New York University
New York, NY
Distance from home: 1,160 miles NE; but a quick plane ride
Four-year private university
Admission difficulty: Highly Selective
Size: med-large (21,269 undergrads)
Tuition: Arm + leg. ($38,765/year, $51,993 with room & board)
Typical Student: The Hipster, the "Artist," the Socially Inept, the Nerd, the Real Artist, Foreign Kids, and everyone under the sun.
Pros: All the benefits of living in NYC plus: Beautifully located around newly renovated Washington Square Park. Intense and top-notch liberal arts education. Incredible study abroad opportunities. Very safe campus; tight security. Occasional elevator rides with Spike Lee and/or James Franco. Discount tickets to Broadway shows, movies, and museums. Seeing movies before they're released to the rest of the world (and often for free @ NYU screenings). Chik-fil-A and Quiznos on campus. Also, free condoms EVERYWHERE.
Cons: Taking the subway to class. A couple of the dormitory buildings don't have air conditioning. Walking home in a snow storm. Trying not to get run over by taxi cabs. Being accosted by hobos on every corner. Free condoms EVERYWHERE (it gets annoying).
Notorious for: 1960s-style activism. Sit-ins, lock-ins, protests, marches, and soap box speeches (shoutings) are all regular events on campus. Only a few protestors arrested this past year, which either means the demonstrators were successful or not radical enough.
Scene: For some reason, Thursday nights are the traditional party night. Lots of dorm/apartment parties. Broadway shows, movies, and coffee shops are usually flooded with NYU students from all majors.
Sports: Huh?... Actually, the Fighting Violets are active in basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, tennis, diving and a bunch of other sports. The NYU football team is undefeated... because it doesn't exist. Actually it does, but it's "non-tackle," which doesn't count. Although we're proud of our teams, sports aren't a priority. If you don't like it, go to USC.
Reviewed by: Joe Stribling, a 2008 graduate of Gibbs High School's PCCA Musical Theatre Program, and a Film & TV Production Major at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.