New York University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (59)
New York University offers a unique and personal experience through the various fields of study, leadership opportunities, and a study away sites. Living in NYC is also amazing and offers a non-traditional experience. While the degree is an expense, the NYU name is priceless.
As a whole, my experience at NYU was entirely positive. It's a school that requires a lot from its students, because moving to New York City is far more challenging than it seems and that's on top of the difficult transition from high school to college. To succeed at NYU, you need to have a sense of what you want to get out of the experience, as there's an overwhelming amount of opportunity in the city. It is very much a school where you get out of it what you put into it, and for the price tag, you'll ideally have a sense of why this is the right choice for you before you take on any loans. All that out of the way, the academics are, of course, excellent overall. I had a few disappointing classes, but there's not a school on the planet where they're all winners. My program, Dramatic Literature, was quite small, which allowed for a better ratio of professors to students and an experience that was probably more akin to a smaller school. I'm sure pre-med students don't have the same experience. The reasons I would say I only felt somewhat prepared for a career and that my degree only influenced my earning potential somewhat has more to do with my choice of major than with NYU itself. My major was specialized, and really only prepared me for a specialized career that doesn't have especially high earning potential in the first place. That was my choice, and not the fault of NYU. I will say the career opportunities afforded me by being in New York City were truly outstanding, and NYU's career services center was helpful despite my uncommon field. Ultimately, you need to have a strong will and a strong understanding of yourself in order to thrive at NYU. You have to be ready and willing to seek and go after opportunities, because nothing is handed to you. In the end though, it was undeniably worth it.
Studying at NYU was a dream come true. Being a first generation college student, I thought I was a bit out of my league because I did not know a lot about how college worked. I was blessed to be a part of the Opportunities Program at NYU which created a sense of community for me in such a large university setting. My classes were hard but I was dedicated to succeed. NYU puts a lot of emphasis on its academics, therefore if you are thinking about applying or attending NYU, ask yourself if you see yourself devoting 5-7 hours of your day to studying and writing papers because studying here was no joke. Overall, NYU had a variety of courses that you can choose from and their study abroad program is phenomenal! I would recommend this University to everyone.
My experience obtaining a bachelor's degree at New York University was positive overall. I felt that I had great opportunities academically, that the professors and other teaching faculty were absolutely excellent, and that I progressively became a better student. I never felt stagnant in the Comparative Literature department because there was such an emphasis on exploring varied academic interests outside of the Comp. Lit. curriculum. However, as I am reviewing the undergraduate experience, the social aspects of the university seem pertinent to the discussion. This is where I must admit a few drawbacks. New York University proudly states that it lies in the heart of New York City, and this characteristic was very compelling for me when I was an 18-year-old coming from a quiet suburb. NYU doesn't really have a 'campus' in the traditional sense, and in retrospect, I think I could have benefitted socially from having a more centralized and focused hub of students. The student body at NYU seemed quite disparate at times, 'cliquey' if you will. I found it difficult to make strong and consistent connections with other students -- I emerged from my four years there with many interesting acquaintances from so many different places and backgrounds, but relatively few relationships that I would classify as true friendships. Of course, one must keep in mind that this was only my subjective experience, and I'm sure many former NYU students would disagree with some of the points I've made. Ultimately, it is up to each individual prospective student to explore different options and decide for themselves what college or university will benefit him or her the most. Also, we must keep in mind that our experiences almost always differ from our expectations. It is important to learn to deal with surprises, to face the unknown. Therefore I feel that attending NYU was a worthwhile endeavor even when, or perhaps because, it sometimes rebuked my expectations. I hope in some small way this review helps someone on the path to higher education.
NYU is not for the faint of heart. If you know what you want and have the fire, will, and maturity to go after it, consider it as a top option. If you need guidance (of any kind) and/or want a strong sense of community...go elsewhere. The bureaucracy and red tape can be insurmountable.
From August, 2008 to May, 2012 I attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and majored in Dramatic Writing. I graduated with a BA in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Producing. When I entered the Dramatic Writing undergraduate program, I intended to pursue a concentration in screenwriting, but towards the end of my sophomore year my interests shifted to playwriting. At Tisch (and NYU in general) you are forced to be independent, assertive, and proactive. In order to network and make connections with your peers at Tisch, its essential to immerse yourself in the community and participate in as many social and academic programs as you can. Unlike other schools, NYU has a diverse community, but in order to engage with that community you must seek out those opportunities. Additionally, NYU has many student resources, but to utilize them you must actively find them and take advantage of their availability. For instance, there was several programs available to first generation and multicultural students at NYU that I was unaware of and regret not participating in. I also should have utilized more of NYU's student services, such as tutoring at the Learning Center. In conclusion, my experience at Tisch/NYU taught me that I needed to be more proactive and assertive in pursuing my goals and interests. While I sometimes wish I had attended a smaller institution, I'm grateful for the experience NYU taught me in becoming an independent and assertive individual.
NYU CNS is a great program if you are 100% sure you want to pursue scientific research or medical school. The professors are very approachable and understanding, the courses are rigorous and informative, and there are many opportunities to get undergraduate research experience in a lab. However, the program is competetive and you need to be SURE that this is what you want to pursue. There isn't much cross-over between other disciplines unless the students makes it their perogative.
NYU was a great school. Living in the city was a once in a lifetime experience. The education you get from the city itself is once in a lifetime. The professors were top notch in their field and had a lot to share. I also had amazing clinical experiences in the city which I know helped me when applying to grad school. The cost is very high, and financial aid is pretty poor, just not a priority. However, I know that it had an immeasurable impact on my education and future success. It's not for everyone, you really have to figure out how to make it on your own, but it is a great school
If you are interested in majoring in public health, New York University offers an excellent program that you can combine with other programs. I studied Global Public Health and PreHealth. My Prehealth courses were taken at the College of Arts and Science and my global public health courses were taken at the College of Global Public Health. The College of Public Health is a relatively small college despite New York University being a larger university, so it is easy to build close relationships with your professors and advisors. I found all of my public health courses to be very relevant and engaging, and would highly recommend my major.
I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at NYU College of Nursing. I feel as though the quality of instruction is high; the professors I had were excellent in their respective fields and as teachers. The fact that the university is in New York City provided me with a diverse array of healthcare clinical sites in which to learn as well as different places to explore on my days off.