"Is it more of the laid-back, with most people studying on nights and doing
their own thing?"
nope. It's a mix. People usually prioritize work, but there's definitley a strong party crowd.
"Or is it more of, half the campus decked out in longsleeved shirts on guys,
long black dresses on girls, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights,
hitting up frat parties and going to NYC clubs?"
We're not much of a frat school. And the frat parties are definitely not that formal--unless it's one of those end-of-year bashes. Most people go to local bars or drink in dorms. There are poeple who go clubbing--but it's harder to get into the nicer places if you're underage, but it happens if you know people.
"If so, how does everyone
get to clubs around NYC? I know most kids don't have cars here....But what
if you're coming back from a club at 3am...do you take the metro? anyone
Take a taxi. The likelihood of your getting mugged is kind of slim, unless you do somehting stupid. Morningside is pretty safe--but, like in any city, you need to be careful.
"How does everyone get around? Do most people go out thurs/fri/sat nights?"
I guess it depends who you are. I did
You'll find a group who do.
"What's the scene like here? My best friend goes to another Ivy, and they
party 3-4 days a week. What's the social norm here?"
Yeah, I'd say there's a group of people that does 3-4 nights a week. It went up to 5 nights a week by senior year. Good times