Feeling Isolated At NYU [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Many of the students who feel lonely here describe a large student body spread through an anonymous city with no campus or school spirit to create a sense of community. While it can certainly be hard to make friends here, data about the number of students who leave campus every year reveals that keeping friends may be the larger challenge.

Most universities have an attrition rate that’s about equal to their graduation rate, but NYU community faces the additional pressure of the highest study abroad rates in the country and a notably high freshmen transfer rate. Students leaving for other universities, portal campuses, and the real world make the New York campus a transience: almost a third of the student body moves elsewhere every year, straining friendships and communities. Not that on-campus student life is so strong; key indicators like on-campus housing and greek membership reveal that the students’ lives don’t center around the university.

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  1. Kate Weigel says

    This info-graphic fails to mention that for every one of the statistics of students that are leaving, there is an opposite one for students joining/returning to the university. 1 out of 5 students may graduate in a year, but that number is more than matched by the new freshman that enter NYU every year. People transfer out, but they also transfer in from other schools. Over 3,000 study away every semester, but over 3,000 return from away every semester. A community is an evolving organism. People come, people go, and it changes over time. A community in which all the members are tied to a single place in stasis is not a real community- it is a graveyard.

  2. Yael Elmatad says

    This is a bit misleading. You’ve assumed that the probability that you know any one person at NYU is independent, this is just untrue. As a Freshman you’re more likely to know other Freshman, etc.. Which means that if people are graduating, often, the people who know these people are also graduating. Moreover, there is a good chance (my guess) that people who transfer are less entrenched in the community so they are more likely to know fewer people than a person who actually stays, also altering the probabilities. Moreover, for study abroad, that is just temporary -often for a single semester. Over the course of your average 4 year stay at NYU, having some of your friends MIA part of Sophomore/Junior year is really not that big of a deal — plus for every person that goes abroad Fall semester there is probably someone coming back from being away the previous Spring.

    What you should really be looking at is the conditional probability that someone you know will leave the community GIVEN that you stay on for Fall Semester. You’d also want to know the probability that someone will RETURN from being away GIVEN that you stay. Those two things will give you a much better sense of how much your community is “dwindling”.

    Your numbers will look much less “depressing” if you think of it that way.

  3. Jadayah Spencer says

    You aren’t seriously saying that because the school is half commuters, we have weak student life, right? And if you wanted a school that went extremely hard for frats and sororities perhaps you shouldn’t have chosen NYU. -_- That’s almost as bad as coming to NYU (a school famous now for it’s lack of a football team) and complaining that there’s no football team.