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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – You can pay for parking in lots around campus, but its expensive. Street parking is hard to come by during the day too. Not worth it to have a car, but its not needed anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Thats the benefit of being in a city. There is food everywhere and you can always find new and interesting places to go.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food on campus is always available, but the dining halls are mediocre. Lots of places that are not school owned are good though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Safe and Strict – I constantly see in the Northeatern's newspaper about people being reported to school officials for underage drinking and drugs. I am assuming things are handled.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Eh, I Have Seen Better. Unfortunately, my only experience on campus was in the YMCA. It was awful and campus housing does not want to accommodate you.

3 College Student

Nightlife: The nightlife here is alright. Alcohol is pretty easy to get if you're underage, and off-campus house parties can be hard to get to but pretty easy to find. Unfortunately most of the city is closed to underage kids at night -- you need to be 21 to do everything from karaoke to clubs to music venues. It is a city though, so you can usually find something to do most nights of the week.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: In Between – Northeastern's located in a city, so you always have to be careful, especially at night. Muggings aren't unheard of but not really commonplace as long as you stay away from the Fens and don't wander around at night. Things get stolen on campus if you leave them unattended, but nothing too crazy. I haven't seen campus security in action for anything other than reporting drunk kids.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: You get to experience the four seasons completely. Winters can be a bit brutal and the summers are extremely hot, but its something I enjoy. Snowstorms can end up in two or three snow days without classes which are always good. Boston does a good job of cleaning up the snow and salting the streets so walking to class is fairly easy.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Best city for a college student. It is a college town filled with young vibrant international students. Boston is a very safe and beautiful city full of activities for all types of people. Boston Commons and Newbury Street are a must visit.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at Penn State are really good. There are different gyms on campus for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting-all that the YMCA has to offer-and then some. The student union (the HUB) was newly renovated a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a record-breaking fish tank. It's a very popular hangout.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I do not drive but I know my friends always have no luck finding parking

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: From a Commuter's Perspective – For those of us who do not live on campus and has less than an hour to eat lunch, our best bet is the Curry Student Center that has Wendys, D'Angelos, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. The most "healthiest" option is D'Angelos

4 College Junior

Facilities: Co-Ops Are Key! Co-op is an amazing opportunity at Northeastern. It provides students with real world experience in their majors, which is extremely helpful when searching for a job after college. The connections students make while on co-op are also very helpful after graduation. The campus as a whole is very accepting, and since the students all have different situations in terms of their past present and future educational track, it is easy to find people to get along with and you never feel like an outsider.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclass Dorms Are Nice and Convienient, but Expensive – The upperclassmen dorms are fairly new and offer an apartment type style of living, with both single and double bedroom options. They are very convienient because they are right on campus, but much more expensive than renting an apartment on mission hill or a nearby area of boston.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The International Affairs program at NEU is great! The vibrant and diverse faculty prove to be extremely learned. The university offers ample opportunity for all students to explore the world and get real world experience before they finish their degree. Many professors have amazing connects and very broad knowledge of the all aspects of IA. It's wonderful!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Small but Mighty – Northeastern is a tiny campus but so cute and picturesque it is hard not to fall in love with it. Newly renovated dorms and fairly new buildings across campus make it a great place to live and learn. And the best part? It is smack dab in the middle of Boston, one of the most vibrant American cities!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I chose Northeastern because the university has managed to cram an amazing amount of intellectual energy in its cozy 75 acre campus. Brilliant professors and amazing guest speakers stimulate students. Very available advisers are able to help students find out what degree they want and how to get there.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Most smoke weed. Many do coke. Noone cares if you partake or not but you will be around it. I don't know anyone who's gotten in trouble.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Apartment Housing – Northeastern student begin living in apartment-style housing either right from freshman year, or at the latest during sophomore year. It's great to be able to have a kitchen, living room, etc so soon into your college career, while maintaining the safety of living in a "dorm" with security

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Tons of international kids. Lots of people to meet.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Spread Thin – There are a TON of majors to choose from at Northeastern, but the sad truth is that some majors get much more attention than others. Business, Engineering and Pharmacy are all extremely intense programs with tons of advisors and each student gets a lot of special attention. My major, Environmental Science, and others like Sociology definitely don't get as much attention.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – Northeastern is really diverse! We have students from all over the world and country studying here. I'd say that there isn't a noticeable majority group at my school. I love it!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – My school is located in a tough area. The campus itself is pretty safe and the security is great, but there is definitely the occasional crime on the off-campus areas surrounding my school.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transport Is Awesome – The MBTA is really great. The T is excellent. I mean it's a little crowded sometimes but still good. However if you're out late, say after 1 they stop running. So either you cater to that time frame or take a cab\walk\ sleep over by a friend.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Profs Are Open to Helping Your With Research – I'm in College of Science and I want experience in a research lab. Recently I got into one so I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to gain 1st hand experience and actually carry out lab work.

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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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