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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Computers: Computer Labs – While the facilities are very nice they are not accomodating to the growing size of the student population. It is nearly impossible to find an open area during exam time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Since day 1 in freshman yr., you get real world experience by making a business plan for a business where you can help them improve revenue...This is just great!

1 College Junior

Parking: Don't Get a Car – While a car can be really convenient, it's not really worth it since finding parking is harder than finding a well in a desert. You need a permit that you need to pay for if you want to be able to park in the residential areas or in the school garages. It's still a hassle if you ask me. Public transportation will get you to most places you want to go.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not So Much a Druggie School – The drug scene is not really big as far as I know, but I guess it really does depend on who you know and what kind of connections you have. If you hang with certain people, you can probably be pretty heavy on the drug scene, but I mostly just see a lot of folks do weed. Drinking is a more common activity on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Pricey, but Convenient – You pay mostly for the convenience of it, I think. The meal plans are too expensive for what you get. The food is not bad, and having a meal plan is really really convenient if you live on campus. But it's still not really worth it. I recommend you only get a profiler plan.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The Boys Are Generally Better Quality Than the Girls – Boy to girl ratio is almost 1:1. Boys are pretty diverse. They all have different styles and interests. If you are a girl don't invest too much time in boys during your freshman year...they don't care who you are or what you look like, they just want to have sex with as many girls as they can their first year. Computer science boys are only interested in cartoon girls. Half of the engineering boys are very social, some are even pretty hot (especially when you think about how much money they'll make after they graduate...JUST KIDDING!), but the other half are complete losers. Business boys usually are the most social, and best looking...however watch out for the ones with big egos!

A lot of the girls on campus look basically the same. Straight blonde hair, less than 120 pounds (regardless of height), orange skin, always with coach bags, leggings, and ugg boots. Jersey Shore looking girls. I think the guys would agree with me when I say they would be great for one-night stands but never to bring home to mom.

I do have to say that, in general, the boys and girls make it a point to stay healthy (despite all the drinking they do). The gyms are to capacity almost every day.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Everything Is 21+ – Unless you feel like going to the movies every night, if you're not 21 you're probably not going anywhere. Bars, clubs, some pubs, and even bowling alleys have a very strict 21+ policy. Don't get caught with a fake ID anywhere near campus, it will come back to school authorities. Also, be very careful when attending parties if you're under 21, or if you're hosting a party for underaged students. If your party gets busted, you can get in serious trouble with the school. Select comedy clubs are 18+, I've always found them to be a fun and inexpensive Boston outing.

If you are 21+, the nightlife is great. There's a bar at every street corner, and you can be sure to catch a Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, or Bruins game in any 1 of them. The best bars and clubs are by Fenway park, State Street, and the theater district. The best house parties are right off campus, and at BU and MIT.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly East Coast Kids – About 70% white. But then again there are over 16,000 undergrads here so you'll find that there are a lot of hispanics and african americans as well (most of the minorities come from the boston area on full scholarships). We have a large international student community but most are graduate students. We also have a decent size asian community but it doesn't compare to Boston University.

Most students are from the east coast U.S. If they aren't from the Boston area they are probably from New Jersey and Long Island, NY....these are probably the only kids in America who's parents can actually afford this school. Unfortunately, they are also the most loud, obnoxious, and materialistic kids in the country.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Only Place Better Than Boston for Food Is NYC – You can find almost any cuisine in Boston. Restaurants are EVERYWHERE. Pay with your Husky Card at Huntington Ave favorites such as BHOP, Unos, Cappys.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Almost Perfect – On-Campus: Small campus, at most you're walking 15 minutes to class. The school also provides an escort service after dark if by any chance you don't feel safe walking alone.

Off-Campus: Boston's trolley/subway/bus system, the T, can get you to anywhere in Boston/Cambridge, and many locations in greater Boston. However, it stops running just after midnight. As a college student its pretty much expected to be out after that, especially during the weekends. One option is to just walk. In most cases you won't have to walk more than 2 miles to get to where you want to go...Boston is a small city. Taxis aren't too expensive, in fact, you might pay less than you would for a T fare if you squeeze 4+ people in one. A lot of people bike/skateboard on and off campus.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate – Greek life is there, but since we're on an urban campus, there are no frat & sorority houses. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority. The parties are just like every other NEU student-hosted party. If you want to go to a real frat party, try MIT and BU, word gets around so it's not hard to get an invite for those.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We're Working on It – Mens football no longer exists, resulting from the lack of support (and skill). Mens Hockey and Basketball get the most support (because they're the best teams we have). The school just recently implemented an incentive program to get students to support all of our teams.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is HUGE, Drugs Not So Much – Walk into any dorm from Thursday to Sunday and theres a good chance you'll find at least a small group sharing a case of beer and a couple bottles of liquor, and playing drinking games. You can find an off campus party everywhere and on any night of the weekend. There are a lot of NEU students and they have a lot of friends so be prepared for a packed house and a visit from the cops.

There isn't a big drug scene on or off campus. Occasionally you'll find yourself at a party where maybe a couple people lock themselves in a room to smoke weed or pop a couple exctasy pills.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Find Roommates! Sublet If You Can! Boston apartments can get expensive. However if you find enough roommates, your rent can be next to nothing. Best areas - Huntington Ave, Westland Ave, St. Stephens Street, Hemenway St, Mission Hill (but below Tremont Street is the safest/shortest walk to class), Columbus Ave.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: West Village Buildings Are the Best – Freshman dorms are OK, typical. Upperclassman dorms (all West Village buildings) are great. Very close to all classrooms, some of your classes might even be just an elevator ride down. Spacious kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, doubles are ok but if you have the money to get a single go for it. Oh yea, VERY expensive, as is the tuition.

4 College Student

Facilities: All facilities are new, clean and have interesting architecture
The campus is amazing and welcoming.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. The apartments are nice when you are a sophomare and older.

3 College Senior

Computers: It would be bettter if you could have wireless internet everywhere on campus, including the dorms.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Teacher Availability Outside of Class – The professors and teacher assistants are good about having office hours. It's up to the student to go to them.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Far from Exceptional, Very Repetitive, but Good Enough – Northeastern, unlike most other "urban" universities, doesn't have 24-hour dining, and there are only three cafeterias (alongside the different eateries that can be found throughout the campus). The food is not really good, but it is enough just to get by.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Great transportation, the T comes right to campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The T shuts down at 1am on weekends, so that limits nightlife to an extent.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different types of people at Northeastern. It is more diverse than other colleges I have attended, due to its central urban location.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Northeastern has a beautiful campus and ha the benefits of being in the city but also nice green spaces.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience has been good. I have learned a lot and got to experience many new situations.

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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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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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