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Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueC+ University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB- FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsC-
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Date: Dec 04 2003
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)

I cannot stress this enough. The nature of this school is ENORMOUSLY different from most universities.

Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you have to recognize it. NYU is not about school spirit and community, there are only a few lackluster attempts at that (which I am convinced are to keep the Business and Med students from fleeing, as they are there for the program itself, not the location.) The location: downtown Manhattan. There is a lot of stuff to do, which can be exactly the problem. NYU is a school for people who want to take classes at a top university, and live and be free to do their own thing in a great city. Honestly in that sense it is akin to a commuter school (also having 40% commuters helps encourage that feeling.)

That's the reality of the school, that is what it is all about. For a lot of people it is, and NYU is a perfect fit for them. I will say for me it is not, and I plan on transferring after this year. I found out that I really didn't have a huge interest in being in the city, which basically means NYU is a needlessly expensive school lacking a desirable social environment for me. MAKE SURE YOU WANT TO BE IN THE CITY. It cannot be overemphasized, I know a good number of people who gripe about this because it is not a good fit for them. But I also know many people who love it; my advice is if you don't really have a clue, don't risk it…if you find out later you are, you can transfer here (or go to grad school here.)

For people who want to apply to one of the programs that is exceptionally strong here (pre-meds and Sternies in particular): one of my roommates is in Stern but he and his Stern friends complain a lot about the lack of regular school things…it is a trade-off to get a good education, so this is probably a very tough decision. If you do go here you will find kindred spirits in other members of your program, so you will not be alone but it is still I think a little lacking. This is just what I have gleaned from spending time around Stern students (pre-med I think is a pretty similar situation, though I don't really know any too well.) Either way it's a tough decision and I wish you luck with it…

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