The Joys of Going to College Near a City

Whether it be Philly, Boston, or the one near and dear to my heart, Manhattan, every city has so much to offer. Going to college near a city reminds you that a learning experience is not contained within the walls of a classroom and that there are always better dining options than your cafeteria. Since I went to college in Riverdale, NY, NYC was only a few stops away on the 1 train. And yes, while the subway at times seemed more like a burden than a blessing, I never took for granted the twenty-minute ride that transported me from the stillness of Van Cortlandt Park to the liveliness of Columbus Circle.

Here are some of the many benefits of going to college near a city:

Murilo visits a student at NYU Stern

Murilo visits a student at NYU Stern

Internships and jobs

New York City gave me the opportunity to intern at places I would have never imagined. I was able to intern at The United Nations for six months and enjoy the view of the East River and the Pepsi-Cola sign. Internships at PEN America and Penguin Random House allowed me to explore the streets of Soho. If I had not been near the city, I would not have been able to work with these organizations based in the heart of Manhattan. The city opened doors I didn’t even know existed for a college student and allowed me to network, building professional and personal relationships with people for years to come.



A student shows Murilo where the best food is near NYU's campus

A student shows Murilo where the best food is near NYU's campus

Is there anything else I really need to say about this? When I was tired of eating chicken fingers and fries, I knew I was only a subway ride away from Korean fried chicken, halal food, or artichoke pizza. And none of these things broke the bank, either.



Sometimes all you need is to get away from campus. Whether it be a solo trip or an adventure with friends, the city always has new places for you to discover. Find your new favorite study niche, or get lost somewhere in East Village. It’s definitely a good way to get a breath of fresh air.


Cities have all of this and more. Even if it’s not Manhattan, just go out and make the most of any environment you find yourself in - you’re young, go explore!

Student Perspectives: NYU Stern

Are you interested in learning about America's top colleges from the perspective of current college students? We'll be visiting our LogicPrep graduates, who are now current college students to get the inside scoop about what makes these universities great and what's completely different than expected. Follow along to learn more!

Jesse and Murilo traveled to NYU Stern to visit LogicPrep alum, Alice. While Alice loved growing up in Brazil, she has truly had the best college experience so far and can't imagine attending school anywhere else. Read all about why she loves NYU Stern below.

Are you happy at NYU Stern?

I am more than happy at NYU Stern! I thought it would be harder, especially the first few months, but I'm having the best time. I've met so many people and so many Brazilians, which is good for me. I don't stop. I'm always around campus or somewhere in the city or in the park or listening to people play music or at a friends house or in Soho or at a rooftop... I'm never home! That's important for me because I wouldn't want to stay in my room all day and just study. You have everything you want here. If you want to go out to eat at someplace nice, you can do that! If you want to study, you can go to an amazing ten-story library to study. The options are endless at NYU.

Five words to describe campus?


How would you describe the typical Stern student?

There's just not a typical student! Everyone is very smart and outgoing. People say that Stern students are very competitive and try to take advantage of each other, but I haven't seen that yet. Students are easy to talk to and sociable. 

What is your housing situation like?

I'm in a dorm right in front of the park. I have the best building! I live in a suite, which is three rooms and one bathroom. There are two people in each room, so there are six people total. My actual roommate is really nice, also part of Stern and is from New Jersey. 

Do you feel like Stern is more of an elite part of NYU?

Yes, I do. There's a stereotype that Stern students only wear suits and work on Wall Street and they're arrogant and have their own printers, but that's not really true.

What was the orientation like on campus?

Stern has a separate orientation from NYU. Stern wants to build a family-like community, so in orientation you're separated into groups within Stern (about 40 or so people). They took us to the US Open! And other schools within NYU were jealous because only Stern students got to do that. They also took us to Central Park for a field day. 

Tell us about the Cohort Leadership Program.

We were divided into Cohorts, which is a leadership program during orientation. Every Friday, I meet with this group and build friendships and interact with people within my program. It's not a class, but it's a group activity that I'm part of outside of class. Many of my friends that aren't Brazilian are part of this Cohort group, and we will be part of this group until we graduate. Our Cohort is led by a professor and two upperclassmen, and they are very nice and willing to talk with. They're good mentors. 

What is your favorite study spot?

I don't need silence, and I like to do work with friends. There are tables in the Bobst Library where you're allowed to collaborate with other people, so I like to study there. I also like to study in the lounge that's only accessible to Stern students. 

How was the transition from life in Brazil to life in the US?

It was very smooth! My mom came with me initially, and it was hard when she was left. Of course I miss my family and friends (and my dog!), but I make a real effort to connect with my family often as well as keep myself busy here. If I dwell on what I'm missing out on, then I get sad, so I don't do that. I don't want to go back to Brazil right now! I am fine here. I love it here.

What's more challenging? High School or NYU Stern Core Curriculum?

Hard question! Stern is very hard. I haven't seen my midterm grades yet, but in terms of quizzed and term papers, I would say that high school was harder. To be honest, I'm not really spending that much time studying, and I'm doing well. I'll let you know when the semester is over! The workload from high school was harder, but the classes here at Stern are more fast-paced and there's not as much support from teachers as I had in high school. 


Start studying earlier! It worked out alright for me, but it was much more stressful than it needed to be. I would recommend working on the SAT or ACT and TOEFL as early as possible. 

Is there a segregation between international students and US students?

There isn't really a segregation here. Because there are so many international students at NYU, everyone has a different background, so everyone mixes together. As an international student, I don't feel alienated at all and always feel like I'm accepted. I feel like I can be part of whatever group of people I want to be part of. It's very inclusive here.

Have you become involved in any clubs?

Yes. There are 10,000 Stern clubs and they're all really easy to get involved in. I'm in the LARA (Luxury and Retail Association) and STEBA (Stern Tisch Entertainment Business Association). There are so many amazing speakers and lectures that anyone can go to. This past week, I listened to a lecture from a man involved in the Innocence Project, and it was amazing. There are just so many incredibly successful people that come to campus all the time, and you just have to sign up, show up and interact to be involved.

Do you know what major you will choose?

Possible marketing. I haven't yet decided.  

Fun facts about NYU Stern?

The Washington Square Park fountain is our life. Every day, at least 2 of my friends send me pictures of this fountain. Not excited for winter!
Also, You can go into all buildings and all rooms if you're an NYU student. However, there is one lounge that is only accessible to Stern students. 

For more student perspectives, click here!

College Tours with Murilo: NYU

This week, Murilo (from Team LP Brazil) is traveling all over the East Coast, touring and learning all about some of the best universities from New York to Boston. Follow him here for his insights into the various colleges -- what they're like and what it takes to get in!


First stop: NYU

College Advisor Julia accompanied Murilo on his journey around NYU!

College Advisor Julia accompanied Murilo on his journey around NYU!

Ready for a college tour!

Ready for a college tour!

Why is this school awesome?

Murilo: Before I arrived here, I thought that NYU would be the New York University in New York, but its a lot more than that -- it's a global network with campuses in different sites: NYC, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, and offices in 11 countries. Being in NYC makes it vibrant and intense by definition and the Gallatin School is really something unique and special.
Julia: At first you think NYU is "a school in and of the city of New York" but it's really "a school in and of the world." NYU is asking students to be advocates for their ideas in the context of a global conversation, which is pretty awesome. There's also a 10:1 student faculty ratio! And you are guaranteed housing for all 4 years, which is a pretty big deal in NYC.

Favorite spot on campus?

Murilo: Gould Plaza, the heart of NYU's Stern School campus, and Washington Square Park.
Hanging out in Washington Square Park

Hanging out in Washington Square Park

Gould Plaza

Gould Plaza

The "typical student" is...

Murilo: Diverse
Julia: There is no typical student!


International perspective?

Murilo: NYU provides you with a genuinely globalized education, the confidence to live anywhere in the world you choose, and the ability to apply to a job in any country you'd like. NYU also offers an extremely international student body and will give you the confidence, skills, know-how, and network to have what it takes to be a "globalized citizen."
Brand recognition is excellent. People see NYU as a school that delivers high quality education. They like the idea that it's in New York, but they miss the fact that it's a lot more than that. This is what I was most surprised by today. 
Julia: NYU Shanghai is 50% Chinese national students and you graduate from NYU Shanghai with two degrees-- an NYU degree and degree recognized by the Chinese government. There are also 11 Global Academic Centers (Accra, Florence, Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, London, Prague, DC, Buenos Aires, Madrid, & Sydney) and your financial aid package travels with you!


Special programs/offerings applicants should consider?

Murilo: Be sure to check out: Gallatin, Stern, Tandon, Tisch
Julia: Leslie Entrepreneurship Lab (A new building/institute on campus that offers lecture series to students on entrepreneurship, as well as resources such as 3D printers, production labs for filmmakers, and counselors to whom you can present your business pitches for feedback and who can help advise you on the process of seeking investors)
In front of Tisch Hall

In front of Tisch Hall

Tips for the application process?

Murilo: The essay is a very important place to stand out. Know what you want, choose correctly, and let yourself pick the school that's right for you.
Pay the school a visit -- it's really worth coming here. It's not what people typically envision an American college experience. It's decentralized; you need to see it to know what it's like. The bottom line is that a university is not a place or a building -- it's an idea. And I loved the idea of NYU. 
Julia: When writing your Why NYU? essay, think beyond the city location- everyone says that! Be sure to talk about the professors, research, extracurriculars and schools you're excited about.

Fun facts?

Murilo: The wifi sucks but the tour guides have awesome track jackets 
Julia: They have a Cheese Club and free yoga classes in the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.
NYU's main Library, Bobst.

NYU's main Library, Bobst.

Murilo & Julia's tour guide named Goodness, who is majoring in the Stern School of Business, but also pursuing minors in Music within the Tisch School of the Arts and French. Goodness was born in Nigeria but spent most of his youth growing up in Ontario, Canada and plays on an intramural bowling team. 

Murilo & Julia's tour guide named Goodness, who is majoring in the Stern School of Business, but also pursuing minors in Music within the Tisch School of the Arts and French. Goodness was born in Nigeria but spent most of his youth growing up in Ontario, Canada and plays on an intramural bowling team. 

Next stop... Columbia!