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Reviews 2231 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is very nice. The food is good as well, but is can be improved. The atmosphere is very laid back which is nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: This grade comes only from the lack of consistency. There are AMAZING dorms at Northeastern, but there are also super old god-awful dorms. So, I can't give a totally high or totally low grade because it all depends on where you live!
The freshman Honors housing, International Village is swanky. I had a single that had a connecting bathroom to ONE other girl. We had a gym in our building, a bamboo garden outside on our floor, and a huge laundry room down the hall. I was the second person to ever live in my room. There are also really nice dorms in the West Villages. These 7 buildings (A-H, except D (??)) all have really nice upperclassmen options from 3 single-bedroom suites, to 3-double bedroom suites and everything in between.
There are also utter disasters. Since Northeastern is an urban campus growing at a ridiculously fast rate, it has apartment buildings that it leases out and manages for its students. This option means that the level of care to these converted apartments is often lower, and the fact that they weren't built as DORMS makes the experience much less positive for a lot of students. There are also some REALLY old dorms that aren't in great shape. Thankfully, there is tiered pricing for housing based on building, so if you're on a budget, you can accomodate those needs too!
So, overall, considering that there are about 30 residence buildings at Northeastern, the condition of on-campus living is pretty good! There are a few weak links, but there are PLENTY of options, so you should be able to find a dorm with the combination of amenities, location, and price that suits you!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Northeastern invests a lot of time and money to make our campus, even though it is in the middle of a city, FEEL like a college campus. It has a larger amount of green space (grassy quads and commons, lots of trees, flowers, and plants, great natural landscaping) especially considering it is an "urban" campus and it is structured so as to have natural gathering areas for students.
The library is open 24-hours and just got a technological makeover. The four-story building now has "The Hub" for group work, a Media commons with TVs, projectors, and state-of-the-art computers, the massive computer lab is now 50/50 PCs and Macs for the growing creative community within Northeastern. We have an innovative print system that allows for remote printing from your own computer, and Northeastern's online database is great. There is also a coffee shop in the library!
The Curry Student Center was JUST renovated and is absolutely gorgeous. It is in a great, central location on campus. The food court is brand new and has a variety of food offerings as well as tons of seating for casual study, serious study, conversation, or impromptu group meetings. It has many student organization offices inside, a dance studio, a student-run art gallery, a huge auditorium for big name performers and conferences, a ballroom. It acts as the hub for group meetings and events on campus!
The academic buildings are almost ALL new and are very modern and comfortable, but the A- score comes from the few buildings that have been neglected! Beware the Ryder elevator, it may decide not to open its doors to let you out!
Luckily, it is clear that Northeastern puts a top priority on making sure it has excellent facilities for its student body, and with its recent growth, I'm sure the remaining "old" buildings on campus will be new within coming years!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northeastern gets mixed reviews on this one. The positives are that we have strong, thriving fan communities for certain sports, such as hockey and basketball. We treat our student athletes extremely well, with lots of swag, perks and academic resources. Our athlete training facilities aren't huge, but they are quite new and high quality. Northeastern also has some very competitive sports, especially hockey (D1!!!) For non-competitive sports, we have a strong and varied intramural and club sports offering. This is a way for non-serious athletes to do sports in a social environment, and students love it! We even have strange (but hugely popular!) offerings such as Broom-ball and Quidditch!
The negatives of athletics at Northeastern definitely have an effect on the final score. First of all, there is no unifying sports-based school spirit at Northeastern; we are not a school with a strong athletic focus overall. I believe that this can be attributed to the second major issue, NO football program. Northeastern doesn't have a football team, one of THE most important collegiate sports. Football games are a big part of the American tradition, and we lose out on a lot of athletic spirit by not having one. If you're a diehard football fan, not having a team at school to support might be a factor for you. But, otherwise, sports fans, there ARE options at Northeastern to get involved!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Northeastern has a surprisingly attractive student body! There are an assortment of styles and types of both sexes on campus, especially considering how many students from all over the world we have! Thanks to Northeastern, I have a great Colombian boyfriend, and friends from South Africa, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, Sweden, Venezuela and more!
Social life can be a bit tough to break into initially considering the non-traditional schedule of alternating co-op and classes, but there are a ton of great clubs for ANY interest or type of friend/person you're looking for! And, if not, you're encouraged to make your own club on campus, I did! So no matter who you are, who you like, and what you're interested in, you can find your niche (or a prospective significant other) at Northeastern if you put your mind to it!

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Northeastern is a great campus. Boston is such a nice city and Northeastern has the perfect location, being in the center of big neighborhoods like Fenway, Back Bay, and Mission Hill. Curry Student Center was redone this past summer and is now very modern and spacious with a Popeye's, Taco Bell, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, and Uburger. The second floor of the library was also redone this past summer and is now the Digital Media Commons, an awesome space to work with classmates on tons of macs with digital media pods, video studio, and sound studio. All in all, there are plenty of places on Northeastern's campus that fit the urban-yet-campus feel. Also, Husky Hunt is a giant yearly 24 hour scavenger hunt around Boston sponsored by Northeastern - don't miss it!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There are campus police everywhere and very accessible. You feel very safe on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was a Communication major. I loved it. There are tons of class options and the teachers are amazing. I would definitely do it again. I am thinking of applying there for graduate school. My career goals are to work in an organization and use my skills i gained in the BA program in Northeastern to help guide me there.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process is not hard, you have to just fill out a form stating that you want to study in that specific major. Some majors may require writing samples or test scores but nothing too hard.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is great. They have microwaves to heat up food and have a ton of seating space. There is a Subway in the cafeteria along with various other types of foods. There are also many vending machines places all around the campus and the bookstore sells food for every meal of the day. You can't go hungry on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive. It's also not guaranteed to be safe, clean or convenient.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are great, and they will most likely be up to date and have anything you need. The only problem is finding a computer in a convenient spot during high traffic points in the semester. You will find a computer to use, in an empty classroom or something but maybe not in the library or a computer lab.

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4 College Student

Majors: The classes are hard, but help you learn at your maximum capacity.

3 College Student

Greek Life: There isn't much going on when it comes to Greek life

4 College Student

Majors: Deciding my major was very easy, and the UNviersity was very helpful.

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1 College Senior

Transportation: there is no transportation provided by the school, nor is there any way for an off campus injured student to get to school besides walking. public transportation is great but dont use the green line

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College Senior

Diversity: I don't really have a good way to grade diversity. The school is 60% female. There is alot of cultural and ethnic diversity here at the school. The biggest problem is the fact that 90% or more of the population here is extremely rich. People here seem to look down on others for being different and somewhat exile you from their groups.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Fall and spring are by far the nicest seasons, but it does tend to rain a lot in early spring. Summers are usually of average temperatures for the northeast - mid to high 80s - but it can get significantly hotter. It often snows a lot, but it depends on the year. I mean, Boston is in the noth east, you have to expect snow.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a wide variety of apartments in Boston, but they do tend to be pricey. There's tons within a mile of campus and it's easy to find them with the help of a realtor, or even on your own.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: My school's co-op program has provided me with work experience that is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! Plus, being in Boston allows hands-on learning at museums, planetariums, and other cultural attractions

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Atmosphere cannot be beat. Arts, sciences, museums, plays, plenty of great intellectual activities. For sports fans, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all play nearby, and you can always catch a college game too. Great night life, bars, restaurants, and shows of all kinds. Shopping all over the city in every price range. Lots of parks and the Charles River when you need some open space.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I studied International Affairs and Political Science and got the best of both worlds. I studied about for 3 different periods of time with International Affairs teams and became fluent in Spanish. My political science classes and professors were great and I landed a coop with help of a professor. I have now been working at the same job for 4 years thanks to my education and connections at NEU.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not receive any scholarships I applied for during my undergraduate years at NEU. Entering grad school, I was told I would be given a Dean's Scholarship and it never came through. I did not qualify for the Double-Husky scholarship (for students returning for graduate school and had a bachelors from NEU) because I was working full-time and only had time to take 2 classes.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of print stations and computers for student use they just take a long time to log into and the University goes through a proxy site which means that everytime you log into their network you have to reenter your password

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school seems to leave white kids as the minority. There are tons of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Europeans


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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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