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4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are challenging and the experience depends on the professors you get

5 College Freshman

Academics: Coop is the best opportunity. Most classes are challenging in a good way.

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4 College Student

Academics: The classes are interesting, useful, and comprehensive. Often there is a lot of work and can be pretty overwhelming.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The best classes are the small ones. You can get some great teachers and some not so great ones just like any school really. Although you have to make an effort to approach the professor and introduce yourself if you want to be remembered, especially in a big class (which can go up to 250 students).

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4 College Senior

Academics: The Psychology department is great at Northeastern. The faculty is very knowledgeable and willing to help students.

3 people found this useful Report
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In the past decade, Northeastern's reputation as a prestigious institution has flourished. Not only is the application process becoming more competitive, but also the course schedules are becoming more rigorous. With more than 125 programs to choose from, Northeastern students have countless opportunities for choosing a major. The University's academic approach is flexible, allowing students to practically create their own academic agenda. Each of the eight colleges offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to the interdisciplinary majors that combine two or more fields of study. If you are indecisive about your major, Northeastern's faculty and staff are there to assist you in signing up for classes according to your interests, inevitably setting you on a career track that works best for you.

Especially for those students who have trouble committing to a particular career path, the co-op program (short for "cooperative education") can serve as a means of insight and experience in the professional world. Each student can follow either the four-year or five-year program of study, depending on his or her desire to partake in the co-op program. For those that do participate in the co-op program, they will gain up to 18 months of professional work experience and graduate with several entry-level jobs on their resume. Northeastern's co-op program works with more than 2,000 employers in the realms of finance, government, health care, technology, industry, and the arts and media. Gaining work experience prior to graduating college is very useful, particularly in this economy. Northeastern students who have gone through the co-op experience are put at a unique advantage when it comes to the job market.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,071
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,208
Total FT Faculty
1,103
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$101,033
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
135
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 61%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 7%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • Management Science: 2%
  • Organizational Leadership: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Capstone experience
  • English (including composition)
  • First-year community
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • ROTC
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Northeastern has more than 600 online programs, where students can earn certificates or their associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees in everything from accounting and finance to web design.
Best Places to Study
  • Curry Student Center
  • Shillman Hall
  • Snell Library
Tips to Succeed
  • If the work isn't coming to you as naturally as you'd like, don't wait and hope that it will just click-meet with your TA or professor for extra help. It may seem easier to miss class in college than in high school, especially if the professor doesn't take attendance, but missing out on class will only hurt you in the long run. You'll do poorly on tests, and in your later years, you'll end up trying to repair your damaged GPA.
  • If you're feeling overwhelmed by a particular class, speak with your professor. The professors at NU are incredible, and almost all of them are willing to work with you and your situation. Let them know what's going on and see if you can figure out some sort of agreement about an upcoming deadline.
  • Scope out student groups as soon as you get on campus (or before arriving). Find out what clubs and activities are interesting to you, and make sure you get involved from the beginning! It can be overwhelming to attend such a large university, especially if you're at a different school than most of your friends. By joining a club or two right away, you're not only finding a place to fit in, but you'll meet people with similar interests and feel much more comfortable being away from home.
Did You Know?
  • Northeastern belongs to the Boston Library Consortium, which means NU students can visit other libraries including BC, Brandeis, BU, MIT, UMass (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tufts, and Wellesley. Students can use their NU ID card to use other facilities and take out books and other periodicals.
  • The Snell Library opened in 1990 and is a $35 million resource center. It has shelving for 1.2 million volumes and seats 2,800 users. The library houses microcomputer labs and has more than 300 computer workstations for students. The InfoCommons computer lab is open 24 hours a day.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 20% Wendy Williams - TV host
  • 18% Shawn Fanning - founder of Napster
  • 17% Jane Curtin - actress, founding member of "SNL"
  • 13% JJ Barea- NBA Player
  • 8% Gregory Jarvis - astronaut
  • 5% Charles A. Findley - PC innovator
  • 5% Patrice O'Neal - actor, comedian
  • 5% Albert Sacco - astronaut
  • 3% Barbara Kopple - documentary filmmaker
  • 2% Fernie Flaman - former NHL defenseman
  • 2% Alex Garcia - Food Network chef
  • 2% Mitch Wainer - co-founder of Digital Ocean

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 110 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 110 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 34 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 34 responses

  • 24% This was my dream school.
  • 68% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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