MoonyUpToNoGood wrote:Hellooo.. I'm trying to decide between NYU and Penn and since I just got in, I couldn't go to NYU's admitted students weekends.
Would people that went mind sharing their experience? What was the general atmosphere like? How did the current students feel about NYU? I'm looking for a place where I'll feel close and connected to my classmates, and I like that Penn has a small class size - how did the collegially between the current students seem? Institutional support? I don't mind general feelings, just trying to get a sense.. Thanks!
Hey! I'm in the same position but in the other order - I got into NYU a while ago and went to ASD and then more recently got into Penn and only experienced it via an individual visit. So as a result can't draw a solid direct comparison but here are my observations, fwiw:
- To answer your direct question, people at NYU were super friendly and seemed to get along well with each other.
- One key difference is that majority of 1Ls at NYU live on campus and therefore closet to each other while folks at Penn live literally all over the place.
- Penn class size being smaller I don't think has a meaningful impact on how close you can get to your classmates because the section sizes are quite comparable. As a result, the 1L classes are about the same size and give you equal opportunity to get a sense of collegiality and camaraderie in the class.
- I definitely got the feeling at Penn that the administration and faculty is closer to the student than at NYU, due to the sheer size of the class. I emailed a few profs at Penn to chat and got immediate responses; no such luck at NYU. I'm sure there are profs there you can get close to if you do the work, but my impression is that you have to work quite a bit harder at it.
- This is a total personal observation probably but the general character of people at Penn and NYU was different. For lack of a better way to describe it, Penn feels a bit more bro-ey and preppy while NYU is a real mishmash of everything. This is annoyingly both hard to describe and also the biggest difference I saw between the people at the two schools.
- The facility at Penn is much nicer than NYU. It's 4 buildings that are connected into one big rectangle which forms an inside courtyard. As a result, the environment felt secluded and peaceful (I was there also on a beautiful spring day, so my impression might be affected by that)
- Other than all those things, the biggest difference is probably New York versus Philadelphia. Philly is a more laid back livable city with much cheaper rents but still enough great bars, restaurants, culture, etc, so you def won't get bored. New York is New York: big, noisy, messy, expensive, but also home to amazing people and organizations. So it's really a question of preference.
As you can probably tell, I am struggling with the decision myself........ but I hope these observations were somewhat helpful!