1. Anonymous said: So what's the difference between a lecture class and a seminar class?

    I don’t know if there are distinct differences but I see them differently in my head. Like I’ve said before, some smaller classes can be mostly based on the professors’ lectures, but I always think of lectures as being larger classes with more than thirty or so (sometimes several hundred) students. I see seminars as being smaller so to allow a good class discussion that involves everyone.

  2. Anonymous said: How early can I study abroad? I really want to study in korea next summer but I read somewhere on the nyu website that undergraduate students must have completed 64 points of academic work.. I'm not sure what that means

    If you’re not in LSP/GLS, you can study abroad as soon as the fall of your sophomore year. The requirements being that you have to have completed a full year, or two semesters, of undergraduate work and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

  3. Anonymous said: Getting honest, no BS advice about NYU is so hard to find, so thanks so much for this!! I've got some questions :P 1) I hear a ton of negativity about the expense of the school. Not necessarily just the tuition, but going out into the city / having fun / day to day stuff. Is it manageable? 2) Is there any way I can do anything to get a better chance at getting the housing I want? Like apply early, etc.? 3) Is the area around NYU fit a "college" vibe, or is it WAY to "city" vibe? Thanks again! :)

    I’m glad I can help! :)

    1. NYC can be expensive, yes. I mean, it’s a city and cities tend to be more expensive than, say, the suburbs, but it can also be manageable. There are a lot of ways to live relatively cheaply (or just not super extravagantly) in the city. I’ve seen so many publications and blogs do lists on cheap or free eats and events and there are a lot of accounts that exist to inform people on discounted or free things that pop up (like FreeFoodNYU). NYU also offers discounted tickets and entry to a lot of events and places through Ticket Central and Freeseums. Also, $1 pizza exists and is a beautiful thing. There will probably be a time where you spend way too much money and hate yourself for a little bit, but it’ll help you learn how to budget your money and make what you have last, which is a great skill to learn.

    2. NYU housing runs on a lottery system, so the most you can do is just get everything in on time and hope for the best. I always suggest getting everything done as early as possible so that way it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it, but I don’t think it makes a difference when you submit everything as long as it’s by the deadline.

    3. Well, NYU basically owns the area around Washington Square Park, which, during the school year, has a ton of college students walking around, so it can feel very college-y. There are also, however, many people who work or live in the area and tourists around on a daily basis so you definitely know you’re not on a closed campus. NYU prides itself on being “in and of the city” and that’s probably the best way to describe the area around WSP. It definitely doesn’t feel like you’re alone on campus and completely away from the city, but it also definitely doesn’t feel like there are no college students around. 

  4. Someone asked if I would recommend LSP and I lost the post while trying to save it because I’m an idiot, so I want to answer it here:

    Sure. I mean, I don’t know if I would recommend choosing it outright as your school, but I do think LSP can benefit a lot of people in several ways. I actually read a lot of books and things that I had never read and would have probably never read, so I am actually really grateful for that (it’ll have been especially helpful if I ever end up on Jeopardy). Also, LSP really helped me with my colloquium. Because I read a lot of classics and ancient texts, I had a solid foundation and didn’t have to go into those topics cold, which really helped when I was really stressing over preparing for the colloquium. LSP also gave me time to realize I didn’t exactly want to do what I originally planned on doing and allowed me to switch tracks without losing time. I think LSP would be good for people who know they want to be at NYU and have an idea of what they want to study but haven’t fully figured it out yet, or are actually interested in the Liberal Arts or something that LSP covers but it’s also possible to get a similar education at a cheaper institution. I say sure, I recommend LSP if it’s either something you’re interested in or you think you can benefit from, because then it would be worth the time spent. Sure, LSP gets annoying and is easy to complain about, but it’s not the worst thing by far, and I do think it helped me in the long run.

  5. 05:10

    Tags: classes

    Anonymous said: Are current students allowed to sit in on lectures/other classes that aren't in their schedule/major?

    Sometimes. You can usually during the first week or so, when people are trying to see if they like their classes or not, but afterwards it’s not as common. You can sit in on larger lectures most of the time since they don’t check your name off at the door but I don’t think I ever had someone sit in on one of my smaller classes unless they were a prospective student. If anything, you’d have to ask the professor to see if they would allow it in a smaller class.

  6. Anonymous said: Aside from the closets, do they provide drawers at Third North? Also do they provide microwaves for the kitchen area?

    It depends on what bed you get. I had a bed with two or three (I don’t exactly remember) drawers built into the base with some drawers under the mattress where a lot of us stored suitcases but there are other beds that are just the frame. If you have one of those, you’d get a set of drawers (like a dresser) so everyone gets basically the same amount of space.

    And Third North doesn’t provide microwaves, you’d have to bring your own.

  7. Anonymous said: So I will be living at Third North this fall and I have a package that is being shipped in September aka when I will be living there. What address should I provide if I want it to be shipped to Third North? Thanks!

    You’ll want to send it to:

    75 3rd Ave., Tower-Room
    New York, NY 10003

    For example, if you’re in room 312a in the North tower, your address would be:

    75 3rd Ave., Tn-312a
    New York, NY 10003

    I believe the whole tower-room configuration is also listed somewhere online when you look at your room assignment. Also, generally think of your suite/room as an apartment within the building.

  8. Anonymous said: When do I start applying for NYU? For the fall next year

    I think the application usually opens up around the summer before the fall semester you’re applying for. 

  9. 03:17

    Notes: 1

    Tags: study abroad

    Anonymous said: Can you study abroad in a country other than the ones NYU have connections with? For example, can you spend a semester abroad in Egypt or Morocco?

    Sure! NYU has different exchange programs where you have the option to study at different schools rather than NYU’s abroad locations. There’s a list of schools that NYU works with and you are sure to get credits from and, unfortunately, there aren’t applicable schools in Egypt or Morocco at the moment, but there may be ways to work something out. I’m not saying that it can 100% happen, but students can usually study abroad with another school’s program if their own school allows it so it’s not 100% out of the question either. You’d just have to make sure you could get credit for your work there.

  10. Anonymous said: How many of your classes were lecture classes? Did you take the majority of your classes at Gallatin or at different schools within nyu? Is the workload intense as a Gallatin student? Thanks!

    I had maybe two lecture-style classes that had more than one hundred people in them and at least a handful of lectures that had more than thirty but less than one hundred. I would guess that, on average, I took classes with around twenty to thirty students in them (more toward the upper limit while I was in LSP). I was only in Gallatin for two years, but I would say that the majority of my classes in those two years were in Gallatin, yes. The workload can be intense depending on what you’re studying and what classes you take. I had some semesters that had much more work than others depending on what the classes I was taking required. I had a semester where I had at least a photo essay and an article due pretty much every week on top of whatever reading/papers I had and that got to be a lot of work some weeks, but I don’t think I ever felt overworked throughout an entire semester while in Gallatin. I knew some people, though, who were constantly working and had a lot to due every day/week, so it differs.

  11. Anonymous said: What do you think is the lowest gpa NYU would take? With that gpa, is there anything one could do to still get in?

    I really don’t know. Admission doesn’t tend to weight exclusively on one aspect of your application and some things can outweigh others so I don’t think there is a lowest acceptable GPA.

  12. 01:53

    Notes: 4

    Tags: student lifenyc

    Anonymous said: I was wondering if you know any good places to listen to live music/ play music for NYU students in the NYC area?

    Oh man, there are so many live music venues in New York City period. The Village was/is known for its live music scene and just by walking around you can find a lot of places very close to NYU. I’ll list some links that give examples of locations but you can really just go on Google Maps and search around a bit and find a lot of places that would be great.

  13. Anonymous said: How does mail work at NYU in the dorms? Does everyone get a postage box? Do we just pick up mail at the front desk? Do we know when we have something waiting for us? (I'm thinking of third north specifically) Thanks in advance!

    I think it’s the same in all of the residence halls, but you get a mailbox for your room/suite and you all get keys to it. It’s up to you to check it regularly or whenever you feel like it, but they won’t tell you when you have mail. They will, however, tell you when you get a package that’s too big for your mailbox. So if you order something like clothes, it’ll be stored in the resource center and they’ll contact you, usually by email, and tell you to come and pick it up.

  14. Anonymous said: How did you apply for nyu scholarships?

    I didn’t, they automatically consider applicants for most of them.

  15. pastewor said: hi i was wondering i you knew anyone that went to parsons, also if you know anyone that is in the environmental science/ civil engineering majors, if so how is the course load and how donthey say life is at parsons, thanks so much for reading

    I’m sorry but I don’t know anyone at or who went Parsons.