Breaking: Everyone Thinks NYU Sucks Way More Than Columbia

Picture 5In a stunning new development, most people seem to think that Columbia is, like, way better than NYU. Case in point this time is an ongoing NBC poll asking respondents “which university is the best in the city?”

Because the trophy is Mike (the paunchy dude at left)–whether that means a Mike statuette, the knowledge of knowing that if Mike could be made into a trophy, you’d have one, or something else entirely remains unclear–we’re not terribly concerned about missing out on this prize. Nonetheless, all this NYU bashing gets a bit old. First we get it from Columbia kids flaunting their “campus” and their “ivy league” status. Then from a certain hot, possibly homosexual movie star who may or may not currently be enrolled in Queer Cinema and totally doesn’t love us the way that we love him. And now from NBC online readers? This abuse must end.

You’ve got 13 days to rock this particular vote. Get ‘er done.


  • Jessica Roy
    September 24, 2009

    If they’re defining “the city” as Manhattan, then Columbia shouldn’t even be in this contest. Maybe Morningside Heights is Manhattan geographically speaking, but when the biggest cultural draw is a YMCA, you know you’ve got issues (not to hate on the 92nd St. Y, love that place).

    But god I could go on forever about how much NYU sucks, so ya know, draw.

    Also Columbia has Maggie and Molly<3 which is either a total win or a total lose depending on how sarcastic you want to be.

  • Sam Fishman
    September 24, 2009

    columbia, ima let you finish complaining in a minute, but nyu is one of the best universities EVER

  • Jessica Roy
    September 24, 2009


    The real question is NYU Local vs. Bwog.

  • Lily Q
    September 24, 2009

    @Jess- Real, real question: can we settle your real question with a cage match? i could take the editor of blog. hell, both of them.

  • Lily Q
    September 24, 2009

    *bwog. oops.

  • MN
    September 24, 2009

    I’m still deciding between NYU or Columbia for Spring 2010 :S
    Which one would you recommend in terms of social life ? and in terms of academics ?

  • James
    September 24, 2009

    Lily, it’s so on.

  • James Downie
    September 24, 2009

    Bring it, Lily.

  • Kenneth Hsu
    September 24, 2009

    Can this actually happen? Like actually?

    If so, called it first: BLOGOFFFFF!!!!!!

  • Lily Q
    September 24, 2009

    James, I will take you any day. Hard.

  • Sam Fishman
    September 24, 2009

    @MN, I’d say go for Columbia if you want a traditional, old-school college setting. If you want to write academic-type essays, go to frat parties, have a campus, etc., then CU will probably be better for you.

    If you want to study a more contemporary subject, look at academics in a out-of-the-box way, and learn in a more progressive manner, as well as partying in a more dynamic way (you can go to a club, rooftop parties, whatever), then you should consider NYU.

    Also, NYU is much bigger, meaning that you’ll have to be much more independent to get the most out of it. But at the same time, that allows you to craft your education and social life the way you want it.

    Also, if New York as a city is a deciding factor in your choice of university (and it definitely should be), remember that NYU is in the heart of the city, while Columbia is much more separated, and you usually will have to take a subway to get anywhere very interesting.

    Its really about personal choice, and what you want to get out college. You’ll hear a lot of bashing of each school by students at its “rival”, but I honestly think that Columbia and NYU are different universities and are better suited for different people.

    Oh and the NYU president will give you a huge hug if you see him.

  • James Downie
    September 24, 2009

    Hey, Lily, is that a 38% lead? You know, WSN could use another domain holder…

    (For everyone who’s not Cody or Lily: this is all in good fun)

  • Zach Maher
    September 25, 2009

    The headline is apt; most of the commenters concede that CU/NYU sucks, then argue why NYU/CU is even suckier.

  • Cindy Yeung
    October 5, 2009

    Hope CU is not as unfair as NYU is with their academic grading curves.

  • Gabrielle T.
    January 20, 2010

    I’ve attended both schools.

    Columbia’s academic atmosphere is more intense, for sure…so if you care a LOT about name, fame, and academic rigor, then Columbia is better. Oh, and they have a better mascot, I guess.

    But NYU has much more to offer…the classes offered are much more interesting/there are lot more courses offered (I mean, it’s a bigger university with a lot more concentrations), great opportunities — much better opportunities than CU, actually, I think — and ummmm, experience-wise? CU is traditional in the campus/college feel, so if you like the comfort of a typical campus life, that’s great. But for me, I love the city (New Yorker at heart) and NYU’s location, clubs, activities, events, and everything else life-related basically is FAR BETTER.

    If you want a campus experience, go to CU. If you want a NYC experience (I’m talking about Manhattan + Brooklyn, especially), go to NYU.

    Does this make any sense?

  • Jacque
    July 1, 2011

    Because NYU does suck way more than Columbia. People say that you’re going to party every single year – newsflash: you’re going to party when you’re a grownup too, when you have jobs, so Mom and Dad won’t be footing the bill on your weekend expenses on club that allow 18 yr olds and booze. NYC is mostly based on hype. It’s not that you can’t get that “Manhattan” vibe when you go to CU since it’s called public transportation. The only reason to attend NYU is for specific graduate programs. Even Tisch is a hit or miss; if you want writing then yea, apply and attend Tisch if they give you money, but keep in mind that TIsch, like NYU (and New York City) is all based on hype and is overrated.

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