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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Student

Majors: Co-Ops Getting Paid! We have to do co-op so the internship network is amazing.

4 College Student

Athletics: Husky Pride – Everyone wears their awessome husky shirts and are very into the team. especially the hockey team

3 College Student

Majors: Admissions Help – Getting into your desired program is relatively simple, switching between unrelated majors is a little tricky but not impossible.
Northeastern looks at your track record throughout highschool as a major indicator for admissions. If you did well, took the more difficult classes, and participated in groups or activities you'll be fine. Northeastern is just looking for dedicated workers and innovative people. Good ACT/SAT scores don't hurt either. If you haven't had the best scores/grades than use your personal essay as a way to show the administrators you're willing to work hard to make up for it.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Good Help – Financial aid is garunteed for the top 20 or 25% of all applicants (anywhere from $8,000-20,000)and workstudy is a good way to make money to go toward school bills

3 College Student

Nightlife: Pretty Social – While there aren't any parties on the Northeastern campus (believe me, you don't want to) there are a lot around campus. I mean, it's Boston, so if you can't find something to do on a Friday/Saturday night than you just aren't trying!
Clubs are pretty much all 21 and up and if you're a guy, good luck getting into any NU or MIT frat party (BU frats get busted a lot too). But there are still plenty of options for places to go, along with the non-party scene for those who just aren't into that.

2 College Student

Weather: It is only fall, and already it is bitingly cold outside.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drugs are there and if you want them can be found. If you do not want them, you may be offered them in which case you just say no.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Nova Life – Overall expetience is good classes are very expensive and that can make the atmosphere stressful at time

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Nova is a very diverse campus so there no particular distinction between ethnic background. We all participate in all activites.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nova Nitelife – I am an older student with a family and do not participate in school night life. The younger students seem to haveee a lot of fun though.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Workload is manageable, and challenging enough. Jobs are pretty much guaranteed after graduation.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Available, but Not Out of Control – Pretty normal. Fortunately some of the harder drugs are not around very much. Mostly alcohol and marijuana.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of diverse people on campus, but international students tend to find common ground with each other as opposed to those from more local areas (understandably).

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


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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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