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NYU is in the heart of NYC and embraces everything the city has to offer. There is no city in the world that can replicate the industry access afforded by a location in lower Manhattan. NYU Stern has done everything in it's power to leverage this and the benefits to students are huge.
Stern offers part-time programs which could be done over weekdays or weekends. As an out of town weekend student, I would say that the Langone program lacked significantly in three aspects. (1) The elective course options were very limited compared to weekday students. (2) Overall, the caliber of faculty was inferior compared to what is available for weekday and full time students. (3) Stern's policies and procedures were very unfriendly to weekend students. Often, certain basic services were unavailable during the weekends which makes life very difficult logistically for weekend students. Stern really needs to fix this.
I loved my classmates and professors. It was a great environment to be around, and any of my classes that involved conversations and debate were generally the best ones.
Financial aid could be made available to the part-time students aside from Federal loans.
The large population of part-timers, all ambitious New Yorkers, who were very supportive is amazing. There is no part-time program that can compare in terms of faculty and student quality.
Part-time MBAs should have equal access to recruiting resources and events. Many of us are making career changes and are in the part-time program for financial reasons.
The clubs we have are open to both current students and alumni which was great - for example I took a leadership role in an investment research club which exposed me to many students and alumni who I could connect with for networking purposes.
Figuring out a way to get part-time students more involved with the career center. They offered some late hours, but I had a hard time making it. Also, it might have been better if they force all students to have a meeting with the career center (even if they intend on staying with their current company). They could force students map out a career plan after they no longer owe their companies any more time.
The location in downtown New York City provides a unique advantage. Its location translates into close ties to major businesses both through students and faculty. The location also helps attract top-tier faculty.
NYU could focus less on it's core strength of finance and more on up and coming industries.
The noteworthy and award-winning professors offered by the program and the unique access I enjoyed to the top firms and business minds in the world.
Logistics, logistics, logistics. The various administrative websites are out of date, they don't talk to each other, and cause far more grief than necessary for people who are already stretched too thin. The school needs to streamline everything from registration to payment.
NYU Stern is the only top-tier university in the New York City area to offer a part-time program, making it uniquely full of great quality students who work in NYC, especially Finance professionals. The same applies to professors, i.e. a great deal of them are actively involved in high-visibility, professional finance roles.
I think that there could be some courses which can be removed from the core curriculum. In addition, I think there needs to be more of an emphasis on growing digital technologies and working in the business today. I felt there was some information that was outdated and some professors who needed to update their material. I'd also want to see if there was allowance for more, easier to attend, networking opportunities in the part-time program.
Stern brings people together. The community I became a part of at Stern is irreplaceable and has changed my life forever.
The one problem I had with NYU's part-time program was the career center. As a part-time student we were not allowed to attend many corporate information sessions, which were catered to full-time students. This hindered my ability to network with companies and learn more about my career options.
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