Hey there! I would be happy to share my thoughts; I do want to acknowledge these are my opinions only and don't necessarily reflect the program or the thoughts of my colleagues.
The Good: the people: I love the people in this program; they became family from week one. We are deeply supportive and work hard to ensure each other's success and mental health. The sense of community in OUR group is fantastic - the cohort, not so much; that's not a bad thing, the cohort is quite large and you can't know them all. I also have an incredible clinical group - we are also extremely tight. I got lucky. Not everyone adores their clinical group AND found a great social group. You'll find your people - everyone seems to have. the professors you click with: not every professor is a winner for every person, but the ones that are! Wow, they are lovely. Get to know them. Get to know Bucco and Chen and Boyar, talk to Beverage, Day and Cayo, get drinks with them! They will guide the hell out of you. They are incredible and worth it. the quality of education: I have been to another nursing program (2009) and have interacted with the medical field quite a bit and I believe you are really getting the best possible education here at NYU; we have an excellent pass rate for the NCLEX. It is hard, make no mistake, but worth it. job security: you will absolutely get a job; I've met many grads and they are doing just fine. I learned of one yesterday making 200k just a couple years out. I plan to go back to Louisiana, so my outcomes will be different, but the name is worth it all.
The Bad: group projects: I hope you love group projects because they will take up a massive amount of your energies and time for very little grade percentage; they are, in my opinion, exhausting and slightly pointless; they want us to learn leadership and group think skills, but as a professional 10 years out of undergrad, I am not really enjoying them, esp. when you have team members that do zilch. Good way to meet people though. the pointless small assignments: get everything you can banged out asap; do NIOSH right away; do the dosage modules and ATIs RIGHT AWAY; there is so much to do and it feels maddening when you are trying to study. testing culture: the testing culture is a bit ... much; its very strict and not built for people with test anxiety; your only grades are multiple choice (essentially). People also seem to be very competitive; the post test environment makes me irritated as all. stress: there's no outlet for stress and the program keeps rolling; you'll see what I mean.
The Neutral: clinical placements: its a toss up; you may get an exciting placement and a kind professor, or a boring placement and a nightmare professor, or a mix of the two; I have a boring placement and a kind, wonderful professor. My colleague has a boring placement and a mean clinical professor. I don't think the placements are anything to really celebrate but I'm not a New Yorker and am not always privy to whats going on the hospitals or what their level of fame is. clubs are slightly inactive: clubs are great, they are doing stuff, just not that much; I'm in oncology, LGBTQ+ and global and seldom hear anything. Doesn't matter - you are so busy that its rarely what you're worried about.
Recommendation: STUDY EVERY DAY. At least for a little bit. The tests are hard the first round if you don't; if you DO your due diligence and study a bit everyday you will be fine; you are here for 15 months. JUST STUDY as much as possible. It reduces stress. Buy the nursing diagnosis handbook. If you can't afford the books (I couldn't, never will be able to), buy this one at the very least. Your care plans will thank you. don't worry too much about your grades: seriously. don't. get through the best you can. be proud of what you accomplish.
All in all, I personally think the good outweighs the bad. It's stressful, yes. It's exhausting, yes. The education, however, is 100% worth it. I definitely have my 'I can't take this anymore' moments - most of them are related to how I feel about New York, NOT NYU, but having a social group and study group helps massively. I would say if you have anxiety or depression make sure you are ready to manage it; some people are struggling a bit with those aspects, but the school is there to support you, as is your cohort.
I'm so happy for all of you joining in the fall. It is an excellent school with excellent outcomes. Be prepared to work; be prepared to get organized; DEVELOP SELF CARE ROUTINES; and be prepared to be kind to yourself and let the little things go.
Good luck ya'll!