You guys are awesome for answering questions
How did you all choose NYU over other schools? Was it from programs/going to ASW/etc.?
To supplement, not replace, the answer that you'll get from the OP (not trying to hijack your thread!):
I'm a 1L. This was my thought process when I chose:
1) Rankings: Rankings mattered to me. I didn't think I would get in to YHS, but I thought I could hopefully get into at least one of CCN. If I got into one of those, I was definitely going. That narrowed the choice down to 3 schools.
2) Location: Once deciding between those 3, I ruled out Chicago based on location. New York is an awesome city, and I knew I could see myself living there for the rest of my life. It also seemed like it would probably be easier for my then-fiance to get a job in NY than in Chicago.
Deciding between NYU and Columbia was difficult. In order of personal decision-making importance:
-I felt generally happier at NYU. Students were marginally nicer and seemed marginally less stressed out. It wasn't an incredible difference, but even little differences in quality of life can matter a lot.
-I highly prefer the Village to Morningside Heights. I like going to a lot of different restaurants and bars. From Columbia you can easily hop on the subway and go downtown for restaurants, but, for me, inertia reigns supreme, and I knew I would rarely actually take the time to leave Morningside Heights, so I would just be sad that I lived there.
-Perhaps a silly way to decide, but NYU has more famous professors, and I was awestruck by the thought of taking classes from the casebook authors.
I love it here, and I could not be happier with my choice. Best of luck with yours!