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Attending NYU for my undergraduate career was a great experience. I studied mathematics at the prestigious Courant Institute under a number of well-known and very well respected mathematicians. The faculty and staff were extremely helpful in all respects, whether it came to help in the course, or advice in general about career, events outside of school, and ways to make new connections. There were many opportunities for students to meet with faculty, do research studies under the guidance of professors, and even grade homeworks of other undergraduate math courses as a help to the professors. The courses and experiences I had at NYU positively impacted my undergraduate education, and supported and pushed me towards the career path I am on now.
NYU is an incredibly unique institution because of its central location in New York City. My professors all had an incredible connection to the city through their other jobs and networks. I was also able to take advantage of the city by interning at various NYC-based organizations. NYU students are all extremely ambitious and hard working and the ones in my program were all extremely passionate about the work we were studying. NYU's location in Greenwich village allows students to experience the cultures of NYC and NYU's global campuses allow students to easily study abroad.
This is a very unique degree program. There are only a few programs of its kind in the country. In NYU's Rita and Burton Department of Dramatic Writing, one gets to study film, television, and playwriting. The program really emphasizes Aristotle and his version of dramatic structure, but depending on which professors one gets, there is more room for deviation from that structure.
This school is essentially what you make of it. If you want to be isolated and keep to yourself while you pursue this degree, you can definitely do so. If you want to join groups, be a part of the community, network yourself among hundreds of peers and professionals, you can definitely do so. I recommend the latter. This school provides unlimited opportunities and resources but you need to pursue them yourself. Also, if you are interested in applied psychology (clinical work, counseling) I would recommend looking into Steinhardt's applied psychology program, the CAS psychology program is much more geared towards the science aspect of the field.
As a Cinema Studies undergraduate major, I learned how to see film as a vehicle for social change and activism. The theoretical approach to film proved invaluable in my understanding of film as art and in recognizing how trends within the film industry shape and reflect national affect.
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.