There are plenty of clubs to join on campus - and plenty of clubs to party at in the city. You can be as involved or as uninvolved in NYU activities as you choose.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is not bad, but the food in the surrounding area is better. It's New York City.

    Dorm Life

    NYU dorms are students' main opportunity to foster a community during freshman year. Very overpriced for what you get, but definitely an experience and a lot of fun. Every room comes with a bathroom, and many have kitchens/living rooms like a mini-apartment (this includes all upperclassmen dorms).

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on your major, but in general I would say its pretty high. Sternies are graded on a difficult curve, CAS Pre-Med, hard Science, Econ and Math majors take some of the toughest classes out there, and many Tisch/Steinhardt classes are more applied but require putting in a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that NYU is what you really want. The price tag itself is incredibly daunting, but you can make it worth the money if you intern as much as possible and take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

    In three sentences

    They say that in New York City, you're never alone but always on your own. NYU is the same story. The independent thrive, while those that need a little more support fall under the radar.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Welcome Week.

    In three sentences

    The classes are intellectually stimulating, but the large student population is very overwhelming.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Use most, if not all, of the campus resources. They are really helpful. Dont be afraid to reach out if you need help.

    In three sentences

    It's a very large school with a numerous amount of new opportunities.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Shopping

    Academic Rigor

    I have no problem in this school

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions!

    In three sentences

    The best University in New York Very organized Respectful workers

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For most parents sending their kids to NYU, the concerns of campus safety are at large. Public Safety is as good as it gets when you are on a campus that is not gated and intermingling with every walk of life in New York City. Walking the streets of Campus are safe for it is easy to see staff and public safety officials at any time of the day. There is also a program called Safe Ride which allows for student to call at anytime when they feel unsafe and a personal van will come and pick you up and bring you to any place of your choosing. Public Safety is also a very open program in the sense that they like suggestions and advice to strengthen anything they can. I feel safe on this campus.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is an expensive school, no doubt. I am a lower-middle class student myself but I know I will be able to pay back my loans after graduation. Not only does NYU give you every facility you need from a dorm room essentials to classroom essentials etc. NYU has connections with everything in New York City and not just across the country but across the world. Alumni and other affiliates are global leaders which puts NYU in a prestigious category. Internships and networking experiences that can be created through NYU are superior to many other universities. Your wallet may be drained for your entire time here but it will be work every penny. The experience here is unlike any other.

    What to do for fun

    This question is worded wrong. Campus is in the heart of New York City. What is there not to do for fun? Between movie theaters, shopping trips, clubs, Off-Broadway theaters, On-Broadway theaters, Yoga classes, dance classes, concerts, restuarants with food from around the world or just strolls through the city there are plenty of things to do outside of campus. On campus the university or the dorms have activities every weekend like movie nights, Dorm Olympics which is very popular as well as different study sessions and fun things students can go to. NYU also has over two hundred clubs ranging from Quidditch, to cheese, to sports, to Greek Life, to A Capella groups and many other things. If you don't find a club you like, you can create your own. Possibilities are endless here.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining selections are varied here. Certain dining halls have a wide variety while others do not. Some are all-you-can-eat while others are not. The actually quality of the food is average. Similar styles to a high school cafeteria but better quality overall. The dining staff is nice and accommodating for those with special requests or food allergies. The salads and desserts are always fresh which is a plus. Breakfast time is a campus favorite because some dining halls have great spreads. Now ask any student if they can get up early enough to get breakfast and that is another story.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is unique here. How many kids can say they have their own place in NYC? Depending on the dorm whether it is apartment-style or traditional, each dorm provides the students with all of their necessities. Some dorms are more social than others but it is really the students that have to make the effort to leave their doors open or make conversation. The RA's are exceptional and love to create fun activities and things for the students as well as build a strong community of friendship. The dorms also have printer labs, practice rooms, game rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, dance studios and many other things that make dorm life more accessible. The down side is that everything is a farther walk than any other campus I've seen due to the non-traditional campus style that NYU holds.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are extremely rigorious here. You can not just get an A by showing up and doing well on tests. I am a drama major and have just as much if not more work than some of the business and science kids. Classes are tough but professors are accessible and easy to talk to. Classes are a nice size so a personal connection can be established which makes things easier when there is confusion in a class. The professors treat all of their students as professionals and colleagues so that mutual respect is laid out but also that level of professional work is expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    New York University is not hard to get into. For certain programs, there are similar if not exact requirements that are the same as ivy-league schools. It's possible. Just be unique and be yourself. Show that you are not just interested in what your major is but that you are cultured and well-rounded student. The more your interested, the more programs they think you will use which is what they like to see.

    In three sentences

    New York University is a global university that is set right in the heart of New York City. With extremely rigorious courses along with diversity and a attainable social life, New York University has the perfect dynamic of school vs. social life. The university is not ivy-league but is nothing short of that quality since our employment rates are through the roof due to a heavy skill set that is gained as well as prestigious internships right in New York City.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are regular NYC police visible as well as NYU security staff. I feel very safe at NYU. I walk to all my classes and I walk to nearby stores and restaurants either by myself or with a friend. I have not ventured into the city by myself yet.

    Greek Life

    unfamiliar with this, sorry

    Clubs and Activities

    Wow -- too many to list. But the school gives 1-2 weeks before classes begin for students to review the clubs taht are available to see if they're interested in joining!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who work from the inside out; meaning those who have energy, passion and focus from the inside; those that aren't looking for role models, per se, but have a sense (though not totally formed yet) of what they want to learn, what kind of human being they are, what they want to contribute to the world and what they want to participate in -- these types of students would flourish at NYU.

    Bang for the buck

    It's kind of early to tell how much bang for the buck NYU is for me. It's still expensive for my family even though I got some scholarships and financial aid. So much of this rating rests on how well I take advantage of what NYU has to offer. So I will have to revisit this comment in a year or so.

    What to do for fun

    If too many choices is a bad thing, then this would be the only bad thing about NYU. But it's a great way to find out about what you really, truly like to do since no matter what you like (or think you like), there's a club or a place to join, visit and/or enjoy!

    Food and Dining

    Many dining halls, many types of food, many choices. I am using very little of my spending money because I have all my meals at school.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is super friendly; doors all open. I am very shy but the huge variety of ethnic and social backgrounds of the students makes it easier to fit in because there's no need to fit into a certain clique. I recently ran for VP of my dorm hall and won. Being involved is the easiest way of getting to know everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    First-year required classes are large but professors are interesting and good. The sheer amount of reading required is so much more than high school. Advisers are extremely helpful; use them liberally. I had a seminar that was over my head and had it changed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bring too many things as dorm rooms are not too big. The dorms, like the city, has more character than comfort. My freshman dorm is all wood and is in a beautiful old building but no A/C. So I use a fan. Walk everywhere, bring comfortable shoes. NYC has a reputation for being expensive, but discretionary spending is manageable. If money is tight, you don't have to spend anything since your yearly cost includes room and board and food.

    In three sentences

    NYU cannot be beat at the diversity of its student body, and the amazing city sites and opportunities that surround the campus. For students who study hard and play hard, there's nothing that can top NYU. If you're looking for a small college town and a homogeneous student population, this would not be the school for you.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The whole city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anyone wanting to come here must either be financially secured or MUST have a lot of scholarships. NYU is extremely expensive, which is my only complain about NYU.

    In three sentences

    NYU so far is one of the greatest choices I have ever made because the professors are among the best in the world and there is so much to learn here. I have made so many great friends here that I know I will never forget and I am thankful towards NYU for this. Lastly, being in the city is amazingly exciting and it is impossible to be bored since there is always something to do.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Drink and people watch. Don't go to bars though, because they are just too expensive.

    Food and Dining

    A ton of options for food all around the city. Some provided by the school and just the city itself.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is hit or miss, especially if you're in underclass dorms. The higher class you're in, the more freedoms you have because of your age.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a lot of work to be done, but as long as you can motivate yourself, it never seems to overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    New York can seem very different at first, but within three weeks you'll have it down other than the Subway system. Get use to the people being rather passive aggressive. Spend your money wisely, because it goes quick and easy here.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for small and personal class sizes. You definitely feel that you have a relationship with each of your teachers and that you are not just another face to them. This school provides a uniquely different course of education and teaching that is more fitting for students who tend to work better outside of the classroom.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    though in the city, security is greatly enforced and the safety response is beyond a doubt one of the best.

    Greek Life

    Okay

    Clubs and Activities

    So much going on you just have to actively search for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, open-minded, self-driven, seeking something better, escaping suburbia.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mamouns has the best falafel.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive because living in New York is already expensive enough as it is.

    What to do for fun

    There are boundless opportunities. The city is yours for the taking yo just have to make time for it.

    Food and Dining

    So much to eat in the city and the dining halls don't fall short.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the best living areas the city has to offer. GREAT VIEWS.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors may be rigorous but when you're studying what you love it doesn't feel like a chore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an umbrella, be yourself, and enjoy the school, the city, and everything there is.

    In three sentences

    New York University is the greatest school in the country because it is not bounded by a campus. We live and learn in the city which is the greatest possible experience because it better prepares you for the real world. The atmosphere is electrifying and the people here are all open minded and intellectual.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not your average fraternities and sororities, but nevertheless, they exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU doesn't have the greatest sports program, but it does offer a variety of activities, from dance classes to varsity basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    LGBTQ, liberal and free-thinking students, and international students (if the tuition isn't too high to afford).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The archway is the hotspot of our so-called campus, located on Washington Square - the hangout during the warmer months. On graduation day, NYU students walk underneath it, so you're not supposed to walk under it during your time at NYU - reserve that activity for graduation!

    Bang for the buck

    NYU has incredibly high tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Hit the city, visit parks, coffee shops, and tourist attractions.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not on a meal plan, but the dining halls offer a variety of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Though NYU has a variety of dorms, some of them are about as high-class as dorm living can get.

    Academic Rigor

    This can depend a lot on the program into which you applied, but mine is focused on the great works, and it requires a fair amount of time and focus, though the workload is not too overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, check out the campus and make sure you won't be craving nature, and if you do feel like you need to get away, make friends who live in New Jersey.

    In three sentences

    New York University is filled with international, free-thinking, open-minded people, located in the heart of the city that never sleeps. There's constant activity, plenty of coffee shops for the coffee-lover that you will undoubtedly become, and it's a place to express yourself fully. The tuition is high, but study abroad programs that get you into 5-star hotels kind of make up for that.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe and there are security officers in every building entrance.

    Greek Life

    Although Greek life is small at NYU, there are prestigious fraternities and sororities that students can rush for if they're interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs, ranging from any interest one might have. If there isn't one, start it! There will definitely be others who are also interested in that activity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Washington Square Park is at the center of NYU's campus and often times, students could be seen taking a nap on the grass or listening to the jazz musicians that fill the park with exhilarating music. Lots of NYU dorms are also near Union Square where there are also street performers and musicians showcasing their talents all the time.

    Bang for the buck

    New York University is not the cheapest university to attend but they do offer lots of scholarship opportunities and work study for those who are willing to commit some time during the week to get paid through a part time job on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Are you the athletic type and enjoy feeling a rush of adrenaline coursing through your body? Throughout the year, there are tons of races and marathons that occur throughout New York City and plenty of running space in Central Park. NYU's campus is surrounded by the world's best art exhibits, theatres, museums and financial institutions so you can never get bored! Stroll down Museum Mile, Broadway or Lincoln Center to enrich yourself in the arts. Additionally, New York City has plenty of historical landmarks for all the history buffs to check out.

    Food and Dining

    This is New York City so there's bound to be something that will spark your taste buds! In the island of Manhattan alone, you can take a short stroll to Chinatown and buy dumplings for a dollar. You can take a train and be in the heart of Little Italy or enjoy authentic Mexican food in Harlem. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take the train a little farther and explore the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, where there will be plenty of home-style cooking in all ethnicities.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing for anyone that has lived with their parents their whole lives. It gives one a sense of new found freedom and a sense of Independence. No more curfews or nagging from your parents on sleeping late and not starting your homework earlier. You start to make your own informed decisions and control your own life.

    Academic Rigor

    College is on a completely different level than high school. Depending on your major and school at New York University, you might find yourself overwhelmed with courses that at first seem impossible to excel in. But you'll be exposed to a small student to faculty ratio which allows for personalized attention, which could help create a stimulating class experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you've never lived in a fast paced city before, you should definitely consider applying to New York University. Not only is it an exciting experience, it'll open your eyes to different perspectives of the world and what better way to do it then to attend school in one of the most culturally diverse cities?

    In three sentences

    NYU's campus is surrounded by the world's best art exhibits, theatres, museums and financial institutions, which offer a plethora of internship opportunities. With students from over 133 countries, you'll be competing amongst the brightest and most ambitious students worldwide and be motivated to perform your best. At NYU, you'd be able to receive a phenomenal liberal arts education and cultivate your mind with a better understanding of the world.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From my personal experiences, I have had no trouble with Campus safety. However you are in New York City at a college that is integrated into the city with no campus. Don't go wandering around late at night alone, at NYU or anywhere, because you'll be asking for trouble. Public transportation is great too so don't forget to use it to your advantage.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is essentially non-existant at NYU. We are the farthest thing from a Greek-driven college. But there are sororities and fraternities if you are interested and if you join one than you'll be around like-minded people so if you choose to associate yourself with them than you'll live a greek life but don't expect to be influenced by greek life much otherwise.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are pretty numerous and have plenty variety. There are clubs for your specific major as well as ethnic clubs. There are very specific clubs but they do not discriminate, everyone is invited and encouraged to join. If you have a passion you'll find a club for it, and if you don't, than make one!

    Great for these types of students

    NYU caters to the socialite. Seeing as how it is in the city it seems rather obvious that social interactions are going to be an integral part of everyday life in the city. But that doesn't mean that you have to be, it's just a bit more fun when you are because of the nature of the environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best traditions at NYU involves the President, John Sexton, otherwise known as J-Sex. It is expected that by the end of your four years at NYU you'll have received a hug from J-Sex himself. He lives on the square so you're bound to happen upon him but its not just a tradition because he is such a nice person that you'll want to meet him and talk to him. John Sexton makes NYU infinitely better, he is an incredibly smart man but he makes the effort to seem as open as possible. I don't know him personally but I can tell he is a wonderful person.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun is so vague that there is no right way to answer it. Just know that the fun you have depends on the effort you put in to making it happen. It. Is. New York City. If you ever say there's nothing to do than you're lying! Living in the village means you have every time of store to see as well as access to every part of Manhattan. Stay in the village and enjoy Washington Square Park, or go to SoHo and go on a shopping spree. Maybe you want to go to lower Manhattan and see the Freedom tower, Wall Street, and the amazing architecture or maybe you want to go to Central Park and take in the beauty. That's just the tip of the iceberg, the sheer amount of fun to be had is inexplicable. Now the only complaint I have with the city is that I would much rather have everything be free because of the fact that because everything is so close it's so easy to buy everything you want. But the sights are free and they're definitely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing compares to home food because food from home is perfection. However, NYU's dining halls come pretty close to home food as well as other restaurant style food. Dining halls like Rubin, Downstein, and Hayden have the best variety of home-cooked style food while dining halls like Kimmel have amazing Chinese, Mexican, and Italian food; UHall has the most amazing burgers; and Palladium has great multi-cultural food. I have had friends from other colleges visit and yell out their jealousy for our food. My meal plan covers 14 meals a week and I use them all without hesitation. NYU has amazing food, if anyone says anything otherwise they don't go here!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, as anyone can imagine, is not uniform across the board. Any and every college's dorm life is random and influenced by chance. Personally, dorm life has been amazing in every aspect. The people in my dorm, not to mention my floor, are amazing. Everyone tries to be your friend during the first few weeks so being friendly is a great way to make friends fast. My floor is incredibly close, we hang out all the time, get our meals together, work out together, and go out into the city. I couldn't ask for better friends and hallmates. If there's one piece of advice I can give you it is buy a doorstop! Keep your door open!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is nothing short of what has come to be associated with NYU. Everything of course depends on the track you choose, easiness is subjective and particular to each student however, you really can't hope to pull off a 4.0 by just coasting. Take the time to do your assignments and study, nothing is more gratifying than doing well in class at such a great school like NYU. A balanced student is a successful one. Do your work and you'll have all the time in the world to do the millions of activities there are to do in the greatest city in the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, please have an open mind when coming to NYU. I have met people from every corner of the country as well as a huge variety of countries around the world. The social life is probably one of the most entertaining aspects of being at NYU. Sometimes there is so much to do we just dont know what to choose but the most important part is finding the time for socializing and homework. Procrastination is so easy, and no one is around to keep you on track. It takes a responsible student to do well at NYU.

    In three sentences

    New York University is the best combination of the college experience and the urban life. You have your classes and all of Manhattan on your doorstep which makes for one of the most unique lifestyles I've ever come to know. I get the education of one the most prestigious schools in the world as well as a wonderful segue to adult life as a New Yorker.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have SAFERIDE-basically our chauffeur service through the city at any time. NYU is in a very safe area of Manhattan.

    Greek Life

    CRAZY!

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU has a billion activities to join-truly something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, driven, goal-oriented.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidditch! The Washington Square arch is our center.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey! But worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, bars, museums, sports, exploring NYC!

    Food and Dining

    Pricey, but amazing options.

    Dorm Life

    Best dorms in the country.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the program you're in; pre-med is HARD.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect anyone to babysit you.

    In three sentences

    Exciting and dynamic

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining plan price is exorbitant and food is mundane at best. They serve corn cooked in butter and charred (overcooked) potatoes at Rubin. I also found hair in my food a couple of times.

    Dorm Life

    Most rooms are cramped. If you get lucky, you might have a single.

    Academic Rigor

    People here are pretty smart so there's a lot of competition especially within the Stern School of Business

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades in classes. Don't slack off. Try to get good scores on standardized tests.

    In three sentences

    NYU is huge. Come here if you don't mind the anonymity and being in a lecture with 200 other students and. But NYU has also got amazing resources and opportunities. It's a good fit for people who are motivated and independent.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty rare to feel unsafe, though it is still NYC, so be aware.

    Greek Life

    Thankfully, it doesn't have a large presence here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most people don't get too involved in the clubs at NYU, which is understandable given how much there is to do outside of NYU.

    Great for these types of students

    People going into art love it here. Hipsters, musicians, progressives, this is your nirvana.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, no secret. At the same time though, they use your money fairly well. If you take advantage of all the opportunities NYU has to offer (which most people don't) you could probably get your money out of them. Keep in mind there's a huge career center, two gyms, dozens of study abroad trips, and hundreds of clubs for you to utilize.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City--do anything! Clubbing, shopping, biking, walking in a park, visiting a museum. You'll be lucky to have enough time to do everything you want.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special, good but not spectacular. On the plus side, there are a lot of dining halls, and you can use your meal swipes and dining dollars at places like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Keep in mind you're in New York City, so finding good food should never be a problem.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, the dorms are a lot nicer than those at other universities. Every dorm has a private bathroom, and at most you'll be stuck sharing it with 3 or 4 people. Personally, my room is a lot bigger than expected with wood flooring, and a high ceiling. If anything, the residence halls resemble apartment complexes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, but there are also plenty of courses that seem easier to get through. It really depends on the school you go into, but nothing should be impossible if you got in.

    In three sentences

    New York University is a challenging, fast-paced school. People here are highly committed to whatever they pursue, and often come off as overly passionate.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very helpful and effective. I feel very safe and protected. There are 24/7 guards.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life isn't so good at NYU but still existent. Majority of NYU students don't go Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities are so important and help students develop their interests in different areas. I like how there are so many clubs there are to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious people who seek adventure.

    Bang for the buck

    Very pricey but completely worth the money if you take advantage with how many opportunities there are. You are able to build your resume with your internship experiences and volunteer involvement.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really quite good and students have so many different options to choose from. There is even selections for vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a bit more spacious compared to many other U.S. university dorms but for the price students are paying, I'd rather get an apartment with other people. You don't get much freedom living in the dorms as well.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU looks for very well rounded students. Our classes are pretty intense and challenging but our professors heavily engage us in discussions to help us understand each course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Heavily involve yourself with activities such as internships, community service, volunteer work, school clubs, non profit organizations, and academic teams.

    In three sentences

    NYU is the perfect place for adventurous people because of its exquisite study abroad program. There is a plethora of opportunities for NYU students as we live in the most bustling city in America. NYU students are so diverse and have their own distinctive passions.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL types, really--but particularly open-minded people. There is no room for bigotry here.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Greenwich Village is a pretty safe part of the city, but you don't want to walk down dark alleys by yourself. It's so densely populated here that it's hard to feel unsafe, and you're usually within running distance of an NYU building that has 24/7 security personnel if you're really feeling desperate. I've never felt unsafe. Just watch out for the occasional drug dealer in the park, though they're pretty harmless.

    Greek Life

    It exists. Barely.

    Clubs and Activities

    They're out there. You just have to find them. With so many students and such a diverse population, there's something for everyone. It can seem overwhelming to take on a club at the beginning of Freshman year, but many people I've met have found great friends through them.

    Bang for the buck

    As a Film major, I have access to top facilities and equipment, amazing collaborators and a plethora of talented... talent. Applying yourself in classes can be difficult, but there's always something useful to learn and you can make great connections with your teachers who are working professionals. Having New York City as a resource to draw on artistically is priceless. It's insanely expensive, so if you think it might not be right for you or if you can get what you want from another University, I wouldn't recommend paying almost $66,000 a year. (We have some of the most expensive housing in the nation.)

    What to do for fun

    You have to find fun for yourself, there isn't anything set up for you. A lot of students go to the raves in Brooklyn or the clubs around the area, there's club activities you can find and there's a movie screening every week (Ang Lee was here tonight premiering Life of Pi). Really anything that New York offers you can partake it. It can definitely get a little expensive.

    Food and Dining

    You learn what's good and what's not. With eight dining halls there's a lot of variety. You end up eating at the one in your dorm a lot if you have one, just for the sake of convenience. There's a lot of options and they pride themselves in gluten free options. The staff is incredibly friendly as well.

    Dorm Life

    There's seven freshman dorms this year and around 700 students in my building alone. You become familiar with people but it's harder to become friends when you see someone one time and may never see them again. All the dorms are very different, so do your research on which one you want to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to do well, you have to study and put effort into your work. The teachers are kind and helpful. You can get away without working incredibly hard, but when you're paying something like $105 an hour, you want to do well.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Good , well seasoned

    In three sentences

    This schools campus is beautiful

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    A bit pricey, but with all the research going on that undergrads can take part in you can extract every pennys worth.

    What to do for fun

    So much to do for fun. Tons of parks, theaters, concerts, etc. Bars clubs and nightlife. Volunteering during the day, the possibilites are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible, dont get a meal plan. If you spend less than 14 dollars on a meal you've saved money relative to the price of a meal at a dining hall. With so many great places to eat in NYC, NYU's dining services are the worst you could probably find..

    Dorm Life

    TIP: Move off campus after your first year. Dorms are a rip off, and they are restrictive. You are 19, 20, 21, you don't need RA's telling you you cant have outside furniture in your room. Move off campus and get your own room, your own space, a nice place and save some money.

    Academic Rigor

    Gen ed class can be easy, however jump into your major and classes become more intense and much more rigorous. NYU is a serious academic school, and faculty are very serious about their subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and try and put yourself out there as much as possible. With no formal quad or real campus NYU can be a tough place to make friends, however with enough effort, including as I said before, joining clubs, its easy to find people you like. You do have 40 thousand odd students to choose from...

    In three sentences

    A large research institution with many opportunities to get involved with your academic interests and many great faculty to help. The sense of community is lacking, however community is easily found with those around you through active participation in neighborhood events, eg volunteering. Faculty and certain departments are absolutely top class, and NYU is a center for cutting edge research.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU has no campus, but all around East Village there's a lot of NYU Campus Safety cars, which lead you from campus to home.

    Greek Life

    There's very little Greek life in NYU; as I've mentioned before, the university tries to avoid the typical college idea. Some reputable Greek frats do exist, i.e. Sig Phi Ep, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU has had so many club applications this year that they've had to reject over 80 clubs to be sponsored by NYU. Don't worry, they're still up and running, and as a result thereof, we have tons and tons of clubs to pick and choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are independent. You have to know what you want in order to get what you want in this city. All the while doing well in school. It's a difficult balancing act.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We're a college in New York City; there's no need for unusual traditions. If anything, NYU tries to stay away from the college-y feel. Rather, you make your own traditions in the city. And there's a lot to go around.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on how much tuition is for you, but the teachers here will make it worth your while. The only slight negative effect is that NYU has plans to expand their campus by 2031, and there's a lot of money being diverted to renovations and other things, all which take away from the scholarships that NYU offers. Look for other scholarships at Cappex!

    What to do for fun

    There's a ton of fun things to do, dependent on what you think is fun. Of course, this is one of the greatest cities to party, and many students do. Others find fun in participating in NYU related activities, while others go the hundreds-literally hundreds-of free movie screenings by NYU and other theatres for NYU students. It's amazing.

    Food and Dining

    There are over 6 dining halls at NYU; at least 2 of which are all you can eat. The only problem is that there's so much food that you have to work out! The infamous freshman 15 can hit you quick if you don't moderate.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms can be rowdy, while others aren't. I'm on the top floor of the highest building in East Village, and the view is AMAZING. Not all students get that lucky; however, the dorms are quite nice and hospitable.

    Academic Rigor

    It's extremely tough to get A's in certain classes. Granted, it varies per teacher, and not all teachers are good, but in general, there is a lot of thinking required. Get ready to sit down with pen and paper, and think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! The weekends can be fun, but the weekdays are going to be a killer if you don't work hard. Trust me. There's a lot of work into going to college in general, but this school has a lot of temptations instead of working.

    In three sentences

    It's awesome. One of the best cities in the world, and you live there as a student! The only worry is that money just flows out of your pocket.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I'm a student at Stern, and they always have guest speakers and internships available if you join the clubs. Get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    It depends on your major.

    What to do for fun

    NYC. Enough said.

    Food and Dining

    it depends on the dorm. Hayden is great. Rubin isn't that great. Etc etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let your voice be heard on apps. Don't sound factory produced.

    In three sentences

    There is not a sense of college community in the traditional sense. We prefer to think of it as: The city is our campus. It is norm to complain about tuition.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is great safety around campus and there are shuttles if you find yourself out late at night. Also during Hurricane Sandy they did a really great job of watching the dorms once they were evacuated and making sure we all got out safely.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is really a joke on campus. There is Greek life but many students are too busy to get into it.

    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for students who are out-going and really driven. The more willing you are to go out and get what you want, the better your experience will be!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once you get accepted to NYU and attend there, if you walk under the Washington Square Arch before graduation, you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    You have so many professors who work in the field that they teach in so you are getting current information and they are willing to help you make connections in your area if you just ask them.

    What to do for fun

    You have the whole city! If you are ever bored here, there is something wrong with you and not the school because there is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    There are 13 different locations where you can use your meal plan! How many colleges have that many options? There are Kosher, Vegan, and Halal options as well as others so there is always something you can eat. If you decide you don't want to eat at the dining halls there are food trucks all over the place! Restaurants can get expensive and the best places to get groceries are Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, but I suggest using your meal plan first.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to build a community at this huge school. There are exploratory floors in some dorms too that can connect you with people who share the same interests as you! There are many types of dorm rooms ranging from singles to suites. The bigger dorm buildings can have a smaller sense of community than the smaller ones so keep that in mind when picking one. But I have been in different rooms in the majority of dorms and they all seem spacious and clean. The dirtiest dorm is getting renovated this year so nothing is looks like the typical college horror stories.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is not a college to be taken as a joke. It is hard and takes up a lot of your time. You will do a lot of writing and homework. It�s an Ivy League school without the Ivy League title. This doesn't mean that you are going to suffocate underneath the work load; it just means that you can't slack off and you better have your stuff together.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that if you apply for Tisch, you know that it is exactly what you want to do. Many people get into the program and realize that it was more of a hobby than a passion for them which sucks because the first year of Tisch you only take maybe one Gen Ed so you are a year behind when you transfer. Also you will have to take writing the Essay which is a required class. It seems like it should be an easy class, but it really makes you get used to the college workload fast.

    In three sentences

    NYU is the perfect place for you if you know exactly what you want to do in life and you want to find other people who are as driven as you are in completing their dreams. NYU is not a typical campus, meaning that there are no huge parties or sporting events that the whole school comes together at, you should be outgoing enough to create your own group of friends otherwise you could get lost. NYU is a beautiful college with all of Manhattan as your campus, being in the heart of the east-side opens up all kinds of opportunities for you that you can only dream of.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although you are in a city, I have never experience or witness a crime happening on campus. Everywhere is very safe! I have walked out at 3 in the morning while studying in the library to get something to eat and it's completely fine!

    Greek Life

    Not much Greek Life on campus. It is not big here. Though I am in the pre-medical fraternity (PhiDE) here and it is great! We help each other through the hard pre-med classes we have to take. Older members give great advice to younger members on what classes to take and what opportunities are available.

    Food and Dining

    This is NYC! There are all kind of food and dinning experiences all over the city. You are not limited to campus food! Lots of choices! And since we are the city that never sleeps, you can always get food any time!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter because dorming is extremely expensive! I do have friends who dorm and after visiting their rooms, I advise to go out and rent an apartment instead based on the housing fees. You can definitely get a better apartment with the amount you are paying to dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biology major and on the pre-medical track, I am going through very tough classes. It is very hard to balance everything and time management is essential to do well. Science classes here are a lot of work! Many people drop pre-med or do not continue in the Biology major road after taking science classes their freshman year!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the school and know that NYU is not like any other typical school. We do not have a centralized campus, but instead the city is our campus. Make sure you like this type of environment before applying!

    In three sentences

    NYU is great! It is in the heart of the city, which allows for great opportunities no matter what field you are going into!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    New York has become one of, if not the safest large city in the US today. There will always be plenty of people on the street, whether it's 3am or 3pm. Of course, one should have enough common sense to not wander about alone at night, but that's the same as anywhere else!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is there if you look for it. There is no frat row like those common at most universities, but rush week and the social life that comes with fraternity and sorority is still a lot of fun and very accessible.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent people who can handle the extremely fast-paced life that comes with New York City. If you work well in a high-intensity environment, NYU is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NYU is in the heart of Greenwich Village, one of the funkiest neighborhoods in New York. There are tons of quirky restaurants, independent movie theaters, and beautiful hidden parks and streets. Just make sure you look around!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in a high-ranked program like the Stern School of Business, the Tisch School of the Arts, pre-med, or pre-law, your education can be worth your tuition. If not, think twice about whether it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    NYU is in the heart of New York City, and the whole city is our campus. That means that our nightlife is an adult's nightlife; clubs, bars, movie theaters, exploring Manhattan and the other four boroughs. There are no frat houses, but Greek Life is available if you actively seek it. The best part about NYC is that no matter the day or the hour, there will always be a thousand things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can afford NYU or you find enough scholarships to support your education here, it's an amazing place to grow up and gain a degree. However, don't overlook other schools with a lower price tag if you're not sure what you want to study or if NYU's program for your major is mediocre. The money isn't worth it unless your degree is valuable.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for those who are independent in every aspect; if you can handle and favor learning, studying, and living without a hand to hold, NYU is the best place to learn to grow up quickly. People here are from every walk of life, but everyone is unique, intelligent, and interesting in their own way. NYU students are not just college students - they're also New Yorkers.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is this free shuttle service called safe ride that will transport you around the campus, which is very helpful for late at night. There is also security in every building, and security cars driving around campus at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is this thing called Club Fest at the beginning of the year, where you can choose from hundreds and hundreds of different clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every cent you pay if you make the most of it. It is an extremely expensive school, but you are getting an amazing education, in one of the greatest cities in the world, and making priceless contacts.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to concerts / clubs / parties, meet people and explore the city. Anything you can really imagine, you can do, it's New York City.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are fantastic. Especially Weinstein and Palladium dining halls. The amount of food trucks and restaurants around the university will also make sure you always have something new and delicious to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to live, especially for your first couple years there. They are a great place to meet fellow students, and incredibly safe. The safety doesn't compromise the freedom, however, it's good jump into living away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging and a lot of work, but if you're in the courses you want to be in it is going to be work you enjoy and will greatly benefit from.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's definitely a much better experience if you know what you want to do. The university is filled with great teachers and students who are passionate about what they do, and if you know what you are passionate about the school will help you make the absolute most of it.

    In three sentences

    It is absolutely incredible. The people and the education are both greater than I could have imagined. New York City is also the perfect place to pursue almost any career.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's New York!

    Food and Dining

    It has buffet dinning halls!

    Dorm Life

    Neutral because I am a commuter

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the courses and professors. Pre-meds do have their challenges here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best if this is your dream school. Don't let mean or superficial put you down because you are one of the kind.

    In three sentences

    If you know where to go, you have everything here. If you get out of your comfort zone, you will discover things about yourself that you never knew.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join several clubs and activities and be as sociable as possible.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent variety in dining halls and food around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for those who enjoy hanging out with friends in the city. If you are underaged you cannot join the NYU party scence.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major NYU academics can be gruesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up and join extracurricular. Standardized test are important. Most importantly, be yourself!

    In three sentences

    NYU is a strange university and may seem intimidating at first. The school definitely has a diverse student body. there is something for everyone at NYU.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I have never been to a dining hall but have heard they are average.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are nice, apartment style with kitchens.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes and coursework are pretty difficult. More time is needed for studying if high grades are desired.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is everything here! Theater tickets can be purchased at discount prices if you have the time to stand in long lines to get them.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls offer good food and selection. But the draw of NYC restaurants is daunting! You'll want to eat out all the time, but it is way too expensive. I would rate the food a 8 out of 10

    Dorm Life

    Love my dorm with it's 3 bedrooms, kitchen, and common area. Do not like the double showers in my bathroom - - what girls are going to take a shower at the same time in two different showers in the same small room? Living with roommates is fun, but it is definitely an adjustment. I would rate dorms as an 3 out of 5

    Academic Rigor

    More time consuming and challenging than I expected since I came from a very college prep oriented school. I would rate the academic rigor as a 4 out of 5.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in NYC is expensive, let alone the cost of attending NYU. Try for as many scholarships as you can because otherwise you may find yourself in the position of having to transfer due to cost.

    In three sentences

    I love being in the heart of NYC and my classes at New York University! My courses, both academic and theater related are challenging and yet fun. I have meet the best people here and am having a fabulous Freshman year at NYU.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    This is New York.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is taken very seriously at NYU. Every class building has an NYU Public Safety officer on duty 24/7 and to enter buildings everyone has to show their NYU ID or swipe in. For the dorms, there is even more security. Students have to swipe in and enter a pin to access the dorms.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek Life at NYU, however there are currently no historic African American fraternities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at NYU are great! NYU is home to the only Chick-fil-a in NYC, so that's nice.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen housing at NYU is really nice. There are about seven different dorms where freshmen can live.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming to NYU I thought that the courses were going to be very tough. I don't know if my high school prepared us for college well, but I did not find the course load too challenging. But it also depends on your major and which courses you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus, because NYU is known to not have a traditional campus.

    In three sentences

    NYU is not what I expected, but I love it! The friends that I have met here are some of my best friends.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's NYC so guards and NYU take extra precausion to ensure our safety. I've never felt unsafe at NYU. There are guards in every residence hall to look out for you and I've never experienced a problem.

    Greek Life

    As I said before I love Greek life and it brings you to meet so many great and different people. i would absolutely recommend it, and since it is NYU it's not the typical greek life in the movies.

    Great for these types of students

    Types of students that don't want the typical college experience of going to sports games and everyone in NYU attire. it's great for hipsters, people who march to their own drum, girls who are independent and like to dress up for class, and definitely international students.

    Bang for the buck

    The city is pretty expensive to go out and shop. But if you stick to places further from the touristy sections you should be fine. Go to Two Bro's pizza, shop at thrift stores. Try and do fun things that don't cost a lot, because in the city things definitely add up.

    What to do for fun

    You're living in the city so there is always plenty to do! You can go to any of the bars around the area, you're surrounded by them and also go to clubs and dance the night away. But make sure to do some of the touristy things NYC has to offer, i mean you chose a school here for a reason. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, empire state building, spend time at the Met Museum and play in Central Park. The things to do are endless.

    Food and Dining

    NYU Dining is great! There are 7 dining halls and there is plenty of selection and options. The meal plans are pretty pricey but if you go to the all you can eat dining halls or use your dining dollars for soup instead of a meal it's definitely worth it. However, the 14 meal a week plan was def too big at least for me i would go with the 175 flex or 10 meal a week and you should be set.

    Dorm Life

    NYU is great for dorm life because he dorms are such a good size and you don't have to share a communal bathroom. However, RA's are not the best at creating a community and it can be hard to meet people in dorms especially after Freshman year. Thus be really open and be close to your RA and on the first day introduce yourself to some of the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    School work is pretty tough at NYU especially if you are in the sciences like Pre-Med. But for the most part if you stay on top of your work it is doable. The biggest advice I would give is to just do your reading when its due, IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

    Tips for prospective students

    Your freshman year get to know as many people as possible on your floor and during welcome week, these will most likely be your friends for the remainder of your college experience. Also Greek life is not a major part of student life, yet I am in a sorority and it was the best decision possible. It helped me form a community and meet so many great people in Greek life and make NYU so much better.

    In three sentences

    NYU is great for networking and setting your self up for the future. Also, if you study abroad it is one of the best experiences possible! Yet making friends and finding a community can be hard.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Limited, but has a presence.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students who are committed to their goals and ambitions and are focused on making the most of every opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    Better question: What not to do for fun? You're in NYC! If you're not busy studying in Bobst Library, go explore!

    Food and Dining

    Food is slightly above your average cafeteria food, which is still pretty average. However, when you are a poor college student, you can't complain to be on the meal plan. NYU makes a point to provide options for everyone, and they are good about mixing things up and having outside caterers and restaurants (and even food trucks!) serve food to us every now and again. Some dining halls are better than others, like Palladium that has fresh sushi made-to-order, as well as some excellent Indian food, smoothies, and a salad station. The cool thing about living in NYC is that, while prices are higher, you could walk blindly in any direction and find really good food. You can use Dining Dollars and Campus Cash at a lot of the local hot spots, as well as with my personal favorite, delivery.com.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms range from scary cinder-blocks and nasty carpet to marble bathrooms and hardwood floors, and prices range from an arm and a leg and your first born to maybe just your arm. Here in NYC, you are guaranteed some excellent views and a fantastic neighborhood. With no actual campus, school community is limited to in-dorm life, clubs, sports, and activities, and classes. The trade-off is a giant urban playground for you to go play in.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is a very academically competitive school, and the professors here push their students to not just learn, but THINK. It isn't easy, but nothing worth doing is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you tour the school and get a feel for it. This kind of urban, open campus and independent lifestyle isn't for everyone. Also, apply to as many scholarships as you can!

    In three sentences

    New York University is an incredible school. While their financial aid is difficult to come by, the trade-off is their investment in excellent programs and opportunities for students. I never really had a dream school, but attending NYU is like living a dream.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety does what they can, but in the end it comes down to being smart and staying safe.

    Greek Life

    ...lol.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. Literally, everyone. There may be a majority of hipsters, but trust me, there are niches for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It started just this year, but hopefully it will continue... Bobster Egg Hunt is an unofficial, unauthorized Easter egg hunt held by the students for the students in the Bobst Library on the Saturday before Easter.

    Bang for the buck

    If only the tuition weren't so crippling... I'm afraid I won't be able to afford to graduate (thus why I'm filling out this review in hopes of winning some scholarship money). New York City + private, prestigious university = devastatingly expensive tuition prices.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, bars, Brooklyn warehouse parties, secret dorm parties, museums, Broadway, live music of all kinds, fine dining, constant events of every kind, really whatever you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    Whenever my friends from other schools come to visit they always say how jealous they are of our dining options here at NYU. Some of the dining halls close early (8, 9 pm, earlier on weekends) which is a pain, but the food variety is great. Especially for healthy eaters and vegan/vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms have unique characters so everyone's sure to find a place where they fit in. Most dorms have dining halls downstairs which is really convenient. Whether you choose to live in an apartment style dorm, a suite, a single, a double, or a studio, give it your own personal flair and decorating and you'll feel right at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, but as a Film and TV major in Tisch, my classes are extremely challenging and demanding in ways I couldn't have expected, but I love every second.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that NYU is located in lower Manhattan. It's a huge, bustling world where more than 8 million people around you are constantly competing for everything. The energy and liveliness is unparalleled, but if you prefer a smaller school or college town feel, think again about coming to NYU.

    In three sentences

    Attending New York University is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Not only is the education outstanding, but living in this city, this capitol of the world, has opened my eyes to just how attainable my dreams are. NYU is well-connected as a global university, and I can't wait to continue expanding my horizons as a film major not only here in the Big Apple but also around the world.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's at least one guard at every entrance, and the area is pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    NYU is NOT famous for its Greek Life, let's be real here...

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs that you can join, or you can create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Non-typical students and people who want to discover new cultures and points of views will love NYU.

    Bang for the buck

    Soooooo expensive. But soooooo worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around, talk to people you would never hang out with, and take weird electives.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually good, the staff is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    I guess it depends on many things, but in general dorm life is pretty good. RAs will make efforts to get to know you and organize events so that everyone can get to know each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open-mind, take advantage of EVERYTHING the school has to offer (this includes, but is not limited to, all the free food).

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is next to a park, barnes and nobles, pizza store, theater, handball alley quite convenient! The people there are friendly, although there are some typical new yorkers who wont be. The facilities are clean, organized and very nice! Food and resources at the nearest corner!

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally Manhattan is very safe, and with NYU its a very safe neighborhood now. But if you ever feel unsafe NYU Campus Safety is top notch, you can call them any time to pick you up for a ride, get you out of an unsafe situation, etc.

    Greek Life

    Little to none

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe theres about 1000 clubs to choose from, you'll find something!

    Great for these types of students

    Not afraid of the city, not afraid of being alone, not afraid of hard work and hard fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our president, John Sexton, gives out hugs to all his students. Celebrity alum - lately Alec Baldwin - make appearances all the time.

    Bang for the buck

    It depends -- If you're going to say Tisch or Stern and are working hard, have set career goals, etc. it's (almost) worth the insane cost. If you're going to LSP, undecided, not really sure what you're going to do with your philosophy degree... perhaps not.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City. Everything that's ever sounds like fun to you, you can do it here I guarantee.

    Food and Dining

    So many dining halls, and the food is AMAZING (mostly because NYU Dining knows it has to compete with the food the rest of NYC has to offer). Best college dining there is.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm room has its own private bathroom - I repeat, no communal bathrooms - and you're guaranteed housing all 4 years if thats what you choose. Is a bit pricey, but to be expect from a large university in this city.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are the best of the best, especially in the specialized schools (Tisch, Stern, Steinhardt) but in the College of Arts & Science as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    While this is an amazing school, be conscious of the costs, and don't come to NYU if you are completely undecided about your major.

    In three sentences

    One of the best universities in the county in one of the best cities in the world. Can't get much better than that. Overwhelming quality and quantity of opportunity here.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy students, who are extremely liberal.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best place to go is Washington Square Park. It is a beautiful location to study, and you can see so many interesting people such as the pigeon man or piano guy.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is one of the greatest educations one can receive in the country, however, the school is ridiculously expensive. Being someone who cannot afford school myself, I have been told many times by NYU staffing that if I can't afford this school I should not be here. So, if you can afford it, do it. If not, you may not get any help financially.

    What to do for fun

    The great part of NYU is there is always something to do because you live in the city. Many students go explore everything because you can always find something of your interest.

    Food and Dining

    The food at NYU is good- nothing too great depending on your taste. I like everything, so I was happy, however, my roommate who was very picky often only ate pizza.

    Dorm Life

    I live in 3rd North. It is the nicest dorm, with everything one could desire. There is a kitchen, bathroom, and everything. I was on a special floor that students can apply to called an exploration floor. The floor is themed and has a budget to spend on their theme. Mine was the theatre floor and so I saw over 30 shows for free throughout the year. Also, each dorms basement consists of a workout facility, some have mini theatres, dark rooms, and study lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    This is one of the hardest experiences I have had academically. I am a theatre major and so everything is subjective: essays, projects, tests. I have learned a huge amount that I could not have anywhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to a school like NYU take advantage of every opportunity given. If you want the stereotypical college experience (sorority/frats, traditional campus, etc.) this may not be the school for you; however, if those are not major factors, do come to NYU.

    In three sentences

    NYU is unlike any other place in the world. Not only have I learned everything I could desire and more, but I have been given every opportunity possible based on the connections I have made through school, NYU programs, as well through other students, and my teachers. It also helps that NYU is in the most amazing city in the world, New York.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe or had to call campus safety for any reason. It is really a safe part of the city, but as always, stay alert and just use common sense.

    Greek Life

    There are sororities and fraternities, but the majority of students are not involved in these. Those who are involved however, do really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a big club fair at the beginning of the year and even if you don't join a club there are always postings for activities in your dorm or around school buildings such as Kimmel.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are independent and want to explore a big city with abundant opportunities this school would be a nice choice. Definitely make sure you love the city environment however, because this school's campus is the city itself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is to NOT walk under the arch in Washington Square Park. If you do, it is said that you will not graduate in four years, so many students avoid that.

    Bang for the buck

    So. Painfully. Expensive. (Unless you magically get massive financial aid, which is rare)

    What to do for fun

    Anything! Hang out in Washington Square Park and watch the performances and the people with friends or take a short subway ride to Central Park and museums. There are plenty of opportunities for fun and exploring if you make the time for it.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls can be convenient based on your location, but can certainly get old after a while. There are many options so you can mix up where you decide to go and there are also a ton of great restaurants in the area that aren't all expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely nice, no communal bathrooms. I was placed in the newest freshman dorm and it was a stellar experience (Founder's Hall). There is a mix of apartment style and traditional style. Founders definitely has the largest rooms for doubles of all the freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are extremely difficult while there are a select few that can feel like a joke. Overall the classes are challenging, but not impossible if you work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about completing all of the core courses immediately. Take some and leave some room for electives to decide what you want to major in. Don't worry if you don't have a major, almost anyone who does have a major in mind will change once they are here. Take advantage of the study abroad opportunities if you can.

    In three sentences

    The courses can be tough, but they are manageable. The core classes of the College of Arts and Science need an overhaul and the administration can be overly bureaucratic and make things such as summer classes at another university almost impossible. The location is great and the class options are widespread, but like any school, there are drawbacks.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Living in New York City can seem scary but we have the best campus safety officers. NYU works to ensure that students feel safe at all times. People are not allowed into NYU buildings unless they present their NYU I.D cards or are staff members. Although we don't have a closed campus, NYU safety is always on patrol and they even have a late night pick up/drop off service to/from any NYU dorm so that students don't have to walk home late at night.

    What to do for fun

    You can get student rush tickets for a show on Broadway or hop on the train and experience the city. Even sitting in Washington Square Park, the center of our campus is a fun, relaxing way to pass the time. Join clubs and get into the different circles like the A capella groups or the Ninja Club.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is always excellent and we have a ton of vegan and vegetarian options available. The staff is always so helpful and fun. Plus, we have the only Chick-fil-A in New York City.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. We have a ton of options in areas like the West Village, Chinatown, and the center of The Village (Greenwhich Village is a section of Manhattan by the way and is where NYU is located).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at NYU will challenge you and keep you on your academic toes. Sure there are some courses that will seem to be very easy, but in general, you will be pushed to do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    When considering applications, NYU looks beyond grades and looks at what makes you amazing. They look to see if you have passions outside of the academic realm and how those passions inspire your drive to be a better student and citizen of the world. This isn't to say that grades are not important though, so keep them up. Don't get too caught up in the city life too quickly. It is important to settle into the rhythm of being in school before you go out to really become a part of the New York crowd. There will be times where you get a little lost and feel a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the City and the openness of NYU's campus. That's o.k! NYU has resources to help you out.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school in the amazing city of New York. You are allowed to become a part of the hustle and bustle of NYC and be taught by professors that are leaders in their field of study. What's not to adore?

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You need an NYU ID or visitor's pass to even enter an NYU building. And at night you can call NYU safe ride to pick you up and take you back to your dorm. However, you are still living in New York city and need to be careful. There is no campus, you're just in the middle of it all. On the part of NYU there is very efficient campus security, but things still happen. College students are usually to blame for that however.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't know all of the clubs. There are more than 400 at NYU. But I know there is everything from Students for Education Reform club to Joss Whedon appreciation club.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have Washington Square Park, no one else does. The park is teaming with activity at all times of the year - except when the snow is so bad you can't walk through it. Common things to see 'on the square' as we call it: pianos, bands, comedy shows, fat squirrels, tourists, filming, and Ryan Gosling (okay not so common, but it happens.)

    Bang for the buck

    I haven't graduated yet but I sure hope it's worth the money. So far, it would appear that the name and the opportunities make the price tag worth it. But it's hard to say that much money is worth anything. Students complain about tuition all the time. At the same time, students brag about going to NYU quite often. I guess no one can really say until they start using their education later on.

    What to do for fun

    This is a hard question, because there's little that you can't do. In the summer you should visit Governor's Island because it is beautiful there. You can ride bikes, have picnics, climb trees, and go mini golfing on the island, on some weekends they have live bands all over the island. At night you should enjoy NYC's night life, which often involves rooftop parties and late night subway rides to Brooklyn. See an indie film when Tribeca Film Festival comes around. In the winter you can ice skate, sometimes for free if you're with NYU. Visit Top of the Rock to remind yourself why you moved to New York. Go to concerts, because everyone comes through New York. Rush a show. Visit Chelsea's art galleries. Explore a new borough. See central park. Go to a baseball game. Enjoy living in New York city.

    Food and Dining

    I gave this category 4 stars because it's not like you're served dinner every night. Sadly, nothing beats grandma's cookies. A lot of us are far from home and realize that once eating at the dining halls. BUT we do have Chick-fil-a, Quiznos, vegan options, food marts, and Nutella. Everyday. So, there's not much to complain about. Oh, and don't forget to make friends with the cook. Then you can have whatever you want, even if it's not on the menu.

    Dorm Life

    Hands down, 5 stars. Our dorms are converted apartment buildings. We have our own bathrooms as incoming freshman. The downside of that is some roommates don't know how to clean a bathroom. And also because of the apartment style, it becomes easy to seclude yourself. My advice, join an exploration floor - you'll interact with the other residents more often, become closer to your RA, and get free food from time to time. It's pretty 50/50 as far as the dorms go. Some people talk to absolutely no one from their dorm buildings other than roommates, and others make the majority of their friends in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    In high school I took classes at a community college and a Cal State University and I can testify that NYU's academic rigor surpasses those by leagues. You will obtain a great undergraduate education here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure this is where you need to be. The tab for an education at NYU is no joke. For many, this is a dream school, but making it a reality should also be financially sound. This is obviously good advice for any post secondary educational institution, but NYU especially because it is one the most expensive schools in the country.

    In three sentences

    Big everything: big city, big school, big spending, big name, big opportunities. New York University is in sync with its surroundings. Studying at NYU and living in New York at our age is an unparalleled experience, bountiful with opportunity and excitement, but it comes at a cost.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    These people are wonderful and absolutely helpful. NYU has a midnight service where campus police will drive you all the way back to your house or your dorm! They also have a bus system during the day that stops in different places throughout mid- and lower-manhattan. There is also public safety officers in every NYU building. Also, certain shops are affiliated with NYU and you can wait there to be picked up by public safety if you are lost of feeling unsafe.

    Bang for the buck

    This depends on which field you choose to work in. It's easier to get jobs in certain fields. You're paying for the name mostly, but you also get the education that comes with it. It really depends how you apply yourself work- and education-wise.

    What to do for fun

    You're living in NYC! You can do just about anything you could possibly imagine. See a broadway show, walk through central park, have a picnic, go shopping, etc. all of this is at your fingertips!

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the dining hall you go to, NYU offers many choices. Some dining halls are even catered by outside companies. Sometimes NYU has guest companies that come in and offer their foods as well.

    Dorm Life

    You have to be able to get along with the people you live with. If you don't, it will make living with them a lot harder. Be prepared to live with students that may or may not be used to picking up the slack or doing their fair share of the chores.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on the courses you choose. Some are harder than others and require more work and commitment. Other classes may require less attention and effort but have just as much work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize that you will be living in New York City. Dorming as is, is not cheap and while you will have a meal plan you will most likely choose to dine out occasionally. Make sure to have the financial support before you choose to attend here.

    In three sentences

    This university is academically challenging. It allows you to explore your options. You learn not only through the university but through internships that this university helps you find.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go in the city and Have fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    College was crazy, I partyed, I worked and I barely slept. Going to school in the Big City is not an easy thing, but if you get through it you come out with a strong work ethic and with strong determination. When I first left NYU I worked retail at Staples. But the strong core values that NYU provided, I easily grew to Management. While a manager at Staples I made sure I went to every conference, read every article and met as many vendors as I could regarding office supplies. I eventually left Staples to open my own office supply store in Long Island. We had some success and some failures, but it wasn't till my 13th year of out of school when things started to really kick into gear for me. I saw the success of the interent and decided to take my brick and mortar store and turn it completely virtual. www.BulkOfficeSupply.com was born. making over 500,000 a month, with no store overhead or even warehouse charges. So those who worry about your success, don't, it takes time. It has been 23 years since I graduated from NYU and I finally consider myself a success.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Know that a lot of growing up is involved. Remember classes are important but so is having fun. Don't let college change you but enhance you.

    In three sentences

    Located in the city thereby adequately preparing students for the real world. Has exceptional opportunities for studying abroad. Has a plethora of groups and activities at students' disposable.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, passionate, and driven human beings. Also, must be independent or outgoing.

    Bang for the buck

    VERY EXPENSIVE. It's difficult to save money in this city. However, once you are experienced, it's easier to know where to go and what to buy. (At least, that's what I'm told.)

    What to do for fun

    .......It's New York City.......The most amazing, vibrant, and active city in the world. If you simply walk outside your front door, you will find something to do in a matter of seconds.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many incredible and diverse options for food. I mean. It's New York City! They have everything!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms also vary. Depending on where you are placed, you could have an amazing dorm experience or a sub-par one.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies from major to major. However, all general education classes are rigorous and demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE YOURSELF. This school is for kids who are looking to push themselves to the next level and prepare themselves for the professional world. If that isn't you, you may not be the right fit.

    In three sentences

    New York University has an amazing vibe and many incredibly talented students. I'm excited to join this community and live in New York City. I'm also honored to have been accepted to NYU.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I love the clubs! I made many new friends and gained tons of precious experiences!

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is highly overpriced, and I am considering transferring because of that.

    What to do for fun

    NYC is the Mecca of fun! There is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    NYU's dining halls have quite a vast selection of food items. However, I gave it three stars because of the pricing. It would honestly save a lot more money to make your own lunch in your dorms or at home.

    Dorm Life

    Although I'm a commuter, I do make sure to stay over in dorms when I stay late on campus. And it is definitely refreshing to see that such amazing standards are followed by NYU's housing sector.

    Academic Rigor

    I decided to take all pre-med classes to see if I would be a good fit. Unfortunately, I found that science really isn't my strong suit. Although I excelled in the sciences in high school, NYU really surprised me with its rigorous science curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to have good time management and amazing study habits. If students take the effort to figure out strategies that work for them in high school in terms of academics, then they'll be set for college.

    In three sentences

    NYU has been everything I've ever dreamed it would be. The eclectic and diverse cultural atmosphere is enough to draw attention. However, I think it's the location that is definitely a catalyst for that.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is top notch. The men and women who act as security guards and survey the campus do their job. I have seen them help students at any time of the day, and they are all very kind and friendly.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't personally involved in greek life, but I had many friends and other floormates who were. Coming to NYU, I didn't think greek life would be such a big thing. Greek life does have a presence on campus and they are very involved. It is definitely a different type of greek life experience, but from what I know and have heard from my friends, it is just as fun and rewarding. Volunteering is also a huge part of Greek life at NYU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities at NYU are interesting. There are so many, and there is always room for more. The types of clubs and activities range from academic to more whimsical. There even is a quidditch club! NYU has clubs for almost everything. I've been in several clubs and activities, and have enjoyed them all.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy the fast paced life of NYC. NYU is not for the faint hearted. If you cannot balance the pull of the city and the school work, you will quickly fall behind. NYU is a school that is well balanced between fun and rigor.

    What to do for fun

    Being in NYC leaves students with tons of opportunities for fun. Whether you want to do something school related or just explore the city, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is pretty good for dining hall food. There's tons of options (kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) I love that NYU does themed nights, where they have italian food or african food. There's several dining halls, so if you get sick of one there's always another around the corner. There's also a starbucks, quiznos, chick fil a, dunkin donuts, argo tea, and pete's coffee and tea that are part of campus. Also, being in NYC, always tons of restaurants and food cart options! You will never run out of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! I got really lucky and got a fantastic roommate. I also stayed on an exploration floor in Founders. My freshman dorm experience was everything and more that I could ask for. Founders always had tons of fun programs for us to go to, which included free movies and studio tours. There were even free restaurant trips. My RA was fantastic and super kind. NYU works hard to make dorm life fun. Founders Hall is great. The rooms are large and super easy to clean. It has a clinical feel, but that's because of the floors and white walls. It's easy to make them cozy and more homey. Founders is a little far from campus (10 minute walk), but it definitely worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is definitely a difficult school. I'm a pre-med student, and I have been attacked in academic terms. I struggled at first, as in high school I felt like everything was really easy for me. However, if you take time to study and use the resources that the professors and NYU provide, you will do fine and prosper. Exams though are really difficult. NYU has a thing for hard finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) don't come looking for a campus, because there really isn't one. 2) NYU is a hard school, and you've got to have an idea of what you want to study before arriving. 3) understand that the city is a large part of NYU, and if city life is not for you, then NYU might make you feel uncomfortable. I had many friends transfer out after the first semester because they didn't feel comfortable and happy in the city. 4) NYU is a big school, so you have to make an effort to be noticed and to go places. 5) take advantage of all the resources!

    In three sentences

    NYU is a big school with many small sub communities that overlap. It is a great place to go to school if you want the fast paced city life. It is also rigorous.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not very active here. Sorority row is apparently one or two floors in one of the dorm buildings. If you're looking for a big greek life I advise you not to come to NYU.

    What to do for fun

    I love to play music, delve into photography, watch movies, and update my blogs in my spare time.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan, but the couple of occasions where I ate at the dorm, I was impressed by the number of food options.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm. But from what I've heard, it's pretty good. That also depends on what dorm you are put into.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major/concentration, but for the most part, the academics are pretty good here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide what you want to do before you come here. If you're undecided, you'll have a very difficult time deciding what you want to do. Do not be misguided by your dreams, do some research, and talk to some people who go here before you make any decisions.

    In three sentences

    NYU is a very opportunistic place. There are many different subjects to study, and many different people to meet. It's not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for those who desire the typical college experience.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, with check ins and many security personnel. I feel very safe on campus.

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC, there is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is so many places to go, in and around NYU. The food is delicious, and there is a variety.

    Dorm Life

    Though of course I have my favorite dorm, I can definitely say that all of the dorms bring something amazing to the table.

    Academic Rigor

    It's the best of the best in my opinion. NYU gives you not just academic rigor but a cultural rigor as well. It helps prepare you for a world with people, people like you, people not like you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know all of the information going in, like dorms, dining plans, textbooks, what your curriculum will be like and if you have any questions make sure you ask them and make sure they get answered, NYU is a popular school so sometimes questions fall thorough the crack but there is definitely someone there to help, just find them.

    In three sentences

    It's difficult, hard, trying, it's like the school is packed up against you but only a few days in and I can already see that it's going to pay off in the end.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SInce NYU is the heart of New York City, the city is your playground. Festivals, fairs, parades and broadway shows are numerous and constant throughout the environment. A plethora of museums, parks and film productions make sure there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Being in a culturally diverse environment the food matches the character. Most of the dining halls offer both vegan and vegetarian options while offering cuisines from around the world. At special time even local restaurants will sponsor weekly meals served under the meal plan to students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are much larger than most colleges with controlled air conditioning and full kitchens. Also each room has its own private bathroom so no fear of dirty communal showers. Most people bond with their dorm mates and create long lasting friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Each school is ranked in the top 20's at NYU. Also the professors are all graduates of ivy- leagues and specialist in their fields. This being said the courses are challenging yet manageable because of the brilliant teaching styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is no real campus/isolation from the rest of society. You may meet an amazing stranger one day and then never see them again. But each day is a new experience and no day or event is the same as the last.

    In three sentences

    NYU is in the heart of the East Village a center of both corporate, fashion and food America. All the famous sights are a subway ride away from Harlem to Brooklyn. A melting pot of different culture, NYU has both amazing education and diverse groups of students and community.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    not a part of NYU Florence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not yet experienced any

    Bang for the buck

    Florence Italy to experience this city to the fullest can only be as part of NYU. As a tourist it does not compare. As a student in NYU your studies in Florence is better than a history book. it is History.

    What to do for fun

    you name it ..fun is what ever you imagine.. and no shortage of people to experience it with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Engage the opportunities that lie ahead. If you get in make it count, it is to much at stake for both student, parent and faculty not to push yourself to the boundaries You have chosen NYU, now live the life you dream about.. you will soon be part of one of the most amazing cities in the world, regardless of what campus you are at. Open up and express yourself, never keep a thought to yourself that thought may just be the one that changes the life of one or many.

    In three sentences

    I have just finished my freshmen year at NYU Florence Italy.. Amazing! The support system provided by all sectors of NYU, Fabulous! When you look at the future of education and the concerns of parents, the one thing that stands out in NYU is unity. To move into the next 10 years not with a focus on cost but a focus of value. I choose to know that my education will have great return on investment.. both investment in dollars as well as investment of mind. NYU Value, Unequaled!

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Outstanding

    Greek Life

    Excellent

    Clubs and Activities

    The best parties in NYC

    Great for these types of students

    Metropole lovers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The park and building around the campus

    What to do for fun

    NYC is your campus

    Food and Dining

    Excellent

    Dorm Life

    Spectacular

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself at all times, be secure of your study plan and goals

    In three sentences

    This is the best University in NYC, the students are dedicated and passionated about their careers and the university staff always willing to help and guide the students.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The question would be what can't you do. There's museums, park, theater, sports, bars, clubs, and tourist attractions in every corner. Just don't be afraid to try new things.

    Food and Dining

    The best thing about New York is that an absurd amount of dining options for every budget and taste. The cafeteria I've been to offers pretty standard fare, but you can find something on any street. Two Brothers Pizza is the best $1 dollar pizza I've ever had.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are apartment style where you share a living area and bathroom with one, two or three people. They actually took pretty good care of us during hurricane Sandy. And try to go to all of the activities in and out of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is doable. If you need to miss class, speak with your professors before hand and make up anything they tell you to. But classes can sometimes seem to run too long.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are student discount for everything in New York. The university offers discounted tickets to Broadway, concerts and a lot of sporting events. There's also plenty of free concerts in the city, you just have to look for them.

    In three sentences

    The teachers in the publishing program are great and working in the industry. If you live off-campus, you'll probably have roommates or live outside of Manhattan. They want you to get experience and succeed.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security around campus all the time

    Clubs and Activities

    Soooo many clubs! If you want it, they got it and if they don't then make it!

    Bang for the buck

    It is not for everyone but if you can afford it without having your account in the negative then go for it. If you are going to be struggling financially then don't come unless if you win a ton of scholarships because you are super awesome like that. NYU offers a lot of things that other colleges don't have like study abroad.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Washington Square Park with friends and play soccer or something! There is a lot you can do around campus, just be creative.

    Food and Dining

    Weinstein residence hall is the best dining hall since it is buffet style. If you are a commuter and you don't want to spend a fortune for lunch, there are some inexpensive foods in the area if you know where to look.

    Dorm Life

    Even though I don't dorm, I have friends who dorm and I will consider dorming in the near future. The best dorms are pricey so if you got the dough then you can make it work but if you don't then stick to something you can afford.

    Academic Rigor

    The education is great! The professors get you involved and help you learn. they don't just teach but they make it so that you get a meaningful experience out of it. Don't procrastinate because the workload will get to you and you will definitely fail if you procrastinate so use your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is not for everybody but if it is your dream to come here then go for it! When deciding between some small name college to get you degree and NYU, pick the institution that will leave people's mouths on the floor. Get to know the campus before your first day because you can get lost if you don't know what you are doing.

    In three sentences

    This University offer so many things and has so many opportunities to make the college experience just amazing. I am just getting my feet wet in this experience but New York University is for the students. If you want it, they got it and if they don't have it, then you can create it.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, they have guards everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Starting to get bigger recently.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot, but it's hard to find one that fits.

    Great for these types of students

    Confident, independent, hardworking, tough skinned, fun, open minded students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone gathers in Washington Square Park between classes when it gets really nice out.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a very very expensive school.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and explore NYC! Bars, clubs, museums, galleries, parks, restaurants, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining halls are amazing, and some are lacking a bit. But there is SO much food outside of NYU dining halls that is incomparable to anywhere else.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great because they are (for the most part) in great locations that you would never be able to live at if you didn't live in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major and your professors. There is a lot of competition though, between undergrad and undergrad students, and sometimes even undergrad and graduate students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that you are not going to get the state school college experience that a lot of your friends may be getting. Know that your first year will be extra hard, because on top of going to college for the first time and leaving home and your home friends, you are also entering the real world right away. When you leave the dorms, you are walking the streets of NYC with real people. It is hard to come around to loving it sometimes, but then you remember you live in the greatest city in the world.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful school if you know what you want to do and how you're going to do it. NYU does not offer a college experience, but rather a real life experience. The city is your campus and there are so many opportunities awaiting the students.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. there are always security all over the campus.

    Greek Life

    I've met some great Greek people there at NYU. They are great socializes. Plus there are a few Greek places to dine in.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have many clubs and activities available at the school. Check it out on the website.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love meeting new people from all over the world or you plan to travel, then this school is great for you. You will find so many opportunities to travel and earn credits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not really that many unusual places. Only that everyone wants to join in on the fun, where ever it is. If you are looking for a quiet place to study, don't try the Starbucks, there are always places in the library that no one will go to and private rooms you can work in.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a fantastic school with many opportunities, but like myself, I am a low income student who struggles to make payments. Even though I took off a year to pay off the first year, I struggle with making through college fees. (books, food, metro-card, rent, etc.) Financial aid is not enough.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places to go and have fun. We have available parks everywhere with so many daily activities going on.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat around the neighborhood. Depends on what you are looking for. Mexican food, Chinese, Italian, Greek, etc. There are also a lot of dessert places.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. Never lived in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the school is great with so many professional professors and library resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school if you are looking to meet great new people from all over the world.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school with lots of opportunity. The school has many resources, help and great advancing programs. Very diversity oriented.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Never been

    Dorm Life

    Never been

    Academic Rigor

    Never been

    In three sentences

    Is going to NYU worth it or should I apply to a SUNY school instead? What's the difference (in terms of academics)? Which is better - NYU or SUNY Stony Brook?

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe with so many people around. There is good security on campus and free transport to outer dorms. I get right on the subway and feel fine. Yet the service is there for you

    Greek Life

    not familiar with it

    Clubs and Activities

    not involved yet

    Great for these types of students

    all students wanting to be a part of a great tradition, want to live in NYC and willing to work hard on their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Washington Square Park is a great place to sit and take in the environment. There is always something going on there no matter where you sit and watch. And just north of campus within walking distance is Union Square which has it own character and uniqueness. Take a deep breath, be open minded and take it all in. It is part of why you are in NYC in the first place.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is expensive yet I feel I get so much for my money and am surrounded by geniuses....taught by geniuses that my tuition dollars are well spent.

    What to do for fun

    This is NYC....the city that never sleeps. There is so much to do, things to try and be a part of. So much culture to experience. And it right there.

    Food and Dining

    I have had the food and there is a lot of good food. Each dining hall caters to a different theme and with a dining card, you can sample each throughout the semester. There are healthy items, vegan and that good stuff---snack food. The dining card is great for that purpose.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm on campus so I can not talk about residential life.

    Academic Rigor

    I am constantly studying yet that is me. There is a lot to learn and if you want to do well, focus on your studies. Plan your life around it and do take time to get in some extra fun to balance it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a campus tour to see how you fit into the school, what it offers and how you like the programs. And ask as many questions as you can think of. Dont be shy.

    In three sentences

    I love NYU because it has great programs which not only educate the students yet also assist students needing extra help in various areas. I also like the NYU is smack in the middle of Manhattan yet has a small school feel. And the programs and opportunities it offers adds to the wealth of the education a students receives.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -Independent- people who will go out and look for opportunities rather than wait for them to be handed to them.

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City! Keep your eyes open or just wander around with friends and you're sure to find something.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have security officers at every single building and shuttle services at night. I think it's pretty safe especially on campus.

    Greek Life

    We have a lot of sororities and frats but they're not huge at NYU

    Clubs and Activities

    NYU has everything except a football team.

    Great for these types of students

    Bold, daring, unique, and hipster

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school so you need to make the most out of it. I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to go to NYU.

    What to do for fun

    The list goes on forever! Museums, food tours, parks, clubs, bars, shopping, whatever else you want to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is yummy and there are so many dining halls to choose from! The staff is super friendly as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming can get annoying because of the guards but it's convenient that there is a bus that will take you to campus and free toilet paper and trash bags! The staff and RAs are usually wonderful and the rooms are clean.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is not an easy school. Of course, this depends on the classes you take but for the most part, you're going to have to stay on top of things or spend some nights at the library studying for your exams. Most classes expect students to participate and ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is definitely not for everyone. You must be bold enough to take on the city life which could get cold or lonely at times. Make sure you show the admissions staff that you're different from everyone else and that you'll be able to use the resources and opportunities that the city provides.

    In three sentences

    The bountiful opportunities and location of this university makes it a one of a kind college experience. NYU provides all kinds of resources for the students such as a shuttle service, free printing, and discounted theater tickets! The class sizes and professors also make my college experience worthwhile.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It's situated in a beautiful city with lots of commotion and people. It's definitely an option for you if you love NYC and people.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Security is on duty 24/7, and they even offer Safe Ride vans to transport students between various NYU buildings late at night so students do not have to walk.

    Greek Life

    It growing rapidly!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 different clubs on campus, each with a budget and outreach to do all sorts of programs and activities.

    Bang for the buck

    I love NYU, definitely worth the investment if YOU make it worth it.

    What to do for fun

    NYU is always having programs and activities for all kinds of clubs and student organizations, all you have to do get involved!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Kimmel Student Center and at Palladium Residence Hall are the best, by far, with choices such as fresh spaghetti, pizza, sushi, mexican food, asian stir fry, and american grills.

    Dorm Life

    Although there isn't a strong university-wide community, community within the dorms is much more tight knit and there are tons of activities, outings, and faculty/student staff that work towards making dorm life fun and inclusive.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is the type of school that is what you make of it. The instructor are top-of-the-line, as are the courses, but you will mostly get out of it what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Write a killer essay and/or make a really impressive portfolio (if you are applying to one of the arts programs). Also, start to prepare yourself mentally for living in New York City (if you are from another state). It is very different from anywhere else in the world and a lot of students experience a bit of culture shock and homesickness.

    In three sentences

    Great school with diverse students and faulty. You really feel like you are getting a quality education. However, they do not give nearly enough financial aid.

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although we''re in the middle of NYC, we are in one of the safest neighborhoods and I have never felt threatened here. You can always call campus security if you need assistance or NYU safe ride if you need a ride late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not a huge part of the university and it is not frowned upon nor encouraged here. It's up to the individual to be a part of a sorority or fraternity. Greek life is respected and respectable here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do around here, whether it's ice skating in central park with your residence hall or attending a halloween party on your floor, it's always a good time.

    Great for these types of students

    NYU is great for people who are open to diversity and who want to be able to meet all types of people. You have to be ready to work hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween is a massive event here, lasting almost three weekends. You will not be bored but you will be taken by surprise by all of the crazy costumes and millions of people walking around the city at crazy hours.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is extremely expensive and not all of the facilities are worth what we pay to go here.

    What to do for fun

    It is great to take advantage of the activities that the student council activities board sets up for us. My favorite thing to do is to explore the parts of the city I haven't been to yet. Brooklyn, SoHo, and little Italy are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for food here. There is an array of international, kosher, vegetarian, and gluten free selects as well. I never feel restricted to the traditional college dining hall meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is comfortable, safe, and easy living. We are in a great part of the city to build a friendly community. People are open and accepting.

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is an academically challenging environment but it is all for the best because they want you to be the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your way around the city during your first few weeks here; it will make navigation around the city helpful and allow you to do all that you want to do in the city!

    In three sentences

    NYU is a place where I am encouraged to be myself and I am supported in my social and academic pursuits. This is an accepting university where connections are made and you a pushed to do your best. My experience here has been excellent so far.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue light safety sections all across the city. Anywhere that is near a NYU building, there is a safe light. You are always safe!

    Greek Life

    You want to be apart of a sorority or a fraternity?! This is one of the best colleges to attend. The greek life is lively and helpful with self enrichment.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city!

    Food and Dining

    Fine dining is all I can say about the food at NYU. Fantastic food at an affordable meal price.

    Dorm Life

    I've never dormed myself but a few of my friend have. The dorms look and feel like mini apartments in NYC. They aren't cold and isolated.

    Academic Rigor

    The school requirements are understandably strict. The school is preparing us for the real world and ensuring that we are ready to work in our field with all the knowledge we need!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be social and adventurous. There are a lot of things that are found in the nook and crannies of the school and the community around it. Enjoy the culture.

    In three sentences

    New York University has an amazing supportive community. All the professors and the faculty are there to help you whenever you need it. The campus is also absolutely gorgeous, you're in a city campus.

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    New York gets a bad rap. It's actually not as bad as it seems. NYU is in one of the safest communities in Manhattan. That being said it still is a possibility to be mugged while out at 3 am. There are guards at every building to help with safety. There is also a fantastic safe ride program to shuttle people to a from NYU buildings.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is small here, only about 7 percent of the student body is in Greek Life. There is no Greek Row or anything major however they are a growing presence! Greek Life can be great if you are looking for a community within NYU's scattered campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs!! There are hundreds of clubs to chooses from! We have a 3D printing club, Acapella clubs, Food clubs, and musch more. Even if there is a club that does not fit you exactly, you can start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, competitive, scientific, any students really. There are so many schools within NYU that it will be hard not to find your own niche.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One Dollar Pizza!! Pictures of The Arch and Fifth Avenue to make family jealous. Josie's and Brad's Packing Bobst during finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Very, very costly!! However you will be living in New York and a degree from NYU is not something that will be overlooked.

    What to do for fun

    NEW YORK CITY! NYU is in Manhattan there is never a shortage of things to do. Union Square is always bustling, Brooklyn--specifically Williamsburg and DUMBO are just a train ride away and that's just the tip of the ice burg. There are many, many activities to do on campus as well: Midnight Meals, cultural bazaars, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at NYU is not the greatest you can find, especially in Manhattan. Some dining halls are much better that others. Hayden, Palladium and Kimmel are considered the better dining halls and they are okay not great but okay. Weinstein is one of the worst.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is great...depending upon where you live. I got a great dorm. I live five minutes from all my classes and right above a Starbucks. The RA is the best RA on campus. The people you meet here are the people you will have the best of times with.

    Academic Rigor

    New York University is a great school. The Academic Rigor here is top notch. DO NOT expect to get away with High School level work. You are in college now.

    Tips for prospective students

    SCHOLARSHIPS!!! NYU is located in Manhattan, one of the most expensive places to live. One can never apply to too many scholarships if one intends to go to school here. Get used to walking! You will walk everywhere, there is no escape.

    In three sentences

    New York University offers amazing opportunities on campus and off campus. Academic rigor is a top priority here however if you are looking for a real college campus look somewhere else. New York University is located in one of the greatest cities in the world however a student must trade the opportunities for something less traditional.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security guars at NYU are one of my favourite parts of the university. Most are friendly, and considerate of the students. Especially during midterm and finals. Nothing puts a bigger smile on your face during finals week than the security guard high-fiving and yelling out kind thoughts and encouragements as you exit your final.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    Academically, yes. However, the loans are not for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    At NYU, your campus is the city. While localized in East Village, it is very easy to head down to Bleeker or Houston for trendy bars and shops. Additionally, the subway is right on campus which makes taking a trip up to the Met or Times Square in the 2 hour block between your next class very easy.

    Food and Dining

    With over 5 dining halls on campus, you will not find yourself without anything to eat. Each dining hall has different specials, and the monthly events that NYU dining hosts are great. Plus, there are many places around campus and NYC where you can use dining dollars and campus cash.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm room is fantastic. Big rooms. Fantastic RA's. And, personal bathrooms. Need I say more?

    Academic Rigor

    NYU is definitely challenging but oh, so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    TIME MANAGEMENT. I cannot stress this enough. Manage your time well. For every hour you are in lecture, spend at least 2 hours outside of class. You are going to want to get involved. And trust, there is such a thing as getting TOO involved. Resume building is not worth your health or good academic record.

    In three sentences

    New York University, academically, is a marvelously enriching school. The professors I have had so far are inspiring and really want to get to know you. Yes, it is tough. Yes, it will break you if the rigor is not something you are used to. And yet, I would never change my decision to come here.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe when I am on campus - even late at night. Secuirity is great and buildings are almost always lit. If you feel unsafe or are lost you can even call NYU's van to pick you up!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Thanksgiving Parade around campus is a hit!

    Bang for the buck

    Yep, college is expensive and NYU is not an exception. However, NYU is academically great and will prepare you for the real world. You will be faced with many amazing opportunities. If you have work study, don't forget about that! Stick around campus for some goodies as well. NYU 's HPO (Health Promotion Office) gives free massages every Wednesday. There are free snack such as pretzels, hot chocolate in some buildings as well. Professors and other resources are there for you.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your friends between and/or after classes. Its NYC so you'll find something interesting to do easily. I tend to eat around and look into recreational classes at the school gym. Goinf for a quick run or swim is really satisfying and refreshing! Catch some movies or shows if you like or go shopping, karaoke-ing, rock climbing with your friends. You should also join clubs that you are interested in!

    Food and Dining

    Love the curly fries and burgers from the market place. There is plenty variety when it comes to food. Whatever you tastes are, you can satisfy your taste buds. If the university dining halls dont fit your tastes, you can check out the numerous restuarants and fast food chains. Remember to watch out for your wallet (or your patents') since food in NYC can be pricey. Be smart and look around - there are still cheap eats!

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, I do not live on campus! Nonetheless, I still gave it four stars based on what I've heard (and what I'm still hearing) from my friends who do. Again, to thosd who dont mind and enjoy living and interacting with a roomate from the other side of the world, dorm life will be awesome. Residence Halls ard locTed near famouz tourist spots in Manhattan. I've also heard the dorms get noisy sometimd though.

    Academic Rigor

    I attend the College of Nursing of NYU. Since I have only been through one semester of college, my oppinion may not be as useful as it may be in the years to come. First semester was great! In my oppinion, college really tests your critical thinking and writing skilss. The expository writing courses demand a great effort from students. However, you can breeze through the semester if you act smart and act fast. There are great professors and instructors who are ready to help. If made yourself a reasonable schedule, three stars seem fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not someone who likes diverse crowds and is hoping to attend a school with a homogeneous student population, New York University may not be your cup of tea. However, if you are all about diversity and the hustling city, this campus is great for you! However, since living in Manhattan isn't cheap and housing is limited, you should consider living off campus (in an apartment) or commuting from home. Of course, NYU is all about being global ( study abroad opportunities are countless )but please do consider the financial aspect as NYU is a big investment!

    In three sentences

    Notable academic prestige (genius professors prepare you for the real world). You 're in NYC (awesome campus). Ulimited opportunities and resources (study abroad, internships, support).

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The main campus has a lot of activities. The study abroad campus could use a lot more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The attic of La Pietra is gorgeous and not very well known to people.

    Bang for the buck

    WAY too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Life is what you make it. So if you get involved, you'll havea great time.

    Food and Dining

    The University works hard to provide you with the best food.

    Dorm Life

    Study Abroad dorm life is amazing. I was situated in Florence, Italy and the campus was gorgeous and the staff was so helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Once you get into your actual major the classes are difficult but the core classes are pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to pay a lot of money and the basis are pretty much review of English and Humanity classes in High School.

    In three sentences

    Study Abroad experience is valuable. Beautiful campus. Great group of individuals.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for all types of students! There is just such a wide variety or events and clubs, that all the whole student body can find itself at home!

    What to do for fun

    It's New York City, there is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    There is a ton of variety, and the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I can't say, I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    As said before, NYU is one of the toughest colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to see what you can really do with your writing, or how much you can really achieve, go to NYU!

    In three sentences

    I always compared my midterms and finals to my friends from other colleges, and I always had the tougher exams. NYU will definitely push you to your limit, and make you realize how much potential you really have in you.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    as stated above!

    Food and Dining

    great options for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    did not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but supportive faculty and helpful TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of free museums, discounted broadway tickets, & planned school events!

    In three sentences

    Does not feel like you're in school cause its in the middle of New York City which is a great experience with so much going on everywhere. Also because of that, you are able to experience more independence and growth. Supportive faculty, great location (with restaurants, bars, etc all walkable distance), reputable college, provides numerous events for students.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I was nervous about living in the city (I'm from a New Hampshire suburb), but I've never had any problems with safety. There's a public safety officer in every building that doesn't let anyone in unless he/she has an NYU ID. You can also call Safe Ride at any time to pick you up for free from one NYU building and drop you off at another if you feel unsafe for any reason.

    Bang for the buck

    NYU is the most expensive university in the country at over $60,000 per year, but with good reason. That being said, don't go here if you don't get any scholarship money, or loan debt will crush you when you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    You're in New York City. You can take the subway wherever you want. NYU students also get discounted movie tickets and free access to multiple museums around the city (MOMA is my favorite). Or you can just stay in the Village, grab some cheap falafel or halal food, go to a jazz club, or catch a free performance in the Loewe theatre for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining halls are definitely better than others. But with sushi and Sunday brunch in Palladium, Chick fil a in Weinstein, and the homemade cookies in Hayden, it's hard to complain. Meal plans can also be used at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, which is very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I find that many of the students here are very independent, and everyone likes to do his/her own thing most of the time. But nevertheless, RAs are required to plan a certain number of floor activities throughout the year, so there's still a sense of dorm community. Many people on my floor liked to hang out in the hallway and talk during their downtime.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes here are challenging, but not overwhelming as long as I stay on top of my work. The professors expect a lot from their students for sure, but it is very possible to still get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Shoot for private scholarships and definitely make sure you meet all financial aid deadlines.

    In three sentences

    NYU is an amazing school to say the least. The amount of opportunities you'll experience here is staggering, and you'll be blown away by all the student and faculty talent that surrounds you. All that plus an incredible location in New York City's Greenwich Village makes NYU a dream school for the majority of people who attend it.

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYU's security is impressive, but of course it has to be. If at any time you're on an NYU property and feel unsafe, the safe ride program will pick you up and return you to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Non existent. Don't bother.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of bang, but lots, and lots, and LOTS of buck. Be careful.

    What to do for fun

    ...it's new york city. Go crazy. Hit museums. Go to gallery openings, or shows, or even just walk for miles.

    Food and Dining

    Simple solution: don't eat at the dining halls when you live in new york!

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are great, but the rest are fairly impersonal and apartment-like.

    Academic Rigor

    It truly depends what program you're in.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to be independent - there's no one coddling you here. No one to warn you your grades aren't great, and after freshman year, most people live in off campus apartments. NYU is a giant company - you won't receive help unless you ask the right person.

    In three sentences

    A great school, but overly expensive and impersonal. Don't go here unless you know what you want to do and it's the best school for it. On the flip side, the internship opportunities are amazing.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Again, its NYC! Go explore! There are copious things to do, you just have to get out of the dorm/house and do them!

    Food and Dining

    Its NYC! So there is tons of food. If you want to get a meal plan you can and that gives you a decent amoung of options. If you get campus cash, that could also work at some of the surrounding restaurants and grocery stores. Definitely no lack of food, nor variety!

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm, but my friends who did were fairly content with it depending on where. Many of the dorms are pretty small and you do share them with people. On the plus side, no communal bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    No one I knew at NYU would say that it is an easy school. You cannot just skate by without studying or putting in the minimum - that is a fast track to failing a class. The classes are hard and yes, the grades are curved...for good reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time well and get the most out of the time you spend in class. There will be a lot of studying and assignments to do outside of class time, so its better you minimize that as best you can. Try not to fall behind, because getting back from there is hard. The school can be frusturating sometimes with the amount of work they throw at you, but it is all worth it in the end. Definitely makes you better for it.

    In three sentences

    Its a great school, but it is a lot of work. I liked my liberal arts professors better than my science professors over all, even though I was a science major. Its chaotic, but I was glad I went there in the end.

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite being in New York City, NYU is an extremely safe school. Campus safety officers can be seen everywhere, and you can't enter an NYU building without an ID. Even more importantly, the NYU late night service can pick students up from any NYU building and drop them off where they need to be without charge if at any point they don't feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as prominent at NYU as in other schools, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Many people join fraternities and sororities, although these definitely have a different vibe than at other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anyone and everyone can make up a club at NYU, (and get great funding for it) with the right amount of signatures. My all time favorite is the cake decorating club, Icing on the Cake, which meets every friday and holds lessons on how to decorate cakes.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is really meant for strong, independent, interesting students. Each person you meet has a story to them that makes them an individual.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Washington Square Park, the center of the NYU campus is always full of interesting people. The library, Bobst, is also home to many sleepy students, who spend their nights there. If you have class in the morning, you'll see students passed out in interesting positions on the sofas almost every direction you turn.

    What to do for fun

    NYU itself gives students a lot of opportunities to enjoy their time at school. The dorms set up free outings for students, whether it's to movie premieres, plays, or baseball games, as well as skii/snowbording trips, etc. In addition to that, NYU students get discounted tickets to a variety of movie theaters/plays. Each thursday, unreleased movies are pre-screened for NYU audiences, often including a talk with the actors. Furthermore, being in NYC, you can find something to do at practically every stop of the subways.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at NYU, especially Palladium, are pretty incredible. They offer a diverse variety of options, including a sushi bar, a great burger place, and the only Chick fil a in New York City. In addition, the POD stores have pretty much any type of late night snacks/room necessities available right inside of the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    No school has better dorms than NYU. Though they are expensive, and not as readily available as other schools (trying to get decent housing as an incoming junior is nearly impossible) they are incredibly beautiful. As a freshman, you can tell your friends you're living in your own NYC apartment with a gorgeous view. The resource center is always helpful, and everything is readily accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are rigorous yet enjoyable. The professors are so outstanding, that students can find themselves working hard just to avoid being disappointments. The workload is heavy, but most certainly manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    NYU is not like other universities, so be ready for a more real life feel. There is no technical campus, the city in itself becomes your campus. With that said, living in a dorm is much more like living in your own NYC apartment. It can feel lonely at times, and it can get extremely tough, especially since New Yorkers are tough people. Make sure to visit before selecting NYU, because it does take a very specific type of person.

    In three sentences

    New York University is a school meant for students with tough attitudes. It's a wonderfully diverse community, with many things to offer. The school becomes home extremely quickly.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Literally anything you can think of is available

    Food and Dining

    Three words: New York City

    Dorm Life

    Seemed very active as the dorms are located in the city

    Academic Rigor

    Very high.

    In three sentences

    NYU is an amazing school for someone comfortable in an urban setting. There's an expansive amount of opportunities given by the city including more scholarships than students! Definitely visit to see if its a correct fit for you.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is always around. If you have a drunken night just call them up and they'll pick you up no questions asked. YOu can't be on drunken death mode though or they will have you in the hospital asap..but you're not doing that anyway since I said we aren't a get drunk and go crazy school. relax

    Great for these types of students

    Kids that are different. Honestly if you are looking for a typical college experience don't come. Frats aren't big here, though we do have a lot of frat parties. ANd our parties are not about drinking and going nuts(usually). We are really laid back and social, best believe we know how to have a good time. And unlike other schools we see celebs constantly, so don't freak out if ASAP Rocky, Donald Glover or Drake is at the same party as you. Also, don't freakout that Dylan and Cole Sprouse are here, let them be, don't be thirsty.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The ARC (Academic Resource Center), go there for the Argos Tea and to just lounge

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely, I lived in Hayden my freshman year and if you look at the prices for apartment and brownstones next to Hayden they are all multimillion dollar. Moreover, a $30 million dollar house was just sold the other day. So, yeah housing is worth it. Second, professors aren't boring they are weird and interesting you'll love them. Third food he is top notch stay on our meal plans. Lastly, the city has everything and we get jobs first when time for graduating.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are a million clubs you can join for recreation on campus. Also, kids that live on and off campus have parties all the time. Tisch parties are usually the well-known ones. During the beginning of the year and towards the end when it's warm there are a ton of rooftop parties that are automatically amazing due to the views. There are bars and clubs all around you so of course are popular. Honestlyyou can do everything here. Visit chelsea market, walk the highline, see a play, be in a play lol

    Food and Dining

    Yum! Food is delicious here. We have fresh made sushi bar, where they make it right in front of you. Fresh made pizza. Curry options, burger studio, buffets in Hayden and Downstein. And best of all brunch in palladium on Sundays which is an all you can eat of course.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really social. And we have dorms in the best locations. Who can say that they lived on washington square, union square or even 5th avenue while they were in college? Only NYU students.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, but you will surprisingly enjoy it because you get to express your thoughts and change your way of thinking. Professors will help you expand your ideas, which is a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be who you are here, and the rest will work out in your favor.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse school. It truly allows you to be yourself. Has amazing opportunities in the city for internships and jobs.