At the Bernie Sanders rally held in our very own Washington Square Park a few weeks ago, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (a very, very awesome band) asked us, NYU kids in the crowd, to forget about “bourgeois private school rivalries” for awhile and welcome the Columbia University Metrotones, who would provide backup vocals for his band.
Needless to say, many of us were groaning — all in good fun, of course — at his humorous request.
For the most part, we probably don’t, generally, walk around too concerned with the age-old “competition” between our university and its Upper Manhattan rival. Still, it’s worth it to consider where the sense of competition really comes from, and whether we, as students at NYU, can truly hold our own against the kids uptown.
Going a step further, it’s definitely worth a second thought to consider whether or not we even share enough in common with our pals at CU, to maintain the alleged “rivalry.”
Refinery29 breaks down the rivalry in terms of style (yes, clothing!) This isn’t the typical criteria you’d probably use, but it was interesting and a bit humorous, nonetheless. We, apparently, “gravitate toward vintage goods.”
Do we, now? Last time we checked, Vineyard Vines is not very “vintage.”
At Columbia, the typical cool kid “opts for laid-back, comfortable, and accessible looks culled from the high street (Gap and Uniqlo).”
Why do they get to be cool, calm and collected, though?
We definitely know how to play it cool out here, too! The site goes on to offer up a trendy slideshow of outfits spotted at and around both campuses, showing our contrasting aesthetics through clothing.
For those of us who prefer a more serious comparison, an article posted on topuniversities.com claims it’s like “choosing between the top two universities in New York City” (wow, we rock). According to the website, here is the “lowdown” about our awesome school, in comparison to Columbia:
Based in New York’s trendy downtown, and with tentacles spread throughout the city, NYU is a world-class university in its own right, and boasts one of the world’s most dynamic environments for arts, music and culture. Whereas Columbia offers the relative seclusion of an Ivy League campus experience, NYU places students in the heart of the city’s action.
Sounds pretty great, right? We are the ones with the lively “campus;” the world, or at least NYC, is our oyster.
Scrolling down the site, we are presented with many charts that depict our ranking in relation to CU, based on major: Columbia seems to outdo us in many areas, like Politics, and Education, as well as many of the “hard” sciences, but we take the win in areas such as Philosophy, Mathematics, and Psychology.
Commenters on another site you may be familiar with, College Confidential, got a bit harsh in one thread, exclaiming that there is “no comparison. Columbia is above and beyond NYU. The only reason [someone] can think of… to choose NYU over Columbia would be to go to a purely business or art school as an undergraduate.”
But isn’t that a great range, nonetheless? Our professors are just as capable of passing on knowledge, and getting us ready for our fields of study!
On other posts, people were less adamant, and even a bit hesitant to simply hand the crown over:
NYU is (behind Stanford) one of the top “dream schools,” and is getting more selective year after year. Again, if you want to study the arts or business as an undergraduate, NYU may be a better choice than Columbia.
We are totally exclusive! Don’t be fooled: it isn’t that easy to get in to our great school.
“Both schools are more outward-focused than typical college-town colleges. New York City offers so many things to do that students tend to rely less on school-related activities to fill their spare time”. More humorously, one commenter had other criteria in mind:
I do have to admit, however, that NYU guys are wayyyyyyy hotter than Columbia guys. Larger selection too… all types of guys, white,chinese, korean, indian, hispanic, etc. you really cant go wrong…
Uh, thanks? Talk about priorities!
In spite of all of these ideas about what makes one school better than the other, our verdict is most certainly in.