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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Pretty much the best college nightlife you're going to find outside of NYC. Things shut down around 2am, which can be pretty early for foreign students. But while the town is open, there are countless restaurants and amazing bars open late. The clubs are obviously a lot more expensive, but the options are good. You could go to a different club every night of the week if you wanted to. As far as transportation goes, the T, Uber, walking, and a designated driver are all possibilities due to the prime location.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Camus parties are basically nonexistent due to restrictions on the number of people you can have in a room. However, this can be worked around pretty easily if you work together with floor-mates and have them sign your friends in. Overall it's not as great freshman year, but making older friends will open up a whole world of opportunities for off campus parties and get-togethers. Joining a frat obviously helps. If you're a girl, you shouldn't have any problem getting into frat parties at any of the neighboring schools like Harvard and MIT. If it's not on campus, there's always something going on nearby.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are among the top in the country, but the co-op program really pushes them beyond the competition. You come out of school prepared for the working world.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is not as strong in terms of economic status or political views, but on all other fronts, Northeastern is about as diverse as it gets. An amazing blend of races, cultures, heritages, sexualities, majors, etc.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Of course there is access to drugs and alcohol if you go looking for it. Although alcohol is surprisingly difficult to attain for underclassmen, considering how strict Boston is about fake IDs and underage drinking. Very limited hard drugs to my knowledge. Alcohol is very popular, as is weed. It's there if you want it, but can just as easily be avoided if you don't. No one will pressure you or make you feel bad, regardless of what your preferences are.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Honestly couldn't as for better. Professors (in my experience) are either respected scholars in their field, published authors, or both. Usually, both. Huge amount of majors offered, with endless classes to choose from, as well as a core curriculum which forces you to experience things outside your major, which is incredibly important for a well-rounded education. Modern buildings and technology, as well as modern teaching methods. Variety of classes sizes and styles keep it refreshing.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Northeastern really shines in this department. Their career services are consistently ranked as top in the country. That, combined with co-op, and the career based courses makes it virtually impossible to leave Northeastern without a job. Even as a freshmen, not yet experienced enough to work, I receive emails from my majors co-op coordinator about job and internship opportunities all the time. That just goes to show how much they want you to succeed.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Considering Northeastern;s city-based location, it is an extremely safe school. I always feel comfortable walking alone at night, on and near campus. Campus police can be seen patrolling at all hours, day and night, as well as regular Boston Police where campus intersects with main areas of Boston, such as Huntington Avenue. Blue lights are everywhere they need to be, and I've never heard of any incidents as long as I've been here. For those who don't feel comfortable, services are also provided for those who would like a ride home at night, without charge. They really do a pretty great job of keeping the place safe.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Expensive, but a lot of the housing is really very nice. All of the more recent housing projects are very modern with tons of amenities, including central air. Some, such as International Village, also feature their own gym and dining hall. Singles are great, and there are a lot of really nice (but expensive) apartments to live with friends in, many with great views of Boston. I was able to get apartment style housing spring of my freshman year, as well as a single the summer immediately following.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is not generally a huge part of the scene in Boston, although MIT and Harvard in Cambridge do have frat houses in Boston as well. Greek life is fairly low-key at Northeastern in particular, but it's definitely there if you want it. If you don't join yourself, you're bound to have a few friends who do and can get you into parties if you're a girl, or a guy once you're a little older. If you do join, it's nice that there are usually several other chapters of your sorority / fraternity nearby due to the abundance of schools in the Boston area.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't as big a deal at Northeastern as some other schools of similar size, but that doesn't mean they aren't important. There's a huge array of intramural and club sports, nearly anything you could want. As far as varsity sports go, hockey is the only one that gets serious attention and draws the most fans. However, Northeastern's men's and women's rowing teams are consistently to be among the top in the country, ranking alongside Ivy League and West Coast teams, yearly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing experience so far. Nearly all have my classes have been both challenging and interesting, as well as useful. Many major-specific classes are tailored to real world experience and preparation. There's an abundance of activities to partake in, both on and off of campus. A lot of great restaurants, sights, and things to do within walking distance. And if they aren't close enough to walk to, they're accessible by either the two T stops on campus. I personally had the privilege to study abroad my first semester, which was an amazing experience that not many people get to say they've done. Most importantly, with the rigor of courses and Northeastern's co-op program, I know I'll graduate feeling confident in my abilities, as well as secure in finding a job. Honestly so happy with my decision.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors in CCIS are unparalled. Every person has some sort of degree from an Ivy League it's ridiculous. Class sizes are reasonable and everything I am learning is fascinating.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: With our co-op program, it is pretty much impossible to walk out of Northeastern without a job lined up. The entire academic life circles around preparing you for the real world and I have matured an incredible amount after only studying there for one year. Do not be afraid to spend 5 years getting your degree if it means 1 and a half years paid, work experience.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: NUPD is always around to help walk you home or respond to an emercency. I have never felt unsafe while walking on campus at night, even by myself, and I had to go through Ruggles to get to my dorm.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice, even if they are expensive. I believe moving off-campus would be even more of a hassle and each dorm is well-situated in location to classes. The lottery system is great if you have a low number, otherwise good luck. I've been very happy with my dorm experience so far in terms of quality. IV and the West Villages are the best.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek housing, due to an antiquated Boston rule that prohibits 12+ people residing together lest it be a brothel. But Greek life is still present if you want it, and I am friends with people involved who love it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Except for hockey or basketball, not a lot of varsity sports games are attended to my knowledge. Also, if a sport doesn't have a varsity division, it's very difficult to get on the club team but the intramural is too easy so it's an awkward in between.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Northeastern is not a party school but that doesn't mean you can't have fun! Whether it's joining a club, exploring the city of Boston, or grabbing lunch with friends on campus, I am never bored at my university. It's main purpose is to educate you and guarantee a job at the end, and with the incredible co-op program and professors, that goal is definitely achieved.

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

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.

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.

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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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