College Snap Shots

In an effort to provide Burlington High School students and their families with relevant and up-to-date college information, the Guidance Staff will be visiting various colleges and universities and providing you with information. The colleges visited do not represent a preference on the part of the BHS Guidance Department towards any particular school.

In the college search process, many things are taken into consideration. Things that are considered, but not limited to are: campus size, location, number of students on campus, majors, tuition, distance from home, athletic programs, clubs and other activities. When considering a college, students must also make realistic decisions based on personal interest, grades, test scores, etc.

The department feels that the college visit is an integral part of the process, and we strongly encourage students to visit any and all schools that interest them, especially if these schools are fairly close by. The information we provide is only a small snapshot into each respective college. We hope to add information about other schools in the future, and as always we appreciate any feedback that you have that would help us provide our students and their families useful information in the sometimes overwhelming college search process.

Furthermore we ask that students also research colleges by using their Naviance accounts and scheduling meetings with their counselor on a consistent basis. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter's individual counselor if you have any further questions.

Friday, February 3, 2012

New York University

New York University
Subway stop for NYU:  Astoria Station

Visit Date:   March 2, 2009
Visited by:  Ms. Diozzi
Location: New York City

Population of School:   21, 270 undergraduate

Campus Type: Urban (!)

Number of BHS students who applied:

2011     9  (0 were admitted, 0 attended)
2010:    2  (1 was admitted, 0 attended)
2009:    8  (6 were admitted, 2 attended)
2008:    4  (3 were admitted,  0 attended)
2007:    1  (1 student applied, 0 admitted)   2006:    7  (4 were admitted, 2 attended)

Most Popular majors:  N/A, but known for political science, business, performing arts.

Approx. 10 square (scattered) city blocks in downtown New York City.  The campus IS New York City. There are no gates and no separate areas isolated from the city itself. Each building opens onto a New York City street. The admissions officer said, “If you don’t like that we are in and of the city, don’t come.”

70 % of all faculty live on campus and most of the rest live right in the neighborhood.

On Campus Housing Information: All students guaranteed housing for four years.

Performing arts: non-performing arts majors can still  take performing arts classes at  the renowned Tisch School for the Arts. These classes are not taken with Tisch students, though.

Once admitted to NYU, it is hard to transfer into Tisch or the Stern School of Business because they’re so competitive. Applicants may not apply to one of these schools, be denied but then be offered general admission into, say, The College of Arts and Sciences.  As the admissions rep. said, “No is no.” 

NYU receives 38,000 applications each year. Do not send supplemental materials. They don’t have time to read them and will throw them away.  If a student submits an ACT score, he or she must also submit two SAT subject tests.

Student Life:
Dining: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher preferences all can be accommodated. There is a kosher dining hall.
ALL NYU housing has private bathrooms.
400 clubs and organizations, including a radio station and a record label.
“Ticket Central” - Discounted tickets to movies, Bway shows and sporting events. Just show ID.

Financial Aid:
ALL students should submit FAFSA in order to be considered for merit aid.  NYU will “never” not be need-blind. Try to meet all of need.

Is “off the hook.” I was not allowed to take any indoor photographs. Located only 1-1.5 miles from Ground Zero, security is a visible presence. We had to carry our admissions passes with us (preferably worn on coat, but mine fell off), and the security guards checked them. Tour guides had to sign in and out. Extra security to sign into dorms: swipe ID card and then enter birthday. If you lose your ID, no one can use it unless they also know your birthday. Students I spoke to said they feel safe on campus, and ironically, the heightened security did feel rather reassuring.

Safe Ride (see photo) - free ride service available from 12 midnight to 6 a.m. Will pick you up and bring you home - no questions asked. Just show ID.

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