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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Majors: Business Admin – It's okay. I'm learning a lot. I wish the school would do more to support commuter stutdents like me. I don't feel connected at all to the school.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: They do arts and crafts together sometimes in our student center that's it that's all they do stop asking me questions about Greek life

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses and subways are readily available in Boston, but you have to know which ones to use. Maps are available in every station. The subway can be a little slow, and is notorioius for breakdowns. It's also on the pricey side (rates just went up to $2.00 per ride) but if you need to get somewhere, you can get there by the MBTA.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gets Boring – There are three dining halls on campus and most everyone goes to Stetson East. The first time I ate there I thought it wasn't too bad, but it got very repetitive. The food wasn't always fresh and just ends up rotated to a different station in another form. I found that the 15 meal plan was too much for me, so I lowered it to the 10 meal plan, and I didn't waste any meals after that.

3 College Junior

Parking: Not the Best – Parking is available, but it is also super expensive to have a parking pass. The one positive is that the registrar will give any student a parking discount at the garages where the student only has to pay $10 for 24 hours. This only works if the student gets a slip from the registrar (and this is a little known tip). Otherwise the parking exists, but is rather expensive.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Better When You're Older – The night life is more difficult to come by as a freshman or sophomore. Less students know upperclassmen with off campus apartments who throw parties and the frats aren't that great. The night life is a whole lot better after you turn 21, but also a whole lot more expensive.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The emphasis on experiential learning is greatly beneficial. I feel that Northeastern has definitely put me one step a head of my friends at liberal arts colleges when it comes to finding jobs and internships.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Campus Life – Most of the facilities are new and up to par, but some, such as the TV Studio, are very outdated. Campus events are plentiful but are not advertised very well.

2 College Junior

Weather: Scorching hot in summer, brutally cold and windy in the winter. It's kind of a problem when you need so much clothing and shoes to accommodate for both extreme weather conditions. Air conditioning and heat are a necessity. But the changing of the seasons is nice

4 College Junior

Transportation: Bus, Subway, Walking.. Everything's Accessible – There are two subway lines that run into campus, and multiple local bus routes around as well. Anything in the greater boston area is easy to get to - not to mention the commuter rail is close by too. The only reason I did not give an A+ is because the cost of using public transportation just increased.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Above Average – The popular sport around NU is hockey. A lot of people go to the games if it's against BU or BC, however the hockey team isn't the greatest.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Over 21 Fun – It's easier to get into parties if you know people. However, if you want to do something in the city, it's best if you're over 21 and that's when you can go to bars and clubs. There isn't much to do in the city if you're under 21.

5 College Junior

Majors: I Love International Business – My program has gone above and beyond my expectations. With the ability to travel abroad and the individual help from academic and co-op counselors, I have found they have met all my needs from the second I began school.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Easy to Get Everywhere – With multiple T-stops right on campus, getting around the city is a breeze. The T goes everywhere and with the commuter rail it is easy to get to even neighboring states. Students rely on the T to get to co-op jobs as well as get around the city for things to do. It is a reasonable price and definitely a better option to having a vehicle.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Dorms Are Worth It – Being in the middle of Boston, housing can be expensive but off-campus housing is through the roof. Living on campus as an upperclassman is definitely worth the cost. With brand new living quarters, spacious rooms, and wifi, I would definitely recommend sticking on campus. There are also wet-dorms for those students that are 21+ which means you dont even have to leave campus to have a good time.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Very Attractive – So, I would say about 70% of the students here are at least decent looking, with about 40% complete bombshells. I have no idea why this is. Maybe it's because the campus is so pretty that it makes everyone look good too? As it is, I've started to take better care of my appearance so I can compete with all these lookers! :D

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4 College Junior

Weather: Four Seasons! New Englanders love to complain about the weather, year-round, but I love the distinctness of the seasons here. Summer can get hot, winter can get brutally cold, but it's all part of the experience. At Northeastern, underground tunnels make it easy to get to class when you can't bear the thought of braving the elements. The facilities department is excellent about snow removal whenever a storm comes along, and when it's nice in Boston, it's REALLY nice. I can't complain!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Very Helpful Programs – Everyone comes to Northeastern for the co-op program, and that's a perfectly wise decision, because it's a good one. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. I've found that my experience in the Linguistics program here has been very fruitful, with wonderful advisors helping me take advantage of great opportunities. Another point to recommend NU by: the Dialogue program. It's a mini-study abroad, much more approachable than a full semester abroad, and extremely affordable. Overall, it's been better here than I even expected - and that's saying something.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Northeastern has a ton of options for dining on campus, and its location in Boston gives it plenty of nearby off-campus exploratory value too. I find the dining halls themselves to be a little pricey since I'm an off-campus student, but there are plenty of reasonable options for me too.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Boston Housing – The bottom line is that the housing is in BOSTON. This is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. There is a wide variety of apartments, sure, but you'll be paying a ton for something small and in questionable shape. The plus is that there are lots of choices and they are close to both the school and the public transport. But be prepared to pay a lot.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – This is a diverse campus in a diverse city. A typical class has people from multiple countries, religious affiliations and orientations. It feels pretty natural. I haven't encountered any conflict around it.

3 College Junior

Weather: If you live in New England you know about the diverse weather patterns. Northeastern is no different. Just be prepared. If the skys look overcast bring an umbrella. Life at Northeastern is effected too much by the weather. Even if we get snow it doesn't matter. They keep the sidewalks clear, and you may even see a student making a snow angel.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The crew here at Northeastern University are very diverse. There are so many people from every race and ethnicity here that you get the best of the world on one campus. There are of course people with established friendships and likeness. Called the "norm". You have people who are athletic and nerdy, and then you have the "pretty" people. I like the geeky ones who walk around with their books in their face, or you see them sitting on the curbing studying. Yep,this school has it all, any taste any size.

4 College Junior

Transportation: This school has its own train station. What else can be said?
There is access to the subway through the green line located in the front of the school, where you can also get a cab from. Inside of the school is a train station where you can get many bus lines, the subway (orange line) and the commuter rail, where you can travel to any part of the state , right from this station.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is okay. There are three dining halls, but it's basically the same no matter where you go. My biggest problem is there's never enough seating in the DH's which makes going during peak hours (6-9pm) pretty much impossible for me. I usually end up eating dinner around 5pm every night.


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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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