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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Northeastern is missing a lot of specialized programs, and if one wants to take a drawing class as an architecture major for example you cannot sign up without special permission. There are not a lot of fun classes to take in spare time like puppeteering at MassArt. However it has the Co-op Program, which I absolutely love. It gives you a nice break from classes, lets you experience your field (find out before you graduate if you like your major), and gives you field experience, giving you an upper hand when you graduate to find a job.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It is hard to find a school in the center of a city that has a clear center, a campus for the students. For being in the city it has a lot of green space to hang out on and very nice campus centers with atmospheres of all kinds. There are places as quiet as the fourth floor of the library to as loud as the campus center cafeteria with tables for studying and snack stations all around. Everything from dorms to athletics to student center to the library to events all are within a 15 minute walk of each other.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is the city to be in if you're a college student. There's always something to do, whether you want to go to a comedy club, watch indie movies, go shopping, riding bikes, clubbing, visiting museums, whatever. If you get bored of the events going on at your campus, there are plenty of other colleges that often have open-door events that you can check out as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is alright, but the area is pricey. 1st and 2nd years are required to stay on-campus, which is terrible because it's expensive. West Village is very nice, but also enhanced housing. The best deal overall is Willis Hall, which has a good location in the middle of campus, standard pricing, and decent living spaces. If possible, do not go to IV as an upperclassman, unless you don't mind the required meal plan.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Freshmen are required to have meal plans. Some D-halls are alright, but you'll get sick of them all eventually. Rebecca's Cafe is a good change of pace and takes meals. Lots of Thai and Viet restaurants around.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As someone who is a NYC native, I find the Boston dining scene to be somewhat lacking. The food closest to campus, and most of the places that deliver, serve cheap, greasy nonsense. But your only other options are super high-end places that most college students can't afford.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you can get into West Village or Davenport as an upperclassman, then do it. Apartments around Boston are ridiculously expensive. Like twice as much as you'd expect to pay for that same apartment in NYC. Yeah, it's that bad. Your best bet financially would be to get one farther away and then commute, but then there are so many colleges in Boston that all the apartments probably cost the same.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: This HIGHLY depends on major and industry. If your GPA is above a 3.0, finding an internship is easy. That said, if is isn't, then good luck. as far as pay, STEM majors and some business majors are paid very highly. Other majors (English, music, etc.) are not.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: The lottery...nuff said...ok well it's not all that bad but could be worse

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Like any big city, drugs are about but still up to the individual to avoid

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The school police is very strict about underage drinking. If caught in the dorms, you are in danger of being expelled.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: If you have a parking permit or park in the lot it is really easy. Very close to the classes. However, if you are looking for street parking, it is a nightmare. There is not much need to drive to school unless you live far. It is very accessible by T (both the green and orange line drop you off on campus).

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Being a city campus students do need to be aler. However, Northeastern has a large police presence and there has never been a moment where I have felt unsafe no matter what time of the evening I am walking. Snell library is open 24/7 so often I will be walking back late in the evening (2am) and I have always seen police around and felt safe. Northeastern has several safety measures, for example proctors in the dorms, and everyone I know feels very safe on campus.

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5 College Student

Academics: I am in the international business program at Northeastern which is highly ranked and rated. Students are required to spend a year abroad (usually 4th year) and 6 months are spent working and 6 months are spent studying. The workload is not too difficult yet still challenging, some courses are definitely easier than others. Facilities in the college of business are very nice and Northeastern just got a large donation to the business school so everything is pretty new. Northeastern offers students the chance to go on co-op which are school facilitated internship opportunities which usually lead to job offers after graduation. Overall this is a great program and I cannot recommend it enough. I know so many students that are successful after graduation because of this program.

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4 College Student

Academics: Professors are always willing to help you and see you at any time, all professors have office hours and are extremely helpful. Curriculum helps students understand concepts and is planned out. For example, for the International Business program all the curriculum supplement each other and you definitely can see yourself learning. Registration process frustrating but not difficult which is standard for college. Workload is not too intense especially as a freshman. Study abroad programs are numerous and Northeastern University does a really great job helping students study abroad where and when they want.

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2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Being a large city, Boston has many office campus apartment options to choose from. Pros: close to campus, convenient, available, safe. Cons: Boston is a very expensive city, not good parking in the city. But Northeastern University is helpful in finding off campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Boston nightlife in general is pretty lame. All the public transportation stops at 12:30, so you have to take a cab or walk after that. There's some 18+ clubs near Northeastern, but you have to plan ahead for your way home.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing can be pretty hard to get now that they require first and second year students to live on campus. A lot of upperclassmen choose to go off campus. If you choose to stay on campus, the new dorms are really nice; you can tell a lot of money went into them. The older dorms tend to have mice problems, but could be worse.

3 College Freshman

Weather: As with any other New England school, weather can be pretty unpredictable. Last year there was barely any snow; this year we had multiple storms. The maintenance crews are usually pretty good about shoveling and keeping the sidewalks clear, but sometimes the administration waits until the last minute to announce closings and delays. There are definitely a lot of good places to hang out outside when it's warm though.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Walking around campus, you may not drop your jaws at the attractive men and women you see walking around, however, there are plenty attractive people when you look around. You will find an abundance of attractive people in Greek life and who play sports. Also just by going to parties you will meet many good looking people.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is known that Northeastern is an extremely pricey university and they do not give out money very easily, however if you need it they will give you financial aid. It may not be what you want but if you work directly with the financial aid office, you will get more and there are plenty of scholarships to apply for.

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4 College Student

Majors: I'm in the History Department. I really enjoy it because it is relatively small compared to the other departments. My professors are great, and I regularly receive emails from the department head about internship opportunities only for people in the history department at Northeastern. I'm also majoring in political science, and the professors in political science are some of the most well connected and well known professionals in their fields. I am going on a Dialogue to Geneva through the political science and international affairs departments and we will be able to meet some of the most influencial people in the UN while there.

4 College Student

Majors: I switched major after my first semester. The process was very easy. I talked to the head of the department I was switching into (history) and he said I had the grades and room in my schedule to make the switch, and then I talked to my academic adviser who had me fill out a form. However, I switched within my college; if I switch to another college within the university the process would have been more difficult

4 College Student

Majors: I am a double major in history and political science. I find the two are good counter-balance; my history classes are smaller while my political science classes are typically larger, and political science is a good practical use of history. The history department also offers a plus one program, so I'll get my masters in just one extra year. Plus, because of the co-op program I'm not worried about getting a job; I know I'll be able to get work experience that will get me a job.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: My experience in freshman housing was great (I'm in White Hall) but upperclassmen housing is very expensive. While the upper class housing is really nice, I'm not sure if it is worth the price. Also, housing is not guaranteed after your sophomore year.

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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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