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Boston, MA
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Apartment Parties are So, so. a complete gamble really, can be great or can be awful. clubbing in boston is fun, but gets boring after a while as bostons a small place. you can go and party every night of the week all semester if you wanted but bostons partying scene isn't diverse enough to sustain a interesting party life so its a little in moderation to keep things interesting.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots Of hot guys international and american. Not many hot international girls but plenty of 'cute' American girls.

5 College Freshman

Academics: student assistants are often there because they have to be, so sometimes they have an 'attitude', but even I am yet to meet a professor who does not have a deep passion for their subject, some are annoying (I'm at the end of my sophomore year and I've only had 1 professor I wouldn't want to work with again - some very emotionally high strung english professor who liked to talk about his feelings and 'inner pain' so yeah that was odd and not typical of most teachers!)

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: very easy to drink. very easy to do drugs. impressionable people with a wild streak don't last long in boston (crash and burn!). but as long as you're sensible and are made aware of drug safety allot of people take drugs and drink but they do it in limited amounts, 99% of the time people seem to be very sensible. but then the 1% you sometimes hear about a 'friend of a friend' who's fallen off the deep end. they treat you like adults here so if you screw up and get caught things get nasty but if you can handle your self the police don't try to catch students. its mostly noise complaints if you ever see the police in boston - not drug busts!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Alcohol in dorms. you do get 'some' RA's who try to catch you but most often if your not stupid and run around the halls like a drunken lunatic screaming profanities you're going to get away with drinking. I was drunk ALLOT freshman year. but by no means is there pressure to drink, coming from europe my Boarding school gave us alcohol on weekends anyways so in my mindset i was allowed to drink at college! attendance is very strict, most classes for every 3rd class you miss you are put down a permanent grade boundary or the more lenient will give 5-15% of your grade based off attendance. so its important and seriously easy to miss 3 classes :\ ! Drugs, coming from the uk where americans seem to thing we take a TON of drugs its kind of scary how much more people in america take drugs and how easy it is to get away with it. freshaman year people would be smoking weed at 3am on the dorm quad and they would NEVER get caught boston has a large cocain culture in the working professionals not at college so it is easy to obtain that as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Allot of people exercise and keep fit in boston...Like its crazy how active everyone is! but sport is a big part of northeastern as we are generally good at most sports we are part of but there isn't a huge momentum behind the teams from the rest of the student body, if sports your thing there will be people there to support you and you aren't stereotyped for being a varsity kid, but everyone has their own thing at northeastern so there isn't much of a sports culture on campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: very easy - the t is very easy. cabs are always around and most things are in walking distance so there's no real need for transportation

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: you hear allot of things (shootings, muggings, sexual assault etc) from the automated police update e-mails. but seriously I haven't seen a singular thing on or off campus around boston which is remotely dangerous, I might just be very lucky but the northeastern police are very on top of what goes on around campus (excluding drinking and drugs) and you never feel unsafe or that you wouldn't want to be out and about in the early hours of the morning.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: still a few dingy places to live on campus, but as a whole they keep updating places and the housing in the new buildings are just as good and in many cases better than housing off campus

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academics, faultless. Boston, superb.

My only point which is very subjective, is being an international student. There is a very obvious divide between american and international kids, the gap is getting smaller. But with tons of schools in the area like BU, BC and others near by which have a longer standing reputation as being good 'old school' schools the wealthier Americans tend to go there. Northeastern seems to get more students who favor the Financial Aid package (International students can't apply for the aid) which they get offered (one guy in my english class got into MIT, but Northeastern offered him 85% off), so whilst the school is managing to pull in students who will boost the profile of the school as most international students will be paying full fees the lifestyle characteristics which the international and american students identify with are quite different which can cause difficulty if you come from a international community which is not strongly represented at Northeastern. If you are: Indian, Arabic, South american, Caribbean Latino/a, greek, russian, french/monaco in each year there will be enough people to meet who if the american culture is not for you then you can still stay within a cultural comfort zone. coming from the Uk I have met a decent amount of brits at northeastern but I know around 15 in my year and so far 4 have already left college and gone home due to the cultural difference.

American Makes or breaks people with its culture (drinking age restrict, easy drug access) and only if you are willing to assert yourself and not expect things to fall into your lap then America is your oyster otherwise it can be a confusing, lonely place far far away from all you know. But being a international student, my friends and I often make the comment that maybe going to a school with more a old school reputation and a wealthier sector of american students would make it easier to integrate into the culture and make 'true' American friends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its very expensive if you live immediately by campus and thats where most of the international kids live (back bay, south end and fenway) but if price is the issue, a 5 min car ride or 20 min walk theres mission hill which has a ton of nice houses and is a student neighborhood with friendly prices.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston winter...Brutal. Boston Fall/late Spring...Mesmerizing. Boston Summer....we're on holiday!

Make sure you own some gloves and a good coat boston has a 'bi-polar' weather system (won't explain) but one day its 70, 2 days later its 34. seriously no joke its probably the worst aspect of Northeastern, which speaks volumes for northeastern!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston - all the amenities of a large city with all the charms and conveniences of a small city. everythings so close you will always see people from different universities if you make just one step off campus northeastern is not limited to its own student body in any sense.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: So many cultures and ethnicities represented here. But there are allot of (aside from caucasian americans) south american, asian and european students on campus - not so much so you feel like you're no longer in America! But the campus feels very accepting and liberal - in more of a conservative liberal way not quite social/political activists on every corner

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a bubble, but its very cosmopolitan and with the hundreds of thousands of students flying into boston from around the globe their interests are well represented if you search hard enough. Boston is expensive and I can think of more than two dozen places in boston which can cost easily over $200 per head - but there are plenty of places you can eat well for under $10, there is a huge variety.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Without trying to sound utterly cliché Northeastern is really proving itself as a 'Up and coming university', $60M private endowment to the business school, a $1 billion dollar donation campaign (raise 1 billion by 2017) - constantly updated facilities (dining hall, library, classrooms, living, dining halls etc.) and a barrage of new building projects consistently being announced, the faculty are stellar & in around 90% of my current exposure to the teachers here i can say they have spent the predominant part of their life focusing their efforts outside of a teaching institute, so when they teach you it doesn't feel in any way 'textbook' or dull, they are all engaging and well rounded people who offer so much more to the table than just a 'teacher'. The connections the school has formed with multiple fortune 500 companies really help people out for the co-op and networking opportunities, the co-op program makes the student really focus early on what you want to pursue after university, allowing a student to make the continual transition of life so smooth as by the time most graduate people haven't just spent two summer internships being the coffee boy, they will have around 18 (3X6) months of paid entry level internship which really prepares students for what life is like after being a student. It's so easy to mention far too many plus points about NEU, but its something which needs to be experienced first hand to grasp the opportunity and stimulating environment Northeastern is.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are frats and sororities, and they do have parties, but as you can't have greek housing in boston their social power over captivating the social scene on campus is limited. you would never be judged for not being part of greek life or in it the feeling on campus from both sides are indifferent.

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are allot of computers available - but then again there are lots of students. Laptops (or ipad) are a necessity. wireless network is fantastic, but they are tech savvy...the library the network blocks instagram, spotify and itunes. elsewhere nothing is blocked.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: This may be just a girl coming from an extremely small town, but the diversity is great and hearing other people's stories in class is fantastic.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but the price is certainly up there being in Boston. If you look soon enough and well-enough, though, you can find a reasonably priced good place.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is really not strict at all. People are loud and drink in their dorms all the time and never once have I seen someone get in trouble. However, I would still be careful.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Northeastern is on the green line, which can be pretty slow, but the T system in Boston is great and can get you anywhere you need to be. A car is totally unnecessary. Also, if you are going to the airport, I suggest taking a cab rather than the T or a bus, much faster, but can be quite costly.

4 College Freshman

Computers: You definitely want to have your own computer because the labs get very crowded in the library. However, if you do, the internet access is great, the printing is very easy, and the technology is very helpful with school work.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The co-op program just sincerely cannot be beat when it comes to Northeastern. The experience you garner is invaluable and helps immensely in making connections with future employers and puts you ahead of other college graduate applicants.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I think the political science is amazing. The teachers are all very knowledgable and you actually get real life experience in the field.

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Jenn Sinrich
Hometown
Swampscott, MA
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Overall, Northeastern University is a well-rounded school that offers a wonderful college experience and a high-quality education. The campus is beautiful and offers a quiet respite from the larger city of Boston. Northeastern exposes you to city life while still allowing you to feel a sense of community in its enclosed campus. The faculty is helpful, and it is fairly easy to get in touch with the right staff members to assist you with your needs. The co-op program puts you ahead of the game when it comes to job connections, industry knowledge, and professional experience. Most Northeastern students who partake in the co-op program graduate with two or three entry-level jobs on their resume. 

The downsides at Northeastern are minimal. Parking can be difficult because the school is in the middle of Boston. But most students feel that Northeastern offers a unique college experience that allows you to enjoy your college years while getting ahead in your career.

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