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Boston, MA
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College Junior

Greek Life: Unlike other campuses, the Greek life doesn't dominate student life. I mean, they hold a few campus events and throw parties, but that's just about it. They don't have the power that you see in movies, where they are the kings/queens of the campus-here, they basically just blend in. The only way you can tell is they tend to wear their frat colors. I never liked Greek life, so I never joined, and it's not a problem. I mean, there tends to be a couple of obnoxious frat guys around campus, but, for the most part, they act like normal college students, which is a plus.

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College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The city is a dream come true for any college kid. The first advantage is you are surrounded by so many colleges and universities that you are always next to like-aged people. The next great thing is the fact that although it's a big city, it feels more like a small town when you compare it to places like LA or NYC. So, when you are off on your own for the first time, you are not overwhelmed by big-city life. Third, you can go anywhere in Boston on the public transportation. But beware: The T is not reliable all the time. The city closes early because of its old Puritan history, which is tough on college students, but that's the only problem. I mean, there is nearly a bar on every corner, restaurants of any kind everywhere, and, as an big Boston sports fan, I love the sports. You can go to Bruins and Celtics games, and you haven't lived unless you experience a game and Boston during baseball season!

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: This is Boston, so you can find an apartment. The only problem is how much do you want to pay and how far are you willing to travel to and from campus. No matter where you get the apartment, expect to pay an arm and leg-it's just how it is. Boston is a very expensive city to live in. And, the closer you are to the campus, the more you will pay, which is why students get places on Mission Hill. It's close, but it's a few minutes away from campus, which makes it hard to get to those early classes or get to class on bad weather days. Plus, it's New England, so any day can be a bad weather day!

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Northeastern University is in Boston, so no matter your price range or taste, there is a restaurant for you. Right next to campus there are a lot of "college-priced" places, such as Qdoba and Boloco if you want Mexican food, and the obvious pizza joints. The campus favorite seems to be BHOP just because it is pretty much on the campus. However, if you have the will to walk for a little bit-and I mean only a little bit-there is Indian, Thai, barbecue, steak, and other such restaurants. So, as I said, no matter what your taste or price range, there is a place for you.

College Junior

Diversity: From what I hear from friends at other schools, it seems that NU is quite diverse compared to most, and the school is not shy about bragging about this. It is cool that you can have class with so many different races, genders, economic standings, and international students. Also, the University is well know for being a hotbed for people who are liberal and Democrats, but I must say NU has a lot of Republicans and conservative-minded people, which is great because in this time of knowledge, this allows us to learn from different point of views and end the tension later on in life.

College Junior

Campus Dining: The food around campus is pretty good. I mean, it's Boston-you can pretty much find anything in town to fit any price or taste. However, if you are like most college students, you can't afford to go out every day, so you have to eat in the dining hall. But beware: It's not how momma makes it! The campus food, on average, isn't that great. Somehow the food is not spiced, the chicken and meat are so dry they are almost impossible to cut with the knives they give you, and even the fruits and lettuce they have are disappointing, which makes it hard to eat healthy. If you are on the meal plan, you get dining dollars, which is just as good as money at shops directly around campus, like Dunkin' Donut, Starbucks, and Boloco. However, the one good place on campus is Outtakes, where you can use your meal plan to get food on the run-it's great for those busy nights!

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall was good for about the first semester, but, after that, I got really sick of it. They're also really crowded at the prime meal times-so crowded it's hard to move in there. Fortunately too, we're in Boston, so there's plenty of food around. If you have a meal plan, you also get dining dollars that you can use at any restaurant on or surrounding the campus, which is really nice.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: The NU police is well known for breaking up parties. It doesn't matter if it's on campus or off-if there is a complaint call or it's known that there is underage drinking or pot smoking, they will break up the party and force you to have a hearing with the student board of conduct, know as OSCAR. If you are just having a good time with friends and aren't being obnoxious, the NU police won't bother you. It is only when you are drinking or smoking pot outside, passed out in the hall, being really loud, or have too many people in a room, throwing up, or being carried back to your room, that the campus police will break up parties, just like any city cop would. So, if your goal is to remake Animal House, be aware that the NU police will break up your parties and make you have hearings.

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College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Like anywhere, the guys and girls at Northeastern have a lot of variation. It's college, so of course you will have your annoying stupid guys that only care about drinking and sex, and their female counterpart. But, the good thing about Northeastern is there's so many people that everyone can find their group-it doesn't matter what you like, you can find it here.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: While Boston is a pretty diverse city, Northeastern students are pretty typical. NU largely consists of preppy, fashionable students. Going out at night is a fashion show. Northeastern draws a pretty big Jewish population, and it seems every girl wears Uggs.

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College Freshman

Diversity: It's not very diverse at Northeastern, even though they try to act like it is. Especially among the girls, practically every single one is white, walking around in a North Face and Ugg boots. I think it's diverse just because I come from a really small town, but people from more diverse high schools in New York City say it isn't diverse at all. There's a fair amount of Asians, but that's it for ethnic diversity. Politically is one way that is diverse though. Sexual diversity is kind of the down-low-I don't think the gay-straight alliance here is very big.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Prudential is about a 10-minute walk from campus and has a delicious food court, The Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Chang's. Close to campus is Temptations, a great sandwich place for lunch or coffee. Cappy's & BHOP are favorites for late-night pizza. Pretty much any restaurant has delivery-even Cheesecake Factory!-so that's always an option.

College Freshman

Computers: InfoCommons is the main computer lab at Northeastern. Most of the time it's not crowded, but there are times when you have to wait. However, you could always go the second floor of the library because there's another computer lab there that not many people know about. There's wireless Internet pretty much everywhere, except in your dorm room.

College Freshman

Computers: Northeastern is a big school, so you should think about bringing your own laptop or computer so you can easily do your work from your dorm room or library. The library is usually pretty crowded, so having your own laptop is a plus.

College Freshman

Weather: The first month at school is beautiful out-flip-flops are necessary! After that, though, expect it to get cold-it is New England, after all. You need an umbrella-one that folds up small is useful for bringing to class. When it snows, bundle up! Bring a long winter coat, snow boots, a scarf, hat, mittens, and tons of warm clothes. Forget about looking cute-trying to stay warm is work enough!

College Freshman

Overall Experience: If I could do it all over, I would definitely stay at Northeastern. The only thing I don't like about Boston is the cold and the wind and those aren't that important. A lot of people find it hard to balance everything and manage their time. Someone once said that you can't have everything out of sleep, eating, social life, and academics, so you have to choose what's important to you.

College Student

Transportation: NU is located on the Green and Orange subway lines, is served by several bus routes, and is far enough downtown that there are cabs everywhere. The subways and buses stop running at or around 1 a.m., which is one of the problems of the Boston transportation system, but you can always get a cab.

College Student

Parking: Parking is a veritable nightmare because there is none and can get unnecessarily expensive. There is no parking unless you want to pay through the teeth to get a spot in the university lot. NU is on both the Green and Orange lines, as well as several bus lines, so it's not hard to get anywhere in the city. Wait until you have an off-campus apartment with free parking before you consider bringing your car.

College Student

Greek Life: Greek life has almost zero role in the social scene at Northeastern. I don't even know which organizations we have on campus, and I'm about to complete my fourth year here.

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College Student

Facilities: At NU we have a lot of beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities. NU has the biggest collegiate library in Boston, as well as one of the largest computer lab networks in the country. I've only been to the gym twice, but from what I can tell it's pretty modern, and it's certainly beautiful.

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College Student

Diversity: I would say that we have a pretty diverse campus. Overall, most of the students are white, but there are a good number of folks from all kinds of different backgrounds. Politically, as a school, we are quite liberal. I think I've met three or four people who consider themselves conservative. I'm sure there are more, but the overall liberalness of the school probably keeps them somewhat muted. Economically speaking, there are a great deal of people at NU who are there simply because they can afford it and for no other reason. But, I'm sure that's true for a lot of competitive schools.

College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is THE varsity sport here. Over the course of the last few years, our program has really been revitalized, and the student body is taking notice. Matthews Arena-the oldest hockey arena on this particular planet-is a fantastic place, and the noise created by the "Doghouse' inside is deafening. Basketball has a decent following, and we play in a relatively competitive conference.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is incredibly safe, and NUPD are an active presence on campus. The surrounding area is safe as well, with the exception of our border with the Roxbury area. Still, you'd really have to make a conscious effort to be in an unsafe area while at NU.

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different types of guys here-there are some sporty types, some laid-back, hippie types, and some intellectual types. The same goes for girls. Some will dress up in the latest fashions to go to class, while others will go in sweats and a T-shirt. While I would not say it is an extremely attractive campus, there are some very good-looking people, as well as those who have a different, yet attractive look. I would say that there are more attractive girls than guys here.

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: Some people have parties in their dorms, but most of them occur off campus. The only place on campus that is somewhat conducive to parties is West Village, and you will probably see some there. Mission Hill, where most people end up living off campus, has most of the parties, but that's just because there are so many people there.

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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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