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Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are very strict in terms of drugs and alcohol but also have a great program that keeps students safe by not prosecuting if you have to call emergency services and also with classes and employees who are there to talk to and get help from if you need it.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Since it is in the city there is occasionally violence and crime near campus but campus security is always on top of it and sending out warnings and I've never known any to get involved in anything dangerous because of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is only 2 dollars, as a person coming from DC where it can cost up to 6 dollars, this is amazing. It also goes most places you need it, though occasionally since it is the green line it takes forever for a car to show up and then you have to go into the city to go back out but this a fault of Boston's and not Northeasterns. The taxis are expensive, but again, it's the city. Northeastern does have a hertz on campus that is pretty reasonable and easy to use.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: there isn't much student on campus housing available, it's a city school and the room they have goes to making classrooms and labs. But, a new dorm is just about to be completed and there is always room for all the freshmen and almost all the sophomores, everyone else wants to live off campus anyways.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is nice, it just got renovated, the new layout is fun and and lends to more student collaboration however it limits the seating, if the library were maybe two floors taller it would be excellent. there is limited study space on campus and outlets are a hot commodity.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some of the buildings are a little complicated, there's a set of 5 buildings htat all connect and you can never know which building you're in until you've left and look at the sign above the door. But they are constantly renovating so the classrooms are often top of the line.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My program is certainly challenging but doable, it's a little rigid in terms of taking which classes when but for the most part it works out and everyone involves really wants to be there and wants to be a part of the program.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are some VERY smart professors and some really friendly and welcoming ones too, you will always find at least one professor that wants to help and is passionate about what you're passionate about. there are of course a few professors who are terrible, but that's to be expected, it's not a perfect world and every university has its bad teachers. But they are few and far between and are primarily in the entry level courses so you can coast by by reading the textbook.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's close enough to the center of Boston, you can walk to the Pru or Harbor, that you feel like you're in the heart of the city but far enough out that the area is more neighborhood-y than inner city. But it has it's own T stop an is not by any stretch of the imagination "out of the city." I love how close to everything it is.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's an unsurprising number of rich New England kids but, it's a private university in Boston so it's to be expected. But if you're looking for diversity, it is there, just not in your face. There are a large number of campus groups/centers for different races/religions/political leanings so there's a lot of diverse dialogue across the campus, you just have to actually go to meetings to get involved in it.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a good number of labs, especially for engineers, and there is wifi everywhere but we think they occasionally purposefully turn it off to get students out of their dorms and outside.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The teachers are all pretty good and the classes are good, it's difficult with half the year off on coop to really feel like you're in the typical "college life" but I think it makes the transition to "real world" a little easier.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's better than the dorm food of our parents but they repeat the same 8 dishes throughout the year and the vegetarian options are just a lot of zucchini put into various dishes. But they have a vegetarian option, and vegan, and that's better than nothing.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've never felt pressured to join in but know at least a few places/people I could go to if I wanted in.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's in the middle of Boston so it's difficult to fairly evaluate the parking situation at Northeastern, there isn't much parking and they're slowly getting rid of more and more of the parking lots to build new classroom buildings, which is good for students but bad for commuters.

2 College Student

Weather: I'm from South Florida... It is way too cold here. I can't feel my hands and face on my way to class, I want to cry.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: It's not hard to find alcohol, and as long as you're smart about it you won't get caught. RA's usually just report you for noise after quiet-hours, given that you hide everything before opening the doors.

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: I was honestly surprised to find how many attractive guys there are here.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: I live in International Village, it's a great environment and we have our own bathrooms, which is always a plus. West Village is also really great, and there's a lot of room. The freshman housing outside of IV isn't the best, but it's tolerable.

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5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Northeastern is the perfect combination. Not only do we have an actual campus, but we're also located in the heart of one of the best cities to be in at this age- Boston.

5 College Student

Diversity: There's literally so much diversity. There are people of every different kind, and it's rare to find a group of people who are all the same.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Living right near the center of Boston, we're surrounded by a lot of great food options.

5 College Student

Computers: There's a ton of computers available, and you'll most likely be able to find one. Most buildings have really good wifi too. I mostly just need my laptop to take notes in class, but if you can settle for handwritten notes, don't even bother.

5 College Student

Nightlife: There's a ton of bars and clubs, especially since we're a campus in the city. You can even find some directly on campus/right outside. If you're not feeling that, you'll always find a frat party on the hill, or something thrown by one of the sports teams.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: The health services is good for minor things, but sometimes they're pretty useless. There's few times where I don't feel safe on campus.

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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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