NYU subpar in CAS/Steinhardt? Also chances...

<p>From what I've read, people either love or hate NYU. Many people say it's a great school for the arts (of course, it is) but subpar in other programs in CAS/Steinhardt. I'm looking to major in Linguistics (I have read that NYU has a great linguistics program) and Education (I haven't heard anything good/bad about NYU's education program). Are NYU's schools (besides Tisch and Stern) really subpar? Can one get a good education with my majors at NYU?</p>

<p>Also, can I get into NYU?</p>

<p>Two honors classes freshman year
Two honors classes sophomore year
(^the most offered at my school for fresh/soph year)</p>

<p>3 APs junior (current) year... APUSH, AP Eng Lang, AP Spanish</p>

<p>Predicted Senior year... AP French, AP Psych, AP Lit & honors econ (in terms of advanced classes)</p>

<p>****Will taking two AP foreign languages heavily increase my chances... especially for a linguistics major?</p>

<p>Good ec's (not going to list them all)</p>

<p>ACT: 30
GPA: 3.9 UW</p>

<p>It really annoys me when people say NYU doesn't give that great of an education. It just shows their ignorance. </p>

<p>CAS has amazing programs, so whomever told you it was "subpar" was clearly uniformed.
For example,
NYU is #1 in the world for philosophy (Beating Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale)
NYU is #17 for politics, #6 for political methodology (Beating many of the ivies)
NYU is #44 in the world (above many of the top US colleges ranked by USNews)
NYU is #29 Psychology, tied with UVa and Brown
NYU was ranked #7 for journalism
NYU is #12 in Economics, above CalTech, Cornell, Brown, Duke
NYU is #20 in English, tied with Northwestern</p>

<p>Steinhart's education program in ranked #15 in the country, tied with boston college and ranked above which is leaps and bounds above Cornell, George Washington, William and Mary which are all at #35 or lower.</p>

<p>So... Is an NYU education "subpar"? Ha. Not even close. Many of NYU's departments are world leading and ranked as highly as ivy league departments. And in world rankings, NYU blows away many of the top US colleges.</p>

<p>NYU2013 - I completely agree with you. I think the fact that NYU tends to be labeled as a "trendy" school makes some people believe that its academics do not match its reputation, which is completely untrue. Also your stats look very good.</p>

<p>Since you acknowledge that NYU is tops in the arts, you should know that the studio art and music department are both part of Steinhardt.</p>

<p>I was asking b/c I was unsure. What do you know about the Linguistics and Education departments?
Chances?</p>

<p>Both are excellent departments. Linguistics is in CAS, Education is in Steinhardt.</p>

<p>Your UW GPA is excellent. Given your mid-range ACT and excellent GPA, it's highly likely you will get in.</p>

<p>@NYU2013. The rankings that you showed above, are those for undergraduate or graduate schools? Because I didn't know they ranked undergrad programs...</p>

<p>They're for graduate programs. But, if you're looking to pick a fight over "graduate v. undergraduate rankings" and how "graduate rankings don't affect undergraduate rankings", I'll stop you there and say there is a "trickle down effect". And graduate program rankings indicate the excellence of the faculty, which thus indicates that undergraduates can learn from/take classes from said faculty.</p>

<p>I have found the opposite to be true, that the students in CAS are smarter and more interesting than those in Tisch/Stern. The Tisch students are all doing the same thing, same with the Sternies, while those in CAS are all doing something different and unique. Those are the people who I have found to be smartest. </p>

<p>The quality will depend on what you are studying, yes, but are any of NYU's departments "subpar", no. If you can't be successful and get a great education with what is available at NYU, then you're not going to be able to get it anywhere. </p>

<p>In fact, to say that any program at NYU is "subpar" is quite a pretentious statement. Subpar by what standards? Each program at NYU is in the very top percentage in every category. Just ask the 42,000 people who applied last year. </p>

<p>BTW, while it's hard to see from just what you have posted, your stats look like you will have a fine chance on getting in. Just get good recs and write some interesting essays.</p>

<p>what about social life at nyu? is it easy to make friends or does the lack of campus maked it hard to meet people?</p>

<p>I'm not trying to pick a fight. I was asking a question</p>

<p>I'm not going to sugar coat it: It's incredibly hard to meet people at NYU. All the friends I have are from my classes and even after you make them it's sometimes hard to make the time to get together. I found, however, that if a freshman lives in Third North they may have a higher chance of making friends on their floor or elsewhere in the building because that's the only very social freshmen building. </p>

<p>I know someone who transferred in this semester from Syracuse and then transferred back out again because the social life is nearly nonexistent here and he was a party/jock kind of guy. I'm not that kind of person, and I nearly transferred myself after first semester. I find that most people in NYU have only one social circle made up of a few people they hang out with constantly and that's about it. It's really one of the downfalls of NYU, it's something they have tried to put effort into improving but it's not something that happens too easily.</p>

<p>I don't know how other current students have made friends and do for social interaction daily (anyone care to share their experiences?) but after I got together with my boyfriend, I find that I hang out with him and his friends most days.</p>

<p>Putting this out there as a person who was put into a single first semester: It may look like a blessing, but if you're a shy or not very social person, a single is a terrible thing to have. I really recommend all freshmen try to have at least one roommate the first semester.</p>

<p>Third North's not the only social one - everybody overlooks Goddard, which is in my opinion the most social dorm. Every floor usually bonds in Goddard, which is unusual for NYU; but like totiebinds mentioned these friend circles are often really claustrophobic, you really have to make an effort to have friends outside of your floor, because those kind of friends aren't a given.</p>

<p>@justspice-Yeah, but I would say Goddard is another thing entirely as the residential college. I don't quite think of it as an average NYU dorm. It's a fantastic set-up as far as I know, but sometimes I feel like people in Goddard and Brown are in social ways miles apart from the rest of the university. If someone didn't want to have the responsibility of going through all the required activities in Goddard, for instance, but wanted to make friends in their dorm 3N would be their best bet. </p>

<p>However, for those who are interested in Goddard, I sometimes wish I chose the program. It's one of the tinier dorms, set right over our local Starbucks, but as justspice said one of the most tight-knit. The "requirements" I mentioned above are fun activities you do a couple of times a month at most and there are plenty to choose from. After Goddard, you move to Broome St. for the rest of the years you intend to stay in NYU housing. Broome is a little far of a walk from the campus but about a block or two from the 6 train and it has large, lovely rooms that are quite a sight. The residential college is definitely an option to consider, especially if you're nervous about making friends or consider yourself a shy person.</p>

<p>@rsing13
I'm not angry at you, I am trying to address a larger pet peeve of mine. </p>

<p>I lived in Third North as a freshman. I do not know many people in Goddard, but I can say that 3N is very social. Most of my friends lived in 3N and I continue to hang out with them a year later.</p>

<p>@NYUIR2014 i think u meant someone else. I was talking to NYU2013 haha</p>