i haven't actually received the newest mailing yet - bf did - but it's quite disappointing. i'm a bit put off by the lack of effort - what have we gotten? information on buying laptops, CD that looks the same as what was in the original info pamphlets. no binder! i like those big packages!
Why do you think NYU's acceptance rate is higher than its peers? Instead of managing its yield it just sends a ton of acceptances and takes the attitude of 'take it or leave it.' It's definitely starting to become off-putting. Currently Chicago > NYU in terms of material, and Chicago's only mailed me once.
I'm not sure that I buy this. If I had to guess why their acceptance rate is higher I would guess it is because their size is above average and that a lot of people choose Columbia and Chicago over NYU because of the layman prestige factor. That is just a guess, but I'm not sure what is so off putting about NYU so far. Are you really gonna take one school over another because of a brochure or lack thereof? I've already spoken to one of the faculty at NYU, who was incredibly helpful and responsive. Maybe they aren't coddling us, but I guess I prefer that approach to the YP that some other top schools are accused of. Also, have you checked out their website? I think they assume that you don't need a shiny paper when you can find all of the information that you need online.
Not to say that choosing Chicago over NYU is a bad decision for you, but I don't think your hypothesis holds water.
NYU's website is lacking.
NYU's website isn't lacking in content or even appearance. What is really lacking in is organization. I've never been a site where you could get lost so easily after 2 links. They have several pages (with similar information that link to each other) that seem to fit under multiple subcategories and have very different sidebars/topbars, sidebars/topbars that are supposed to show some sense of hierarchy. I have to return to the NYU homepage pretty often to reorient myself.
As for their treatment of admits and prospectives, its been pretty poor in terms of paper materials and April 5th is kinda late for finaid decisions in my opinion. But they did hook me up with two current NYU students, turned out to be very informative and helpful, and the two students seem thrilled with life there, for what its worth.