Happy at NYU?

<p>Generally current students are you happy at NYU? What do you like about it and what don't you like about it? </p>

<p>When I read things about NYU, I just read depressing things about the school.</p>

<p>I'm happy at NYU. </p>

<p>Most people agree: You'll either love it or hate it.</p>

<p>Just curious, what do you read that's depressing about it? It seems a dream for us overseas people,~</p>


<p>That is all.</p>


<p>What have you loved the most about NYU? Are you graduating next year? Do share your most memorable experiences at NYU (for those of us who want to know, :) ).</p>

<p>By the way, my son was certain he wanted to go to school in an urban area and his first choice was always NYC. He really is happily looking forward to starting at NYU. He did a month long internship in NYC last summer and loved the experience, so NYU being part of NYC is a major plus for him.</p>

<p>MAP, I know you have posted extensively here and I might have missed an earlier answer to my question. I would appreciate a brief summary of your positive experiences at NYU.</p>

<p>Yeah, I'm graduating next year. I love NYU so much because I feel like I've been given so many opportunities to do what I love doing. </p>

<p>Let me preface: I'm a New Yorker. I dorm on campus, but I've lived in New York most of my life. </p>

<p>I LOVE my major. I am in the Media, Culture, Communications department and I've never felt so involved with people who are really making a difference in the industry. I've taken amazing classes with people who really knew what they were doing. My professors have been CEOs, writers from Sesame Street, and professors who are leading the way when it comes to research in their fields. I'm a research assistant on a grant that is funded by Microsoft. But there are many opportunities for everyone at NYU, not just people in my major. The walls in Tisch are covered with posters of movies and TV shows written by alumni. Stern classes are taught by people in the industry. That's one of the strengths of NYU, that they can draw instructors with real experience and knowledge.</p>

<p>I think NYU, being in NYC, has many opportunities to peruse your passions. We get speakers from around the world, and there are so many activities going on within the city itself. Many of my friends (and myself) have interned at incredible companies, during the school year, something that I would have been able to do if I wasn't in NYC.</p>

<p>I have friends in many of the other schools and I love that I have met so many diverse people. Our "Welcome Week" events exhibit our diversity, we have everything from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, to walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and everything in between. All of my best moments have to do with the people I've met here and the adventures I've had in the city. I've never felt more proud to be a Bobcat/Violet than when my fellow WW leaders cheered when a tour group came through Kimmel. </p>

<p>I have experienced some loneliness at NYU, and I do not think NYU is a school for everyone. NYU -does- have some problems; our financial aid, our urban sprawl and the bureaucracy within the school can be aggravating. NYU isn't perfect.
Some people thrive in NYC, but some think the city is too big for them. </p>

<p>I can't possibly incapsulate all of my best moments at NYU. If you asked my friends, they would give you so many different answers. My friend cried with her sorority sisters in Yankee Stadium two weeks ago. I have friends who are athletes, RAs, who are involved with greek life, and all of them are proud to be from NYU.</p>

<p>NYU definitely appeals to a certain kind of person and I am that kind of person. It's not for everyone, but it's perfect to me.</p>

<p>(LOL, I probably wrote a novel and didn't answer your question. Feel free to PM me for specifics.)</p>

Most people agree: You'll either love it or hate it.

I disagree, I personally have never loved it or hated it. I agree with Missamericanpie about the pro's and cons of the school. Personally I liked it freshmen year, started disliking it soph year, started disliking it more...basically I just had a terrible soph year, with both my personal life, academic life, dealing with bureaucratic crap from the administration, hating the PI whose lab I was working in, who also happens to be my advisor and involved in my scholarship program. </p>

<p>My overall opinion about NYU: good college, generally solid academics. Great if you're very independent, love the city, are positive you don't want a traditional college experience with football and a big Greek scene and all that jazz. I will also say it's defintiely not worth sticker price and I think it's dumb when people take out crazy loans. With the exception of a few majors, the education is basically the same as the State U; you're really paying for the opportunities in the city. Missamericanpie and I are always talking about the merits of NYU on this board and guess what, she goes here for free and I'm on a great scholarship - it's easier to like this place when you're not paying out of your ass for it, trust me. :)</p>

<p>Lol, Alix, I feel like I should put that I go for free in my sidebar "location", heh. </p>

<p>Like I said, our financial aid is probably the BIGGEST CON when it comes to NYU. It's also the reason why international students might be more unhappy, because they don't get access to loans or financial aid from the school. There used to be other posters on here, Molly and nyu<em>times</em>two, who still spoke highly of NYU despite not being on scholarship. It's just happenstance that Alix and I are both on scholarship and are the most active posters on here. </p>

<p>I agree with Alix, NYU isn't worth the high sticker price if you're paying entirely out of pocket. The two of us have had to talk down lots of students from taking out 100k+ in loans.</p>


<p>An excellent Summary. Thanks for taking the time. I will pass on your perspective to sonny. I really enjoyed reading your view of things; it got me feeling good on behalf of sonny.</p>

<p>Alix, It is always to get all perspectives. Also good to keep in mind experiences change over time. Sonny began loving city living in H.S. Even beginning of HS, he was not too enthusiastic about NYC schooling. Then in a matter of months, he became determined to be in a city and preferably NYC. He now has his wish and I feel he will thrive since he loves the arts in NYC, aside from hoping for excellent networking and internships.</p>

<p>Good to get your feedback. Thanks.</p>

<p>As with any reviews, you will always hear the worst side of things because people with negative experiences will generally be quicker to leave their feedback. I'm not saying that their comments are wrong, just don't think that most people are unhappy there.</p>

<p>As a transfer I had set NYU as my goal so I had high expectations coming in, and it didn't disappoint me. I have experienced the classical college experience, football games, tailgate parties and what not. I did like it but I love the city. There are so many events and places to go: museums, concerts, shows, TONS of great restaurants (food lover). I grab some friends play frisbee in any of the downtown parks, or go up to central park for some football. It's interesting to see how different all the neighborhoods are from the upper east and west, to midtown, to the village and financial district. The thing is they all have their own unique things to offer. It is also probably the best people watching city in the world.</p>

<p>As MAP and Alix have said, the cost is the biggest turn off, not just the tuition and housing, but just living in the city in general. You can attempt to cut down costs and what not, but I don't believe many people succeed. If you can graduate without debt and you love it then I would definitely go for it. Even if you have a little debt I would consider it if you are accepted to one of NYU's top programs. But I wouldn't encourage anyone to go to a school where they will be graduating with mounds of debt regardless of its prestige. It only gets you so far after you graduate, it's more about what you accomplish no matter where you attend.</p>

<p>Those of you who say the education is the same as a state university, would you not agree though that having "New York University" on a resume holds pretty good merit, especially if your moving out of NYC after college?</p>

<p>I won't deny that having "NYU" on my resume hasn't opened doors. However, it's not worth 150k in loans to have that name on the resume.</p>

<p>Having NYU on your resume says a lot more about you than just that you go/went to an academically challenging university, and thus you must be really smart. It also says that you are the kind of person who can thrive in an environment that favors independent, flexible, resourceful, determined people---exactly the kind of person most employers are looking for. Adding study abroad to your resume reinforces that perception as well in that it demonstrates your ability to adapt. To paraphrase the song "New York, New York", which was sung at both CAS Baccalaureate and the all-school Commencement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium earlier this month,.....if you can make it here, you'll make it anywhere!</p>

<p>I just graduated, and although I've had my moments here, I really cherish the experiences I've had with studying abroad twice, interning and working at more than five places, and being a part of the city, and not just within the gates (or lack thereof) of the school. But it's definitely a lot of money, and I don't know whether that money is really worth it in terms of what NYU directly provides for you, or just indirectly from the kind of school it is that naturally churns out a kind of personality and person that thrives in the real world...</p>

<p>lets make easier it for everyone. if you can AFFORD NYU without loans, you will likely be happy 99.9%. nyc is still the place where jobs are despite the recession though maybe not like 100K+ pay.</p>

<p>Let me ask you this...how happy can you be when Sallie Mae comes knocking on your door six months out of graduation and you have no job? </p>

<p>Sorry, but from a perspective applicant who ultimately turned NYU down, I got the impression that it is a very expensive mid-tier school without a lot of financial aid. Many people pay full ticket. Sure, you might get a few small grants and a low interest loans here or there, but at the end of the day it is still a loan you have to pay back. Is $200,000 + interest in student debt worth it for even the most lucrative major (engineering, business..)? Not likely. Especially when the job outlook is so uncertain over the next few years and employers have the upper hand in this market (i.e. they can pay you less and get away with it), it is hard to justify paying that much money for any undergraduate degree. </p>

<p>You may have the time of your life living it up in the Big Apple for four years, but you have to ask yourself if it is worth it when in a blink of the eye you will come crashing down to earth with your first loan payment and reality hits you like a ton of bricks?</p>

<p>Go to NYU for an MBA or a funded PhD if you want a few years down the road. At least with an MBA, you know the majority of graduates will have a good opportunity to make six figures straight out of graduation. And with a PhD, you don't have to worry about accumulating ridiculous amounts of debt if you get funded. Otherwise, stay far far away.</p>

<p>hahaha. a lil off-topic, but when you're an international student with no financial aid, most private colleges look the same to me cost-wise.</p>