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Eugene Lang College is an “unconventional,” highly urban school with few academic requirements where courses have “really long poetic titles” and professors “go by their first names.” “Lang is about small classes in a big city,” summarizes a writing major. There’s a “rich intellectual tradition” and, no matter what your major, an “interdisciplinary curriculum.” “At Eugene Lang, you have the freedom to pursue your artistic or intellectual direction with absolute freedom,” says a philosophy major. However, “students who are uncomfortable in a city and who are not excited about learning for learning’s sake should not come to this school.” Lang’s “clueless,” “incredibly bureaucratic” administration is hugely unpopular. The “approachable” and monolithically “radical” faculty is a mixed bag. “Seventy-five percent of the pro­fessors are pure gold, but the 25 percent who are not really are awful.” “Lang’s greatest strength (other than location) is its seminar style of teaching,” explains a first-year student. “I’ve yet to be in a class with more then fifteen people.” Students say their class discussions are phenomenal. “The students, however, at times can be somewhat draining.” “All the teachers are highly susceptible to being led off on long tangents” and some “are too gentle and not comfortable shutting down wandering or irrelevant conversation.” Juniors and seniors can take classes at several schools within the larger university (including Parsons The New School for Design and Mannes College The New School for Music). “So if Lang’s ultra-liberal, writing-intensive seminars are too much,” notes an urban studies major, “you can always take a break.” Internships all over Manhattan are common, too.

Student Body

“Lang offers the kids with dreadlocks and piercings an alternative place to gather, smoke, and write pretentious essays.” It’s “overrun with rabid hip­sters.” “Cool hair” and “avant-garde” attitudes proliferate. So do “tight pants.” “Every student at Lang thinks they are an atypical student.” “There is a run­ning joke that all Lang students were ‘that kid’ in high school,” says a senior. “Shock is very popular around here,” and “everyone fits in as long as they are not too mainstream.” “It’s the normal ones who have the trouble,” suggests a sophomore. “But once they take up smoking and embrace their inner hipster, everything’s cool.” “There are a lot of queer students, who seem to be comfort­able.” “We’re really not all that ethnically diverse,” admits a first-year student. There are “less affluent kids due to great financial aid,” and there is a strong contingent of “trust-fund babies” and “over-privileged communists from Connecticut.” “Most students are wealthy but won’t admit it,” says a senior. “To be from a rich family and have it be apparent is a cardinal sin.” “Most students are extremely liberal and on the same wavelength politically.” “Conservative kids are the freaks at our school. Left is in. But having a Republican in class is so exciting,” suggest a senior. “We can finally have a debate.”

Campus Life

There are “great talks given on campus every week by a wide variety of academ­ics on almost every social issue imaginable.” Otherwise, “Lang is the anti-college experience.” “There is very little community” on this speck of a campus on the northern end of Greenwich Village. “Space and facilities are limited.” “There is no safe haven in the form of a communal student space” except for “a courtyard of a million cigarette butts.” Though a new 375,000 square foot campus center will open in the fall of 2014. Certainly, “you aren’t going to have the traditional college fun” here. On the other hand, few students anywhere else enjoy this glori­ous level of independence. “Life at Eugene Lang is integrated completely with living in New York City,” and “you have the entire city at your fingertips.” When you walk out of class, “you walk out into a city of nine million people.” There are dorms here, but “most students have apartments,” especially after freshman year. For fun, Lang students sometimes “hang around other students’ apartments and smoke pot.” Many “thoroughly enjoy the club scene.” Mostly though, “people band into small groups and then go out adventuring in the city” where “there is always something to do that you’ve never done, or even heard of, before.”

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Campus Visits Contact

Denise Rodriguez

72 Fifth Avenue #105
Fanton Hall/Welcom Center
New York, NY 10011



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lang Cafe
The Millimeter Reading Room
Lang Courtyard
University Center
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
TImes Square
Central Park
The Museum of Modern Art
Broadway Shows and Theater Tickets. NYC never sleeps, you will always find something new and exciting going on.

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Campus Visiting Center
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Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

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Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark airports all serve New York City. At Kennedy and La Guardia, Carey bus service provides group rides into the city at regular intervals; check with your airline for details. Taxis are also available, though expensive. From Newark, Carey Bus brings passengers into the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is a subway ride away from the college. Amtrak, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains all serve New York City. Greyhound and several local bus lines also come into the city. Public transportation is available from the terminals to the college. New Jersey's PATH train stops at 14th St. and 6th Ave., only 2 blocks from campus. The BMT, IND, and IRT subway lines all have stops within walking distance of the school.

Driving Instructions to Campus
"From: Westchester, Connecticut, and points north of New York City Take the Saw Mill River Parkway to the Henry Hudson Parkway south and continue to the West Side Highway (which becomes Twelfth Avenue/West Street); exit left at 14th Street to Fifth Avenue and turn right. Head one block south to 13th Street and turn right. From: Points north of New York City via I-95 Take I-95 to the Triborough Bridge. Follow the FDR Drive downtown. Exit at 14th Street. Travel east to Fifth Avenue. Turn left. Turn right on 13th Street. From: New Jersey and points west of New York City From the George Washington Bridge: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway south and proceed as directed above. From the Lincoln Tunnel: Follow the signs to 39th or 40th Streets and head east (one block) to Ninth Avenue. Travel south on Ninth Avenue to 14th Street. Make a left turn onto 14th Street and continue as above. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street. Continue on Canal Street to Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Go north on Sixth Avenue (turn left) to 14th Street; turn right and continue on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue. Make a right turn to 13th Street. Turn right onto 13th Street. From: Long Island and points east of New York City Take the Long Island Expressway (I-95) west to the Midtown Tunnel. From the Tunnel, follow signs to 34th Street and the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive south to the 15th Street exit and continue south to 14th Street. Proceed west on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue to 13th Street; turn right at 13th Street. *Be aware that all routes into the city have tolls, which range from $1.00 - $4.50 each way. Please note, for students who may use moving trucks to move into residence halls, the cost may be higher due to the weight and commercial license plates. Also, you may have to take alternate routes/tunnels/bridges due to commercial truck restrictions on certain tunnels and bridges."

Local Accommodations
"Larchmont Hotel 27 West 11th Street .2 miles/Greenwich Village Washington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place .4 miles/Greenwich Village W New York - Union Square 201 Park Avenue South .6 miles/Union Square Chelsea Inn 46 West 17th Street .8 miles/Chelsea Hotel 17 225 East 17th Street .8 miles/Union Square Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Avenue 1 mile/Gramercy Maritime Hotel 363 West 16th Street 1 mile/Chelsea Mercer Hotel 147 Mercer Street 1 mile/SoHo American Dream Hostel 168 East 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Comfort Inn 18 West 25th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Hampton Inn - New York 108 West 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Center Hostel 313 West 29th Street 1.4 miles/Chelsea Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street 1.2 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Lodge 318 West 20th Street 1.3 miles/Chelsea Off SoHo Suites 11 Rivington Street 1.4 miles/NoLita Hampton Inn Manhattan - SoHo 54 Watts Street 1.5 miles/Tribeca SoHo Grand Hotel 310 West Broadway 1.7 miles/Tribeca Affinia Shelburne 303 Lexington Avenue 1.8 miles/Murray Hill"


Applicants: 2,939
Acceptance Rate: 84%
Average HS GPA: 3.37



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