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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: It's the Biggest Pain in the Neck, but You'll Get There – My expenses are completely covered by scholarship and other financial aid so I was on a first name basis with my counselor by the first week of my freshman year. They such at communicating. They never tell me if I'm missing a form or if I've been selected for federal verification or anything, they just put a block on my aid. They also never respond to emails or call so you always have to go in. I have been told straight up a few times that they have no idea about simple things. Then once they "forgot" to allocate my work study award, then told me that although I had been awarded work study, there was no money left for me. What?! I've always gotten my money in the end, but it's been SUCH a difficult process every semester.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: White and Asain – There are many different kinds of people here and MANY, MANY foreign students. That being said almost everyone here is either asian or white. You'll see the occasional black or latino student but this is far less common. Economic background is snobby upper middle class and they have no idea how snobby and rich they are. That being said they are really nice people who are going to have to work some day. You will meet a good amount of people from a modest background. There are plenty of gay students but we're no Emerson. Political leanings aim left but people here are open to discussion and I have met a good deal of conservatives. If your religious get ready to feel like a minority. One of the least religious campuses in the country. Acceptance is high but I've seen people get crap for being even closeted religious. Most students here will stand up for you regardless of race or creed.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Work Hard, Play Hard – If you want to smoke pot, it's not exactly difficult, but overall I would say there's not a huge drug scene. There's a lot of drinking and partying, but there are definitely people who don't, and there's lots of other stuff to do if you don't want to party. I feel like people here and extremely career driven and during the week they'll work really hard, but when the weekend comes, they play hard too.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: They Meet All Your Needs – Never had a major problem doing whatever I needed almost anywhere in campus. Some are a little slow but those are exceptions.

3 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car. Boston is a walking city, and Northeastern's location is awesome. If it's cold or you're tired, the MBTA will take you anywhere you want in Boston. Its cheap, fairly quick, and all students use it. If you plan on having a car for co-op, you can buy spaces. Other than that, parking can be a pain, but as long as you learn the meter locations you'll be fine.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Above Average but So It Tuition. Ends up evening out the heavy tuitions costs making it compatible to other tier 1 schools but nothing that impressive.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Co-Op Is the Main Reason to Go Here – If you do co-op you will graduate with massive working knowledge of the industry your in that most people don't have until midcareer. They also pay extremely well for a non college grad. If your a guy and your not in a fraternity you'll only have half as much fun. Being in Greek makes finding parties and meeting people ridiculously easy.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Separated, Frat Boy and Valley Girl Stereotypes – Greek life feels pretty separate from independent life. At other schools, frats/sororities host bigger, better parties. This is not the case at Northeastern. They do participate formally in many charity/campus events, but informally on weekend nights they're no more fun than random apartments or bars.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Expensive but Soooo Good – Eat at Cappy's for cheap and tasty pizza! Most of the food here is of average city quality but once you start eating a nicer dating places the quality goes through the roof. Everything is fairly expensive but thats what you get for living in the city. Food here is a cultural fusion if you want it or just a great steak sub.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T – T closes at 2 on weekends and taxis are everywhere all this time. You can also walk to many places of interest. You pretty much good no matter what.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Forget What You Know – Imagine completely non-stereo typical Greeks living together in a house and having the best time of their lives. That what you get here. We party like other Greek life but the majority of Greeks here are really nice, interesting and atypical Greeks who are career-focused. The whole no frat having a house is the biggest lie on campus. Officially no fraternity does but in reality a third of the fraternity is all living in the same house. Greeks here care about the school and contribute in so many ways. You'll see Greek sponsored events and community service all the time.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Urban, Stay Alert. I've Never Felt Threatened – Boston is a city. Like in any city, you have to stay alert, not wander into dangerous neighborhoods alone or at night, etc. That being said, the campus itself is extremely safe, and even the surrounding neighborhoods are safe and patrolled by the police department regularly.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Work Hard, Play Hard – Not the most relaxing campus but that can be a good thing. Party life is crazy and academics it a challenge. Job connections, great professors and the co-op program will give you the industry knowledge of a mid career worker on graduation day.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't Get Caught – Its hard to get into trouble here but sometimes you'll just get a bad RA or run into the wrong university police officer. It hard to get caught but if you do there's a small chance you could get into some nasty trouble. Boston police could not care if they tried their hardest. They have real crime to deal with and will just tell everyone to leave the party or you to put out your blunt.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There a bunch of 18+ clubs and countless apartment and frat house parties. It may take a little while to know were to look but everybody knows where to be on a weekend night by the end of their first semester. That being said its Boston so infinite options for the 21+ crowd. Bars, clubs, restaurants, ect your set. Your wallets will be the only unhappy ones.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Welcome to Boston – parking sucks. and the student parking prices are inflated.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe If Your Smart – There are parts south of campus and in the Fenway that are not safe at night and like every city there are parts that are never safe. That being said Northeastern has a little personal army of police and security that are always watching for suspicious activity and manage only to interfere with your festivities as often as most campus police. Listen to the CamPo warnings about where not to go at night and make safe decisions. This is the city but campus itself is a safety bubble.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Don't Dominate – Greek life is only about 10% of students on campus. Greek life definitely makes a presence on campus through events and programming. There is no Greek housing campus. Greek life in no way dominates campus.

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4 College Student

Facilities: Very Good – The Marino athletic center is very nice and well equipped. The student center is a great resource and good place for meetings, to do work, or just hang out.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Northeastern is located in the center of Boston. There are a myriad of events, attractions, and shopping all over the city and near campus. It's a great place to go to school!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is great 7/12 months of the year. However, the winter months are COLD.

There are underground tunnells connecting most of the major academic buildings, which allows for comfortable class changes durring the academic day.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Centrally located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern is easily accessable by public transportation. With two T (subway) stops on campus and multiple bus stops, Northeastern students find it easy to get around Boston.

However, when driving, students are advised to arm themselves with a GPS and an extra hour of travel time. Boston streets are old and follow no distinct patterns. Traffic can be heavy and parking is often limited.

Cabs are expensive.

Boston is known as the "hub of the universe," and this designation can be largely attributed to the City's logan airport. Northeastern students can count on relatively cheap flights in an out of a major airport, especially in the warmer months.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are small, as expected, but great for getting to know people. Upperclassman housing is better and they have kitchens.

4 College Student

Academics: Very Good – I came to Northeastern because of the co-op program which offers a lot of work experience. You get a year and a half of experience in your field and a degree within 5 years. The academics are good and the professors are very nice and helpful, as well as knowledgeable. I have yet to find someone who doesn't love it here!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Good Selection – There is a decent selection of places to eat within walking distance


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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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