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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: No Real Sports Scene – You can definitely find sports if you seek them out but it doesn't present a huge part of the average students daily life.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Available but Expensive – There are many options but all come with a heavy price

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: When you first get to campus, you'll probably be impressed. The food is far better than your high school variety. But, for a vegetarian/vegan, your options will be very limited and repetitive. After a while, you begin to see the same foods rotating in and out, but honestly you can't expect them to continuously come up with new options every day. So I'd say it's pretty good and there's enough variety to satisfy almost everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pretty Fun – There always seems to be some school sponsored event happening. If you stay subscribed to school planning organizations on facebook, you'll probably have at least something to do each week. When you're a freshman, the amount of free food and free items is pretty amazing. They really do a great job of trying to get you involved with the school when you first arrive. Even after your first year, there's a lot of great music and carnival type events hosted by the school and various clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Comfortable – So Boston is a big city, and therefore there is some danger in living there. But, I feel like the one place I feel the most safe is on campus. We have a large number of campus police that I always see walking around. I've never seen non-students on campus, except in our on campus restaurants. I definitely have never felt in danger while on campus. Although some of the surrounding area is a little sketchy, so once you venture off campus, the same things do not apply.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Despite Being in the City, Exceptionally Safe – Although Northeastern is positioned right in the heart of Boston, I always feel very safe on campus, even at night. Due to the location, you will no doubt find a considerable supply of homeless wanderers or questionable characters roaming the campus and surrounding areas - that is just the nature of the city - but the Northeaster Police maintain a steady presence and the school keeps the campus very well let. Just as a side note: I once was on Harvard's campus around dusk, and found it to be very eerie, dark, and deserted. When I arrived back at Northeastern, I was relieved by the bright safety lights and well-lit campus walk-ways for safety in the night.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Available If You Want It; Easily Avoided If You Don't – There is no shortage of alcohol on this campus, and even the kids who were really straight-edge in high school like to let loose after a long week of studying hard. Drinking is just an acceptable part of student culture here. The drug scene is a little different. Freshmen dorms seem to have an abundance of marijuana, and you can also find plenty of kids who are into harder drugs too. Then, of course, it seems the new fad for study drugs, such as adderall, is sweeping Northeastern's campus as well.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict but Nothing Out of Ordinary – the punishments for code of conduct violations are sort of harsh but it's nothing different from other schools. otherwise i think the policies make me feel in a safe environment when on campus

5 College Senior

Weather: The weather is fine, nothing to complain about. the winters are usually cold but not terrible

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Good – Very good, they are always available to help and stay open late which is great when on co-op

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Close to Everything! Northeastern is right in the middle of the Fenway neighborhood of Boston which means there are TONS of places all over. BHOP, or Boston House of Pizza, is a common place for Northeastern students and has two locations just off campus. There's also many restaurants just a ten minute walk away on Newbury Street if you want something a bit nicer and a bit more spendy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Variety With Multiple Eateries – There are three dining halls on campus which all serve vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten free and kosher. The menus are different everyday which leads to good variety and so you don't really get sick of anything. The food at Northeastern is very good and is known at schools all around the Fenway. There are also tons of restaurants on campus that make great options if you don't want dining hall food. The meal sounds confusing at first but it really isn't. As a freshman you can get 10, 15, or 19 meals a week as well as dining dollars which can be spent at on campus restaurants. The more meals a week you have, the less dining dollar you get. After freshman year you can choose a smaller meal plan.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Overall Very Positive With Lots of Support – From my experience, the teaching at Northeastern is pretty great. There is always the chance that you're going to get a prof with limited English abilities but even that works out because there is so much support if you really look for it. Registration is pretty straightforward and, as can be expected, gets easier as you rack up credits. Most students tend to study in Snell library which is open late and all night during finals.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Music Is Engaging, but Not Always Challenging – During my first year I absolutely loved all my classes and most of my profs were pretty good too. Music is very different from other majors and can sometimes be looked down on by other students as being very easy. This can be true but it really depends on your classes and who is teaching. The only big downer about being a music major is the lack of paying co-ops; it is very rare to get one.

4 College Student

Majors: It Is Difficult, but Worth It. I have plenty of 8 AM classes, but everyone in my college is very passionate about health science. My major is not the majority, but sports medicine is a very popular. Freshman year, I am already taking classes specific to my major, not just GEs.

3 College Student

Majors: I Have Yet to Have an Internship – But I have heard that they are great. Most interns (or co-ops) are paid. I would definitelyl participate in a co-op as they are a great way to meet people or connections who could help you with your future career. It is mandatory for everyone to participate in a co-op program before graduation.

4 College Student

Majors: In order to get into the Bouve College of Health Sciences program, you have to fill out a special application. A difficulty is that many people apply to this program, because it is so amazing. I think they truly look for passion and compatibility with the profession you are wanting to go into. Make sure you are sure what you want to do, and why.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Boston Is an Incredible City – The history not only makes this city feel culturally rich, but also the beautiful scenery makes it a great place to live. I love Boston. It's beautiful, and people are super friendly. Not to mention, they have more little restaurants and shops, as opposed to chains, unlike other well known cities.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Love It – I love my major. Its a group of really good people and everyone knows everyone. The classes are interesting as well.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: GOOD FOOD – There are a lot of quick places all around campus. Of course there are nicer chain restaurants in the Prudential as well.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There Is Always Something to Do – I'm not a huge club person, which is good considering I'm underage. But the city provides a lot of things to do regardless of age.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good for an Urban School – My school is in the city, and there is crime around us as well as homeless people, but I have never had an issue on or near campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The entire city is one big geek festival even fenway park is full of geeks.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Location Location – This school is with in walking distance to everything in our great city of boston.

College Senior

Majors: Non Offered – I'm a commuter student nothing like was offered to me.


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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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