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3 College Junior

Facilities: Not a strong community presence conveyed by facilities.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I wish there were more theatre productions throughout the year and more student art showcased, but what can I say, I'm an artistic person.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Northeastern has its own athletic center, offering free services to all its students, as well as up to date classroom technology, especially areas involving the Bouve college of Health Sciences. Hockey games usually involve a large part of the campus, and every spring a concert is held for the students which has had past performances of Sara Bareilles, Snoop Lion, Cage the Elephant, and Kid Cudi.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The co-op is great-- we're all pretty motivated around here.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The location of the campus is good. It is close to some famous restaurant and shopping areas. The library is just renovated, which is very very nice.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 89th
    Best Student Centers
  • 299th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 666th
    Best Library
  • 1144th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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The facilities on Northeastern's campus get better by the year. The University places a large emphasis on appearance and makes sure the campus is always looking stellar. Almost every facility or building is equipped with plasma TVs and various forms of entertainment. The Curry Student Center is the perfect place for students to hang out and grab a bite to eat at any of the favorite eateries located on the ground floor, including D'Angelos, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Wendy's, and Freshens Smoothies. Also, on the ground floor, you will find afterHOURS, which serves as a relaxing study environment with its own Starbucks by day and a late-night dancing club or comedy show by night.

The library, also known as "Club Snell," is located right next to the student center and offers four floors of endless books and tables. The top two floors are "quiet floors," and the bottom two are for students who are working in groups or do not mind the noise. If staying fit is one of your priorities, the Marino Center is open almost all day and night. With two big floors of fitness equipment, three large basketball courts, and an indoor track that wraps around the gym, you should have no trouble keeping up with your workout routine. The Cabot Center has a large pool where the swim team practices, and there are times for students to swim during their free time, too. Some of the bigger events on campus (including concerts, educational programs, famous speakers, and fundraisers such as Relay for Life) are held in Matthews Arena, which is also where the hockey and basketball teams play.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
73 acres
Student Centers
Curry Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Snell Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • afterHOURS
  • Centennial Commons
  • Curry Student Center
  • Marino Center lobby
  • Shillman Hall
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Starbucks in afterHOURS, Dunkin' Donuts, and Cyber Café are some places to grab coffee and relax on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
NU is pretty committed to staying green. In fact, the school received an A- on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, the highest of any Boston-based university.
School Slang
  • ABP: Au Bon Pain
  • afterHOURS: Northeastern's on-campus lounge, where you can get Starbucks, see musical performances (often free), and attend events such as date auctions and "Battle of the Bands."
  • BHOP: The Boston House of Pizza
  • The caf: Cafeteria/dining hall, either in Stetson West or Stetson East
  • Co-op: Short for cooperative education, a co-op job typically lasts six months and is similar to an internship but with more responsibility. Nearly all Northeastern students take part in the co-op program.
  • Curry: The Curry Student Center, where student groups have their offices; it's also home to many of Northeastern's on-campus dining locations such as Wendy's and Taco Bell.
  • Dav: Davenport Commons, where many upperclass students live in on-campus dormitories
  • The Hill: Mission Hill is the area past Northeastern on Huntington Avenue, where many students choose to live when going off campus because of the less expensive housing options.
  • Mass Ave.: Massachusetts Avenue
  • Middler: The year between sophomore and junior year at a five-year school
  • OSCCR: Pronounced "Oscar," it's the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If you get in some sort of trouble while a student at Northeastern, chances are you'll hear from OSCCR.
  • The T: This is a nickname for Boston's subway/public transportation system; it will take you almost anywhere you want to go!
  • Beanpot Hockey: This ice hockey event involves a tournament between Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern.
  • Sex Week: Every year, NU hosts Sex Week, a tradition where students can explore their sexuality through lectures and games.
  • Springfest: Springfest is a celebration before the end of the semester. Usually, NU gets big-name musical acts like Wiz Khalifa and Third Eye Blind to come to campus.
Urban Legends
The Husky, Northeastern's mascot, was adopted in 1927 when the first Husky, Sapsut, a canine with sled dog royalty, was brought to campus from Alaska. He received an honorary degree from the University president and was named forever more "King Husky." For decades, it has become customary for students to go to the Husky statue in Ell Hall and rub the Husky's nose for good luck.
Favorite Things To Do
Curry Student Center is really the hub of student life on campus. When the weather is nice, a great place to hang out with friends is Centennial Circle. You can grab a spot on the grass, bring some food, and study for finals in April when it's finally warm enough to go out without a coat. When it's snowing, grab your gloves and build a snowman or have a snowball fight in Centennial Circle or Krentzman Quad! Student groups host all sorts of different events during the week and on weekends, and you don't need to be a member to attend many of them. There are two theaters that feature student performances and guest speakers such as Stephen Colbert and Bob Saget.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Huntington News
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Student organizations range from academic clubs to Greek life to special interest societies.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 133 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 8 responses

  • 32% Curry Student Center
  • 18% Newbury street cafés & restaurants
  • 14% Marino Center lobby
  • 14% Centennial Commons
  • 9% afterHOURS
  • 9% Au Bon Pain
  • 5% Pavement
  • 0% Shillman Hall

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Office Assistant
  • 25% Proctoring
  • 17% Curry Student Center
  • 8% Signing in residents to halls
  • 8% Tutoring
  • 8% AfterHOURs

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Husky Hunt
  • 20% Beanpot Hockey
  • 10% Sex Week
  • 10% Springfest
  • 10% ISSI Carnivale

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 155 responses

  • 32% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 55% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 127 responses

  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 67% Explore Boston
  • 17% Go to Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins games.
  • 17% Eat in the North End.



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