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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a growing Greek presence at Northeastern however it is not particularly strong to begin with. There are 8 sororities, one recently added and a few fraternities with another one added this past spring. There are not that many social betweens the fraternities and the sororities and Greek life is pretty strict. Recruitment is an easier process and is done in the evening for sororities. There are no houses for Greek chapters. Greek life and Homecoming is when the most greek interaction happens and is pretty fun and prevalent among school activities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship but I have heard very positive things about them. Most of the domestic ones are paid and almost all of the international ones are unpaid. However, Northeastern does a fantastic job at providing scholarships to help pay for living expenses while on an international co-op. Finding an internship is pretty easy and rare to not find one. Most of the internships are full time for 4-6 months. I plan to have my first internship this fall. The co-op class does a great job of preparing you for interviews and for being part of the professional world.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a variety of dorms for all prices ranges and needs. Dorms are overall expensive just because housing in Boston is expensive. The dining halls are relatively good for dorm food however the meal plan is outrageously expensive. The student council of each dormitory works hard to make sure there are activities for students living there such as Super Bowl Sunday parties where food is provided. All of the lower classmen housing is really conveniently located and most of the upper classmen housing is as well. The Stetson's are really nicely located for freshmen because they are right above dining halls. the West Village dorms are the best available for upper classmen.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As an international affairs major I had a pleasant time in all of my classes. The other students were very active in the classes and aware of modern day politics. The teachers were very active and involved. It is however disappointing that one of the key professors to the program is leaving the University because she did not receive tenure. I would go through the program all over again. It was very helpful and eye-opening but perhaps to big of a focus on political science classes. I have no concerns finding a job in my field because of the co-op program that prepares you for professional life.

5 College Student

Academics: I'm a BSBA student and I find business school excelent! It is very flexible, you can choose two business concentrations, minor in other subject, go abroad to study or co-op or co-op in any city in the US. You just need to work hard to use all of these opportunities

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't huge but it always depends on who you hang out with.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is amazing off-campus. When I say amazing, I mean the apartments are extremely nice in the Back Bay. This can be great if you can afford it, or find a great option, but sometimes it's hard to find a good fit. There are lots of options, but most are very expensive.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything at Northeastern is top-notch and current. The facilities I have access to are amazing.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I can't say for applying straight into the program from outside of the University, but I transferred internally and was welcomed into the program and helped quite a bit with the transition.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are challenging and interesting. Classes are a good deal of work, but you get out of them what you put in. I have had a great deal of fun in most of my classes. I do find that there are not enough opportunities to expand my academic program. I would love to get a master's degree in a +1 type of program, but there is not one offered for my major.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I understand the strictness of policies at the school, I really do, but it is frustrating to have to sign your friends in every time you want to go dorm to dorm on campus. Other than that, as long as you are respectful, you shouldn't have any trouble with policies.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Games are always fun to go to on campus and they are free for students, so there really isn't any excuse.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in a sorority, but I have friends who are. I find that they spend most of their time with their sorority or fraternity and we don't see much of them, but I know that they enjoy having the connections and the friendships that they make there.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: Since Northeastern is right in Boston, a common concern non-students gaining entry into dorms, but the security here is very tight. To get into dorms, you must swipe your Northeastern ID card with a proctor, and any visitors must be signed in with a valid ID.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: The University gives the impression that there are many scholarships available for upperclass students, but that's very misleading. The scholarship money you enter with is probably all you'll end up with, unless you can find outside financial aid.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: There are all different sorts of people at Northeastern. People come from all over the US and we have a lot of international students - especially in the business program. Living with people from all over is fun but challenging at the same time - you just have to adjust. There is no general type of guy or girl at Northeastern - there are many different groups.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the perfect college town - there are so many different colleges in walking distance of NEU. There are many shopping areas like Newbury Street, Quincy Market, and the Prudential Center all in walking distance or a t ride from the school. Boston is full of many different things to do whether its visiting a historical site or going to one of the many Boston sports team games.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety I would give an A. Health however I would give a C. The health center at Northeastern isn't very good. They tend to give incorrect diagnoses more often than correct ones. I will never go back. I'll go to a walk-in clinic before going to the health center.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very fair. The freshman dorms, like any, are very small. They have been redoing them little by little though. The improvements make a significant difference. The upperclassman housing, West Villages, Davenports, and IV, are awesome. I have lived in those for two years now. I have no complaints. I love living on campus. It is very convenient.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am in Greek life and its been a great experience. Good if you want to party, meet new people, do community service,philanthropy or participate in the social events at school. Groups for everyone, make lots of connections, and thy often do joint events with other groups in Greek life or clubs.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Many international students, student groups, and events that bring all of the different groups together. There are any international programs and therefore many people have also traveled and are open to meeting new people from many different backgrounds. The location also contributes to the high level of diversity as it is I the northeast USA.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Very strict with alcohol and drug use on campus. Can quickly lose housing and even get reported to the police department. If you o get caught it can cost you money, time, and potentially career opportunities.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is always accommodating and will eventually respond to your individual email.
They will sit down with you to make sure you understand everything. The only negative was the time as it can be a lengthy process.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much within walking distance, shopping, restaurants, and events. However, Boston is an expensive city; the only downside of having so much around you is you can spend it all in two weeks.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Northeastern is missing a lot of specialized programs, and if one wants to take a drawing class as an architecture major for example you cannot sign up without special permission. There are not a lot of fun classes to take in spare time like puppeteering at MassArt. However it has the Co-op Program, which I absolutely love. It gives you a nice break from classes, lets you experience your field (find out before you graduate if you like your major), and gives you field experience, giving you an upper hand when you graduate to find a job.


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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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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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