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Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: UNCONCERED COUNSELOR – My undergrad financial aid counselor was unreceptive and took days to respond to emails/calls. She was also not forthcoming with alot of information as I have heard some others are. She did not help me with the process instead she only emailed when I went to her supervisor.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments in Boston, in particular the area around Northeastern is extremely expensive, especially if you are a female and concerned about safety. I was not willing to move to a cheaper but also less safe area and spent my undergrad years paying overpriced rents.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Great as Long as You're 21 – Up until your golden birthday the nightlife at NU is pretty sub-par; I found the best way to keep myself from losing my mind at yet another crowded apartment party was to get out and go to 18+ shows in the area. Places like House of Blues have great artists and it's easy to go with some friends who are of age and sneak drinks in the crowd. Once you're 21 the bar scene is great, club scene decent.

1 College Senior

Athletics: You Don't Come for Sports - Except Hockey – Northeastern isn't known for sports. Football was recently cut, and most other teams are pretty mediocre. There aren't any wild crowd gatherings at games for the most part, because being located in the middle of a bustling city takes away the ability for a sprawling building and huge fields that non-city schools enjoy. Such is the trade-off of city living. NU does have Matthews Arena, a historic site in Boston, where the decent basketball team and pretty good - occasionally awesome hockey teams play. Hockey is the biggest sport at NU, and there have been a number of recent players drafted to the NHL (i.e. Thiessen, goalie - Penguins ). The crowd gets pretty intense at hockey games, and that's where you see a great display of Husky pride. While you don't get crazy football games at NU, you get great restaurants, bars, culture, and a constancy of things to do!

4 College Senior

Transportation: Easy, Affordable, a Little Slow – The "T" in Boston is pretty easy to navigate and always seems easy to find. Northeastern happens to be located on the Green Line's E branch, which seems to always be the slowest to come to the major hubs. In general though, there is always another stop that could be an alternative for the final destination, and it is really easy to get around the most popular parts of the city!

4 College Student

Campus Housing: There are numerous freshman dorms that are regularly thought about dorm rooms. They can be a little small though. The upperclassmen housing is much better and there are many on campus apartments available. The dorm housing for the Honors Program is the most newly renovated building and has semi private bathrooms and a dining hall on the bottom floor.

3 College Student

Weather: Northeastern, just like any other area of New England has inconsistent weather. Usually the winters are cold and snowy and the summers are hot and humid with rainy days that scatter throughout year round. But like New England weather, you should not hold any expectations. One day it may be sunny and hot and the next you might have snow on the ground.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Northeastern, being a school in Boston, has a pretty decent nightlife. Although there may not be a big abundance of parties at Northeastern, there a many different bars and clubs throughout Boston people can attend. Also, Northeastern is close enough to other schools that you can visit other schools parties easily. People usually take the T or a cheap cab ride.

3 College Student

Athletics: Unfortunately, Northeastern is not a school known for its outstanding athletics. It is more of an academically oriented school. In recent years the football team was cut. The hockey team is decent and is probably the best of all athletic teams at Northeastern.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Lots of Drinking – Other drugs are not as visible on campus, except tobacco.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Diversity and Other Programs – I would have to say Northeastern is a university were you could meet alot of people. Northeastern have people of all different cultures. The campus have a great learning atmosphere. They offer a variety of programs such as social work, criminal justice, and education. They have alot of resources such as a gym, cafeteria, and they have a grea information center. If any student need help the information center will always be able to assit the students. And also the computer labs are great as well as the tutoring services.

5 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – There are plenty of computer labs. The university is big and have different departments with computer labs in each builidng.The computers are up to date. There internet if often fast speed, and sometimes there is a crowd of people that need to use the computer before class hours, but often the computers will be available for the student. If a student have to do homework or work on a powerpoint presentation. I believe bringing a labtop to school is important. And also there is plenty of wireless connections.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Good – My hometown is very white, so this was a much-needed change. There are people from all different racial backgrounds here. There are a ton of international students, but some of them tend to only befriend other students from the same country. I do not tell people on this campus that I'm a registered republican until I know them well enough though--I've actually been judged by someone who didn't know me at all for my political affiliation, which I had never experienced before, although I'm fine with keeping my political views to myself.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I Love This Town – I am so in love with Boston. We're within walking distance of the MFA and lots of shopping. There is a movie theater nearby, and Boston is a gorgeous place to live. The only downside is that Roxbury is right there, which I didn't realize until I moved in. Generally it isn't much of a problem, but because of the placement of Ruggles, there are residents from the area on the main street of campus. Just be aware of your surroundings while walking along Columbus and through Ruggles at night.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Take the T! With Boston being a relatively small, manageable city, walking is always an option. However, for those brutal winter months the "T", Boston's subway, is the cheapest form of travel. Some of the lines can be a bit of a pain but overall it is an effective way to get around. The only real drawback is that the T closes at 12, so if you plan to be out and about late at night keep in mind you will be walking home or taking a cab.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Best of Both Worlds – NU offers the best of both worlds. The campus is located in the heart of Boston but what separates NU from other city schools is the fact that it HAS a campus. NEU's campus is large but very manageable. You can cross from one end of campus to the other in roughly 10 minutes. The city offers endless options to keep you entertained, whether you are eating incredible italian food in the North End, catching a local show, taking a duck tour (a fun tour of the city!), or simply walking around and taking in the beauty of Boston-there's something for everyone! Northeastern's student groups are always planning events so if you don't feel like exploring the city, there will always be something to do on campus!

4 College Student

Weather: Changes According to Season – This year 2012, we lucked out because it was neither too cold nor too hot. During the winter season, we didnt even get massive amounts of snow like usual

4 College Student

Facilities: The Gym! The Marino center is amazing. There are 3 floors and numerous machines and a great amount of equipment. It's a great atmosphere to work out in. Also it has 3 other gyms, the Barletta Natatorium, Cabot, and Sqaushbusters.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Nothing Much for Transfers – I am a transfer student and i received little to no financial aid or scholarships but it's okay because i love this school and i'm going regardless... forever a loan

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is not big here but if you really are interested you can probably find a frat or sorority that fits your interests

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always stuff on campus going on you just have to seek it out and for the most part people on campus are friendly.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's Okay – It's not overwhelming but if you are interested it is there and there is always a new frat/sorority every year.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The NUPD (Northeastern University Police department) is 3x that of BPD (Boston Police Department) and you always see NUPD on campus during the day on their bikes or just around campus driving at night. I've never had a bad encounter on campus the two years I have been here.

1 College Freshman

Facilities: Social Life – I find that there are a very specific type of person that attends this university, that I do not fit in with at all. A lot of the students come from wealthy backgrounds and the school is extremely international. I have had a extremely difficult time meeting people that I get along with. The social aspect of this school is horrific.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The program in Religion offers the opportunity to acquire an understanding of religious experience within its social, historical, literary, and political context. We study specific religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism and using a comparative approach they explore themes across faith traditions. Through the major, you have the opportunity to study a range of religions and a variety of methods of understanding the key dimensions of religious life. It's extremely interesting and all the teachers are great at what they do! Despite the notable strengths in the scientific department at NEU, us religious students feel like we're able to approach our class without prejudice towards our beliefs and are able to concentrate in a calm and inspiring environment.

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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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