Published June 10, 2022
Finding Your Fit: Why Academics Is Only Part of the College Fit Story
In my role at the University, I manage a community of very passionate student ambassadors who share their NYU stories with prospective students every day. On their campus tours, they talk about NYU being recognized across the globe for its strong academic profile. Even more, they discuss their world-renowned professors, their intellectually stimulating classes, and top-tier research opportunities. But that’s not the full story of NYU. And the ambassadors agree that finding your fit for college extends way beyond the classroom.
I’ve learned a lot about the student experience through my work with the ambassadors. As a result, I realize that the story of NYU is incomplete without conversations about the rich, cocurricular experiences that students have outside the classroom. These experiences make the NYU student journey unlike that of any other college or university in the world. The ambassadors paint a picture of a university where a student’s intellectual growth is propelled by university support and extracurricular opportunities.
There are several aspects to consider when it comes to finding your fit. Although the academic reputation of an institution might be the initial draw, there’s more to the story. Here are a few ways NYU makes the lives of its students even richer on a daily basis.
Diversity and Inclusion Are a Priority
NYU is not shy about its commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are a university of diverse students with roots all over the world. As such, our goal is to continue to foster and support a community of respect and understanding. Offices like the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs provide support and education for students and staff. Initiatives like their Justice Zone Training and the Students of Color Leadership Retreat provide safe spaces for students with marginalized identities. Our Moses Center for Students with Disabilities ensures that all students have equal access to education. At NYU, students have the freedom to be themselves and the space to flourish and thrive. Allies and activists alike are encouraged to think critically, becoming change-makers on campus and in the world.
The Campus Knows No Bounds
Broadway, the United Nations, Wall Street, and The Met are all within a few miles of our campus. As a university located in New York City, NYU has unmatched access to resources and enriching opportunities. It’s no secret that NYU’s campus is untraditional. But that’s one of our greatest strengths. The campus without walls provides a unique opportunity for students to attend a school that is in and of the city. This allows for broader connections uptown, downtown, and around the globe. So, you want to intern at a Fortune 500 company? Maybe you want to star in an off-Broadway play? Or perhaps you want to venture to an art museum to see a piece you discussed in class? These opportunities and more are at your fingertips, or no more than a short subway ride away.
Students Are a Part of a Global Network
NYU offers a range of study away opportunities for students who want an educationally and personally enriching experience away from the main campus. Most noteworthy, our global network extends to two degree-granting campuses and 12 global sites. So students can explore the country and the world. There are both short-term and long-term options that range from one week to one year. And no matter which option you choose, there is support for study away students. Our Office of Global Programs works hard to ensure a seamless transition from campus to campus.
Pursuing Your Passions Is Easy
The extracurricular opportunities are truly endless here at NYU. With over 300 active student clubs, it goes without saying that, no matter your interests, there is a place for you. If you have no idea where to begin, the Center for Student Life can help you find your niche. They showcase their commitment to student engagement through student support, events, and leadership development. Hence, their office is a one-stop shop for all your community building needs.
The Residential Experience Is Rich
Living on campus is a great complement to the scholastic journey. Students have a home away from home in our residence halls in addition to support and mentorship from live-in staff members. In the residence halls, genuine connections are made and lifelong bonds begin to take shape. Our residential colleges at Broome and Goddard Halls provide even more opportunities for building community and creating tight-knit, student-driven collectives.
Finding your fit can be a challenging task, especially now that students are applying to more colleges than ever. It’s clear that finding your fit involves more consideration than just a university’s academic reputation. If you’re still on the fence about what schools to apply to, dig a little deeper. Look beyond the classroom to find out if NYU is the right fit for you.