Pros: great food and shopping, never a shortage of things to see, Stern, Tisch, certain departments in CAS, internships, study abroad opportunities, caliber of professors, dorms with private bathrooms, diversity, the sexy library, many facilities, people are fun and down to party (but if you're not the partying kind, you definitely won't be alone)
Cons: liberal pretension, heavily skewed male to female ratio, the stupid MAP program (Writing the Essay and Conwest make me want to die), and of course, no campus. Everyone knows that NYU has no campus, but I'm not sure people see the full implications of it before they choose to come here. No campus means:
-it is rare that you'll bump into people you know
-you have to walk everywhere, and it can get tiring
-there isn't really a place you can call "home," other than the tiny space that is your dorm
-when you're an upperclassman, housing becomes really spread out and it'll be hard to see your friends that live in 23rd street when you live on water street
-it CAN be a lonely place
If you can accept all this, then you'll probably love NYU.
^ I strongly disagree, you'll always bump into people you know at NYU. You'll meet a lot of different people, and you'll discover mutual friends etc, etc. NYU becomes a lot smaller after that, so it's totally untrue that going to NYU would mean being lonely, unless you're a loner by nature.
Most of the buildings are centered around Washington Square Park, the CAS building is a block away from Stern, the Tisch and Gallatin buildings are located next to each other two blocks down. And all the freshman dorms are located within the Washington Square Park vicinity. And New York has a great public transportation system, along with the NYU shuttle buses, so you'll have no problem getting around.
Students often congregate in the Kimmel Center, which is a huge huge building for student life. A lot of clubs hold meetings there and whatnot. There's also always performances going on at the auditoriums. Plus you'll always be going out into the city with your friends so it's never a boring place. A lot of people meet their best friends on their freshman year dorm floor, because you guys will always be doing stuff togethor as part of Explorations. NYU really tries hard to provide a community for their students, and they do.
I just wanted to tell people know the truth. I hate hearing that NYU has no community because they don't have a green lawn and steel gates, it is totally untrue. Ask any NYU student.
ilovehouse, you must be joking. No campus?
Once you get to know the buildings, which takes less than a week, you totally get the campus feel. The other buildings just sort of become invisible unless, of course, you need them. Then the convenience factor kicks in of having banks and stores all over.
Rare to bump into people you know? No more true than UCLA or any other large university.
Have to walk everywhere, tiring? Try a large campus like UCLA. I went to a medium-sized university; from the sorority quads with the humanities buildings to the frats with the engineering buildings it was one mile.
No place to call "home?" How is that any different than any other campus? There's WSP, all the NYU buildings close to it. Did you want a fraternity quad to put a tent up in?
Housing spread out as an upperclassman? Same thing with other large universities, where upperclassmen get apartments off-campus. Except then they have to drive and deal with parking. How many other campuses have a subway?
D grew up in the suburbs (not anywhere near NY), but NYU is the perfect match for her. Recently checked out resale shops in Brooklyn, was psyched that they were just a few stops away on the subway. Going to lots of plays, lots of shopping, all just a quick subway ride away.
NYU means you can get out and do real things and be around the rest of society instead of being in some little college bubble.
ANY college can be a lonely place. NYU is no different than any other college in that respect. D is a somewhat reserved person, but those first few weeks of school made a super effort to be out-going, etc. Didn't take long to have a large group of friends. She's having the time of her life. Loves everything about the school (well, maybe not Writing the Essay.)
It's all about "fit."
Do you love the city or do you despise it?
Do you want the rah-rah football game week-ends or not?
A "pro" for one person might be another's "con."
NYU does have football team: All-American football and NCAA Division III teams. They are called the Violets. however, it's just that they are no longer NCAA Division I.
I transferred to stony brook and ehhh a real campus isnt always good. it's easy to get lost and the "green" you see isnt always pretty. without a car, there's NOTHING to do except party in dorms. (movie theater is soo far away from my dorm there and the ones held on campus are OLD and a joke) the MTA isnt that reliable in NY but transportation in Stony? you probably wait three times more (when there's no classes). i also consider "green" campuses to be more dangerous since there's less people around at night (and more drunks). this isnt good when you taking night classes.
How do you guys like it there, overall? A great, challenging college experience yet not too ridiculously overwhelming? It has always been an option in the back of my mind but I just don't think I could get past the extreme liberalism that I've so often heard about...
Going to have to agree with ilovehouse on the campus issue. Guys, whichever way you slice it, NYU really does not have a campus!! I'm not denying that there's not a strong NYU presence at WSP, but that's not a real campus - at least not to me. I think people who live on water street would agree. I don't see the campus issue as a con though, in fact I love being integrated with the city. I don't need a football team and insane school spirit to be happy here because there's just so much to do.
yes, nyu can be a lonely place because everything's so spread out, and the ENVIRONMENT isn't super friendly though the students themselves are generally friendly. you have to be outgoing and make an effort here if you want to make the most out of being in this city.
pnl09, i really like it here overall. it's a great academic experience and i love all the classes i'm taking. professors here are really at the top of their game, though i can't say the same for the TAs in the econ department. there's a lot of work, but finding a balance is definitely possible. also, it's true that people here are very liberal but you have your fair share of conservatives too; they just aren't as obnoxiously vocal as some liberals are.
There is no "extreme liberalism". Like most large universities, the student body/professors lean liberal. We have our fair share of socialists, but I've run into die-hard McCainers. We have leftist vegan hippies who smoke weed in the square all day and whine about "the man" but mostly the students are normal, but like I said, most lean towards Obama. After all, the student body is highly intelligent.
It is very safe, very bright at night. Many people walking around all hours, so it doesn't feel desolate. D's freshman dorm is in one of the most upscale neighborhoods going. See residents walking dogs, running, etc at night. D loves NYU.