Location
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 Junior

Academics: I was very impressed with all of my professors at NU. They were dedicated and incredibly knowledgable in their respective fields.
Registration is a piece of cake, curriculum is excellent.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The amount was good, especially for undergrad, but dealing with the financial aid people was and continues (in grad school) to be a freaking nightmare. It is the number one thing I would change about the school.

4 College Senior

Facilities: NU has many facilities driven towards student life. The student center is being remodeled (or was...I'm on co-op right now so I haven't seen it). There are multiple gyms that offer tons of classes and group fitness. The library is 4 floors, with 2 quiet floors and various study rooms around; it also has Info Commons with computers for use and printers. There's also a TON of student organizations you can join - Greek life is popular, along with groups for any interest like learning languages, improving campus, etc.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Certainly no need for a car in the city. Public transportation options are abundant. Ruggles has dozens of buses going through, as well as the Orange subway line. The Green E line is right in the front/center of campus, and other Green lines are only a short walk away. It's very easy to get to the airport and train/bus stations. Cost is typical for a city - but a monthly pass (if you will get enough use out of it) is relatively inexpensive.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I don't qualify for financial aid, but I did receive a merit scholarship. I was given a moderately generous amount, but the issue I have is that there are no adjustments. What I mean by this is: every year when tuition rises, my scholarship helps less and less. I think that merit scholarships should be adjustable so that they increase proportional to the tuition increase.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Overall, NU Boston feels very safe. There's security/campus police and it's primarily situated in a "better" area of Boston. The one area that can get a bit sketchy/dangerous is Ruggles and beyond - but I've never seen or heard of any issues, I just don't feel safe there at night, per se.

3 College Junior

Academics: The media production classes are few and some are very basic. A more in-depth program would help, but because it is such a small group it is easy to get a lot of help and attention if you seek it out.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Northeastern is so close to Newbury and Downtown that there's always things to do. City living is very expensive though.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: NU Police are always available and stake out anywhere that might seem "sketchy".

3 College Freshman

Weather: Well, I'm sitting in Hurricane Sandy right now, so take that into consideration while you read my review... ;) Actually though, I haven't been affected too much by the weather here. It gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, just like you'd expect on the East Coast. It doesn't inhibit going to class or leaving campus and it's nothing to worry about.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There is limited parking on the outskirts of campus and it is very expensive ($800/semester). The plus side of the situation, however, is that we live in Boston and unless you work outside of the city, you really don't need a car.

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: True, most girls are breathtakingly gorgeous and a huge chunk of guys have the bodies of athletes, but the vast majority of students here are also so poorly educated it is an abomination. I have rarely encountered so many cold-hearted, snobby, rude and impolite people in my entire life. I rarely ever hear anyone say please or thank you, and most people look disgruntled most of the time. Good luck smiling at anyone unless they think you're worthy of being smiled at. Seriously, being at least polite is not a difficult thing to do, but at NU it seems like a challenge. Thankfully there is a minority of well-raised students.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There definitely is less of a presence in Greek life because the school is in the city. Yes they hold events, but the majority of the school is not part of the Greek life, and you're not considered definitely missing out if you don't partake

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors vary in a spectrum in terms of how passionate they are and how much they care about students. I know some professors favor certain people in class, or miscommunicate with students. Every department ranges in good and bad professors.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't prevalent. Drinking is always talked about when parties are the subject. The worst is the smoking on campus, even if there are restrictions on campus. It's not enforced at all.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: the computers at my highschool are usually filled around brunch but theirs multiple computer to use & also theirs excellent wifi availible also bringing your own labtop does come in handy though.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The T service is very convenient and quite cheap. Most of the lines are frequent and well distributed. As soon as you get the hang of it, it is simple and quick. Most places are also within reasonable walking distance.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The parking is available and efficient, easy to set up and find spots. When lots are reserved for parents (as in moving days) notices are sent out well. The only trouble is that it is quite expensive for a semester, around 800$. however this is standard for the city area and the consistency makes it a trustworthy investment that you can count on.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are a good student or athlete Northeastern will take care of you. Decent amount of money given in aid. Very helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is very good in Boston. There are two subway stops on campus, making it easy for students to get to where they need to go. One of the stops is also a starting and ending location for many of the bus routes in Boston. During move-in and move-out, there are plenty of taxis available to take students to and from the airport, which is only about a fifteen minute ride from campus. The main bus and Amtrak terminal is about thirty minutes from campus via subway, and can provide transportation to major cities all along the East Coast.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse and Accepting – We are a very diverse campus, and that includes both international students and different local racial and socioeconomic groups. I hear languages other than English being spoken all over the place. The campus is also tremendously open towards students of different sexual orientations.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: NEU is an up and coming university. We're already 56 in the national rankings and moving up. We have the top co-op program in the country. Our professors and advisors go out of their way to help you as long as you show initiative. It's the best place to be if you're willing to put in the effort. If you slack, you're profs will know it. Do you're best and you'll do great.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The student center was remodeled this summer, the dorms are great for the most part and most class buildings are great too. There are a few buildings on the older side, but nothing is dilapidated. For the most part, the university is very well kept!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It's who you know and how much you put yourself out there. If you don't communicate, it'll seem bland but once you meet people there are ALWAYS parties. NEU is a pretty dry campus so the parties are always off. If you're into to fratty scenes, hit up the MIT parties. If you like chiller places, just make off campus friends. There are plenty of clubs to choose from if you're 21+. A couple if you're 18+

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: so many choices around campus its dizzying, all cost ranges including a Hungry Husky truck on campus the curry student center is brand new and has lots of options off campus there is Red Mango frozen yogurt an ethiopian restaurant, and many other ethnic cuisines. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Star Market are also close by.

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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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