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Boston, MA
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14,135
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$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Local Atmosphere: Boston is, without a doubt, the ideal city to go to college in. There are over 100 colleges and universities in the area, and the student-to-resident ratio is 5:1. The Christian Science Center is a beautiful area, located just a few blocks from campus. Also, the Prudential Center and Copley are just steps away from the freshman dorms. The only area I'd say to stay away from is Mission Hill at night-unless you know exactly where you're going and who you're going with-and the sketchy area around the upperclassman dorms on Columbus Avenue. Never go there alone after dark.

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Campus Strictness: I have never had a problem with underage drinking. You just have to be smart about it. Don't go walking down the street with a beer in one hand and a joint in the other.

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Campus Strictness: NU's campus is pretty strict, but if you are smart, you won't get caught.

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Campus Strictness: NUPD is very strict about drugs, but not as terrible about drinking. Everybody gets smashed for the big hockey games!

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Campus Strictness: If you aren't providing alcohol to minors, or dealing large quantities of drugs, the policy used is the basic `three strikes and you're out' method. There is an online class to complete on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and a fine to pay. On the last strike, you may lose the right to attend the school or live on campus.

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Campus Strictness: I haven't been fined or locked up yet, and I'm a junior who loves to party!

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Off-Campus Dining: There is pretty much every kind of food in walking distance-American (Uno Chicago Grill), Mexican (Qdoba), Indian (Taste of India), and pizza places (Uno or BHOP).

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Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a great city to dine in. Hit up Abe and Louie's on Boylston, and Top of the Hub is also great. In Government Center, go to Houston's, and on Arlington, Bonfire has good steaks. Vinny Testa's has good fish and overpriced pasta. These are all expensive places for the most part, but you'll want to go on a special occasion.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here are great. You can pretty much find any type of food that you could possibly dream of within a 10-mile radius. The Cheesecake Factory is quite popular-huge portions, great food, but a bit pricey-at least you can take home leftovers and are guaranteed a good meal for the money. The North End (Boston's equivalent of New York's little Italy) is also a fun place to go for good food. There are so many restaurants that are good, I can't even begin to explain. Sonsie, and also Stephanie's on Newbury are both really good but expensive.

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Off-Campus Dining: It depends on where you go. The North End has amazing Italian food. The pizza is terrible in most areas of Boston, except Newbury Street.

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Off-Campus Dining: Definitely check out P.F. Chang's over in Park Plaza. The food there is some of the best Chinese you will ever eat-and I'm from New York City. I know it's a chain restaurant, but that doesn't mean that their food is of lower quality.

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Off-Campus Dining: In Boston, there's any kind of food you'd want, at just about any price range. NU students tend to go broke because of eating out too much.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice. I have been lucky! Freshman year is okay, but it sucks if you live in an economy triple! After freshman year, it gets much better.

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Campus Housing: West Village dorms and Davenport dorms are probably the best. Willis is decent, and I think all the other ones suck.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are typical dorms when you're a freshman, but if you can live in West Village after that, it's definitely worth it.

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Campus Housing: Juniors and seniors are not guaranteed housing, but it's possible that you will get great housing every year. Avoid smaller dorms such as Burstein and Rubenstein.

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Campus Housing: I enjoyed my time in the dorms, although I only stayed in them for my freshman yearAll of them have their positive and negative aspects, but no matter where you end up your first year, keep in mind that it's the worst it's going to get. Upperclassman housing is top-of-the-line.

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Campus Housing: I lived in Kerr hall last year, and having the Faculty Center so close is a benefit, to say the least. The food there is out of this world!

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Nightlife: The parties are pretty decent. I find that most people just get together and drink-the size ranges, but a night out normally consists of a bunch of pretty small gatherings and social events.

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Nightlife: For a dirty good time, I enjoy Daisy's, and if the right people are there, Connor Larkin's, Our House East, and even-dare I say-Punter's Pub.

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Nightlife: The nightlife in Boston is off-the-chain!

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Nightlife: Parties here are all right. They're smaller than big frat parties. In general, our Greek life is smaller than at other big universities. Off-campus places include Our House, Connor Larkin's, Tiger Lily, and more.

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Nightlife: Tequila Rain has a pretty good atmosphere. There are always plenty of young, drunk people around, and the music they play there is not half bad.

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Nightlife: The parties and hot spots around campus and in Boston are always a good time. Try to stay away from huge parties near Columbus Avenue, unless you know who's throwing them-the cops are always there before you can even reach the keg. Bars I'd recommend are Tiger Lily, located close to campus on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Westland, Whiskey Park, and Daisy's on Boylston Avenue.

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Nightlife: At first, I didn't believe how many nightlife options we Boston students had at our disposal. A student could go broke quickly, though, if he or she isn't careful.

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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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