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Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its very expensive if you live immediately by campus and thats where most of the international kids live (back bay, south end and fenway) but if price is the issue, a 5 min car ride or 20 min walk theres mission hill which has a ton of nice houses and is a student neighborhood with friendly prices.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston winter...Brutal. Boston Fall/late Spring...Mesmerizing. Boston Summer....we're on holiday!

Make sure you own some gloves and a good coat boston has a 'bi-polar' weather system (won't explain) but one day its 70, 2 days later its 34. seriously no joke its probably the worst aspect of Northeastern, which speaks volumes for northeastern!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston - all the amenities of a large city with all the charms and conveniences of a small city. everythings so close you will always see people from different universities if you make just one step off campus northeastern is not limited to its own student body in any sense.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: So many cultures and ethnicities represented here. But there are allot of (aside from caucasian americans) south american, asian and european students on campus - not so much so you feel like you're no longer in America! But the campus feels very accepting and liberal - in more of a conservative liberal way not quite social/political activists on every corner

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a bubble, but its very cosmopolitan and with the hundreds of thousands of students flying into boston from around the globe their interests are well represented if you search hard enough. Boston is expensive and I can think of more than two dozen places in boston which can cost easily over $200 per head - but there are plenty of places you can eat well for under $10, there is a huge variety.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Without trying to sound utterly cliché Northeastern is really proving itself as a 'Up and coming university', $60M private endowment to the business school, a $1 billion dollar donation campaign (raise 1 billion by 2017) - constantly updated facilities (dining hall, library, classrooms, living, dining halls etc.) and a barrage of new building projects consistently being announced, the faculty are stellar & in around 90% of my current exposure to the teachers here i can say they have spent the predominant part of their life focusing their efforts outside of a teaching institute, so when they teach you it doesn't feel in any way 'textbook' or dull, they are all engaging and well rounded people who offer so much more to the table than just a 'teacher'. The connections the school has formed with multiple fortune 500 companies really help people out for the co-op and networking opportunities, the co-op program makes the student really focus early on what you want to pursue after university, allowing a student to make the continual transition of life so smooth as by the time most graduate people haven't just spent two summer internships being the coffee boy, they will have around 18 (3X6) months of paid entry level internship which really prepares students for what life is like after being a student. It's so easy to mention far too many plus points about NEU, but its something which needs to be experienced first hand to grasp the opportunity and stimulating environment Northeastern is.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are frats and sororities, and they do have parties, but as you can't have greek housing in boston their social power over captivating the social scene on campus is limited. you would never be judged for not being part of greek life or in it the feeling on campus from both sides are indifferent.

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are allot of computers available - but then again there are lots of students. Laptops (or ipad) are a necessity. wireless network is fantastic, but they are tech savvy...the library the network blocks instagram, spotify and itunes. elsewhere nothing is blocked.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: This may be just a girl coming from an extremely small town, but the diversity is great and hearing other people's stories in class is fantastic.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but the price is certainly up there being in Boston. If you look soon enough and well-enough, though, you can find a reasonably priced good place.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is really not strict at all. People are loud and drink in their dorms all the time and never once have I seen someone get in trouble. However, I would still be careful.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Northeastern is on the green line, which can be pretty slow, but the T system in Boston is great and can get you anywhere you need to be. A car is totally unnecessary. Also, if you are going to the airport, I suggest taking a cab rather than the T or a bus, much faster, but can be quite costly.

4 College Freshman

Computers: You definitely want to have your own computer because the labs get very crowded in the library. However, if you do, the internet access is great, the printing is very easy, and the technology is very helpful with school work.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The co-op program just sincerely cannot be beat when it comes to Northeastern. The experience you garner is invaluable and helps immensely in making connections with future employers and puts you ahead of other college graduate applicants.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I think the political science is amazing. The teachers are all very knowledgable and you actually get real life experience in the field.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Obviously I would have liked more money, but the school was great at notifying you about it and paying attention to your appeals if you had any.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you are going to a school for greek life, I probably wouldn't come to Northeastern. It is definitely a presence on campus, but not that huge.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something going on and if you make friends with upperclassmen, the parties are always available.

3 College Freshman

Weather: You certainly have to be able to bare the winter if you are going to Boston, but the fall and spring are amazing beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The availability is certainly there and the convenience as well, but the cost is certainly a draw back.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have felt absolutely no peer pressure at all from my friends or strangers at any parties. However, when you go to parties, almost everyone is drinking or doing drugs. I partake in it myself, but I am sure you could find others that do not.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are pretty good at Northeastern. Definitely not the best I have seen, seeing as we do not have a football team, but hockey and basketball are still very popular and definitely have people packing the game at Matthews Arena. Other sports including rowing are not as popular for spectators, but very good. For those not participating in varsity sports, the club program is fairly good with access to some amenities such as weight lifting.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Going to college is definitely a weird, but exciting experience for everyone. I was skeptical at first being so far away from my friends and home, but now it the best thing that could have happened to me and I am so happy to be at Northeastern University. The academic advisors are fantastic, the amount of clubs and sports you can participate in is immense, and the people are very diverse. Coming from a small neighborhood in the Northeast, I have been exposed to so much here and have been loving every minute of it. I have met some amazing friends here and even though I am just a freshman, I could not be more excited to come back next year and go on co-op.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus but those I talk to like living off. Some have to as not enough dorms exist to house all students on campus. A new dorm is currently being built.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The security is great. I feel very safe around campus. But I think RA's tend to look the other way on what students are doing in the dorms. Still, a great overall experience.

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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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