indigomachine wrote:AmandaPB wrote:I originally didn’t write one, but took a trip to New York and visited NYU after I already submitted my application. Since it is one of my top choices (and by top I don’t mean sixth after YHSCC, by the way), I figured I would write one and explain my interest after actually seeing the school. I am also interested in a specific program so I talked about that, as well.
Like I said before, I didn't write an entirely separate essay, but the end of my PS was pretty "Why NYU". Another reason to throw in there about not doing it though (particularly with NYU and Columbia) (and a reason I considered not writing one) is that a lot of the good things to be said about NYU can be said about Columbia. Both schools have similar programs, placement, and are in the same city. That said, I'm still glad I wrote mine because I was in the same situation as Amanda where NYU was my top choice / not after HYSCC, and I wanted to convey that. Either way, I think that if it doesn't sound like you could've written it for any one of the school's peer institutions, I'd go for it. I'd personally also avoid Why NYU/why Columbia statements that are basically interchangeable. Both are awesome schools with a lot of similar strengths; if you don't have a good reason for one of them being your first choice over the other, then don't write a halfhearted Why X.
Just my 0.02.
edit: might be worth mentioning, I did not explicitly say NYU was my top choice in my PS because I felt like it was redundant with ED.
Why are you: NYU>>Columbia?