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Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Very challenging curriculum. Workload's difficult, but manageable. The registration process is fairly smooth; I always end up getting into the classes that I want.

5 College Student

Academics: I am in the doctor of pharmacy program. The program is very competitive and demanding academically. The facilities are great, there are a lot of excellent lab spaces. I have many opportunities to learn in a professional environment through co-ops.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Overall the classes are very challenging. There is the occasional sucky professor, though.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm constantly challenged while at Northeastern but things usually aren't so difficult that I'm stressing too much.

5 College Freshman

Academics: student assistants are often there because they have to be, so sometimes they have an 'attitude', but even I am yet to meet a professor who does not have a deep passion for their subject, some are annoying (I'm at the end of my sophomore year and I've only had 1 professor I wouldn't want to work with again - some very emotionally high strung english professor who liked to talk about his feelings and 'inner pain' so yeah that was odd and not typical of most teachers!)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 207th
    Best Course Variety
  • 292nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 372nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 647th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 667th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Hometown
Swampscott, MA
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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In the past decade, Northeastern's reputation as a prestigious institution has flourished. Not only is the application process becoming more competitive, but also the course schedules are becoming more rigorous. With more than 125 programs to choose from, Northeastern students have countless opportunities for choosing a major. The University's academic approach is flexible, allowing students to practically create their own academic agenda. Each of the eight colleges offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to the interdisciplinary majors that combine two or more fields of study. If you are indecisive about your major, Northeastern's faculty and staff are there to assist you in signing up for classes according to your interests, inevitably setting you on a career track that works best for you.

Especially for those students who have trouble committing to a particular career path, the co-op program (short for "cooperative education") can serve as a means of insight and experience in the professional world. Each student can follow either the four-year or five-year program of study, depending on his or her desire to partake in the co-op program. For those that do participate in the co-op program, they will gain up to 18 months of professional work experience and graduate with several entry-level jobs on their resume. Northeastern's co-op program works with more than 2,000 employers in the realms of finance, government, health care, technology, industry, and the arts and media. Gaining work experience prior to graduating college is very useful, particularly in this economy. Northeastern students who have gone through the co-op experience are put at a unique advantage when it comes to the job market.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,071
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,208
Total FT Faculty
1,103
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$101,033
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
126
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 61%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 7%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • Organizational Leadership: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Capstone experience
  • English (including composition)
  • First-year community
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • ROTC
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Northeastern has more than 600 online programs, where students can earn certificates or their associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees in everything from accounting and finance to web design.
Best Places to Study
  • Curry Student Center
  • Shillman Hall
  • Snell Library
Tips to Succeed
  • If the work isn't coming to you as naturally as you'd like, don't wait and hope that it will just click-meet with your TA or professor for extra help. It may seem easier to miss class in college than in high school, especially if the professor doesn't take attendance, but missing out on class will only hurt you in the long run. You'll do poorly on tests, and in your later years, you'll end up trying to repair your damaged GPA.
  • If you're feeling overwhelmed by a particular class, speak with your professor. The professors at NU are incredible, and almost all of them are willing to work with you and your situation. Let them know what's going on and see if you can figure out some sort of agreement about an upcoming deadline.
  • Scope out student groups as soon as you get on campus (or before arriving). Find out what clubs and activities are interesting to you, and make sure you get involved from the beginning! It can be overwhelming to attend such a large university, especially if you're at a different school than most of your friends. By joining a club or two right away, you're not only finding a place to fit in, but you'll meet people with similar interests and feel much more comfortable being away from home.
Did You Know?
  • Northeastern belongs to the Boston Library Consortium, which means NU students can visit other libraries including BC, Brandeis, BU, MIT, UMass (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tufts, and Wellesley. Students can use their NU ID card to use other facilities and take out books and other periodicals.
  • The Snell Library opened in 1990 and is a $35 million resource center. It has shelving for 1.2 million volumes and seats 2,800 users. The library houses microcomputer labs and has more than 300 computer workstations for students. The InfoCommons computer lab is open 24 hours a day.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 25% Wendy Williams - TV host
  • 21% Shawn Fanning - founder of Napster
  • 12% Jane Curtin - actress, founding member of "SNL"
  • 12% Patrice O'Neal - actor, comedian
  • 12% Gregory Jarvis - astronaut
  • 8% Albert Sacco - astronaut
  • 4% Charles A. Findley - PC innovator
  • 4% JJ Barea- NBA Player
  • 0% Barbara Kopple - documentary filmmaker
  • 0% Fernie Flaman - former NHL defenseman
  • 0% Alex Garcia - Food Network chef

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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