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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You have to know the right people to get into parties, which are all off campus. Some of them get busted or don't go past 11 or 12 sometimes. Partying with a small group is a frequent go-to option, especially when it get cold. If your under 21, you can forget about bars/clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties are off campus, and you have to know someone to find them and get in. Mission Hill, Harvard, and MIT are where a lot of parties happen on the weekends. The first few weeks of school, when the weather is still nice and the freshman are vulnerable and naive, is when a lot of parties happen. Those are the ones that tend to get busted. Later on in the semester, the cops and campus security aren't as strict.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of white people and international students. I feel like the international students can be pretty cliquey, which is understandable if they moved to a new country and gravitate towards familiar faces. If you make an effort to socialize, you can meet people from all backgrounds. Economically though, it feels like most people are more well-off.

There are many clubs and organizations for minorities from all backgrounds but not a lot of intermingling between them, which is disappointing at times.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people drink and smoke socially, but not everyone does it, and you don't need it in order to have fun. Alcohol is common but you won't get caught for dorm drinking or smoking unless you are being too loud or they catch you in the act. But if you get caught, you will get in some serious trouble. Weed is prevalent in certain social spheres and you can sometimes smell it walking near certain places on campus. If you ask around, it's not too difficult to get. Hard drugs are whispered about, but you don't really see them.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors can be hit or miss, and they make or break a class. Even if you love the subject matter, a bad professor can ruin it for you. Class size varies greatly depending on the specificity of the class. Gen-ed lectures can have a couple hundred students and courses more specific to your major can have a couple dozen.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Praise co-op. It provides great work experience and often leads to jobs after its completion. I've heard only good things about co-op, unless you just hate your job and your field. On campus, jobs are mostly limited to work study. This can be difficult when a bunch of people are vying for limited on campus non-work study jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I lived in university owned housing on a public street my freshman year, so when I came back from the library or something, I would have to walk 10-15 minutes at night. I was nervous being in a city for the first time, but never truly felt I was in danger. There always seem to be students somewhere on campus at literally all hours of the night. Some people may feel a little more skeptical though. If you feel unsafe, there are measures the campus puts in place to allow you to contact someone in an unsafe situation, or deal with it's aftermath. I feel those methods could be expressed more openly to incoming freshman (more than just medical amnesty). NUPD does try and keep things safe and "orderly", but I think they appreciate the semblance of safety more than it's full implementation.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a really positive experience with housing but I know some people who got really unlucky. It's hit or miss, especially with the lottery system. My freshman year I lived in a dorm not on the main campus, and it was suite style. It was at least a 10-15 minutes walk to some of my classes, which isn't bad. Most people lived much closer. The worse thing was building often had mice, which was kind of gross, but that's what you get living with a bunch of random teenagers in a building. Going into my sophomore year, I know some people with bad lottery numbers that got their very last choice, or nothing at all.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that big a deal. It's something some people choose to do, but it won't make or break social life on campus. Only frats really throw open parties because the sororities don't have houses, and that's all most people know them for. They are something a lot of people do without having to dedicate 100% of their whole lives to it like at big southern schools.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northeastern isn't really a school know for its athletics. If you want to play a sport, you absolutely can, but your whole life isn't going to centered around it. Most of the student athletes understand that academics come first. Intramural sports are very low key and don't require a lot of commitment but are a fun way to get involved. Sporting events are mostly attended for free swag unless the team is doing well, then people start showing more support.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a large variety of classes, and typically okay class sizes once you move past gen-eds, 20-30 students. The professors are a mixed bag however, some are amazing and some are awful. I would suggest getting recommendations on teachers anywhere you can, and don't be afraid to switch out of a class if a teacher is possibly bad, it can make a huge difference in your grade.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Career prospects really couldn't get any better in my opinion. Northeastern has career fairs at least once a semester if not more, startup expos, and amazing co-op relationships. The school will also support you creating your own co-op. Advisors are very helpful and focused on you achieving your co-op goals.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Northeastern has implemented a lot of safety measures around campus to make it safer, but a lot of them are up to you to use them, for example calling the after hours escort service if you're nervous walking home late. There is a large police presence on campus since there is a police station right next to campus, and since crime is prevalent in Boston. Its very safe on campus but as you walk home you can step "off campus" technically, as it is in the heart of the city, and that is when you must be wary. There were 3 reported shootings near campus last school year, but none of them involved any Northeastern students or faculty.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is made up of some social, some cultural, and some academic fraternities and sororities. Greek life puts on a lot of fun events throughout the school year, from fall festival games on the quad to bringing Relay For Life to campus. It's not necessary to join as only 10% of students are involved and there are no greek houses on or off campuses, but fraternities do throw a lot of parties and they have a lot of mixers with sororities. It's definitely one way to make the large community feel smaller, and it's not a big commitment to join one.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northeastern doesn't have a football team, so our basketball and hockey teams are the ones with the biggest fan bases. Hockey is a big deal as we have been successful recently, last year the team won the Hockey East Championship at TD Garden and was able to move on. Basketball varies but the big games against rivals are still popular to go to. Our basketball/hockey arena is on campus, but if you want to watch other sports, like soccer, you need to go off campus and take a shuttle to the fields.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have thrown myself into student activities, and because of how involved and diverse every student is at Northeastern, it is very easy to make good friends. The co-op experience is the most attractive part of this school, and I know some who have worked at amazing places like Tesla, Amazon, Facebook, and more. Being able to have those kinds of work experiences under your belt before graduating is immensely helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I just transferred in and I don't do drugs or drink so I wouldn't know about this lifestyle.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far, what I've hated is because it's my first year and I'm a transfer student, that I don't get to pick my own classes. In the past I'm used to putting together my own schedule and going to counselors for help. Here the counselors actually create my schedule for me.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: They work really hard to make sure that you get some sort of experimental learning while you're here. It's actually a requirement. So when you graduate you have something impressive to put on your resume.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They have several measures in place as far as safety goes. They give you the option to have officers escort you up to two miles off campus at night. They have several places around campus with a phone to call for help. And they have a good police campus that incorporates the Boston Police Department because their building is close by.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My number one problem with housing is that if you don't get it in early you're essentially screwed. Housing fills up super fast. In addition, once they've completely filled up they refer you to off campus housing. In Boston, off campus housing is SUPER expensive. Even if you choose to live in one of the suburbs of Boston instead of in the city. I think campus housing is actually cheaper.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I haven't been here long enough to judge how great the athletics are. However, I've been to the gym and other athletic facilities and everything looks brand new and top notch.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I've just transferred in as a transfer student. I've had my share of things that I haven't been too happy about. For example, this school does not accept CLEP credits and they also do not have flexible scheduling. They do not have online classes for undergraduate students really. It is 95% in person. I really hate that. I feel like if you are such a world renowned school then you should have a huge flexible schedule of classes for students. Beyond that I feel like the programs they has as far as co-op is incredible and there are a few people who really want to help you find your way.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everything in Boston closes extremely early, by 8 or 9pm all the stores are closed and there is no one on the streets even on Friday nights. There is only one nightclub that I know of that you can get into if you're underage, because they have 18+ nights on Fridays, and from what I've heard it's not great.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are no parties on campus, people go to MIT or Harvard for parties instead. There might be some frat parties in the nearby Mission Hill neighborhood but you must personally know someone in the frat to be able to get in.


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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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