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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Here, but Only If You Want It – Everyone has access to alcohol and weed if they choose, but many students choose not to. Parties are available, but the real ragers are all off campus (RA's are pretty strict about that). Small parties are on campus all the time, no big deal. Weed is pretty cheap and easy to find, but there's no pressure to smoke unless you yourself go looking to.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great – Most of the dorms are very close to campus and classes, and you should never have to walk farther than 10 minutes to do anything or go to class. International Village was finished in 2009, and has a great variety of housing themes as well as a cafeteria all within the same building. Also, West Village is right on campus and is all apartments with a living room, kitchen, 2 baths, and is also very new. Freshman housing is average (unless you're in honors), similar to most schools, but upperclass housing is way nicer than anywhere else I've visited.
One of the nicest things about Northeastern is living in Boston. The Pru is right down the street, Fenway is a 20 minute walk, and there are 3 green line and 2 orange line T stops right on campus, so getting around the city couldn't be more convenient.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Horrible, Time Consuming & Stressful – Northeastern is notorious for having a bureaucratic shuffle and believe me... it exists and the only way to get financial aid is to sink into it and swim through the muck of advisors and paperwork. For starters I have had more than 3 different advisors over my 3+ years here and I was never notified of the changes until after I tried to contact them and my email got bounced back. I had one person that seemed competent and then without warning I was transferred to someone else. When I made an in-person appointment I asked some clarifying questions about loans and payments and the individual made me feel stupid and silly for asking (as if not understanding the mountains of forms made me an incompetent jerk rather than a normal student in the college years). In order to get financial aid you MUST fill out the FAFSA form which is tedious and will often land you with a few email battles to get everything straightened out. You MUST stay on top of your stuff or you will end up owing 30,000 out of pocket with no options for good student loans (I've seen it happen). If you need a lot of scholarship money from the school your only options are to... be a really good (or okay) athlete, an international student or to be living in a box on the street with 10 brothers and sisters at the time of your application. When you have problems you will most likely be met with annoyance, frustration and at times financial distress rather than assistance or compassion.

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College Senior

Athletics: You BETTER Be a Fan – Sports around here are big, mostly basketball and hockey but other things like swimming too. I hate sports, am not involved and find the culture surrounding it fairly obnoxious. Much of our tuition increases are spent trying to improve campus sports facilities that some of us NEVER use nor would care to support. I realize that sports games create a lot of revenue for a school like Northeastern but that does not mean I should be giving anymore of my hard earned money to them than I already have, especially for something I care nothing about. The student athletes get a bad rap and hey some are good and some are bad but boy in my major there are some real doozies!

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of really attractive girls on this campus from all ethnic groups and backgrounds. The boys here leave a bit to be desired and in general tend to gravitate only toward the Asian chicks so if you find some hot guy...stick to him.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: NEU Diveristy – The Diversity here is awesome because of the urban community around it. You get to meet so many individuals and join many cultural clubs and/or anything else you want to do.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Use Your Time Wisely. Someone else must have mentioned about co-op, so I'm going to skip that. One thing that sets my school apart from others is that our summer break is 4 months long, and our winter break + thanksgiving + spring break is almost 2 months long, so you're only going to school for half a year.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It snows quite a lot here, but I'm a winter person so I don't mind it. The thing is, the weather is so unpredictable that you get all kinds of weather during each season.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Nothing Special About It. Being in a frat or sorority is not a big deal here at neu. My roommate and a few of my friends were in it, and I heard it could be fun, but some ended up getting wasted every week.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you live off campus it is either too expensive and close to campus or it's too far away and fairly affordable.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meal plans are very overpriced for the quality of food that students recieve.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Access – The wireless access is really poor at Northeastern. There is supposed to be NUWAVE virtually covering the campus but i find it very difficult to find a signal.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: NOT for Everyone – To be honest, i have VERY mixed feelings about Northeastern. While i was very aware of the importance of co-op here, while i am starting to see what i want to do with my life, and while i have made several good friends, i often, no, wait, actually always hope that NU would be more of a typical college. I also wished that the student body would be friendlier and not as stuck up or close-minded as it is. This university does disappoint in many domains. This is not a university for anyone. If you have no idea where your life is headed, if you do not have a "perfect life" (ie your parents/family are/is alive, healthy and well, your finances are solid and if everything is going well) or if you are just looking forward to live the typical college experience... Do not, UNDER ANY  CIRCUMSTANCE, even start to think about NU's existence.

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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.


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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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