Impressions Of
New York University

Academic Experience

Female Undecided on Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s very competitive but it depends on what class you take. I’m in a class of 15 students, but am also in one with 150 students which makes it easy to get lost in the crowd. You have to have the independence to show up to class. People aren’t working against each other, but they are striving to do better for themselves by studying constantly. This leaves little room for free time.

How accessible have your professors been?
It’s here and there. Some are easy to reach and talk to, but that depends on what classes you take. Some classes are huge, and some are small.

Female with Self-Designed Major C/O 2021

Is there anything that you feel NYU has done especially well or poorly so far academically?
I feel that the selection of courses it has is unbelievable. I go through the course catalog and see so many classes I want to take. Also, the reason why I’m switching to Gallatin is that you can take classes from any school, so I could take classes in the Tisch School of the Arts, which is such a bonus because it’s one of the best art schools in the country. They also have a lot of really interesting course descriptions. No matter what, you won’t get bored with the classes here, or at least with the electives.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it depends on the class. Everyone wants to collaborate and help each other because, like, why wouldn’t you want somebody else in your class that you can talk to. I also feel that all the classes are very rigorous, so there is an element of competition. NYU also focuses on doing a lot of small seminar classes, so given that it’s such a huge school you don’t have just huge lecture classes. [The student-faculty ratio is 10:1.]

Female Journalism Major C/O 2022

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s both, which gives you the chance to work with people but also push yourself. You don’t want to be comfortable when you come to college, you want to grow. There are definitely people you still have to lean on, such as friends and teachers.

What is your favorite class you’ve taken at NYU?
My favorite class is Writing I, under the Liberal Studies wing. We didn’t learn just stuff applying to the classroom, we got to explore different neighborhoods around the city. It combined creativity and research that we collected first-hand.

Social Opportunities

Female with Self-Designed Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
The thing about going out in New York is if you’re a girl it’s way easier to get in to places. People go out here way later – until 4 or 5 in the morning – because the clubs don’t close until 4, so people will leave their house around midnight. A lot of people will do dinners before going out. Being a guy and trying to get into certain places is kind of subjective, but it’s much easier to get in if you’re a girl.

How happy are you with the nightlife at NYU? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m really happy about it. There’s definitely an absence of Greek life in general at NYU but I don’t mind it. If there was one thing, I don’t think it’s realistic, but I’d like to have big frat parties and have a frat row with big houses like at Syracuse or Alabama. I think that’d be really fun because at the club you’re with random people and whatever friends you came with. You never really get to know people at parties and see the same people regularly. You’re out with a bunch of random New Yorkers.

 

Female Journalism Major C/O 2022

Describe a typical going out night freshman year. How did it differ from when you are now more established socially on campus?
During welcome week there is a website that lists all the great events happening. My roommates and I would go out together because we got so close so quick. This was a great introduction to nightlife. Because the city is so big, it’s hard to figure out where to go. I also branched out in classes and met more people through my roommates.

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in at NYU?
There are cool parties and some 18+ clubs you could go to. I go out Thursday through Saturday. I usually just go to a club, or sometimes there will be house or apartment parties off-campus. These will sometimes be held by random people or fraternities.

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2022

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in at NYU?
We would go to frat parties at the beginning of the semester. A lot of the times the Greek organizations will rent out a bar or have an event at a club, but it can be hard to get in if you don’t have a connection.

How happy are you with the nightlife at NYU? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m very satisfied. I think the parties here are not only really fun, but really classy which sounds like a hard combination to find. You typically hear about the gross, messy college parties, but here they go all out and make you feel boujee. There is a lot more space to breathe inside of them.

Campus Culture

Female with Self-Designed Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I think it’s so different from other schools because no one really cares about sports here. There’s a lack of a community, which I think contributes to the social scene because everyone is interested in their own things and has their friends who are interested in the same things. That’s why I joined a sorority because it’s so hard to find people with different interests.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
They’re very intertwined. Everyone is very open to each other. Being racist, sexist, or homophobic is looked down upon. I don’t think anyone really expects people to be like that. It’s very accepting.

Female Journalism Major C/O 2022

How would you describe the overall social scene at NYU?
It’s something where you have to put in the effort for. If you want to meet people and get involved, you will have to put yourself out there because the city is so large. There is going to be something for everyone, depending on what you choose to get involved with. It’s about taking the opportunity at hand but you can’t expect something to just come up.

How has the size of NYU influenced your social experience?
I love the size. It gives you the chance to meet new people and make new friends. The campus is well suited for us because [NYU has] a huge student body. [The undergraduate student population is 29,406]. I love the spread-out campus, and Greenwich Village kind of feels like a campus itself. I will run into people I know on the way to class.

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2022

How would you describe the overall social scene at NYU?
It’s hard to get into at first. You definitely have to work to find it, but once you do, it’s very nice. I think it’s hard to find because a lot of the times it’s not very big like at a state school where hundreds of people will come [to one party]. We don’t have any frat houses, so you really have to figure out where they are.

How strong is the Middle Eastern community on campus?
Honestly, it’s not that big. I’m Iranian and there is one club for it. We definitely have a small Middle Eastern community, which I wish was more prominent. I know five or six other Middle Eastern people.

New York City, NY

Pros of

  • “You can walk out of bed and be wherever you want within 5 minutes, such as restaurants or a museum.”
  • “It’s popping with culture. There are street artists, performers, and people walking around in costumes. People really have their own vibe going on which is cool to see.”
  • “It’s super busy, which makes it hard to find your own personal space. Once you do, things get a lot easier.”
  • “The networking here is amazing. I was in an Uber Pool one time and a CEO heard that I went to NYU and gave me his card to reach out to me about an internship. The most random things like that will happen to you. Also, every major company is in New York. You have so many opportunities.”

Cons of

  • “Even though we do have that campus feel, I get jealous of my friends that go to a full-blown school with a campus such as UVA. It seems like it’s a different experience when everyone is constrained to one area.”
  • “There is a lot of construction and road work, along with the traffic. This can all get pretty noisy.”
  • “Going to NYU comes with the subculture of how everybody is so busy in New York and that you’re not going to have someone with you 24/7. I know a lot of people were stuck together with their best friends in high school, but in New York it’s not like that because everyone has their side thing or they have to [travel around the city]. You’re going to be alone a lot and that is because the city is very fast paced. You’ll meet a lot of people, but maintaining relationships with those people is very difficult. Everyone who I’ve talked to at NYU says that they [at some point] get only because it’s hard to develop really strong relationships at such a fast pace. Once you come to college you expect to have your best friend in like a month, but it’s not going to happen like that.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female with Self-Designed Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about NYU before entering as a freshman?
How difficult it would be to meet people here. You think that there are so many people in the city that you’re bound to meet people. It’s more like you’re surrounded by so many people but you don’t really know anyone.

What is something a prospective LGBT student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
This is one of the most accepting schools in the country. That’s one of the reasons why I applied. If you’re an LGBT boy here, there are so many of them that you will find your friends and people. For LGBT girls, there are way less compared to boys, but everyone is still so accepting.

Female Journalism Major C/O 2022

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
You don’t get the social aspect or sense of community enough when you come on a visit. That is something I was nervous about. If you don’t know the campus you will think it is super spread out.

What is something you wish you knew about NYU before you entered as a freshman?
I would’ve gotten a smaller meal plan for the dining halls. I cook and eat out a lot because they close kind of early.

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2022

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
There are parts around us that are not technically NYU that make the experience student-friendly. There are coffee shops where you’ll see people from your classes, but they won’t show you that on tour.

What is something you wish you knew about NYU before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew about all the opportunities that NYU does provide, and how close of a community it really is if you are willing to make it work. Coming in, I didn’t think much about my application because it wasn’t my top school. I submitted it within probably 10 minutes so I didn’t do all my research. There are so many programs here such as Liberal Studies, Global Liberal Studies, along with lots of programs in the NYU Business School. I also wish I knew there was a campus feel, because it seems like a lot of people won’t pick NYU because they don’t think this is true.

Reasons to attend and not to attend New York University

To Attend

  • “NYU fosters creativity and personality in really nurturing your individuality.”
  • “The city is an amazing environment. NYU gives you a fair amount of chances to better your academic and social life while seeing what New York has to offer.”
  • “The abroad programs are great. It’s very easy and it’s the same price as tuition.”
  • “The networking opportunities are incredible. So many spontaneous things are going to happen to you that you’re not going to expect. Being in the city alone can open so many doors for you.”

To Not Attend

  • “There is not a 100% state college feel, like with the football team and tailgates.”
  • “The cost of living is really high.”
  • “The campus is huge. It can take 20-25 minutes to walk from one class to another.”
  • “There are so many distractions in New York that will distract you from schoolwork.”
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