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Reviews 3004 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Boston has unlimited nightlife opportunity if you're 21. But for those of us who aren't, Mission Hill parties are perfectly acceptable, messy places to rage.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school is pretty safe, despite being on the edge of a bad neighborhood. The police are really present and I feel comfortable as a girl to walk around alone around campus.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Campus police are pretty strict. However, they will bust easily and let off easily as well...they usually do a good job giving second chances.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a few chapters of Greek life at Northeastern, but there is hardly a presence. They don't have houses, so there is no Greek row. There's less than 10% participation. If you're looking for a school whose social life does not revolve around Greek life, this is a great place for you. If you want to feel like a part of that kind of group, they're around and they host events on campus, but the time constraints aren't as prevalent as they would be at a school with bigger Greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although Northeastern is right in the middle of the city, I feel safe here. We have the Northeastern Police Department, and the Boston Police Department is right at the corner of our campus. The campus does border Roxbury, which is known to be a rough area, but I've never felt unsafe. Just like anywhere, you shouldn't walk alone at night and you should always be aware of your surroundings. Especially on weekends, there are police cars visible everywhere on campus, which could be a good or a bad thing.

Additionally, there are proctors at the entrance to every residence building on campus. This can be annoying because anyone who doesn't live in the building must be signed in with an ID, but it keeps us safe living in the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Majors: It's no secret that Northeastern is number one in the country for their co-op program, and it's for good reason. I haven't had a co-op yet, but I should be working next semester. The co-ops are usually six months long (you work for one semester and part of the summer) and there are hundreds to choose from. There are paid and unpaid, domestic and international, and full- and part-time co-ops available. Students are even able to make their own co-ops. Northeastern is an expensive school, but that hardly matters to me, because with the co-op program and the connections that Northeastern students have when they graduate, I am not at all concerned about getting a job when I graduate.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an International Affairs major (Linguistics minor, French minor), and I give the IAF department at Northeastern an A. The program is benefited by the amazing amount of study abroad and international co-op opportunities. Hardly anyone comes to this school without studying abroad or taking a co-op. The professors in this department seem very qualified. The only reason I'm giving the program an A rather than an A+ is because two of the classes that are required (International Relations and Globalization) are very close to being the same class.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: You won't notice the Greek Life at Northeastern unless you try to.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some of the dining halls are decent, but you get tired of them very easily.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is a ton to do in Boston. You can take local transpotation to sports games, you can shop on Newbery or the pru, there are tons of places to eat, and everywhere in Boston is easily accessible.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: BED BUGS – When I first arrived to NU, I was given a single in Speare Hall. This dorm was disgusting. I was hardly given any room what-so-ever! I might as well have lived in a bath tub. Then I came to find that my bed was infected with BED BUGS!! I then had to clean all of my clothes, mind you, I had brought 4 fifty pound bags from across the country which I then had to wash again to get out the bug eggs.The housing staff was incredibly unfriendly, unhelpful, and unaccomadating. Freshmen housing was terrible for me, but upperclassmen housing is a bit better.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Pretty Good – The T is the most convenient means of transportation. The green line stops at Northeastern and the orange line at Ruggles. The T can get a bit expensive, but you can get a student pass through the University. Parking is really annoying in Boston, so I wouldn't recommend a car. A lot of kids ride bikes and some take Vespas.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Nice Dining Halls but Crap Food – Northeastern has some very fancy looking dining halls. IV looks like immaculate, has square plates, incredible design. However a lot of people don't like to eat there because of the food. The set up is wonderful, but it would be nice if they put that money towards some decent food rather than all the unneccessary TVs.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in any city can be difficult so that is a downside of Northeastern. However, on the weekends parking is discounted and the meters are free on Sundays. It is not the best, but there really isn't a need for a car in the city.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Bad With Drugs – Northeastern really is not a big drug school. I do not do any drugs and I feel comfortable being around everyone here.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The gym at Northeastern is a prime example of how nice the facilities are at Northeastern. Also, the dining halls are amazing. We have so many different options that it would be almost impossible to leave a meal unhappy.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our sports are unbelievable, especially hockey. The sports game atmospheres are really fun and a lot of students attend.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus apartments are very nice at Northeastern. Many students live off campus and really enjoy their apartments. They can be less expensive than on campus housing as well.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Expansive, great views, spacious, very nice. The newer dorms are unbelievable and they are really trying to renovate and expand the freshmen dorms as well.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Lots of Places to Go – It's in the center of Boston so there is never a dull moment. Even when there is nothing on campus, the boston common is a T-ride away, there are movie theaters everywhere. The MFA is right on campus pretty much. You can also go to newbury street for shopping :)

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Is Slow – Usually they do a great job at finding you the scholarships. But if they need more documents to process yours, they don't start the process until every paper is sent in from you, and they don't ask you for them until the very last minute so your process starts too late to get the good scholarships.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Price Are High – Dining halls food is ok. The prices are too high (eating at a restaurant is cheaper than in dining hall) and usually way too crowded because of the increasing number of freshmen.
But if you want to skip cooking for a day and hang out with friends at the dining hall, it's great. cookies are delicious here too.

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: No Fun Until You're 21 – They are some house parties for those under 21 but some can be far away. Boston has a city-wide policy against 18+ clubs so there are some clubs that have a 18+ night but usually people don't like it as much as the house parties. Once you're 21 though, the city becomes an amazing place to be.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Northeastern isn't as good as it should be with financial aid. Scholarships are hard to come by but if you get one it's usually a decent one. After your first year the best thing is to apply for grants. Some people in the financial aid department are wonderful and others not so much. Just make sure you have all your forms in order each year.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Depends on Where You Go – The campus is very safe but on the edges is where you may find trouble. One side has what is called "The Fens" where during the night a lot of people go to smoke. It's not scary to be in since there are emergency call buttons throughout but it is pretty sketchy. Ruggles can also be a sketchy place to be in and there are the occasional thefts there.

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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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