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Reviews 2939 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Frats are stupid to join unless the whole school revolves around them.

3 College Student

Athletics: You don't go to Northeastern for the sports, you go for the education and co-op.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: Great location, great people, and always something fun to do in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: General health and safety across campus

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am in my 3rd year, on my 2nd co-op (have 2 full years of classes left) and already have job offers for when i graduate

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love my experience so far but wish some things were different

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some buildings are brand new and very nice, others are old and from the late 1800s. Only guaranteed housing for freshman and sophomore year

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Awesome facilities and lots of opportunities to join various club and intramural sports

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love this school! Lots of opportunities and new people to meet. Located in the center of Boston

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Course quality is high with easy to navigate online learning.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school and its degree are both well respected.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Online courses are great, easy to follow and we'll structured. Professors are very knowledgeable and helpful.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its all dependent on who you know. I've been able to find parties almost every weekend through mutual friends with off-campus apartments. There are almost no parties on campus because the dorms are not big enough, but there are plenty of small get-togethers among friends which can be just as fun. The only 18+ club is Machine and its really gross and loses its appeal fast. Boston is not the best city for nightlife if you're under 21, so you really need to meet people who live off campus in order to get into parties. Transportation is mostly just walking home or ubering now that the T doesn't run late night hours anymore, so always be sure to leave in groups.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: All of the big parties are at off-campus apartments or other colleges. If you meet the right people and join the right organizations, its very easy to find parties every weekend, and they're a great way to meet a lot of new people. On campus, you won't find anything more than tiny, cramped dorm parties, but these can still be memorable and its important to go to them as a freshman so you can make new friends.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors in CAMD and CSSH are wonderful, passionate, and inspiring. Professors in Engineering and Business are experts in their fields. Professors in Science and Health Sciences are hit or miss- some are great while others are sub-par. The curriculums are very full if you don't have AP credits so it can be hard to minor. There are a lot of combined majors offered and its not too hard to create your own if your advisor is willing to work with you. The institution as a whole takes a lot of pride in the Engineering and Business schools, and sometimes everyone else gets left in the dust because of this.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: The racial diversity is a joke- this school is literally a sea of whiteness. Economically, almost everyone is upper middle class or VERY rich and its easy to feel alienated as a working class student. Politically, the student body is very split- most people seem kind of apathetic bordering on conservative, but there is also a strong and wonderful activist community for leftist and social justice-oriented students. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have been met with nothing but acceptance from all of my peers, but there are a few rare instances of intolerance.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are really chill here and don't care too much about what other people do. Mostly everyone drinks and smokes at least sometimes but if you don't, no one looks down on you at all and you can still go to all the same parties and have just as much fun. Most parties happen off campus for space reasons so all you'll really find in the dorms is some small get-togethers with alcohol and weed. RAs don't want to get anyone in trouble so you'll never get busted for drinking or smoking unless you're being excessively loud or someone is in danger. Medical amnesty is taken very seriously and if you or a friend drinks too much you can get help without getting in trouble. Its very easy to obtain virtually any drug you want if you know the right people, but no one is going to pressure you into doing anything.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: During the day its completely safe with the exception of occasional street harrassment in/around Ruggles. At night, it also feels a lot safer than you would expect to feel in a city, but there are definitely a few instances of muggings (usually near Forsyth st or the Fens). NUPD offer free rides back to your dorm at night if you feel uncomfortable though. The Health Services center is extremely understaffed and waiting periods are insanely long and the quality of care given is not the best, especially when it comes to mental health services. You're much better off seeking help off campus if possible. All of the campus-owned dorms have security proctors and RAs on duty at all times so the hallways/common areas are very safe. There are definitely instances of sexual assault however and these usually occur between acquaintances so please be careful who you invite in your dorm room. Overall the campus feels very safe for a city school. People like to act like the dorms behind Columbus St are dangerous but the crime rates are actually not any higher than anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They place a lot of emphasis on co-op and if you want one, you'll probably get one. This is a very career-oriented school, which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for. Keep in mind that a lot of co-ops are unpaid and/or very entry-level and mundane. Employers are definitely impressed by co-op experience and actively recruit NEU students. Co-ops are not created equal, however, and they seem much more beneficial for students in the College of Engineering or Business than anyone else.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Freshman-level classes are very hard and have too many students so take as many APs as possible to get out of these. Upper level classes are very dependent on the department- Engineering and Business are definitely treated better than everyone else. I'm in the College of Science and the professors are very hit or miss and classes are a little on the overcrowded side. I've taken classes for my minors in CAMD and CSSH and their class sizes are very small and the professors are wonderful- those have definitely been my favorite classroom experiences. There's a good amount of interesting classes offered but its hard to get into the coolest electives without them filling up or having a bunch of pre-reqs.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In terms of freshman housing, some buildings are pretty nice while others are horrendous. IV is obviously the nicest but only honors kids live there. There are a few suite style buildings over by the Fenway- Kennedy is the nicest of these because each suite has a living room. I lived in 153 Hemenway and the building was old and gross but the rooms were a decent size and having a private bathroom was a huge perk. In terms of communal style dorms, Smith is definitely the nicest. Most people live in the Stetsons which have extremely tiny and uncomfortable rooms. White Hall is notoriously known as the worst dorm on campus. For upperclassmen housing, the affordable options are comparable to the suite-style freshman dorms- nothing special but some of them have spacious common areas. The newer buildings like East and West Village are beautiful but very pricey. A lot of people dislike the dorms on Columbus Ave because they're a little farther from campus, but the actual apartments are great and much more affordable than the Villages. The room selection process is a nightmare because so many people go on and off co-op unexpectedly, so you'll probably end up living with strangers no matter how hard you try not to. Most people live off campus after sophomore year to save money, but if you can afford to stay on campus it is much more convenient in terms of location.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's quite a few people in Greek Life, but its not a big part of campus culture at all. Since there's no houses, people mainly treat them as student organizations and they're very lowkey and not too cliquey. Some groups are definitely friendlier and more welcoming than others, but no one looks down on you for being in Greek Life or not. They mostly go to parties at other school's houses since we don't have our own, and there's plenty of parties to go to that aren't Greek affiliated.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: People get really passionate about men's basketball and hockey, but sports aren't that big a part of the campus culture. Games can be fun but most people only go to one or two a year. The other sports are fun for the athletes involved in them but no one else really pays attention. The gym is free and open to all students and its huge and has really nice equipment.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Location and campus facilities are very nice. Some professors are fantastic while others almost never show up to class. They place such a large emphasis on co-op that you lose a lot of the traditional college experience because of it. This is great if you're eager to go on co-op, but if not you'll just be really sad when half of your friends disappear every 6 months. Most students come from a lot of money and can come across as quite selfish and judgmental, but if you find the right people you will have an amazing social life. Freshman housing is rough but you'll survive. Upperclassmen housing is amazing but super expensive so most people move off campus. Health services are terrible and you'll have to wait weeks if not longer to get an appointment. The food is sub-par but you only have to deal with it for the first year. Overall, the school is very focused on preparing you for a job in your major, which can be quite frustrating if you'd like to explore your options and learn about a lot of different things. There's definitely a lot of pressure to declare a major asap and its very hard to change majors after freshman year because the curriculum is so co-op specific. If you're looking for a co-op school, Northeastern is great, but if not you might be better off somewhere else. That being said, I've loved the time I've spent here so far because the people I've met and organizations I've joined have been extremely rewarding. The Northeastern experience is really what you make of it.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Don't come here if you're ONLY looking for Greek life, it's really not that big a part of the school. I personally love that about it. It's there if you want it, and it is a very rich Greek life scene if you're in it. I rushed Beta Theta Pi my sophomore year and had an awesome time, but ultimately decided not to join.

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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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