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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Student

Diversity: Very diverse people attend but the different groups of people tend to mix with people unlike them. It's very normal to walk through campus and see many different groups of people but people of similar backgrounds all stay together.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: lots of parking, trains, buses and cabs everywhere

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Watch out for big bad osccr. youll be reported and nothing will happen. cops think theyre boston cops but everyone knows theyre not.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Melting Pot – Northeastern draws a lot of different types of people. There is the cultural aspect, because of the foreign influence, but also personality in general. There isn't a real typical personality; you can meet just about anyone. There's always someone interested in the same things as you, as evidenced by the multitude of clubs and student activities.

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2 College Student

Campus Dining: The atmosphere of the dining halls is very nice, however the food is very poor with very limited variety from day to day. People often complain of the food making them sick.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not That Strict – As far as dorms go, RAs are pretty laid back about everything. You can sign up to three people into your dorm so it sucks if you want to have more people over, but there are ways to get around it. And they let you sign people in at any time of the day/night. If students do get out of hand and they know who those students are, they are reported to Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution but if not they just send out warning emails to the entire building. Overall authorities only intervene if you are being extremely crazy and belligerent

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: next to the ghetto, if you're not from around here you have to be careful

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Quality and Variability – Students take Northeastern Dining for granted. Anyone who complains about it is forgetting that many schools assign items dollar values and students pay out of pocket for them. Northeastern's buffet-style allows students to eat as much as they want. They offer a lot of different choices at stations in the dining halls, especially at Stetson East and International Village. And with the addition of the smaller venues, like Rebecca's Kitchen and The West End, students get the opportunity to use a meal swipe on some very well-prepared food. The West End, particularly, is restaurant quality food- my new favorite spot.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – The police are pretty chill as long as you aren't being stupid although they like to bust parties that are located on The Hill. Rarely do people get arrested but you will get fined and have your weed taken away. The campus RA's aren't that bad. It is easy to have alcohol in the dorms and they warn you to hide everything before room checks. Anyone can stay in your dorm for as long as you want as long as they have an ID to get signed into but the max number of people you can sign into a building is 3. (there are ways to get around this)

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Boys and Girls – There a mixture of every type of person on campus. There are always chances to meet new people. I would say a lot of people are in relationships and a lot of people are just looking to have a good time. Also there are a lot of cute guys on campus. I am in engineering and most of the guys aren't that "dorky"

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The perfect balance of academics, social life, and professional career experience. The co-op program is phenomenal and gives real meaning to your studies. You won't regret attending.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a website online that gives a list of landlords that you can contact.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Low Key – Peer pressure to do drugs, outside of alcohol, is low. The resident assistants (RAs) and campus security keep good tabs on the students in a non-overbearing way, preventing major incidents by responding to any sort of trouble immediately. Boston is a very "grown" town as well, in that once you're 21, there are more than plenty bars around the city to visit rather than stay in and drink in the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything You Need – On campus housing is what you make of it. Yes, it's a bit pricey in general, but you're paying for convenience, an awesome location, and a top notch maintenance crew. Avoid randomly selecting a roommate though, if you can. Also, the West Village dorms are amazing, if you can afford them.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Involvement Opportunities – Northeastern has so many different pathways to get involved around campus and to feel like a part of the university. The co-op program is fantastic but I personally feel like I have gotten the most experience in real life engineering by being a part of Engineers Without Borders. Many universities around the country have EWB Chapters but our chapter has been classified by EWB-USA as a premier chapter and rightfully so! We have projects in Honduras and Uganda and I have had the oppotunity to travel to Honduras to work on designing and implementing a water system bringing clean water to villagers in the area.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: SOME Good Teams – Northeastern has a good hockey team with good fan support but I really dont know a lot about the other sports teams at Northeastern.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a civil engineering major at Northeastern's College of Engineering I enjoy small classes with basically the same people for all 5 years. We get to know all of our professors from the college very well and form close bonds with them. The professors are very supportive. The workload is heavy but the co-op opportunities are great with generally good pay and experience.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid is pretty good, but you have to your officer routinely. This works in your favor though, as the more they know the more opportunities they will send your way.

3 College Senior

Weather: Not Happening – When the weather gets particularly cold, snowy or rainy many students, especially off campus students who compromise half of the student body. However, the campus is a great and popular place to hang out when it's nice out.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Boston Is Best – Boston is the best for night life.
In a couple short miles you can go from Alston indie to downtown clubbing and everything in between. Boston is not open late however, and the T closes around 12:30, as do most bars. House parties are still popular, but the Boston police tend well to those!

1 College Junior

Parking: Barely Any – There is very little free parking around campus, and when you decide to get a permit, its expensive. Cars are also towed all the time due to Boston's weird street cleaning rules, so if you have a car you have to be mindful of that. If you live on or near campus, however, there is no need for a car. Everything is in walking distance or is served by some sort of public transit.

4 College Junior

Computers: Crowded During Finals and Midterms – The computers on campus are crowded during finals and midterms, but other than that they are usually accessible. The school seems to be making a big effort to make the entire campus completely wireless (almost all of which already is), and the new printing system is a lot more convenient than what was once in place.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to Be – Boston is basically one large college campus due to the fact that there are so many schools in the area. At the same time, the city offers all the amenities of a large metropolitan area. There are restaurants, bars, museums, and parks everywhere. Because of all of these perks, however, the cost of living is incredibly high.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a lot of fun at Northeastern. It's not as intense as it is in the South and only one fraternity has housing and none of the sororities do. Most people at Northeastern don't even know that Greek Life exists but the second you're a part of it you can have something to do every night and meet a ton of people. It's a lot of fun and I feel like we make a difference with everything we hold on campus and all the money we raise for our philanthropies.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic and Campus Activities – The campus is beautiful. The athletic centers are really nice, but Club sports have a hard time getting spots there. The curry student center is nice. Not enough tables for everyone (so if you plan on doing serious studying for a long time go to the library). Most of the classrooms are nice, some of the buildings are older but still cute.


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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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