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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Parking: The Ultimate Joke – Do i need to repeat what has already been said before? NU parking sucks. Enough said.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Getting Better, Tougher, More Daunting – Since NU is rising in the rankings, expect some pretty tough work to do. NU is now the type of university where screwing up just ONE thing can screw up your entire semester, so you better be extremely organized and be focused in class, especially during the first few classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I currently live in a suite-styled apartment on campus. It's great because it has a kitchen, tv, and living room. The freshmen dorms are pretty small but other than that, they're great!

5 College Junior

Transportation: Easy to Get Around – The green and orange T lines run straight through campus so getting around is affordable and convenient.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Severe – If you break the rules and are caught, you face some pretty serious charges that can start with alcohol awareness programs and go to deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion depending on the severity of the crime. It's best to just avoid those situations.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – Northeastern is a safe campus. Although it is in a large city, there are always police officers in plain sight and their response time is pretty quick for emergencies.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Expect a Co-Op Experience – My school incorporates academic learning with work experience. There are options in which you do not have to have a co-op to graduate, but most students have and still continue to. The school has lately been improving its international co-op experiences with more funding and more locations to choose from.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Walk Along Newbury Street and Bolyston Street – Two bustling streets close to each other. Lots of little good restaurants. Very convenient, only about 10 minutes walk from the university. After some good food walk around and check out the shops ranging from H&M to boutiques.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Well Located – School is located in the heart of Boston. Lots of places to shop, eat, and easy means of transportation if you want to go elsewhere.

1 College Student

Campus Strictness: Keep It to Yourself – the RA's are super strict. if they smell weed they call the cops and dont even tell you. if they think your drinking they knock and if they see anything they write you up. first time is a letter sent home and a fine. Theres even a PD on campus so combined with Boston PD the campus is pretty swamped. good luck walking around with a beer or even a handle in a bag if you look under 21

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Good but Easy to Get Bored of – the selections are usually fairly diverse with a number of dining halls to choose from. however, after a few weeks you start to notice the cycle of the menus and dishes can become repetitive and boring.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Not Bad – I was previously a graphic design major and I know all the labs in Ryder hall have nice Macs, can't really speak for other areas though.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UHCS is extremely helpful their staff doctors and nurses have always been extremely helpful and nice.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Mostly Tough and Engaging – Most of my classes so far have been challenging to say the least, I definitely feel like I'll be prepared for life after graduation.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: NEU is a great school to be especially if your goal oriented and don't mind putting in a little bit of hard work. There are parties to attend every night of the week but if you know that you need to get something done, DO IT! NEU has no patience for slackers and rarely gives second chances. Get your priorities in check and college life will be the best 4 (5 if you choose to do COOP) years well spent!

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Looks the Same – Basically if you wear leggings, a pair of uggs, and a hollister sweatshirt you will get along just fine here! But for those people who do enjoy dressing themselves for the part, being different is accepted and praised! You might be stopped every now and then if you have an item on that gets the attention of an admiring onlooker. In terms of good looking men and women on campus, you will find your cousin Its and Ursulas but it all depends on what your looking for. Variety is available and even if you don't see what you like, there are always men and women in surrounding areas that will spark your fancy.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Up & Down the Huntington – Northeastern is located in the heart of Boston's ethnic community. Huntington Avenue, which is one of the main streets in Boston, houses an array of wonderful restaurants ranging from pizza, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, West Indian, India, and many more other options. It is almost like taking a tour of the world for a reasonable price. Of course it does depend on what part of town you do venture, that is where the price of food will increase but you will almost never leave a Bostonian restaurant unsatisfied. Many of these establishments strive to please their customers and if not, you have the option of not returning!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: NU often brags about it's top-notch faculties, and it has all the bragging rights available. Just a brief look at the gym and the halls prove it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very Expensive – As Boston is not an example of cheap city, housing in the city costs a lot. There are, however, many ways to make it less so, like having several roommates. But despite the cost, it's great to have more freedom!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It's a College – Drinking is popular, as at most college campuses. Strick rules exist if you're caught 3 times underage but its pretty difficult to get caught if youre smart. Same goes with drugs, although, drinking is definintely more prevalent.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Best College Town – Boston is so much fun, a very young city. There are parties on campus but going out in the city is better. Bars are awesome and there is so much to do...shop, sitesee, visit museums- northeastern students can use the museum of fine arts for free-, fenway park is right down the street...its an amazing city

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students aren't too involved with Northeastern varsity sports. Hockey is the main sport which is well attended and the Beanpot is an exciting tournament each year involving Boston area schools. Other than that, sports exist for the athletes. Athletic facilities are very nice, with a separate gym devoted to student athletes. Club and intramural sports are very popular and well provided for. Club sports get scheduled time on varisty fields and are supported by the school via rental vans and equipment.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything Is Covered – Northeastern University has everything you could want. Theres 2 gyms racquetball courts,a roller hockey court, 2 basketball courts and a track between the two of them. Library is 24/7, intramurals have anything you could want. The student center is also a great place to get food or study.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Every Mode Available – Everything is very accessible whether it's via walking, the T (train), bus, cab, or car. Some things might be a pain to get too if it involves a lot of switches on the T or something similar to that, but overall, it is not too difficult to get wherever you are trying to go.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: It's All About Co-Op – Needless to repeat what has bee said a thousand times before, but co-op really is the keystone of the univesity.


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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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