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Boston, MA
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14,135
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$40,086
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Hard
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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: there's sort of every kind of person at northeastern. theres some good looking people, some people who go out, some who'd rather stay in. it's a great school for taht reason. there's a variety of people so it's easy to find people you get along with

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: the dining hall isn't the best. I think there could be better food, more options. I would suggest getting a profiler meal plan if you don't go to the dining hall often, it's expensive for what it is (still 15$ a meal)

4 College Senior

Facilities: campus is awesome. The marino center is huge (typically ver crowded thought), the student center (curry) is awesome, lots of studying space and lots of different places to eat. northeastern campus is a great place and very fun and lots of different places to go

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: most students drink at northeastern. It is very visable and most students use it. I wouldn't say you get peer pressured into doing it but i know that my freshman year here I was drinking at least 4 times a week and going to parties etc. Drugs are also pretty visible here, if you want to partake, be careful because northeastern has a very strong policy in concern to drug and alchol use on campus.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Northeastern's Co-op program is the reason why I decided to go there. It gives you great work experience that not many other schools provide. a fifth year in school seems like a lot more but it's all worth it in the end because most people end up getting hired by the company they co-oped for. such a great thing to have in my opinion

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5 College Junior

Transportation: They have campus garages and parking lots if you have a car and drive. They also have easily accessible transportation by the T (subway cars) or the bus. Public transportation is very accessible and taxi's are always present.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: They have an off campus housing office in the student community building and they are very helpful at helping students new to the Boston area located housing and matching up roommates whether you are a graduate student or undergraduate student. They also have student organizations on campus that can help to direct you to student organizations or fraternity groups to help with housing.

2 College Junior

Weather: NU doesn't have great weather year round. Chances are you will be in Boston in the summertime for coop or summer classes, and Boston in the summer is very pretty. But if you come to Boston and are expecting SoCal weather.. you should have looked at a map before applying to schools.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you want a good location, you'll have to drop a grand at least just for yourself. If you don't mind living out on Mission Hill it's a little less expensive and nicer living. Pretty easy to get (and sublet) an apartment whenever you look, even though realtors around NU try to get you to put money down by April for a lease in September. Try not to get suckered into it and do your research.

1 College Junior

Parking: Oncampus parking is unbelievably expensive. Most people who go to this school make enough cash so that if they have a car they can probably get their parents to front the cash for a space. I can't imagine why you'd need a car in a city like this unless you want to head up north to ski or board.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a three different dining halls as well as a ton of places to use Husky Dollars. The variety isn't bad, and when you count all the options off campus it's pretty hard to complain. Not to mention our student center is essentially a food court with a $50k yearly subscription price.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't stay in the city... I commute. When I plan on spending significant amounts of time at the school I stay in a dorm room on campus.

3 College Senior

Parking: Public transportation is the way to go... Campus is in the middle of the T orange and green lines! There are two garages that are pricey but also metered Internet parking if you don't mind walking a bit.

4 College Senior

Computers: Difficult to get wireless in dorm rooms but common areas provide easy access.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey and basketball are the two biggest sports at Northeastern, at least in terms of sporting events that students will go to. The teams at Northeastern are okay, but the atmosphere is the best part about these games. The student section is loud and involved, especially at hockey games. It's always fun to go to the games and cheer for the NU teams. However, besides those two sports, there's definitely less student involvement, although there are definitely still people who will support every team. School spirit may not be the same as it would at a school such as Alabama or large state schools, but that can be partially explained by the fact that NU doesn't have a football team. The athletic facilities are top-notch, both for varsity athletes and anyone who wants to use the gym. Intramural sports are popular too, and there's a large variety of them.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is an amazing city to live in, especially if you're a college student. There are so many colleges that the atmosphere of the city as a whole is very young. There's something for everyone in Boston, whether it's art museums, the aquarium, the Museum of Science, sports, outdoor parks, shopping, or theater. I can't imagine living anywhere but the city now that I've been here. Boston is also great because it's a large city, but not so large that it's overwhelming. I pretty much knew my way around everywhere within a month.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Northeastern is there, although I wouldn't say it's prominent. For the most part, it's just kids smoking. Besides that, drug use isn't really big. Drinking is a lot more common.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I absolutely love the gym and it's group fitness program; it's so high tech, with tv screens on the treadmills. The library is expansive and the second floor actually just got remodeled with new technology. It also has a fiction section! The green spaces are beautiful; there are good fields for playing frisbee, football, or soccer.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are definitely plenty of computers available around campus, but each set of them have different programs loaded to them, so you have to be sure that the computer you go to use has the program that you need.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are definitely a ton of restaurant/fast food options in Boston. I especially love Boloco, which is an inexpensive burrito store chain.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think that our school policies are reasonable; they are clearly all in place to ensure that all students and faculty are as safe as possible at all times.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the middle of the city there is a pretty wide variety of options, There are plenty of nice restaurants to go to if you can afford it, but there are also plenty of more affordable options including some fast food chains.

3 College Student

Athletics: The teams may be good but school spirit is pretty low. Hockey and basketball get some attention, but it is definitely not a huge part of campus life

3 College Student

Health & Safety: It is a little creepy to walk home alone at night, or through the fens at night. But there are plenty of campus police around at any given time.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city is great. I grew up here so nothing is new to me. It isn't as exciting as other cities.

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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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