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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It is hard to find a school in the center of a city that has a clear center, a campus for the students. For being in the city it has a lot of green space to hang out on and very nice campus centers with atmospheres of all kinds. There are places as quiet as the fourth floor of the library to as loud as the campus center cafeteria with tables for studying and snack stations all around. Everything from dorms to athletics to student center to the library to events all are within a 15 minute walk of each other.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the city to be in if you're a college student. There's always something to do, whether you want to go to a comedy club, watch indie movies, go shopping, riding bikes, clubbing, visiting museums, whatever. If you get bored of the events going on at your campus, there are plenty of other colleges that often have open-door events that you can check out as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is alright, but the area is pricey. 1st and 2nd years are required to stay on-campus, which is terrible because it's expensive. West Village is very nice, but also enhanced housing. The best deal overall is Willis Hall, which has a good location in the middle of campus, standard pricing, and decent living spaces. If possible, do not go to IV as an upperclassman, unless you don't mind the required meal plan.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Freshmen are required to have meal plans. Some D-halls are alright, but you'll get sick of them all eventually. Rebecca's Cafe is a good change of pace and takes meals. Lots of Thai and Viet restaurants around.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As someone who is a NYC native, I find the Boston dining scene to be somewhat lacking. The food closest to campus, and most of the places that deliver, serve cheap, greasy nonsense. But your only other options are super high-end places that most college students can't afford.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you can get into West Village or Davenport as an upperclassman, then do it. Apartments around Boston are ridiculously expensive. Like twice as much as you'd expect to pay for that same apartment in NYC. Yeah, it's that bad. Your best bet financially would be to get one farther away and then commute, but then there are so many colleges in Boston that all the apartments probably cost the same.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: This HIGHLY depends on major and industry. If your GPA is above a 3.0, finding an internship is easy. That said, if is isn't, then good luck. as far as pay, STEM majors and some business majors are paid very highly. Other majors (English, music, etc.) are not.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: The lottery...nuff said...ok well it's not all that bad but could be worse

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Like any big city, drugs are about but still up to the individual to avoid

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The school police is very strict about underage drinking. If caught in the dorms, you are in danger of being expelled.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: If you have a parking permit or park in the lot it is really easy. Very close to the classes. However, if you are looking for street parking, it is a nightmare. There is not much need to drive to school unless you live far. It is very accessible by T (both the green and orange line drop you off on campus).

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Being a city campus students do need to be aler. However, Northeastern has a large police presence and there has never been a moment where I have felt unsafe no matter what time of the evening I am walking. Snell library is open 24/7 so often I will be walking back late in the evening (2am) and I have always seen police around and felt safe. Northeastern has several safety measures, for example proctors in the dorms, and everyone I know feels very safe on campus.

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5 College Student

Academics: I am in the international business program at Northeastern which is highly ranked and rated. Students are required to spend a year abroad (usually 4th year) and 6 months are spent working and 6 months are spent studying. The workload is not too difficult yet still challenging, some courses are definitely easier than others. Facilities in the college of business are very nice and Northeastern just got a large donation to the business school so everything is pretty new. Northeastern offers students the chance to go on co-op which are school facilitated internship opportunities which usually lead to job offers after graduation. Overall this is a great program and I cannot recommend it enough. I know so many students that are successful after graduation because of this program.

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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
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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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