Attending NYU for my undergrad education was by far one of the best life decisions I made. What I found most valuable were the relationships I built with students (I’m still friends with many of my roommates and classmates to this day); the wide selection of classes and flexibility as a Gallatin student; the student job search and career counseling resources (NYU’s established reputation and partnerships in the business/NGO world help in this area); and the easy access to the city’s cultural events and amazing nightlife.
However, I will say that my professors and advisors ranged from experienced, real-world experts, to plain wacky and indifferent academics. I suppose this is to be expected from a university as large as NYU. However, for the money you will be paying, it can be quite a disappointment and waste of time when you end up with the latter. With that said, be sure to speak to other students and do your research before choosing your classes – you will be glad you did given the size and complexity of each of NYU’s schools.
Also, with the campus not being a traditional, enclosed campus, it’s easy to become isolated due to the sheer size of the university. Though arguably, Washington Square Park has sort of been adopted as NYU’s hub and unofficial quad. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and expand your inner circle by joining clubs and associations, and taking on volunteer jobs and internships. Moreover, I think living on campus, particularly during freshman year, pushed me to participate in a lot of the student body activities NYU had to offer.