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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're in it, you love it. If not, you don't notice it and when you do you're annoyed by it. It's a small community, but it's growing. There are no greek housing options. I'm in greek life so I think it's great, you know people within greek life and you enjoy all of the benefits it provides.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The honors dorms are great but pretty expensive. Relative compared to prices of living near campus though in an apartment. From what I've heard other dorms have mice and aren't great. Freshman year you need to be in a dorm otherwise you won't get much of the social atmosphere. Upperclass dorms you really only talk to the people you live with. Moving in is so easy - they provide bins and compared to other schools its a breeze.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its Boston? Its cold and it snows but thats what you should expect when you come to school in Boston. The summers are lovely however

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: No Body Really Cares – Hockey games are fun for most people but the majority of the sporting events have low attendence

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments are obviously easy to find in Boston however the rent is so expensive in any convenient places that it makes it hard to give a higher grade.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very unhelpful. They apply things incorrectly and we have to catch these things sometimes. They don't offer a lot of help and there's not a lot of aid offered, especially if you are middle class or above it seems. I didn't really like dealing with them at all.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: School Policies – Northeastern prides it self on its strict policies. You really can't get away with anything - not even living off campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public Transit & Library Shuttle – The only transportation is public transit - the subway, the bus, and taxis. And there is a shuttle the goes from the library to wherever - I've never taken it but those that do appreciate it. They say it should come more often. I've heard there's an NU service that will come get you - but I don't know if that's a rumor or what, I've never used it nor do I know anyone who has, but it'd be nice if that existed for emergencies.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Activities – There are many campus activities available to students at Northeastern University including Relay for Life, concerts, educational programs and speakers, fundraisers, etc. The problem is there is a great lack in student involvement and attendance at such events. Advertisements are around and word of mouth does its job, yet the spirit of students isn't great enough to drag them out of their dorms and to these events.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The student center could be bigger, but that's my only complaint. The gym is very nice. The library is large and recently has made changes to accommodate student needs. Faculty helpfulness could be a little better in all facilities. The food selection in the Student Center is great, but the hours aren't.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: There but Not Seen – Drug and alcohol policy at Northeastern is extremely stict. If caught students will be reported. I have found that if you want to drink or use drugs there are opportunities but you have to go look for it. There is very little to no pressure for students to use drugs or alochol. There are always events each weekend held by Northeastern or in the city itself that do not involve drugs or alcohol

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I never lived in a freshman dorm, but I can say that any of the "enhanced" living options are great, while older options are still fairly expensive and not the same quality. Although the newer dorms are really nice, they are overpriced and I would recommend moving off-campus when possible for even better housing often at a lower cost.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Boston is one of the most incredible cities to live in, especially when 21+. There are numerous things to do, however, ID checks are very strict, so underage drinking is kept well under control. Most under 21 students go to parties held at off campus apartments, they are generally small and not too crazy because local police tend to be called pretty regularly, especially if its noisy. 21+ students tend to go to some apartment parties but mainly to local bars and clubs

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Options! Northeastern has a ton of available options, either through Chartwells (dining services) or off campus restaurants. Husky dollars are accepted at so many places in the area, you can even go grocery shopping at Whole Foods with your $. All and all, I think it has a little of everything and provides a decent range of quality and value

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel Northeastern is extermely safe, especially given the location in the middle of the city. I am comfortable walking alone when its dark outside on campus. However, it is still a large city and you have to be smart and alert to that fact at all times, however safe the campus security may be

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Vs. Off-Campus – Overall I think Northeastern is a very safe and secure place, and they work incredibly hard to keep it that way. However, the campus is nearby areas of Boston that are hard to patrol 24/7 like the campus and I know student's who have had trouble in these neighborhoods. That being said, you as a student can readily avoid these problems. Overall I think it's a great place to live!

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's Boston, Few People Drive – We have a huge Northeastern lot/parking garages, but a car is totally unnecessary, unless you have a co-op job out of the city. Public transportation is great and a car would just be a hassle.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: ...pretty much all of my friends are white and I kind of think that groups tend to segregate themselves and stick together. But my classes are diverse and campus definitely isn't populated solely by one ethnic group.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Advisors Really Help You Out – I'm in the Bouve College of Health Sciences and the advisors (co-op and academic) are really helpful and accessible when you need advice.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I feel like there should be more financial aid available to those who really need it.

5 College Student

Facilities: Up and Coming – I think Northeastern was overlooked and under-rated, but the administrations has worked extremely hard and the school is quickly rising and becoming more respected.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SO Many Choices!!! Panera Bread is brand new and is right on the edge of campus. There's Symphony Sushi, next to Panera.
Qdoba across from Marino.
Bolocco in the Marino Rec Center.
Uno's across from Panera
Dunking Donuts next to Panera.
Cheesecake Factory 15 minute walk, 5 minute t-ride to the Prudential.
Boston House of Pizza, University House of Pizza, Cappy's all great campus pizza places.
Red Mango 5 minute walk.
All the amazing restaurants in the city are just a t-ride away.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate the Scene – Fraternity and Sorority Life is great if you are a part of it, lots of events, community service, and it helps create a smaller community within such a large school. However, being a part of it is not crucial considering the amount of activities going on in Boston.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Northeastern is very different than most universities. We have a good amount of chapters and they are all friendly but competitive. We don't have houses, but greeks tend to live together in apartments. Greek Life here is a very fun atmosphere and it makes the university feel smaller because your in a tight knit community within.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have pretty good teams, but not much university support. Hockey games are fun and basketballs games can be fun. But there aren't huge crowds at the games and I know little to nothing about the other sports teams. Our football team got cut last year.


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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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