Location: New York, NY
Funding: Private University
Size: 22,615 undergraduates
Percent Women: 60%
Tuition (one year): $46,148/year
Most Popular Majors:
1) Visual and Performing Arts
2) Social Sciences
3) Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
4) Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities
5) Health Professions and Related Programs
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 32.4%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit New York University's website at http://www.nyu.edu
Why Choose New York University?
"For me, NYU was always my dream school since I was a little girl. I always loved New York City and wanted to attend college here. NYU also has incredible programs in what I am studying, so that definitely didn't hurt. Being in the city is amazing for internship opportunties in virtually every field, having exceptional places to go and things to do all of the time, and experience all of the cultural opportunities of the city. I also love the idea of NYU's campus truly being the entire city."
"I chose NYU because of all the resources in the city. As someone who wants to work in communications, I realized the opportunities here are endless."
"I loved the energy at NYU as a prospective student. The hustle and bustle of the city was incredibly appealing to me. I’ve always wanted to go to business school and Stern is one of the best. Studying in the city that I’ve always wanted to live in was (and is) a dream!"
"I chose NYU not only because of its rising prestige, but because it's integrated in one of the most desirable locations on the planet. New York City offers the world at your feet, and forces you to mature in ways that being in an enclosed campus never could. "
"I decided to come to NYU because it’s got one of the most liberal student bodies in the states. I feel very comfortable living here."
"It's not the #1 dream school every year for nothing..."
"I wanted to go into business and finance, and I felt Stern was the best option for that. Being in New York City helps too."
"I was born in a metropolis in China but later moved to upstate New York. I missed the feeling of living in a big city and there was no better option than NYC."
"When I first moved to Texas, I was asked by the coach of the JV volleyball team (I was a manager for the varsity team) if I would write for the school’s yearbook. The yearbook class was integrated with the newspaper class that year so I got a chance to try my hand at news writing. I have loved and wanted to pursue it ever since. And where better than New York City at NYU?"
"In the most humble way, I love the oos & ahhs that I get from parents when they hear what college I attend. The name “NYU” gives me a little pep in my step and also puts a little sparkle in my parent’s eye. I also love the various resources available to students including the Wasserman Career Center, the Writing Center, and the Student Health Center. I actually have a job with the calling center because of Wasserman. My friends and I loved going to get breakfast at midnight at this year’s the Walking Bread event."
"My favourite part of NYU is how independent each student is. I enjoy the freedom of choosing solitude when I prefer it. There also are many interesting courses offered with excellent professors teaching them. Our CAMS program is a fantastic addition to Child and Adolescent Psychology as a field. "
"The dorms have individual bathrooms. That is a big plus. The food provided through meals plans is diverse and good. Traditions vary based on the college you are in within NYU."
"I'm sure this is the most obvious, but the city! You always have something at your fingertips in New York, and it is the greatest city to go to school in the world."
"Every two months, around 20 randomly selected undergraduate students will be invited to have dinner with John Sexton, the President of NYU. I was lucky enough to win the lottery last semester. The food was great!"
"I love the city! I tend to be a curious person, so I love that there’s so much exploring to do. I would spend all day traveling around the city if I could."
"Again, the fact that NYU is New York City, not simply a section of it, is definitely a selling point and a positive experience for its students. Although it usually is criticized for a lack of community, it allows you to build and search for communities that fit you best. Campus events constitute of things such as visiting museums or famous places of New York, as well as the school-run events, of course."
"Being able to look out of the window and see the city is absolutely incredible. Well-known campus event? Hugging John Sexton."
"Two words: the tuition."
"One of the things that makes it difficult to be a student here is the number of other students."
"With the overtly expensive tuition aside, I think that NYU really needs to improve its advisors’ quality of service. They mostly work on a checking-things-off-the-list approach, which can prove extremely frustrating and absolutely useless."
"The biggest annoyance I have with NYU is how hard it pushes its global diversity programs instead of focusing more on pressing problems on its home campus. Other than that, school is what you make of it, not the institution itself."
"The school is expensive. Students at the school are also very good at what they do, especially in the more specialized art and finance schools, so competition is intense. That may also be one of the best parts."
"The competitive environment is a little bit intimidating, and it’s hard to not feel overwhelmed by the strong focus that is placed on your future here."
"NYU somewhat lacks the sense of community. People seem to like doing things on their own or within their little groups. The student body is diverse, but most students tend to hang out within their own ethnic groups."
"The overcrowded library and the line at Starbucks."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Just as it would be at any university, my first semester at NYU proved to be a huge wake up call. Having to allocate my time to accommodate my busy school and work schedule was probably the biggest difference between the structure of high school and the independence of college. Though I am still mastering this, I have gotten better at keeping up with deadlines. I live in Hayden, one of the many first year dorms. Others include Rubin, Founders, and Weinstein, I believe. I went to Welcome Week, which is a series of events geared towards getting freshmen adjusted to the city before they actually begin classes. It was a great way to explore a bit and to meet new friends! I believe that one could sign up to stay in a dorm over a weekend in the summer or go to an event NYU had in April called Weekend on the Square, but unfortunately, I was unable to take advantage of either of these opportunities. I do know a lot of upperclassmen because of my classes, but my closest friends are freshmen, like me. I am not aware of any traditions for first-year students."
"I’ve always lived in big cities in my life, so my first year experience was not nearly as traumatizing as some of my friends, who used to live in the country. The orientation was utterly useless, and the CAS cohort abhorrently unnecessary. Upperclassmen can be easily met through clubs and classes above the introductory level."
"Welcome Week and orientation freshman year is a fantastic way to meet new people since you are all in the same position. Plus, the events are pretty fun. The first year can be a busy one as you transition to college life, and mostly focus on requirement courses, so nothing too exciting yet."
"As an NYU Stern student, it is not hard to get to know upperclassmen because of clubs and frats. I assume you can also use those same routes in other colleges within NYU. Orientation is really there to get people adjusted to New York City."
"Orientation here will definitely get you adequately adjusted to the city within a week. The Welcome Week events can feel a little forced, but as long as you put yourself out there and get involved, it’s easy to find your niche during your first year."
"Welcome week and class are basically what unites freshmen, who usually stick together. The first year at NYU is about growth and realizing where your interests lie, as well as who your friends are. When you move in, of course you want to be friends with everyone, but be wary that sometimes, just because you meet someone freshmen year, doesn't mean they'll be true blue up until graduation."
"There are seven buildings that are specifically for first-year students. Welcome Week (orientation) was different for everyone. You can choose which events you take part in, but Stern had mandatory events to ensure “cohort” bonding.
As far as getting to know upperclassmen, it’s all up to you. I think most of them are pretty welcoming and if you join a few clubs or get involved in the community in some way, then you could definitely befriend upperclassmen if that’s your goal."
All About Academics
"The most popular major, as far as I know is psychology or law. My first semester came with a heavy workload mostly because I had many requirements to get out of the way, including Writing the Essay, an intense writing class. I believe my music major requires some sort of dissertation, but I am not positive what my journalism major requires as a final project. As a student in CAS, I have an advisor who runs my Cohort along with my Cohort leader (a sophomore at NYU) and she keeps me up to date on changes in CAS’s curriculum as well as requirements for my major. Course registration on Albert is designed to be relatively easy. In fact it is so easy that so many students desire to use it as soon as their registration time comes. This, as a result, crashes the site almost as soon as one logs on. If you have an early registration date, it is easy to get into the classes that you desire. As a freshman, I have to register during one of the latest registration dates. I still got a decent class schedule despite the setback. I have at least two required classes built into every semester of my prospective schedule. Some people love the library and only ever study there; I have many friends who live in Founders and will go to the library after class instead of leaving campus. I personally do not spend much time there, though I am willing to admit that I have spent the night at Bobst more than once. I know of many other study spots such as coffee shops, common rooms, and lounges that other students have told me about."
"I found that the CAS general requirements were extremely extensive. Luckily I was able to get a lot of AP credits from them, but I found that making a four year plan is extremely important if I want to graduate on time. The workload is manageable – I wouldn’t say it’s more or less difficult than any other private university. Personally I’ve learned to stay away from the library because it’s normally packed and isn’t exactly the coziest place to be (you’ll see when you get here). But there are so many adorable coffee shops around the city that I’d rather study at anyways!"
"Academics are generally pretty intensive regardless of your major. Advising is not the greatest. You have a general advisor and departmental advisors, and you are kind of on your own at times to plan out your four years. There are a lot of course options, though, but a lot of requirements and major requirements, so unless you only have one major, there aren't all that many spaces for electives."
"Economics is certainly a popular major, as well as psychology. The workload is bearable, depending on time-management and how much you enjoy the class. Personally, I'm in the communications department, and can opt to write a thesis but am most certainly choosing not to. And yes, many people spend time in Bobst, which is a popular studying spot, but some opt to frequent the on-campus Starbucks or just stay in their rooms or study lounges."
"For the most part, at least for me personally, the academics are serious here. I think everyone cares about getting their work done."
"I am a psych major, one of the most popular majors in NYU. The workload is rather light--most of my work time is dedicated to internships and assignments from other courses. The advising system is about as useless as my appendix. Course registration is an annual game of self hate for NYU students--the server (I doubt that plural form is even necessary) has made it past 10 minutes after registration time starts. General academic requirements are very easily met, and require minimal effort and about 16 credits to finish. The library is always a lively place, as it is one of our favourite places to study at."
"I like to study in Stern's Kauffman Management Center, and I also like to study in the Bobst Library. The Library is large with great architecture and design, and that definitely helps when you are studying for hours straight."
"In the College of Arts and Sciences, Math, Economics and Pre-Med seem to be rather popular. At Stern, the business school, Finance is absolutely the most popular major. Over 80% Stern graduates are finance major. Registration for classes is like a war at NYU. It is not easy to get classes as freshmen or sophomores, but it gets better when you become upperclassmen."
Learn from the Best
"My favorite class is my freshman seminar – make sure you take one that you’re really interested in, because the small group environment and activities outside the classroom can be super fun and engaging! "
"My favorite professor last semester was Professor Waters. He taught my Texts and Ideas: Exile and Belonging class: he was literally smartest man that I have ever met. I learned so much history regarding the literary works that we studied that I couldn’t help but gain some comprehension regarding the context of each work. Every professor is very different: while some will love and embrace technology, others will be stuck in the dark ages and live and die by paper and pen. Each one usually states their likes and dislikes verbally or they detail them in their syllabus. I am really enjoying my Elements of Music class. I have never known much about music theory, but I have always loved music so this class is a perfect fit! I have not gone to office hours many times, but I always know that they are something that I can take advantage of when I get the chance and when I feel the need. I wish that at least one of my professors had some sort of funky tradition that spiced up the class session. My music teacher did wear lime green skinny jeans on the first day of class so that was a win."
"Personally, Eugene Secunda is a great teacher in my Advertising and Marketing Class, and Lindsey Davies of the Liberal Studies program was the best yet. I highly recommend taking Investigating Journalism with Clay Shirky as well. As for what qualifies these teachers? They just know what they're talking about, and lecture in such a way you feel like you're partaking in a conversation, not being lectured at."
"Class size really depends - I've had 400 person lectures and 10 person seminars. Professors really love it if you come to office hours and show a genuine interest in the material. There are some good professors and some that are not so great."
"I don’t have any yet! I’m sure I’ll find my favorite classes/professors soon though. But all of the professors I’ve had have been pretty friendly and they’ve all been encouraging when it comes to meeting people during office hours."
"Jess Shatkins, the head director of the CAMS minor department and co-professor of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, is one of the best speakers I have ever had the fortune to listen to. He is very well known in the East Coast as a psychiatrist for children and adolescents. Not many go to office hours in this course, as the grading does not rely on homework assignments, but reports from clinical studies."
Interests & Involvement
"People always rap on NYU for not having much of a community, but the thing is, you make your own community: it's all a matter of going out and finding your interests. How more independent can you get?"
"There are so many clubs targeting so many different demographics that it is almost impractical to not join a club. I, myself am in Women In Communications. I used to be in Swing Club, until I decided that I liked good grades more than fun. I do have a friend who spends her weekend playing quidditch. We both found out about the clubs that we are active in via the annual club fair held at Cole’s Gym. There were hundreds of tables representing different organizations and, of course, giving out free candy. If I would have committed to every club that flagged me down, I would have been going to a sport Tae Kwon Do competition this month. I feel like different clubs are popular with different types of people. I know that sororities are not super popular (according to NYU’s online statistics). I have actually written a few articles for Her Campus NYU which I heard of through the head of the Women in Communications club. I think you can easily start your own club by taking your idea to the school’s committee and getting funding and a space for meetings."
"In my club we make cupcakes. Need any more convincing to join?"
"Besides writing for HerCampus, I also write for the school newspaper and intern outside of class. With how many things there are to do here, I wish I had more time to get involved!"
"Club Fest at the start of each semester is a great way to learn about all of the clubs NYU has to offer and to sign up to me on their listservs to get information about meetings. There is basically a club for any and every interest you may have; from social to academic and everything in between. Getting involved to find community is pretty big here."
"People participate in extracurriculars and clubs by joining them. They can see advertisements plastered around the school, look on the website, or go to the club fest held each semester on campus. Personally, I've never started my own club, but if you have the credentials, I'm sure it would not be hard."
"There are so many clubs and organizations to join but I can’t say I’ve had much time to be active in many of them."
"Some people join silly clubs where they do silly things together. There are semiannual club fairs that people go to. I have always found it quite pointless for me, personally--I am perfectly capable of navigating myself through the city and finding things to do on my own."
"People do participate in clubs. There are clubs that are focused on exploring the city, like the Chicken and Rice Club that goes to different food carts around NYC. There are dance and cultural clubs. And there are definitely career focused clubs that emphasize the internship opportunities for students in the city."
"There are a great variety of clubs on campus. People usually find out about the clubs through the Club Fest at the beginning of every semester. Getting involved in clubs help me get to know more people and make new friends."
"I honestly don’t think that NYU is a very big “sports school” in regards to event attendance, but I have heard that our hockey team is very good. I, myself have never made it a priority to attend a sporting event and do not know many people who believe that they have time between their studies and part time jobs to be involved in athletics now that they are no longer required like they were in high school. There are lots of club sports for all types of athletes! I considered doing softball this year. I feel like it is very easy to recognize the athletes on campus purely because they are the only ones who ever wear gym clothes outside of Coles or Palladium. Socially, I would say they mix in well with everyone no matter what they are wearing. One of the things that I like about NYU and the college experience is that everyone is different and no one really decides who they will associate with by scoping out who is sporting the coolest skinny jeans.This isn’t high school."
"Sports aren’t really a big thing here. If you are a sports fan though there are definitely games that you can attend – basketball and hockey being the most popular."
"NYU isn't a sporting school, unless you're into Quidditch. The hockey games are fun though."
"There isn’t really any NYU team spirit per se. It’s mostly New York City pride. I’ve seen a lot of athletes around though… I’m sure they’re great!"
"Sports are not a thing at NYU. We don't have a football team, so if you looking for a school that is centered around sports pride, NYU is not for you. That said, there are professional games around the city you can check out, and recreational teams to get involved with on campus."
"Girl power is definitely a huge thing at NYU. Everyone’s pretty stylish and independent, and with the skewed girl to guy ratio (sigh) the girls here tend to be very focused on their academics and enjoying the city!"
"Being a woman on campus is certainly upheld at NYU, since feminist clubs and gender studies are held in high esteem on campus. Girls out-ratio guys, by far."
"There’s a 60/40 ratio of women to men. I’d say the main complaint is that there aren’t enough straight/available men. Other than that, I don’t think anyone really minds the gender ratio. Girls here wear whatever they want. I was expecting to see more Sartorialist-types walking down the street and tons of blog-worthy outfits everywhere I turned, but quite a few people wear their leggings proudly. I personally like to dress up on most days."
"I would like to say that it is has been quite an adjustment standing as a minority in a male dominated world, but as one of the 60 percent in the NYUniverse, I believe that I am far from unique as far as gender is concerned. As far as I have noticed, I have never been discriminated against based off of my feminine appearance. I heard of several societies (at the Club Fair) that are geared towards the females at NYU including Women in Communications, which I am currently a member of. I also believe we have a gyno on campus (in the Student Health Center). My friends either complain about the fact that they will have to visit their friends at Columbia to meet a husband or praise the fact that the 60/40 ratio helps them stay faithful to their boyfriends."
"Given the number of females at NYU, it could seem like a competitive place amongst girls, but I think that girl power really wins out in the end. There are so many awesome girls doing awesome things here that it is really inspiring. Obviously, a big thing about the 60:40 ratio is that the odds are never in our favor. The streets can also seem like a runway at times with people wearing every type of fashion imaginable."
"The feminist spirit is fairly strong at NYU. It may have something to do with our 6:4 female to male ratio, but I believe the liberal environment of NYC plays a huge role. There are many women’s clubs and organizations on campus, including Asian American Women’s Alliance (AAWA) and Undergraduate Stern Women in Business (USWIB)."
Food & Drink
"The campus has several dining halls, most of them being passable. Generally, since you're required to have a meal plan as a freshmen since only one of the freshmen dorms has a kitchen, so people get rid of the meal plan after year one. It's not hard, since you have plenty of places outside the dorms to get food from and go grocery shopping, although sushi is a main selling-point at NYU."
"The food is okay… But with so many restaurants nearby, the food isn’t that big of a deal anyways."
"Upperclassmen rarely go to dining halls, except maybe the one in our student center on a time crunch. But there are literally hundreds of restaurants around the Village and the whole city that are delicious and span every ethnic variety and price range. You can never complain of running out of food options!"
"We have 12 dining halls in all. Three of those are buffet style (aka. more bang for your buck). If I want to sit down and catch up with some friends and dinner time, my favorite is the homey atmosphere of Hayden. When I am late for class, I always chose a pastry and tea at Peet’s. When I get hungry at that weird time between breakfast and dinner, I run over to Kimmel before the lunch crowd gets there. People I know tend to eat at the dining hall until they get their own kitchen (which is usually after their freshman year). I work with a senior who really misses swiping for Dunkin’ Donuts. If you want to try something a little different, there is $1 all the way down MacDougal."
"NYU is located at the heart of Manhattan. Many restaurants and convenient stores are within walking distance from the Washtington Square campus. My favorite ones are Cafetasia, Chipole, Maoz and, of course, M2M. Many people do off-campus internships during the semester. It is a huge advantage the city provides us."
"Get campus cash or dining dollars even if you don't have a meal plan - you can use it at many surrounding restaurants. A lot also give discounts to NYU students."
"I live in a dorm with a dining hall, so I’ve found it extremely easy to get food. The foods alright, but there’s so many yummy places to eat around my dorm so I often eat out too. The only problem was learning how to budget my money!"
"I generally am so tuckered out from the week that on the weekend, I don’t feel up to raging, but my friend group enjoys going to fairs and shows around New York and hoping for some luck regarding drinks and such. We don’t go to a lot of parties purely because they are often busted and the participants are written up. There are quite a few parties that go on that include, drugs, alcohol, all of that fun stuff, but I rarely find myself willing to attend such events. I have a habit of thinking of every person as an individual so I do not recognize when I spend more time with a certain “type” of person. I personally like hanging out with a variety of personalities and from my observations, it seems like I am not the only one. There are also parties at different clubs or the occasional rooftop gathering (which I have heard are loads of fun) and I would like to believe that they are easily accessible by train. Not to say that I haven’t been lost in Brooklyn on a Friday night. One must learn the subway system in order to survive in New York City."
"Fraternities and sororities aren’t that big here. I’ve seen plenty of people sporting Greek letters but the social scene certainly isn’t built around that. You can do anything you want on weekends. “The city that never sleeps” is not a myth."
"Since greek life isn’t huge here there isn’t much of a “house party” culture. People will go out on the weekends though – there’s a lot of cool clubs and hookah bars around the city. Getting around isn’t that easy, so it’s best to stay local or split cab fare (or take the subway). If you’re a really big party person, I wouldn’t suggest NYU as much."
"People just go out to the local bars on weekends, or parties, sometimes frats and sororities. Drinking is certainly prevalent, but not a must, since there are so many other things to do, such as see a show. The NYU social scene is pretty accepting to new people, although, like any other social scene, people do tend to stick to what they know. As for getting around at night, it's extremely easy, since you can just take the subway or a cab if you don't feel like walking."
"The options for weekend plans are literally limitless. This is New York City, after all. You can never say that you have nothing to do!"
"Dorms aren’t bad. Most people end up moving into off campus housing as upperclassmen. They claim it’s cheaper."
"I live in Hayden, one of the first year dorms closest to Washington Square. I really like the homey feel of the older building and the food’s not bad either, My RA Aaron is a sweetheart and is super helpful; he and the other RAs usually like to schedule events for their floors to bond over. Though I do not know many people who live here because Hayden is kind of a melting pot, I do feel like I have met a lot of people on this side of the park, however. Other freshman dorms are Weinstein on University and Waverly, Founders on 12th and 3rd and 3rd North on 3rd (very close to Founders). NYU does offer housing to upperclassmen, but from what I have heard, many people move off-campus for their junior and senior year (said to be more cost-effective in the long run)."
"NYU dorms are safe, and you can choose your roommate freshmen year if you meet someone before school begins. The dorms are located decently close to campus, and those that aren't have the NYU bus scheduled to stop there. Not everyone is required to live in the dorm, and there are plenty of programs students can participate in."
"The freshman dorms are awesome! Having my own bathroom has been the best benefit, but I also love how close they are to everything. You can’t pick your roommate freshman year as of new NYU policy, but a lot of people have mixed feelings about that. Either way you can always pick to room with your friends as an upperclassman (which are all apartment style dorms!)."
"Dorms are expensive, but this is NYC. It's a hit or a miss on if you'll get a great room and love it. A lot of upperclassmen move off campus.
Exploring New York City
"I love walking around the Village in the morning because there are so many cool little restaurants lining University Place and it’s very refreshing to smell the bakeries and pizza places opening. On 10th and 3rd Ave there is an ice cream shop called Sundaes and Cones and they have so many original flavors that every visit leaves one itching to go back to try another. One that truly surprised me was their corn ice cream. Don’t let the name or the aesthetic scare you away from this remarkable creation. In case you want to “pregame” before you get into the sweet stuff, Artichoke Pizza is a savory option that is just down the street from Hayden (MacDougal). Of course those are not the only places in Manhattan to get pizza or ice cream and that is the beauty of NY. You don’t like one of these places —shame on you— just walk a few more blocks."
"There's everything under the sun here, plus a lot of perks that the school has with the city. For example, the Met hosts student-only events for new exhibits, such as the Andy Warhol installation they had last year. And off-campus internships are most popular, as well as off-campus activities."
"New York has everything."
"Everything is in New York. EVERYTHING."
"It may not be a traditional 'college town,' but if you are looking for somewhere different, and don't mind if you don't go to a school with a campus, NYU is the place for you."
"Like the theatre? New York has it. Sports games? Yep, that, too. Restaurants and museums and the opera and the ballet and the most vivid nightlife. Countless tourist attractions aside; New York City truly has it all. It's like no other place in the world for a reason."
HC's Complete College Guide: New York University
Do you have a way with words? Apply to write for Her Campus!