New York University Panel
CollegeAdvisor.com (formerly Bullseye Admissions) presents its New York University panel, a 60-minute webinar and Q&A with alumni and current students from NYU. Our NYU advisors will share their insider perspectives about campus life, academic programs, and career opportunities. Come ready to learn and bring your questions!
2020-08-22 New York University Panel
Alright. Hi everyone. Welcome to both admissions , college panel for NYU. So this is actually our last webinar and our August ready to apply series, but this isn’t going to be our last summer ever. So I’m definitely stayed tuned to the end and you can hear more about our new series that’s coming up.
So my name is Lily. I’m a program manager at bullseye, and I’m going to be your moderator for tonight. So just to get everyone oriented with the webinar structure and the different functions , we’re going to start off with a presentation about NYU, and then we’re going to have a live Q and a with our lovely panelists.
So in the sidebar, you can already download our sites from tonight in the handouts tab, you can also start submitting your questions. Don’t be shy on for our panelists. So throughout the panel, we’re also going to have some polls offers and handouts. So getting started, I’m super excited to introduce you guys to our NYU panelists.
And we have quarterly who’s from the class of 2019. She majored in business and we also have splinter. Who’s also from the class of 2019, and she majored in marketing and sustainable business. So next up poorly, I’ll let you tell everyone about it. Okay. Yeah. So just quickly about NYU. It’s located in New York city, New York , more of the downtown ish Manhattan area.
So by Washington square park and union station, and it’s just really pretty , it’s a private school and it’s relatively small compared to a lot of other colleges. It has less than 60,000 students total , 58,461 total to be exact , around half of them. So 26,981 are undergrad students. 25,900 for our graduate students.
And then there are 5,576 non-credit program students it’s in a city setting. So very urban , a lot of people, a lot of buildings, a lot of places to go. And the campus size is 230 acres. So it’s pretty big. And the student to faculty ratio is nine to one. So for every one professor, there are nine students.
So there are a lot of notable alumni from NYU. Honestly, it goes on, but just to name a few there’s lady Gaga, who’s singer actress, business woman. She honestly has done so many things since she’s graduated. Spike Lee, formerly Shelton Jackson, but he’s a director , producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor.
He has a production company, 40 acres and a mule, and he has produced more than 35 films since 1983. And it started with his directorial debut of a movie. She’s got, have it, and then Shaundra Wilson for anyone who loves watching. Any of the thank God. It’s Thursday shows from Shonda Rhimes, she’s in Grey’s anatomy and she plays Dr.
Miranda Bailey and has been doing that since 2005. And she’s also been nominated for an Emmy and she’s reprised her roles in private practice in station 19, as well as if you like how to get away with murder Jack flaw, he who plays Connor. He’s also an NYU alumni , childish Gambino, M night Shyamalan, truly the list goes on , bats.
NYU has the highest proportion of international students at any school in the United States at about 20% , in 2000 year, 2000. And why use college of dentistry started a smiling faces going places, which is a mobile dentistry, which is really cool. And it’s the first one in the state. And then it has the world’s fastest computer, which takes up 30 square feet of space.
There are a few different schools at NYU. There is the college of arts and sciences, which kind of deals with anything science , medically related , sociology, all of that type of stuff. There’s Gallatin school of individualized study, which is literally you get to make your own major, no matter what it is, as long as you can justify it to the Galatin board.
Like some guy actually majored in the color blue and graduated with a major in the color blue and they just let that happen. So yeah, you can truly create your own major, the Leonard and stern school of business, which is where stone. And I went, where generally you learn business, but you can concentrate in a lot of different aspects of it.
I concentrated in marketing and management, so in a concentrated in marketing and sustainable business, but they’re most well known for concentrating in finance because wall Street’s right there. But there’s also accounting economics. So many other avenues that you can choose, should you want to go there?
The Rory Meyers college of nursing, the silver school of social work , Steinhardt school of culture, education and human development, which also has a wide variety of majors. Like you could do music, business, certain musical instruments , education and child development , media and communications. So a lot of stuff to do there, the Tandon school of engineering, which is still NYU, but it’s located in Brooklyn, really close to Manhattan, but I heard really good things about the program and then the Tisch school of arts, which is where you can major in like music film , and a lot of stuff related to entertainment.
Sorry. So thanks Carly. Before we move on or we’re going to send out a quick poll just to see what schools have sent and why you guys are most interested in , this will also help with, guiding the Q and a, and just seeing more questions you guys might have about the different , academic schools, that poll should be going to your screens pretty soon.
So I’ll give you guys a few seconds to go ahead and vote, and then you guys can select multiple schools. So if that’s something that you’re interested in, feel free to check off a few of them.
All right. So looking at the votes so far, most people are interested in the school of arts and science and then afterwards Galton and sharing Meyers. And then we also have engineering. Yes. Clearly, Alex, you move on. Tell us more about some of the graduates. Yeah. So for graduate school at NYU, there are also quite a few schools.
There’s the college of arts and sciences, which is doing graduate studies in, science, biology, whatever , the college of dentistry to school of the arts, the Corrine Institute of mathematical studies, the Grossman school of medicine, the Institute of fine arts. And then the Institute for the study of the ancient world, which I don’t really know what that is, but that sounds really cool.
Sorry. I think we keep flipping this at the same time, my bad. Yeah, I guess before we have Dona, tell us more about student life. I have another quick question for you. So this is more trivia. NYU has 12 international campuses, so which ones are not actual NYU global locations. So let’s see how well you guys know the different NYU.
And as a heads up, you guys can teach her the answers you guys can work together and crowd the answers.
All right. So I’ll let you guys continue voting looks like we have two pretty close answers, either D or a,
the answer to the trigger question is actually D so you guys got it with the majority. And then just tell you a little bit more , through choice C. Those are actually, NYU’s like more like central international locations, which I’m sure Sona, and , clearly you guys can tell us more about it. But yeah.
So now , why don’t you tell us more about Steve. Yeah. So some of the popular majors at NYU are doing the arts that would be Tish or the college of arts and science, social sciences. A lot of the colleges that Courtney mentioned earlier within NYU, like Steinhardt college of arts and sciences and liberal studies program.
They also cover social sciences as well as stern. If you go into the BPE program, which is the business in political economy program business, obviously, like I mentioned, we were both in the business school stern. Finance is a really big thing within stern, neither of us chose to follow it. But wall street is so close by.
So a lot of people doing it doing fine years. Science is obviously a Tandon is really good engineering school. And when we were there, it got a massive, I believe like a hundred million dollar grant. And so it just keeps on getting better. As well as college of arts and sciences also has a really good like chemistry and biology programs and stuff like that.
And humanities is a really big thing as well with the college of arts and sciences within Tisch, within Galatin Steinhardt. And one of the really cool things like Corley mentioned earlier is that there’s a lot of flexibility with what you study, whether it is like whether you apply to Galatin and you create your own major, or whether you want to apply to one particular school and then have a minor in a different school.
There’s a lot of flexibility in what you can learn and study. And in terms of athletics and while you is an NCAA division three school , there are nearly 500 student athletes and there are 20 line varsity team.
Okay and extracurriculars. So there are a lot of , Organizations extracurriculars like clubs and pre-professional activities that undergraduate students can participate in. There’s 22 active fraternities and sororities at NYU. If you’re interested in Greek life, there are over 42 clubs, sports to participate in, including like Quidditch and all of those, like fun.
Ones that people like to do now, like Frisbee and stuff. There are over 35 musical theater , and dance groups. There’s a lot of improv troupes as well at NYU. That’s really big thing in New York city. There’s over 30 community service organizations. So that’s something that’s really important to you giving back to the community.
You’ll definitely have a home at NYU. And on top of that, and while you just has a lot of hosted activities, like they always do something for MLK week there’s international student week there’s balls. And Gallas where you can come out with your friends and, meet people from different schools and, just interact with the city and the school in general.
And it’s really exciting. And there’s always like free food and like free swag there as well as they’re really fun. And people always turn out for them.
Awesome. So before Kirlian , tell us about why they chose NYU. I have a really similar question for you guys. So this is our last poll. So are you planning to apply to MIT? You, so let us know where it is in your college list and if you’re planning to apply.
All right. So looking at the results so far, it seems like a lot of people have, I know you’re in their top three choices , and like it’s not, it’s on your college list. People are saying that it’s your top choice. It looks like one person is still deciding. So hopefully by the end of this panel , and while you’ll be on your list, so I’m going to close the poll and then clearly
So I chose NYU just because I wasn’t looking for a traditional college experience. The open campus just being interwoven within the city was a great opportunity to experience the city while you were taking classes. There were a lot of other reasons, but I think that was definitely the most salient one.
Just very different from what I was seeing when I was going to visit other colleges. And it seemed like it was more independent and.
and I chose NYU for pretty much the same reasons this quarterly. I really wanted to be a part of New York city and I think anyways, really good school for anyone who just has a lot of interests and likes exploring them. I know that was me. I was really interested in art, fashion, beauty , and I just wanted to explore all those things and see what would be the best fit for me.
And genuinely NYU was the best because everything New York has to offer is literally a train ride away. Or in some cases, literally like a walk down a few blocks away. So it’s, it was just like a really good place for me personally, because I want it to just absorb and learn as much as possible. And I couldn’t think of a better place to do that than New York city.
Yeah, if you’re interested in applying , this year, the early action deadline is November 1st. The second early action deadline is January 1st and the regular action does mine is January 5th. So just keep those dates in mind. And a supplement is required on the NYU application. You have to submit one meeting one month response of say, and generally the acceptance right acceptance rate is around 15%.
So they have a total of around 85,000 applicants every year and only around 13,000 get accepted every single year.
And general stats for the admitted students are that their average GPA is around 3.7. The average act score is between 30 and 34. The average sat score is between 1350 and 1530. And if you are needing to apply for financial aid, you have to fill out the facts up the IDRC from college board, as well as the CSS profile from college board.
Awesome. Thanks guys. So we’re going to open things up to the Q and a , and how that’ll work is asking already start submitting questions in the Q and a tab for any selected questions. I’ll just copy them into the public chat and that way you’ll be able to see them, but your questions will still be anonymous.
So I’ll give you guys some time to submit some calls. And looking at stuff that was already submitted. First question for you guys. So maybe we’ll have like clearly, so I, if you guys want to both answer, just let me know, or if you guys wanna ultimately , so first question is what are the pros and cons of not having the traditional campus?
And did you like that and why you didn’t have one?
Yeah, I can go. Great. I think one of the big pros is being able to explore the area that you’re in, especially with New York, having just so much out there. And it’s not just you’re dropped in the middle of the city and that’s it. There still is a section where it’s primarily NYU students, primarily NYU buildings, primarily NYU dorms.
You still are surrounded by a lot of people who are at NYU with you, but it. Really cool that you don’t have to check in or out of a campus to be able to explore that. For cons, I will say it did get a little bit difficult trying to find some things on the, like for the first year, just because like last ones are all over the place, but , I’m overall really glad I chose it.
I think in addition to being able to make friends at NYU, I was able to make friends outside of NYU. And, when finding job opportunities and internship opportunities, there is really no lack of them at all. You do have to look for it a little bit more and it does require being a little more independent, but overall , I’m definitely glad that I did make the decision to be in a more open campus.
Yeah. A hundred percent, everything that Coralee said. The best part is exactly that you get to have this experience with New York city in particular more. So I think than the other schools that are also in New York city, because NYU has resources like run so deeply within the city. And they have people who work in every single industry , throughout New York, whether that’s arts or business, like you can network with anyone.
And I think the only con is that if you’re looking for a very traditional college experience of everyone is in like generally a couple of square miles of each other, you only really interact with people who also go to the school. You’re not really interacting with people who are outside of the school, if that’s really what you want, you really want that.
And I don’t mean this in a bad way, but a very isolated environment. Then I think NYU might not be the best school for you, but if you are looking for, a place where you can be really flexible with what you want to explore, then I think NYU is a really good place to do that. And so I personally liked that it didn’t have a traditional campus because I did want to explore a whole bunch of things in New York city.
Yeah. Awesome. Next question, probably also a good one for both. So what extracurricular activities did you guys do that stood out on your application? Like high school extracurriculars for the Miu application? Yeah, I think they mean high school. Okay. I don’t even remember what I did in high school.
I can try that. I think will did a lot of our clubs in high school. Like I was part of the national honor society and I had a leadership role in that. We had a lot of charitable clubs. Red cross club , students against destructive decisions where we focused on giving back to the community, having educational events , a lot of clubs where we raised the money for various different diseases.
So I think that’s what took up the bulk of my application as well as extra, not extra curricular, but not within the school volunteer activities as well. I couldn’t tell you which one really stood out in my application just because I didn’t get that sort of feedback, but , having leadership positions in most of the clubs that I was involved with probably didn’t hurt my application for sure.
Yeah, definitely. I also. I’m struggling to think back at what all I did in high school. But I will say the things that I did in high school are not what I did in college. So I studied marketing and sustainable business within the stern business school at NYU. And when I was in high school, I didn’t do anything business related.
I did a lot of like politically driven things and a lot of science driven things. On the political side, I. Brand like my school’s model UN club. And we went to different , campuses like down in the south and competed at model UN events. And I started like my school’s feminist club and stuff, and I was just very passionate about those things.
And in my application, I was very clear about the lessons that, that taught me and what it said about me as a person, not necessarily that I was interested in politics, but more that , I’m like interested in taking a stand and I’m fine with like public speaking, like those sorts of things, like being very clear about what your extra curlicue, what your extracurriculars have taught you and what it says about you as a person, I think is important to communicate in your application.
And on the other side, I said I did a lot of science. I was , I went to the, what does the ICF science fair? Three RS , out of my four high school years. And I did also talk about that in my application, but I mentioned that , what all of that really taught me, which is how to be very technical on how to be very precise and how to communicate a story.
And I have to explain how that translated to what I wanted to do in terms of business, in terms of, exploring , fashion beauty in New York city. And so I think whatever extracurricular activities you have, as long as you can have a leadership position, like really mentioned , and being clear on what you’ve learned about it, I think is the important thing, how you make it stand up on your application.
Awesome. Thanks guys. Next questions is also more application specific. So do you have some think back of what are some things that you included on your white and. I know for me personally, I included, I think, first of all, the location and , how I feel like that location would be beneficial to the things that I wanted to pursue.
I think it’s also very helpful if, in advance, what kind of program that you do want to enter and how that will lead you to your goals as well as how maybe that program or studying that program in New York city specifically, or if there’s anything that NYU offers in that program, that many other schools don’t, it’s that’s a very good thing to include.
Just picking out why this program is the one for you and like why this will help you. Yeah, I think, yeah, probably focused more on the city aspect of it than anything NYU related, but I don’t think I would recommend that, but yeah. I honestly focus more on the city too. But obviously in relationship to what I wanted to study and , like my values and stuff.
So I think I remember mentioning that one of the reasons I wanted to apply to NYU is that I felt that everything I knew about the student body and I been privileged enough to get to visit it. And while you, before applying. And so I also mentioned that the people that I spoke to , who were former students or who were students or were alumni, they had like very strong , beliefs and they held on to them and that’s like the kind of person I was and that’s the environment I wanted to be in.
And obviously being a part of NYU. And I talked about , like the stern luxury marketing program and how that was something that really excited me on the, how. That’s specifically in New York city would be helpful to me in my experience and what I was looking for. So I think just being precise about why New York and why, whatever program you’re applying into is going to help you as the important thing, the quarterly sad.
Awesome. So the next question we have is I heard about the connection with you. Has, is networking easier or harder?
Do you want me to take this first? I think I, I don’t know about easier or harder because I haven’t experienced networking at any other school, but I will say, I think in my personal experience, I think that I have definitely had an easier time getting into the industries that I wanted. Number one, because.
Here, I’ll walk you through like my approach to it. And Coralee has seen me do this approach. So she knows that this is how I approach networking. I , like I made sure that I was really involved in college, like campus stuff and organizations, and I got on the board of a few , Kind of professional organizations at NYU that were in line what I wanted to do, like the gosh and business association and stuff.
And then I would reach out to people , that were accompanies I liked or who had jobs that I was interested in pursuing. And I’d asked them to come speak at NYU and it’s a big name and people were talking about themselves. And so people would always be interested in coming to speak at NYU. And that was like a really good way for me to make personal connections with people.
I really admired. And it’s easy because so many industries are based in New York. So many companies are based in New York, so many artists are centered in New York. And so I think like in terms of , I think less so now because of the coronavirus, but in terms of just like the physical impact of , being able to network in person, I think it’s more, it’s definitely stronger at NYU.
But also there is definitely something to be said about like your professors might have connections to people that you want to meet with and so on and so forth. But yeah, in my personal opinion, it is a little bit easier than it would be for other people to enter into the industries that I’m trying to pursue.
Yeah. I think adding onto what Sona was saying. Yeah. First of all, in New York, there is certainly no shortage of people to network with, which I think is part of what helps. Especially if you are networking based off of interests, there are ways to segment your interest and then talk to people about them.
I was not as involved as zona was, especially on like boards of associations and stuff, but it, I know for stern, especially they did have a lot. Yeah. Extra academic events where you could go, if they were having someone speak, like I remembered we were having this business series where we had a bunch of people come in and Anna Wintour was one of the guests.
Yeah. And people usually when they do come to NYU are very kind about talking to students, guiding them , giving contact information. You do have to do a lot of followup and put in that effort to keep reaching out to them and to maintain a relationship. But there are definitely opportunities.
And I think for a lot of professors I’ve had as well, especially if you’re someone who might not be as involved as extracurricular in extracurricular activities. Like a lot of professors that I’ve had have brought in guest speakers who work in industries, especially because I minored in the business of entertainment, media, and technology.
So a lot of those professors would bring in their friends that work. Like really popular networks who made decisions like really important decisions. Like I talked to one of the guys who was one of the people that greenlit shark NATO on the scifi channel, and he was just awful experience literally.
And we had a bunch of guest speakers and they’re always so receptive to students talking to them, emailing them and asking them for any advice or any help. It does feel a little bit uncomfortable, especially when I’m constantly asking for help. And I can’t really offer anything cause a regular student have to offer someone who’s an established person in this industry.
But yeah, it’s definitely really easy. There are a lot of opportunities to do it. It just does take a little bit of work to keep up with it. And in addition to that, like it’s easy to find people to connect with outside of school too, like Sona and I, one of our mentors helping us in business.
Didn’t find her really through NYU. She was just a connection that was there and has been really helpful and kind to us. So yeah, there are definitely a lot of opportunities to do that. Yeah. Oh, I’m just going to add one more thing to what core Corley was saying about like the other networking event, not necessarily directly networking events that NYU has.
There’s definitely some of those as well. But across the different schools, cause I know some of you are interested in tandem. Some of you are interested in the college of arts and sciences, Tish, and we’re both stern students, but , or we were about stern students I should say, but I know a lot of the other , colleges also have really big , speaker events , that have really big names.
And also , like for example, I’m not Shamone, I think he came to NYU and spoke three times in our four years that we were there. And , NYU has the privilege of having a really big, yeah. Network of professions that it can invite, but also a really big auditorium. And so there are several like open to the public open to a variety of school events that you can attend if , that are, not just one specific industry, but any industry that you’re interested in going into.
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So you’re moving on next QA crunch. On the next question we have is how at schools here at NYU, you guys have homecoming at school traditions that you do. I think there are school traditions. They’re just not the same traditions as most schools in America because we don’t have a football team.
So it’s not like we don’t have that whole , gaming culture. I’m sorry. I’m very inarticulate about that because I don’t know a lot about football and like football, homecomings and all of that, but we definitely have a lot of our own traditions. And I think , NYU school spirit, like this guess on two levels that exist on your college level and then also on the general university level.
And I’m trying to, like, how would you explain, how would you like explain school spirit? You currently. I feel like NYU is the place you go. If you weren’t that kid that had school spirit in. Cause I know for me personally, like I like for spirit week, I was the person that did the absolute least just because we had a uniform and I didn’t feel like wearing it.
And it was either like go to the theme or wear your uniform. And I feel like a lot of the other people who I’ve met there have been like that. So I will say in terms of kind of pride in your school and why you definitely has that and there definitely are some events where you can come together and celebrate that.
But I will say, yeah, it’s definitely not in the traditional sense where like we have a big sports team that we all rally behind and then we all go to the game and then have a homecoming. Yeah. We just don’t have that. I think a ball in the spring. And yeah, like it’s very untraditional, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
It’s just not the way that you would expect it from most schools. Yeah. I think it’s hard to explain, but it’s it’s the most ironic school spirit. Like we’re like, we’re all really proud to go to NYU and , it just it does definitely bring people together a lot. Like you’ll be out somewhere in New York city.
Maybe I’m going to just use the museum as an example, when you will see someone like around your age and they’ll talk to them and it turns out you’re both NYU students and you have friends in common, like it’s just a super cool experience, but it’s just not in any way traditional, but yeah, I think I mentioned on one of the previous slides that there are a lot of , score events that happen every single year.
But they’re not. I don’t think that they’re done in the way that other schools do them. They’re done more. I think holistically and people are invited like regardless of their squirrels to join in whether it’s like violet week or MLK week or , international students week. It’s just like a very big celebration.
And everyone just turns out at their own pace and enjoy themselves rather than, yeah. It’s it’s at your own pace rather than a very intense and forced school spirit as involved and as like school spirity as you want it to be. And it’s completely valid. If you want to be super school spirit, and you fine to do that, but if you don’t want to, it’s also totally fine.
I think that’s the fun thing about NYU is that it’s just like people expect you to be your own self and. Tried that about you and, bring back to you either way, which is nice. Yeah. Yeah. Awesome. Super insightful guys. Next question we have is NYU is ranked as one of the most expensive colleges.
So did you guys receive any scholarships your age and if so, how or what would you recommend? Yeah, it is very expensive, thankfully. Yeah, I did receive well like scholarships, cause I know a lot of the schools give scholarships to students. So like I definitely don’t think that you’re ever going to have to pay the full tuition price that they give you.
They also offer their own loans. I will say a piece of advice, like super insider advice is if you are looking at, NYU and your offers from other schools or what FAFSA tells you. And you go to burst SAR and you’re like, I would like more money. And they’re like, no, you can try going to the Dean of the school that you applied to specifically.
I’ve heard so many stories of people going directly to this, like the specific school within NYU, going to their Dean, asking for more money and them just getting it. I even, I’m not encouraging you to do this. I knew a guy who lied about offers that he got from other colleges and he exaggerated the amount by like $20,000.
And without question, they literally just gave it to him with no questions asked like for all four years , there are also financial aid appeals that you can fill out every year. So when you’re reapplying for FAFSA, if you realize you need more money, you can fill out a financial aid appeal and they’ll usually give you another $5,000 at most to help out, which.
It, not that much compared to the tuition, but truly, especially if like you’re taking loans with interest, every dollar helps. Yeah, there, you do have to be a little bit like sneakier and a little bit more proactive about trying to get more money, but it’s definitely possible. Yeah. I’d say like all of that and just keep in contact with the per star in the financial aid office.
Keep in communication with them, stay vigilant of what’s on your fees. Because I actually, I remember one year , my fees were more than they were supposed to be, and it just went unnoticed until I was looking back at them and I was like, this doesn’t make sense. And when I went to them, they reimbursed it in its entire clarity to me.
And that was in super fast too. So I’d say just keep on top of your stuff. Keep on top of your form is make sure you’re filling out FAFSA. And even I think some of the things that may. And when you expensive, like you don’t actually have to do , you don’t have to stay in the dorms quarterly.
And I ended up being roommates in our senior year because we didn’t want to live on campus because it’s a little bit more expensive. There’s a lot of amenities and benefits that come from that, but we’d experienced those already. And we felt like we were taken away as much as we could from it.
And so we decided to live on around in that apartment. And like that include, that includes like the meal plan. Like you don’t necessarily have to be on it. And yeah, just to make sure you’re staying on top of your forms, because I know some people who if, when they were applying to study abroad and stuff, sometimes they would forget to fill out their forms and they just couldn’t afford to go. Whereas like the next year when they did remember it was like fully paid for them and they could go. So as long as you’re really vigilant and making sure that you’re staying on top of all the things that you need to do in terms of financial aid and applying for it.
I think, yeah, it’s, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as advertised. Yeah. Good to hear. So next question , has the large global network, have you guys studied abroad and if so, how has the experience? Yes, I actually studied abroad in London during my junior spring semester. It was amazing. Like it was just so much fun being in a different location.
Getting to explore an entirely new city. And I know for us, for London. When we went there, there are like weekly or bi-weekly activities where RAs take you to a different part of the country and you get to explore free activities. And it’s usually the whole day is paid for you get free food the entire day, and you get to just experience a part that you would never really go to on your own.
Cause like you are new there and you don’t really know what to check out or like how to even look at what you check out. And I’m actually still friends with most of the people that I became friends with when I was studying abroad. So it was a great experience. Yeah, it was a lot of fun. I will say, probably do a little bit more planning if you’re going into it, especially plan like which location is more conducive to the major that you are in the classes that you need to take, just to make sure you can graduate on schedule without kind of messing up your , trajectory to do cause I remember like I literally applied super last minute and just had to scramble and hope for the best and it still worked out. But, I wish I had planned a little bit more thoroughly, but yeah, it was just a great experience. Yeah , I didn’t study abroad for a semester. It didn’t fit into my trajectory.
It didn’t fit into my like , plan for NYU. But curly, I didn’t know if you, I dunno if you went on ISP, but in the business school, there is , in the junior year, in the spring , stern pays for all stern students to go to , one of three different possible locations , for a week. And so I think in a year it was like , Lisbon Lima or Hong Kong.
And I chose to be in the class that went to Hong Kong and that was like a really good learning experience. It was super, super cool. And so in that sense, I have studied abroad, but I didn’t do a full semester, but I will say going back to the school spirit question. Yeah, like NYU doesn’t have traditional school spirit, but I think one of the really cool things that is available to you if you are at NYU and want to study abroad is the fact that we have these international campuses that are NYU first.
And so like when you do study abroad, you’re with a community of people. That are from NYU versus the people that I know are my friends from high school who went to other universities and then it’s study abroad. Like they had very disjointed study abroad experiences. There were still good, but it just wasn’t, they didn’t feel like they had a community while they were in different countries.
Whereas I think NYU study abroad program gives you a lot of security when you’re in a brand new country, because you have all these students that also came from NYU , and are with you and are taking the same classes as you want while you’re there. And so you still get a community and school spirit, but you’re in like London or Florence or Prague or something.
It’s I think it’s like really good in that way. The global network is super cool. Awesome. So probably one more question before we started speaking on, which we’ll have so this one was, what are the chances that international students get financial aid? And I guess if you guys know of any international students who were able to get aid, I hate to break it to you.
International financial aid is far and few between it. NYU. I think most of them have to pay like all of it upfront and are not even allowed to take loans. That being said, I was friends with two international students who managed to get , some of it paid for, but I think it’s more kind of through , more their international connections.
Like one of my friends, her dad is I think like a representative at the UN or something like that. And that is what helped them pay for NYU as opposed to NYU giving them something. And then one of my friends from Spain. I don’t know what he did, but he managed to get half of his tuition paid through a separate entity that wasn’t NYU.
So it’s not impossible. Just NYU is not known for being financially kind to international students. Yeah, a hundred percent I think. Definitely look at outside scholarships. That’s a really big thing that we didn’t mention earlier. I think that is like one of the best bets to see if , you can get outside, like academic scholarships , to help you with financial aid.
Awesome. Before we start off really quickly , so just because this is our last session already to apply series, we have the new series that’s coming out, I call it our foundation series. So this starts next week on Tuesday. So you guys are going to be the first ones to actually see all of these overnights and start registering from that.
So pretty exciting. Yeah, why he doesn’t click and all that. I will introduce what you speak on is so essentially , we’ll just have you guys go through anything, we start with quarterly, then go to Sona and then just switch back and forth. And then we’ll just try to keep your answers under a minute or so, just to try to get through all of the last questions.
So the first question I saw, how competitive is Miu in terms of knowing your major? I think it depends on the major. I know is a little bit more competitive and I think Tisha might be as well. Then some of the other schools, but yeah, it’s, it definitely depends on your major. I think the majors that have more people are the ones that are actually competitive, but there’s still , I think most people are, they don’t want to be a part of that mentality.
So I think it just depends on the person. Yeah. This one we covered already with the whole, why did you choose NYU? But , another question was, what other schools are you considering? I personally was considering either the state school for me, which is UMD , Georgetown or Notredame.
Those were the four that were on my mind. The most I picked NYU again, cause I wanted to be in New York and have those benefits in those privileges and everything that came up. Yeah, so I’m from Arkansas. So my options , that I was comparing NYU to where , the local liberal arts college , UIL are UA Fayetteville, UT Austin and George Washington , in Washington DC.
And even though all those schools gave me better financial aid options and better scholarships , than NYU, I ended up choosing NYU because ultimately it was the one that I knew was going to help me more in what my end goal was. And , it was just balancing, if I thought that was worth it or not.
Awesome. Next question is how easy is it to switch majors in schools at NYU? From what I’ve heard? It’s fairly easy. I think if you want to switch majors, you just have to. Ask to do it, and then someone will give you more specific instructions. The only thing is for stern and Tish, you have to refill out an application that you can be rejected from if you want to switch into those two programs.
But other than that, I’m, I’ve been told it’s fairly easy. And even for people like I’ve known people, who’ve gone from CAS to stern, who said, it’s not that hard either. So yeah. You just have to be clear and articulate like what it is that you’re trying to do and why you’re trying to switch. But like switching majors is easy peasy.
I did it multiple times. That’s definitely in the pool. You literally just pay lip service to whatever major that you’re in and hope for the best until you have to. Yeah. And obviously after like junior year, it’s like any other school.
So I went into the beauty industry. So marketing and beauty. Yeah. I do marketing for a startup like film production companies. So one of the reasons I went to Emily.
Awesome. Pretty quick. So someone asks, what’s the difference between early decision and regular decision. Just quick recap, early decision is binding and then you might have to apply earlier. So in November and then regular decision non-binding, but you’ll find January. But could you guys go over, if you guys applied easier RD, I applied regular decision.
So I couldn’t really tell you about the early decision process, but I know early decision again is binding, but one of my friends applied early decision to Gallatin, but that they projected her for Gallatin and let her into the liberal studies program, which is if you want to go in undeclared.
And I think it’s not binding in that situation, if they don’t give you exactly what you asked for, or if there are financial reasons. Yeah. I also applied RG. I don’t think it makes that big of a difference. I think , ed does show NYU that you’re more certain that you do want to go to NYU. And I think that does definitely benefit your application a little bit.
Awesome. This one might be a little bit longer to answer. So tips for writing common up and supplemental essays. And then what did you guys all right years without, so maybe like general topic for your common FSA? I don’t remember entirely. I will say I think so my little brother has autism, so I think I wrote mine just ended up about , that and like how that’s affected my life.
I think that they, like when you get personal, especially for a common app, cause it’s a way to get to show them who you are while not making it school specific. So I believe that’s what I wrote mine about. Yeah. I’m not entirely sure. But I think I wrote mine about , being like an Indian immigrant in the middle of Arkansas.
Awesome. Thanks for thinking back to many years ago. And you guys applied. Yeah, I guess this question might be a little bit difficult. So what about NYU? Do you think needs to be improved
financial aid? Start by saying that like we loved NYU, it was a great experience, but there are definitely a few issues that they could work on financial aid being first and foremost, that school is beyond expensive. I will say. Another thing just personally for me, I know being black on campus. It was cool because the black community was fairly tight knit and there were like, you could recognize almost everybody that you see on campus.
But I do think that there is a disconnect in what they advertise in diversity and how they manage diversity at the school and what actually happens again, that being said , I didn’t have a bad experience or I didn’t feel particularly unsupported by NYU, but there definitely is some stuff that they could work on in that respect.
Yeah. I think financial aid. And I’m trying to think , in terms of support, like I don’t, it’s not very clear and overt and I think that’s one of the really annoying things I will say. Like I had one really tough semester just like in my personal life. A lot of things happened and I broke down in like an advisor’s office and he literally.
Hold my hand and walked me to the mental health service building. And so I think they’re, they are really supportive on a personal level, but I think on the structural level, that’s where they could improve support. Yeah. Super insightful. To be honest. This question is if you guys contributed, so what types of questions do they ask you?
What you use and do you have any tips? I did not interview. I’ve interviewed for other schools and I feel like they do go into , what about this school in particular? Why this school, how do you think this will help you with what you want to do for your future? But in terms of NYU specific, I could not tell you.
Yeah, I didn’t interview for NYU. But for the other ones, I would say, yeah, just go into it with , A positive attitude and a vision of what you want your future to look like. So that you can articulate why this university will help you. I will say, just in terms of general interviewing advice, also look up who you’re interviewing , getting to know them and what their interests are.
That’s just to butter you up a little bit when you’re talking to them. But , yeah, that’s just general interview advice also. Yeah. Follow up with them. Let them know , if you did end up getting into the school or not one of the people I didn’t get into Georgetown, even though I applied, but one of the people that , interviewed me for Georgetown, he ended up being like the first person that hired me as like an intern in college.
So that was super cool. Yeah. They love when you keep up with them and just let them know. Yeah. Yeah, that’s awesome. Okay. The next question is besides completing college work in your free time, were there any spots or places that you went to with friends?
I, yeah, Washington square park union station. I feel like you just learn those things when you get there again, in the spirit of full disclosure, like there were some bars at NYU, especially before we were 21 that were notorious for not carding or being laxed. Not that, that really matters for you guys probably for your first semesters with COVID and everything going on.
But , yeah, I feel like it just very much depends on the kind of what’s there what’s the policies. But you will for sure be hearing about it. Trust me, I didn’t go out that much. And I still knew all of the popular places , yeah. And like for me personally I’m really big on like just exploring art scenes.
And so my favorite place to go and I dragged Coralie there to , to just be like photo shoots and stuff was , in Chelsea , where all the galleries are like between 18th street and Chelsea and like 25th street. There’s just so many galleries that are free and open to the public. And they always have really core exhibits.
And , yeah, I would drag everyone their concert. Certainly they were so good though. I love those. Yeah, they’re so cool. And they’re free. They’re also really fun. New York university. What experiences are unique to New York university? I will say definitely the whole open campus, because again, even with other schools in New York, Some of them are open, but it’s just very different with NYU having its sort of grasp on a lot of the districts in New York.
So that being able to go out and explore, but also just still having your foothold in NYU in most places that you’ll find yourself venturing to in the city. Yeah, that’s all I can really think of right now. Yeah. I think NYU provides you with a really stable , like footing or some stable structure within New York city.
Because I think that if you’re just going to New York without , having some sort of support system, it’s really tough. But with NYU you have a massive support system. So when you’re networking, when you’re taking classes and all of these other things, like it’s way easier. And I also want to add on that , Study abroad program with the global campuses is I think one of the most unique things about NYU.
Like I knew a girl who went to the Prague campus , like at NYU and she, while she was there, like her, like professors there helped her get a job at like via calm. And then she came back to New York city and then started working at Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom. And so it’s just she had this experience that her professor has got hurt in Prague in Europe and it translated to New York.
And I think that kind of support , and that kind of , just, I don’t know what the correct word is, but like NYU gives you so much , professional support and structure and I don’t think any other school does that consistently. Yeah. That’s awesome. Okay. This question is what were the living situations on campus, including dorms.
There were a lot of dorms on campus. There were like, I know most of the freshmen dorms are centered right around where all of the classes are, which is really nice. And then they’ve got some, I don’t know if you’ve known like the districts that well, but like most of them are located in Greenwich or Washington square park area, but then they’ve got a couple that are like west village grammar C.
So they do have a decent amount around for apartments. Again, like all of the apartments in New York are fair game, assuming you can afford them. But I think most kids end up going either uptown, cultural, like the Bronx, or like to Brooklyn, just because the rent there is cheaper. Yeah. Like those are living situations, but the dorms are fairly nice.
Yeah. I think compared to a lot of places, the dorms are really nice. This is just like a personal vanity thing. I really did not want to go to a school that had communal bathrooms. And so I was very grateful for NYU because there are no communal bathrooms. And yeah, I think , in general, the, all the dorms are pretty nice.
Even the ones that are considered like crappy. They’re not that bad. I think the only exception would be , we’ve been hall, doesn’t have AC and it’s not problem in the winter obviously. Cause they do have heating, but in the summer it can get really hot. But that’s not a problem right now. And generally like New York gets really nice and comfortable by September.
So that’s, I think not really a big problem, but I think the drums are really nice and they’re in really nice areas and I dormed up until junior year and yeah, it was a really good experience.
This might be our last question for today. So this one might be quick. Is it easy to distinguish what buildings are part of the campus when compared to those that are not? Oh, absolutely. Most of them have an NYU flag, like right upfront NYU buildings have the NYU flag. Yeah. Don’t worry about that. Yeah.
And a lot of them will have the , what are they called? Like the little, the tent, not the tents. What are they called? Like the little awnings. And I think for most of the buildings, like classes will be in stuff they’re just on Washington square park. They’re just walking in a rectangle and finding your building.
It’s. And everyone , in that area, I think like within two blocks of New York city, there’s like a handful of tourists and some professionals. But I think if you look and you see someone like your age, you can just go up to them and be like, Hey, do you know where this building is? And they’ll guide you in the right direction.
I did that a lot in my first few weeks. Yeah. That’s awesome. So that’s at the end of our webinar today. Thank you guys so much. You guys did an awesome job telling us more about, and by you and answering everyone’s questions. So if you guys do want to work with quarterly or sonar on your college essays, and especially for your M Y on my USA, I’m going to re send that link to everyone just in case you guys missed it earlier.
This is a really great opportunity to get their feedback on your essays and get help from someone who went to NYU and has all of that insight about my new student. Yeah. So just tell you guys more about our next session that we’re going to have on that’s coming on Tuesday. Part of the new series, and this topic is going to be types of supplemental essays.
So for that session on both advisory, Nadia is going to go through the most common types of essays. And then she’s going to give you advice on how to answer them and cover things like using Dylan. So there’s also a really great session to check out. But yeah, thanks so much for coming out everyone. I hope you guys have a great rest of your day.
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