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Boston, MA
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$40,086
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4 College Senior

Facilities: Northeastern has just renovated many of its facilities. We have a 4 floor gym, which was the first of its kind. There are also two other gyms for students to use. Classroom spaces are being remodeled to offer more comfortable seating and increased technology options. The library has 4 floors and offers 2 floors where it is silent at all times. The student center has a great food court and convenience store, and is a perfect place to relax or study with friends.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school's program is the most attractive reason to choose NU. Co-op lands you a job when you graduate -- it's as simple as that. The faculty here really do want you to succeed and will do anything and everything to make that happen. All you have to do is ask. As for the campus, well, it's beautiful. Being in the city with a nice green campus is truly the best of both worlds. I would choose Northeastern a thousand times over!

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and melds perfectly into the Boston backdrop. It's the best of both worlds -- a campus dropped into the middle of Boston. What more could you ask for? There is plenty of green space for playing frisbee or laying out in the sun during warm days. The gym -- call the Marino Center -- is also state of the art. All facilities are very nice and new.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Psychology Major – The encouragement and help that a student receives at Northeastern when trying to find a job, choose a career, or simply develop good skills for a job are all phenomenal. The school really wants to help us do well in life and succeed in all aspects. I would definitely recommend NU to anyone who really wants a job when they finish college, not just a Bachelor's in whatever they decided was an easy major. Every teacher I had has offered to have students come anytime during office hours or make an appointment even if they only want to talk about what they want to pursue as a career. You can make a lot of connections here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: T Station Is Convenient – T station is just on the campus. But a lot of jaywalkers

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great Study Atmosphere – It is surrounded by Hardvard University and MIT. A great chance to meet and interact with the top students.

5 College Senior

Majors: Communication for the Future – I was orginaly a business major but decided that that worl was not for me and I switched something that had interaction with people and where i could use the creative side of my brain. The major at Northeastern includes communication, media and theater. It gives a great outlet to explore and experience all different kind of things. The teachers are amazing. They love what they do and understand what they teach. Sitting in class you can tell that they want to help you and know that their students are the next generation of their feild. The advisors are always encouraging internships so we can learn the feild and get more experience to decide what we want to do after school. The workload is a normal amount. The homework is to make sure we know and understand the material. The program offers many different options and class. You can focus on any of the three parts of the major or mix and match to get a little of everything. I am so happy with this major!

5 College Senior

Academics: The academics at Northeastern are great. When i first started I didnt know what to expect. They have a great Library with a writing lab and a math lab and a really good reference section. All of the classrooms are being updated to connect to the teachers computer and be projected onto the board. There are several computer labs with both PCs and MACs all across the campus. The registration process is all online and can be accesed at anytime of the day. The classes are also great, whether it is a 100 level class or a 300 level, they are all taught very well by all the professors. There is a great variety of class options for each major.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Co-Op Program Provides Good Experience – The co-op program allows students to try out different jobs for six months at a time so they can get a better idea of what types of jobs they might be interested in and to also give them some experience if they already know what type of job they want. It is also a nice break from classes and gives students a chance to earn some money to help pay for school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They Are Strict but Caring – The university police and disciplinary bodies are pretty strict, but they provide lots of resources to help students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Doctor of Physical Therapy Major – I think that this major at Northeastern is great. The professors are very good and really take the time to get to know you and what you need. The workload is heavy, but the professors all work together and tie different aspects of all your classes together so that everything is connected to a bigger picture. The curriculum is very strict, but it has to be in order to get all the material for a doctorate into just six years of school. The facilities are fairly new with good equipment and resources for students. The co-op program allows students to get experience in the field and get a feel for what type of job they might want to pursue after graduation.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: NU was ranked in the top 5 drug schools in the country recently which caused an uproar around campus. Some students were proud of us, but most were confused and even upset. It's a city, so drugs are around, but most people on campus avoid them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Preparing for the Real World – The Northeastern University co-op program has secured me in a 6 month internship with a Boston architecture firm. So far, I have found this to be both an invaluable life experience as well as an invaluable asset to my resume. They do a great job preparing their students for real world and making sure they have a year's worth of experience in their desired profession before they get there.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: I Love It! Northeastern almost became a second home to me. If I could it over - I would. Fortunately, I do not have to do it over, since I am still there and enjoying every moment that I am there!

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College Student

Parking: There Is No Need for a Car – We have two subway stations right next to our campus. I think that there is no need to have a car. Parking around Boston is almost impossible.

4 College Student

Academics: I am a Pharmacy major at Northeastern University. My major is one of those that everyone, other than the girls I know in the Nursing program, consider to be the hardest. To be honest, I am not surprised, because at Northeastern Pharmacy majors become Doctors of Pharmacy within 6 years.
The Pharmacy program is filled with extracurricular activities, hard courses and amazing Co-op opportunities for those, who have successfully passed their second year of education. We work very hard in order to achieve our goals. Our professors try to help us as much as they can and give us advise on how to prepare for their classes.
Overall, I love the program because of how hard it makes me work and how much I know that all of my hard work will pay off in the end!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: NU has it's own underage night club called afterHOURS, it is a Northeastern University entertainment venue located in the Curry Student Center. They constantly have bands playing, it's lots of fun, and basically a great source of entertainment

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Northeastern University has it's own police department which patrols the campus and it's surroundings 24/7. I feel very secure!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Other than their academic excellence and outstanding faculty, I chose Northeastern University because of it's Co-op program. Co-op (short for "cooperative education") works by having students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their academic or career interests. By participating in this, one gets to experience first-hand the realities of our chosen majors re-enforcing our choice or being able to change majors at an early stage vs graduating with a major to later find out that it was a mistake. Their co-op program is one of the largest and most innovative in the world!

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unbelievably Hard for Lower-Class Students to Attend – Looking at the other reviews, I don't know if this is much of a secret but here it is... Northeastern's financial aid is terrible!

In just one short year I have had three count that THREE different counselors two of whom either had no interest in responding to my emails or phone calls. I have visited the financial aid office on many occasions (mainly due to the counselor's refusal to respond to my emails) only to find that the counselor wasn't available to speak with me for a various reasons.

The financial aid package I received was severely lacking and asked me to pay more than $10,000 beyond my EFC. Coupled with the high costs of living in a city like Boston and you've got a recipe for a terrifyingly stressful school life. Good luck to those of you who are applying for financial aid at Northeastern. Luck and patience are the only things that'll get you through this labyrinthine bureaucracy, because the counselors sure as hell wont.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive No Matter How You Put It. If you are considering off-campus housing you will be paying an exorbitant amount of money for a rather cramped and aging living space.

Rent here is twice that of most of the country due to gentrification that the city has experienced lately.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse: Yes Accepting: Depends – Most students are from the immediate area with a few exceptions made for New York and New Jersey. There is a presence of students from South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe but they mostly tend to stick together. I know from being friends with a few of them that they find the students from the area hard to get along with.

Most of the interaction between the groups of students happens at a surface-level and I rarely see them becoming closer than that. I have witnessed one or two cases of students expressing absolutely intolerable attitudes toward Indian and Asian students that bothered me a lot. The self-segregation of the foreign students keeps the xenophobes comfortable enough to not make this sort of thing commonplace.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: No School Shuttle Service – If you are looking for a convenient shuttle service to and from campus and the nearby Boston locations, I'm sorry to tell you you won't be finding that here.

Despite lacking in that convenience, the school is situated on two veins of the Boston T system so you can catch a ride to different parts of town at a reasonable cost. Be mindful of the time, though, the T is sadly not a 24 hour service and there are parts of Boston you do NOT want to be stranded at in those hours of the night.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lacks Spirit/Pride – Northeastern generally isn't astounding at any sport. With the recent cuts to the Athletic department, we now lack a football team and our basketball team doesn't shine too bright either. Those who do attend any athletic event at all go to the hockey games.

In my personal experience, the games had the intensity of a High School varsity match and didn't offer what you would call a "college-level" experience.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Sub-Par Quality Across Several Departments – From the classes I have taken so far (mostly science/math courses), I can say that Northeastern definitely lacks a solid sciences department. Depending on your major, you will take some of these courses and see exactly what I mean.

For example, the Physics department was extremely lacking in both adequate guidance and preparation. Due to some sort of miscommunication between the Lab and lecture professors, we were having to perform experiments and write reports on concepts that weren't even covered in lecture yet. The only ones who did well were the students who had covered the material in High School and were just taking the course to boost GPA.

As for the student body's attitude toward academics, there was an absence in drive and ambition that you might otherwise find at a different institution. Almost everyone did just the bare minimum to get by. Although you could ignore this for the most part and focus on your own endeavors, when it came to working in groups with some of the students, I felt like I was putting in the most time and effort while still getting a less than satisfactory grade due to shoddy follow-through on my peer's responsibilities.

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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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