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Boston, MA
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14,135
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$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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2 College Student

Campus Strictness: On campus parties are few and reserved for the freshman/sophomore crowd. Getting away with things on campus isn't hard just don't be loud. If your not loud RA's don't care, and wont bother you.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Depends How Lucky You Get – Any of the new dorms are amazing, and any of the old ones are also good, but in need of repair. New dorms often feature great views of the city and include private bathrooms. Suites come with a great sized kitchen and common room. Anywhere you end up, you'll be in good company.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Always something good to eat, always something new. It does get old sometimes but then you can just go to another dining hall and eat something different. There are also about 30 establishments that take the dining dollars so your in good company in terms of off campus eatery's.

5 College Student

Facilities: Five Years Equals a Job After Graduation – The best thing about Northeastern BY FAR is the co-op program. Most students attend Northeastern for five years, and go on 2-3 (usually PAID) six month co-ops. Co-op offers students a break from the traditional classroom experience, not to mention a real, 9-5 job to put on their resume. Additionally, many students receive job offers for after graduation from their co-ops. Ultimately, experience with co-op makes Northeastern students infinitely more desirable than other students and significantly increases the likelihood that they will have a job post-graduation.

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2 College Student

Weather: Boston weather always keeps you guessing. There could be tons of snow one winter, and hardly any the next. This past March saw students tanning in the quad during several 80+ degree days, and cold, rainy weather the following weekend. If you don't mind a little bit of everything, including very cold winters and mildly hot summers, the weather isn't too bothersome. Rain boots, snow boots, umbrellas, and a variety of gloves, scarves, and hats are a must for the fall, winter, and spring.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: The campus generally feels safe but there are some parts that can be a bit sketchy at night. Northeastern takes some measures to ensure student safety late at night but many students do not take advantage of them or know about them. For the most part, though, safety on campus is just about being smart.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Options – I am a current freshman at northeastern and the off-campus dining is amazing! If you are feeling adventurous you can go to little italy and the north end for the best italian. If you want a late night snack, most places are open until 3 am and deliver. This city has so many options chinese, indian, pizza, italian, persian, ethiopian, burgers, french, literally anything you want.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Enclosed Campus in the City – My favorite thing about Northeastern is that it really feels like a college campus. The buildings are relatively enclosed and you can walk to everything. You don't feel like you're in the middle of Boston until you step out onto huntington Ave. and can walk to the Prudential Center, or look out of your window and see the lights of Fennway park. It really has the best aspects of a traditional enclosed college campus and living in the city.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of International Students, Particularly Asians – White is definitely not the large majority here. There are a lot of Asian students, both those born in America and those from overseas. They can get annoying because so many of them don't speak great English and ask a ton of questions in class because they can't understand the professor. It can get obnoxious, especially since we're in America, they really should make an effort to know our language before they arrive.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty Good Computer Labs, Etc. The computer labs on campus are of pretty good quality. Info commons, in the library, has plenty of Macs and PC's to use and most of them come loaded with programs like matlab and maple that would be expensive to purchase. The campus also offers mobile printing, so you can send stuff to the queue and then pick it up at any printer on campus. The only issue is that things only stay in the queue for two hours, so you run the risk of sending it to the printer too early, and then the file being gone when you go to print.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Boston Has Food! Northeastern is right in the middle of Boston so there is a huge variety of places within walking distance so you will never go hungry no matter the hour of the day. I love the Boston culture and all the smaller restaurants that have nice eating areas. Great place for meeting new people.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Options Galore – The food options on and around campus are plenty. Whatever you are in the mood for there is something to satisfy your appetite. I like the food in the dining hall but I usually crave something from another restaurant.

4 College Student

Academics: Co-Op for Life – I chose Northeastern because of the amazing Co-Op program which allows you 2 or 3 work experience programs before you graduate in which you are placed with a company of your choice to work for 6 months while getting paid and not paying tuition. It is a great program and one that will help build your resume even before you graduate. I will have job offers even before I graduate and that means more to me.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Pretty Strict – While the school uses all their intentions to prohibit drinking and drugs, there will always be some around.

4 College Student

Facilities: Everybody Loves the Gym, Dinning Halls and Recreational Centers – Enough space for everyone to enjoy and all types of facilities for any kind of taste.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Do Not Use It, but Hear It Is Good! I already have health care covered in Boston and go to my Doctor, but once I had to get a vaccine and the staff was quick, simple and polite. I also hear through my friends they are very good.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Eh, Whatever – Drugs don't seem to be too big here. If you're looking for it you'll be able to find it, but if you're not interested it's not in-your-face at all and you probably won't see it much. Policies against drug use include going to the Office of Student Conduct if you're caught, but it's not usually serious unless you're a repeat offender.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unyielding Team Spirit – Basketball and hockey are the two biggest sports here, and our fans are fiercely loyal. We also fiercely hate the competition. Everyone wears school colours to the games and learns all the cheers. Games against other Boston schools are usually the best attended so that we can show off why we are the best. There's a great sense of school spirit at the sporting games.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College Kids Everywhere – Boston is truly a college city, so there is never a shortage of people to meet or fun activities to do. Boston colleges constantly play each other in sports, or get together for comedy or music festivals. All the businesses and restaurants know we're their main customers so we are always welcome and treated well. It's the perfect place to go to school!

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4 College Student

Greek Life: Its sick. We rage. Kappa Sigma is the shiz. People that aren't in it "enjoy campus life" because they don't know what else is out there. So much change and potential going on. Be part of it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The hydrology studies are very intense and very good. You'll learn a lot!!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Eating on Campus – I find it ridiculous that a fee to use the fast food area is added to our tuition.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Env Engineering – The program is very good, but intense. The office of Students Accounts is very helpful, but if you leave them a message, it does not get resolve if you don't follow up and they never return your call. There are certain mistakes they make and you have to follow up with it. Professors are very good, but the ones they hire as a substitute professors, are not good.

5 College Student

Majors: Environmental Science! I absolutely love my major (Environmental Science). The department here is fantastic and amazing and all of the professors and students are so passionate about everything they study and encounter on a daily basis. A major in Environmental Science is a great thing to have since there are so many different but relevant minors and concentrations you can declare. There's also a student group for environmental-minded students and that allows members to interact with their professors and classmates in a more informal and fun way. I was never a strong science student in high school so I was a bit nervous when I declared Enviro Science rather than Enviro Studies. But the support from the department was amazing and I wouldn't trade Enviro Science for anything- I love all my science classes! Highly recommended; I'm already disappointed my time here will have to come to an end. Granted, that's in five years, but still. . .

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Nom Nom Nomming – So I think the food at NU is pretty good, but I'm only a freshman and I'm starting to get tired of the food. But once you're a sophomore, you have the chance to get a place with a kitchen which is something I'm looking forward to. Like any other place, the food does get a bit repetitive but there are enough places nearby that accept Dining Dollars or Husky Bucks so you honestly can't complain. I will say, the vegetarian section really seems to lack quite a bit. There's a few meals tat are the dining halls go-to meals so vegetarians have to be pretty creative sometimes. They do a pretty good program called Outtakes, which means you can use a meal swipe to get snacks and take-away dinners from a place on campus rather than swiping into the dining hall. This is handy considering some people would otherwise have wasted meal swipes. All in all, pretty good fare.

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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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