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Boston, MA
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14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are a lot of really good restaurants on campus that accept the Northeastern University Husky Card for discounted dining. There is a large variety of restaurants that serve a wide range of food depending on your tastes.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Curry Student Center – The Curry Student Center is an area for Northeastern students to hang out in. It has different restaurants and is attached to a club/bar for 21 and over students. The building is always spotless and there are plenty of spaces with comfortable seats for students to relax. The only thing I do not like about it is the fact that anyone (non-students) can come in to the student center and use the facilities that we as students pay for.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a large scene, but it's a mature scene. If you generally don't want to be in it or around it, there are plenty other ways to have fun and not feel the pressure.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a city so there are plenty things to do if you really want to go somewhere. Boston has lots of college students so it is very student-centered.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is extremely convenient. There are two subway stations right on campus - one on each side. There's an orange line station and a green line station. Students can pretty much get to anywhere in the city without problem.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We Have Great Athlete Teams! Our athlete teams are great. The coaches are very nice. I'm on the swim team. All of the team members are like a family. We love it!

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the computers in the library and print labs are nice, except sometimes a few of them in the print lab are a little slow, which is expected. Overall, I'm satisfied with the computers.

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2 College Junior

Parking: If you buy a parking pass, it's okay - but you usually have to drive up to the 4th or 5th floor of the parking garage before you find a spot (takes forever and makes me dizzy!)
If you try to just find a spot on the street, you'll be lucky if your car is still there at the end of the day because the towing companies love to come around our school!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Girls are typically kind of catty and competitive. There is a lot of over-exaggeration and drama.
Guys are pretty low key and laid back. Most of them smoke pot and still party like they're in high school.

5 College Junior

Academics: Entrepreneur in Training – I think this community is great because there is a lot to get involved in and lots of money/funds available if you have a great idea.

3 College Student

Nightlife: Parties and Bars – There are a good amount of parties, a lot of people like to go to the bars.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The co-op program will help you stand out from all the rest when applying for a job. Co-op offers you the chance to work in the field of your choice for 6 months which helps build your resume. This program is unique and Northeastern is rated number one for it. Not many schools offer this and allow you to be able to work for such an extended time while not taking classes during this period. During such harsh economic times co-op is so crucial to have it just gives you that one up from anyone else.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Northeastern has a strict policy especially when it comes to drinking and use of drugs. Many people do get fined and possibly probation or expelled. Campus police are always busting parties and punishing students for miscondut. I would advise people to be smart about it and not walk the streets drunk especially if you are underage because you will be brought to OSCAR and face the possiblity of being severely punished for your actions

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive Apartments – Beware of the high costs of living in Boston. Housing is expensive and many pay at least $1000 or more a month to live in a tiny apartment. Though you will be able to find apartments for $850 but they will be located in a rough area. Housing is easy to find and many students do rent or sublet to other Northeastern students.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: NUPD is good. TOO good. Underage drinking and drug use is taken very seriously, but if you're discreet and smart about it you can get away with it. DO NOT SMOKE IN YOUR DORM ROOM. Its a really easy way to get into a lot of trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: "Most Diverse in Boston" – Northeastern is known for its diversity, and there are a lot of international students, but most students are Caucasian and come from a very similar socioeconomic background.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Be Careful! Off-campus housing can be less expensive than on campus, but make sure to do your research before you sign anything. Apartments are readily available, and close to campus.

5 College Student

Facilities: Co-Op the Best by Far – Co-op at NU is great. We're ranked no.1 in the US. The student body is very mixed, so you will find someone to click with. The academic program is great. Hard but you will learn alot if you choose to. Being in Boston means that shopping and going out is always and option. Also having the green line in the middle of campus is great for getting around.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: Amazing - Don't Regret It – I absolutely love it here. Boston is amazing city, classes are hard but you learn alot. Depending on the major you have to study otherwise you will fail.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Mixed View on It – The girls are really pretty, some of the guys are nice. Social life is amazing. ALways something to do. Very mellow school, not preppy.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: I've fallen into the middle class trap and was unable to receive any substantial amount of aid. This is one category Northeastern really needs to improve on.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: It's Boston. Although the T can sometimes be frustrating, I have to admit that it gets you pretty much everywhere in and around the city for $1.70. There is also great public transportation (trains, planes, buses) between Boston and other east coast cities.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: When you're on the inside Greek life can be a big part of your life and social scene, but as far as Northeastern in general, it's definitely not the central focus.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: northeastern prides itself on having a very diverse campus, and while there are people of all different races and ethnicities at the school, the overall population isn't as diverse as they claim

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: GOOD but Repetitive – there are lots of dining options on campus when you have a meal plan. however, if your meal plan only allows you to go to the dining halls and not any of the other options on campus without paying, the options get old pretty fast

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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