Northwestern vs NYU?

<p>This is for my friend, who's scared to post herself.</p>

<p>"NOT SCARED. just technologically challenged" ~my friend</p>

<p>She wants to be a journalist but isn't 100% sure. She loves NYC and thinks NYU is the perfect fit, geographically, but she knows Northwestern has a really good journalism program. She's torn between enjoying her undergrad experience in New York and receiving the best possible education she can get in Illinois. </p>

<p>Advice? She appreciates it.</p>

<p>NU>NYU. What kind of an undergraduate experience is she hoping for at NYU?</p>

<p>NU would provide a better "undergraduate experience". If she just wants to experience NYC, then take a trip there for vacation!</p>

<p>Also, NYU gives lousy aid, so unless her parents are going to pay, she may get a better deal at NU.</p>

<p>NYU gives terrible aid, so it all boils down to where she'll get the least debt (I'm assuming her family can't pay 55,000 a year). NU offers more of an undergraduate experience, I've heard, and NYU's campus is spread out and doesn't have the same tight-knit undergraduate feel of other universities. If money isn't really a factor, then it's just about her personal preference.</p>

<p>There is also the city of Chicago which (yes I am biased) is more beautiful, more friendly, and more fun than NYC. We toured Northwestern, it has its own beach on Lake Michigan, in a great college town (Evanston)...I would choose it over NYU any day of the week.</p>

<p>Missouri is not in the picture for journalism?</p>

<p>NYU and Northwestern are very, very different. Your friend really needs to spend some time speaking with students at both. As an example, NYU doesn't have "on-campus" dorms. Students are spread all over NYC within a 20 minute ride to the campus. NYU has no big-time sports teams. At NYU, there is no feeling of a campus separate from the surrounding city. </p>

<p>On the other hand, NU doesn't have Manhattan.</p>

<p>"On the other hand, NU doesn't have Manhattan."</p>

<p>But it does have Chicago right near by and an easy train ride into town. Chicago is also a world class city.</p>

<p>Freshmen dorms at NYU, which the exception of 3rd North, are at/on Washington Square Park. </p>

<p>I also disagree that NYU doesn't have "a campus". If Columbia has "a campus" then so does NYU. Every department except SCPS is at Washington Square. And Washington Square is just as much a part of NYU as the lawns are to Columbia. </p>

<p>If you want to qualify campus as there aren't other buildings around NYU/some intermingled in the area that is NYU, then no, it doesn't have a campus by that standard.</p>

<p>A campus is not just a common location (like an adjoining front on a city square). It's a well-defined space, owned and controlled by the institution, where students and faculty can come and go, meet, and talk in relative seclusion from the surrounding community.</p>

<p>Washington Square is a public park. NYU owns so many of the surrounding buildings that NYU students may think they "own" the park. They don't. But if it satisfies your personal need for a "campus", then great. </p>

<p>No doubt about it, Greenwich Village is a cool place to put a college. So I can appreciate the dilemma. Still, I think I'd go for Northwestern.</p>

<p>Northwestern by far: more fun and a better program.</p>

<p>It is a personal choice. What do you want out of your college experience? I would personally choose Northwestern for undergrad so I could experience life on a traditional campus. But if you crave NYC, then go for it. If possible I would visit both schools and look into which school is better for your major (Northwestern is great for journalism I know).</p>


Indeed, I have taken the train from Chicago to NU and the fast one is about 27 minutes, and the slow one is about 35. In my book that's quite convenient... and inexpensive too.</p>

<p>I feel that Northwestern here wins on both accounts: amazing journalism program combined with a great mix of academic rigor and Big Ten college life. Has she visited both schools? I remember being turned off of NYU within ten minutes of getting there; she might have a similar reactions at either Northwestern or NYU.</p>