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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Student

Transportation: It is easy to get to campus. The subway system is accessible and easy to use

4 College Student

Computers: There are many computers on campus. Usually, they are very accessible and easy to use. There are two computer labs in which students can print out up to 400 pages for free. However, some of their school computers are slow.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a very nice area to live in. Boston is a diverse city with many cultural events, shopping centers and historical sites.

5 College Student

Facilities: I LOVE IT HERE – The only bad thing about NU is the cost. And it is totally worth every penny.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Not too bad.. you can avoid it if you really want to.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Great Options – Northeastern is right in Boston. If you can't find somewhere to eat... you aren't looking.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Don't Live Here Yet – It looks pretty nice from what I saw during a tour there. I don't yet attend NEU or know if that's where I will attend for certain, but the brief glimpse of the campus I got was informative and highly pleasant. It is also close to home, so visiting won't ever be a problem!

3 College Student

Nightlife: Most are at Frats on mission hill.. other than than that it is in people's dorms..

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Fine – It gets cold, so if you're used to warm weather and aren't willing to bear the cold, I wouldn't suggest going here (or anywhere else on the east coast, for that matter). They clean up pretty fast when is snows, so it is easy to get to class on even the worst days.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It Depends – I've heard many stories of people that did not get punished, even when POLICE could tell they were under the influence of something. On the other hand, I know of people that got in trouble even though they were not taking part in anything, although it is possible to get out of any trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is HUGE. Everything else, not so much. Why do you think they got rid of the football team?

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hot Guys and Hot Girls – There are a lot of hot guys but you kind of have to look for them. And the hot guys may not be the good guys. Attractive girls too. Best place to see the range of hot people is the gym

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is growing at NU! It's more than people think, and the stereotypes aren't true. It's not just about partying but community, networking, volunteering and more. There are so many amazing opportunities.

College Student

Academics: There are some great profs, but every so often you get someone who makes you question your tuition bill.

College Junior

Drug Safety: You definitely don't need to do drugs if you don't want to. Probably the most popular is pot, but it doesn't impede on any part of campus life.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: Residence halls have RAs on duty, so if they hear something, they'll see what's going on. You can have alcohol if you're 21. I'd say the drug policies are pretty strict, but since I don't do drugs, I'm not sure. But, it seems like freshmen especially get caught if they have drugs.

College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is barely worth it-it is expensive, and everywhere I go, I take the T anyway. Boston also sucks parking-wise, so it's not easy to drive if you are going out. Parking passes are readily available, though I don't see the point unless you have to drive for work or something.

College Junior

Transportation: The T is super convenient for getting around off campus late at night, and buses run until 1 a.m. or later every night. There is also a shuttle that runs hourly that will bring you anywhere within one mile of campus all night and an escort system that will bring you from any location on campus to another place on campus anytime.

College Junior

Weather: It is hot for the first few weeks, then we dive right into the long fall. It usually doesn't snow before winter break but always be prepared for the crazy New England weather. After that, it is bitter cold through March and will start to get warmer-but not hot!-by April, when we get out of school. If you stay for the summer, it will get hot eventually, with July and August routinely being from 80 to 90 degrees.

College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are picking up steam, with men's hockey on a roll. We have sold out our on-campus arena, Matthews, a few times, and the school spirit is overwhelming! Men's basketball is also doing very well. IM and club teams are fun. They are a lot less pressure than playing D-I like the varsity teams. We have a ton of different IM options, including crazy sports like broomball and coed leagues.

College Junior

Overall Experience: If you are looking for a big "brand name" university, then you will be let down by the number of people who think we are a state school or a university in Illinois that almost shares our name. But, NU really has so much to offer that I have never questioned my decision to come here. I've been able to get involved in so many different student activities, meet a ton of amazing people, live in Boston for four years, and work at two very well-known finance companies. My work experience is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me: They are some of the most fun times I have had here, and I would not change anything in my program! There will be times when you have a lot of work, but, overall, campus is a lively place to hang out year-round. The best part is that if there isn't something you want to do on campus, you can always venture out into the city, as well!

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: Res Life and NUPD are really strict about drugs and underage drinking because they have to be-Boston is incredibly strict about those things. When you are over 21, you can have alcohol on campus, and if you are underage, you usually can, too, as long as you aren't too loud or ridiculous. The RAs will give you a warning before you get written up. Some RAs are really strict and some aren't strict at all, so it is really a toss up.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's very convenient, but we have great on-campus opportunities for upperclassmen.

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The cool thing about Northeastern is that we're right in the middle of the city, so it's never hard to find somewhere to go to eat. The Prudential Center/Newbury Street is about a 10-minute walk from campus, and there are a ton of restaurants over there. Our meal plan comes with dining dollars each semester that work in a lot of those restaurants, as well. It's also easy to jump on the T and within 20 minutes you can be in the North End with all of the Italian restaurants and pastry shops. Boston also has a lot of good seafood restaurants-the Harbor is also only a 20-minute train ride away.

College Junior

Diversity: Coming from a suburban town outside of Boston, my high school was far from what you would call diverse. So, when I came to Northeastern it was really refreshing to see so many different types of students. There are students from all over the world and all over the country. There are student groups for many different cultures, religions, and attitudes. It's been really cool-especially when taking classes to learn about different cultures-to walk around campus and see different kinds of people or ride the elevator in my building and hear all the different languages being spoken.


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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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