My daughter attended UMiami Summer Scholar's program for Broadcast Journalism last summer. Although this is certainly different than attending during the year, she did have two very intense college courses with the faculty and got to use the facilities. There were only 16 kids in her courses. She loved it and learned so much - but came back with a strong decision that she wanted to apply to business schools not communication ones because of the current state of the industry. This decision came out of talks with the professors and field trips that they made.
Umiami (which is the only one of her schools that I did not visit) was her first choice. She felt that the internships were plentiful because they were the only ones in the city that were competing for them. She applied to the Business School with a plan to minor in communications. Unfortunately it was the only one of her schools that she was not accepted in - she was waitlisted. She is still disappointed.
She was accepted at SU (double major in Newhouse and Whitman) and knows that it is an incredible opportunity for her. We have been to SU twice and know a senior in the public relations program at Newhouse. We hear that the internships are wonderful - Newhouse does open doors in the communication industry - but they tend to be in the summer. Both programs have wonderful introductory course to all majors which no other college had - and since I am having a hard time thinking that my 17 year old really knows what she wants to do at this age - I think that's a great experience.
Also, my older son is a junior at CAS in NYU. Although I believe that Steinhardt is different, we have been very disappointed that in the 3 years he has been there, he has had only 1 class that is under 50 students. This has given him little opportunity to establish relationships with the professors. He has a wonderful group of friends and loves NYC but there is definitely not the same bonding with a campus and school that I had in my college experience.
Hope this helps.