The Major Dilemma about Majors

Hello, happy people! I hope your summers are being spent tanning, relaxing, Netflix-ing, and starting your college planning. ….What? Too soon, you say? It’s never too soon! Just because school isn’t in session doesn’t mean you should put off your application process! It can be as simple as creating a CommonApp account, deciding what to write your essay about, or even narrowing down which schools you’ll apply to come fall.

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Boricua!

The anthem of pride, Boricua!, was heard throughout the streets of New York City this past weekend as the Puerto Rican Day Parade rolled down iconic Fifth Avenue on Sunday. One of my very first cultural experiences in New York City was that parade and remains one of my favorite events of the year to this day nearly 20 years later. This year’s parade drew a record 1.5 million spectators. You can see some of them here.

The Boricua! anthem takes on a whole new meaning this year at NYU, as a record-breaking number of Puerto Rican students from San Juan to Spanish Harlem will join students of Dominican and Mexican descent, as well as students from more than a dozen Central and South American countries. In August, we will welcome our largest Latino/a/x community ever to arrive at New York University.

Wait List Update 3

First-year applicants holding a space on our wait list should read this update:

We have now admitted just over 200 students from our wait list. We continue to have no space in our College of Arts and Science, programs in Liberal Studies, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Tandon School of Engineering, and NYU Abu Dhabi. It now also appears that we will have no additional space in our Stern School of Business.

We are still unsure as to whether or not we will admit any additional students to our Meyers College of Nursing or Silver School of Social Work, but it is looking increasingly unlikely.

We still may have additional space in our School of Professional Studies, Steinhardt School, Tisch School of the Arts, and NYU Shanghai. You will be contacted by phone or email if we are able to offer you such a space. Please do not call or email to inquire about your status.

Virtually all transfer students have received a final admission decision. We have some final decisions to make and a very small wait list. We will provide those students with closure as soon as possible.

I will provide another update in July and all students will have a final decision on their application status by August 1.

Wait List Update 2

Here is an update for first-year applicants holding a space on our wait list.

Since May 1, we have admitted another 75 or so students from our waiting list. As of this week, approximately 110 students have been admitted thus far. From this point forward, we do not expect to extend any additional offers of our admission to the following programs: the College of Arts and Science, Core Program in Liberal Studies, Global Liberal Studies Program, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, or Tandon School of Engineering.

We may have additional space in our other programs but it is too early to tell how many and when those spaces may open.

If you are holding a space, please take the time to read my first update for students on the wait list, which explains what you should (and should not do) from this point forward.

I will provide another update in a few weeks.

10 Signs You’re Ready for NYU

10) You accidentally wore your NYU sweatshirt to school every day for a week

Ever since you bought your sweatshirt after your campus tour, you’ve been proudly sporting the purple. No shame in loving NYU, just don’t forget to wash your hoodie every once in a while!

9) You found at least 3 restaurants near campus that you’re dying to try

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With the help of the Yelp app you recently downloaded to your phone, you’ve been able to discover all the best eats around NYU and NYC. While you know you won’t have any trouble finding food using your meal plan and the dining halls, who can resist a good meal from a famous NYC restaurant every once in a while?

8) You’ve started referring to yourself as a New Yorker

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Pretty much ever since you applied to NYU you’ve been practicing the art of speed-walking and shoving bagels and lox down your throat. In your mind, you’re practically already a New Yorker…

7) Your packing list is complete

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It may not even be summer, and you may still have finals and AP exams to study for, but that hasn’t stopped you from imagining what living at NYU will be like. Maybe you’ve gone through all the Bed, Bath, and Beyond lists or you’ve spoken to a college-aged friend. You know that you should be providing your own sheets but are pumped that you don’t necessarily have to pack shower shoes (Yay no communal bathrooms at NYU!).

6) You already consider your roommate your best friend…even though you don’t know them yet

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The roommate process for first year students at NYU is random, relying solely on a personal questionnaire and geographical diversity. But that hasn’t stopped you from daydreaming about all of the fun things you and your new roomie will do around the city!

5) You mapped out multiple walking paths to and from your residence hall and campus

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If you’re anything like I was, a prospective NYU student coming from somewhere other than New York, Google Maps is your best friend. You memorized the address of your favorite residence hall and know that from there it takes exactly 6 minutes to get to your first class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Next you’ll be figuring out the quickest walk to a nearby coffee shop…

4) You’re already planning your study abroad trip

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NYU offers more students the opportunity to study away than any other university, so you’re thankful to have a reason to travel endlessly during a chosen semester. With college adventures on your mind, you’ve already read through all of the course offerings at our away sites and planned out your trip for sophomore year– why wait? You might even be lucky enough to be spending your freshman year abroad through the Liberal Studies Program, in which case you’ve probably mapped out which neighboring countries you’ll be visiting during your first year.

3) You’ve attempted to understand the subway system at least twice

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As an NYU student, you expect that you will frequent the subway to get you all around the city. Navigating the subway can be a little challenging at first, but you know that you’ll be a professional in no time!

2) You’ve planned out a tentative class schedule for your intended major

You understand it’s a little early to be thinking of the classes you want to take as a freshman, but you can’t help it. Your whole year is planned out, from the core classes you’ll fulfill to a fun elective. And you even checked Rate My Professor to make sure you’re getting the best professors fit for your personality!

1) You’re ready for new experiences and new challenges

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Most importantly, you’re ready for the journey that is NYU. You know that there might be some challenges leaving home and moving to a new city, but you are confident that NYU is the right place for you. You look forward to meeting people from all around the world, gaining free access to famous NYC spots just because you’re an NYU student, and learning from world-renowned professors.

Hope to see you soon…

Wait List Update 1

Earlier today, we notified between 35-40 students who applied to the Tisch School of the Arts and Meyers College of Nursing that we could offer them admission. Those students were alerted to check their NYU Albert account online to view their admission decision and to confirm their enrollment at NYU.

At this point, it still too early to tell if we will have additional spaces. I will provide an update on this blog as the spring progresses into summer but a few updates now:

  1. If your interest in NYU is burning, the best way to advocate for yourself is to provide whatever information you want us to consider on our wait list response form, which has ample space to express your interest in NYU and to add any additional information you want us to consider.
  2. We strongly discourage against submitting ANY new materials and/or recommendations. So many students send us emails and letters expressing their interest in NYU when, in fact, the wait list response form above is the only additional item we review (along with one’s application materials) when determining who to admit from the wait list. Of course, if admitted, we will also want to review your final transcript.
  3. Before emailing or calling with questions about how our wait list works, please review our wait list FAQ here. Roughly 10-15% of our applicant pool was offered a space on our wait list. By May 1, we expect fewer than half of these students will agree to be on our wait list. We will then re-evaluate those candidates in the event any space is available in our freshman class. The wait list is not ranked and we cannot predict how many students will eventually be offered admission. The number has ranged from 0 to 500+ in recent years.
  4. For some programs, we have exhausted NYU scholarships and we may need to be “need-aware” in making decisions about who to admit from the wait list.
  5. Out of fairness to all, we do not set up appointments with students on the wait list. Again, instead of visiting or sending new materials, please make use of our wait list response form above.

We know that it can and will be frustrating to wait for us. A waiting list can feel like purgatory. You haven’t been admitted. You haven’t been denied. The wait can sometimes be unbearable. Patience will be essential.

If we have space in any of our programs on any of our campuses, we will do everything possible to consider you until the very end. But the end may be as late as August 1.

August 1?! Yes, August 1. While there is absolutely no expectation that you wait for us until August 1, it may, in fact, take through the months of May, June, and July for us to know if any space will materialize. You can remove your name from our wait list at any time and we would encourage you to do so at any point by emailing admissions.ops@nyu.edu. We only want you to remain on the waiting list for as long as you have interest in NYU.

We wish you the best with your options for next year and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

 

 

 

From WoTS to Washington

Hi Friends!

Happy #collegesigningday ! Are you showing off your NYU gear today? I’m enjoying my last day in Seattle before I head back to a spring-y NYC!

April is an exciting time in admissions—we are welcoming thousands of admitted students to campus all month. When we’re not on campus, admissions officers are also hitting the road to meet with our admitted students and we also begin introducing NYU to juniors who are beginning the college process!  Our travels  continue through May, so be sure to check our website to see if NYU is visiting your city this spring! Read More

4 Apps That Make Living in NYC Easy for any Student!

Living in a big city can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when you’re lost in the middle of ‘nowhere’ and don’t know how to get around. Although everyone around is friendly and always willing to help, sometimes relying on your phone isn’t a bad idea! During my freshman year of university, there were 5 applications that I relied on for survival (okay, not survival).

 

Seamless

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You know when you come back after a tiring day, and all you want to do is cozy up in your bed with some hot tea, and Netflix? And just then, your rumbling stomach decides to ruin your entire plan and all you can think about is that delicious pizza that you walked past on your way home? Well, that’s what Seamless is for! As you may already know, I’m a fan of exotic and authentic dining, and seamless makes it possible for me to do order that delicious meal in the comfort of my residence. (Also, the app was developed by one of our NYU Alums with the help of the Leslie eLAB!)

 

EmbarkNYC

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This is the most ideal application to use when you’re in the middle of the city and you wish to commute to a particular location using public transport. Embark NYC is always up to date with the public transportation schedule, and will provide the easiest train, bus and walking route for you to reach your destination. If you know the station names, you can also access the application offline (It’s helpful especially when you’re underground in the train station and do not have access to an internet connection).

 

TodayTix

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TodayTix is the best way to catch Broadway shows at a cheap rate. The app updates everyday with new offers for tickets, at low prices. I watched Phantom of the Opera and A View From the Bridge at totally affordable costs, thanks to TodayTix! It’s amazing for theatre students (you can watch shows without living the broke college student life all the time), but also for people who generally enjoy watching theatre performances.

 

Venmo

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What happens when you’re out with friends and you need to pay them for something they bought you? Well, you don’t have to worry about going to an ATM to draw money anymore, because Venmo is the best way to transfer funds virtually between friends! You can also get a cash conversation going, by sending messages and reminders for payments between each other. It makes splitting the checks during dinner easier as well!

Living in NYC may sound intimidating for some, but with these apps, and tons of others, it’s never been easier!