U.S. News and World Report has published its annual, highly subjective list of Best Colleges. NYU is listed as #33 in the list of 194 ranked schools, with 69/100 points (c’mon, too easy). So we’re doing pretty good for ourselves! As is expected, the top twenty in the list contains mostly Ivies and big-name universities like Duke and the University of Chicago. Which is cool, I guess, if you want to freeze your butt off for four years or have a killer basketball team in place of moral decency.
The article contains a lot of statistics that most of us promptly stopped caring about once we’d decided where to go to college, but there are some interesting tidbits of information buried in there. Our student-to-faculty ratio is somehow 11:1, despite the evidence that your 500-person Intro to Psychology lecture presents to the contrary; and yes, the gender distribution really IS as imbalanced as you thought it was (40% male : 60% female. Still waiting for an exact quote on the number of LUGs.). The report for some reason also finds it pertinent to mention in its overview that “NYU has a small but active Greek life with more than 25 fraternity and sorority chapters.” At the same time there’s a great pie chart showing the 1% of girls in sororities. If you manage to catch a glimpse of these rare, elusive creatures in the wild, please take a photo and send it to email@example.com.A great statistic is that 54% of us have need-based financial aid, which is totally not untenable in any way (our application fee is even $65, for JSex’s sake). Certain student reviews in the report indicate dissatisfaction with the lack of community on campus, to which we respond: join a club! Talk to people! There’s plenty of community here if you know where to find it.
If there are any high school seniors out there reading this, we’d caution you not to take lists like these too seriously. If you go to NYU, you understand your school’s shortcomings, but you also understand that you’d never trade your place at the center of the freaking world for all of the tear-stained rape kits at Duke.