Yes it does. I entered NYP due to practicality, because my grades weren't good enough to be entering the course of my choice at the other more prestigious polytechnics. I'm fortunate to still be studying what I love here though.
Just in my first semester, I can't help but rant to my family and friends how NYP is lacking in facilities as well as providing an enriching environment for students to develop their talents. The size of the campus is okay, but the colors are dull and gloomy, creating a really negative outlook to things. As for Co-curriculum activities, they only have that small loop of common CCA's instead of the more interesting ones like In-line skating and Scuba-diving. I think this limits a student's potential as they are restrained to only a small number of activities.
NYP is not as happening as many think it is. With the other exuberant polytechnics and their never-ending list of events, we are undeniably a far-cry away.