mwazaumoja wrote:Hey guys, I eventually decided on a slightly less notorious school in southern Manhattan.
I was just curious why the people here chose CLS ultimately..
Please don't take my comments as confrontational, just as pure curiosity.
No hostility taken
Here are my (very individual) reasons for choosing CLS:
I chose CLS over NYU. Of course, both schools are absolutely incredible and you can't really go wrong with either. However, after going to both ASWs back-to-back, I left pretty sold on CLS.
There were a bunch of factors that pushed me toward Columbia. I went into the ASW fearing, because of perhaps baseless rumors, CLS students would be uptight and unfriendly. When I talked with tons of CLS students and found them very friendly, that calmed my main fear about CLS. CLS then proceeded to win out in most other categories.
-I like Columbia's main campus a lot. It's gorgeous. NYU doesn't have a campus.
-I generally liked the facilities at CLS better. The library is a notable exception; NYU has a much nicer library.
-I prefer the slightly more laid-back atmosphere of Morningside Heights to the constant hustle & bustle of the Village.
-I sat in on two classes at each school. I hated both classes at NYU, and loved both classes at CLS. Sure, given such small sample sizes, there's a potential for sample bias. However, NYU had four classes on the Friday ASW schedule, and I went to two of those classes... NYU had every incentive to put their best classes on the ASW schedule... I visited precisely half of the classes on the Friday ASW schedule, and hated both... that does not bode well for classes in general at NYU. I know NYU is a well-respected top school, but NYU's teaching style may simply not work for me. In contrast, as I said, I was blown away by the classes I saw at CLS.
I liked NYU well enough, and would probably be very happy there. NYU certainly has some good selling points. However, CLS impressed me much more. I just think CLS is a better match for me.