New York University, the alma mater of Lady GaGa and Adam Sandler, is a large private university in New York City. Founded in 1831, it’s a mini-NYC by itself, with over 20,000 undergrads and the highest international student population. The campus feels like an extension of, rather than separate from the city streets, and residence halls are akin to high-rise apartments. It has fourteen different colleges, the core of which surrounds Washington Square Park and 150 possible majors for its undergrads. Frat life is quieter, as is its sports scene, but there are plenty of events, shows and programs students can take full advantage of. Parties are taken to the city, with the East Village, Lower East Side and other neighborhoods buzzing with young energy. NYU is a huge school, making it easy to get lost in the crowd but just as easy to bump into many of the diverse, thoughtful and independent people it attracts.