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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 41 people found this review useful. 1 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who are very liberal in their political views. Northeastern is an extremely liberal school, not to a hippie-type of liberal but liberal as a more Obama-supporting liberal. It's also great for those students who always want support when learning because the professors are great for that!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend Northeastern, definitely apply with great classes schedule. I took one AP in my sophomore year, two in my junior year and six in my senior year. I feel like that definitely helped out a lot. Write a great essay because it's really important! And one of the most important things is extracurriculars!

    Bang for the buck

    This is an amazing college but the tuition and room and board is a little bit much. It is almost $50,000 a year if you have no scholarships at all. $50,000 a year is a lot and Northeastern usually has a 5-year program too. Although Northeastern tries to help as much as possible, it is definitely necessary to look for scholarships as much as possible. The best thing is that they accept almost all AP scores if it's a 4 or 5.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am definitely enjoying everything at Northeastern. One of the best things in Northeastern is the support of the staff including deans, counselors and others. Compared to other schools, this staff is literally the best staff because they are always willing to meet with you, help you out and you will always be able to reach them by phone and/or email. Another thing that's great is going to events. I saw Jimmy Eat World and Jon Stewart at Northeastern! The hockey games are the best! It's always so much fun to be there!

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning so much from Northeastern. I'm currently a psychology major and a music industry minor. I absolutely love it here because there is so many diverse majors and minors that I can do. One of the greatest things here is that I can always see my professors whenever I need to. They have small classes and large classes. There are always dedicated teachers willing to help you no matter what.

  • 12/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 31 people found this review useful. 2 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    On campus we have every type of student and a diverse student population. A popular stereotype that you might observe on campus is a hipster student. However, it is hard to stereotype students considering there is so many types. Generally, students here are smart and motivated. At the same time, students are not all bookworms and most are very involved in campus clubs and other activities, as well as participating in a lively social life. Essentially, Northeastern is a perfect fit for students who want a good education, like being able to explore a city, and like the idea of being able to boost your graduating resume through COOP. No student should worry about fitting in because with so many kids on campus, it is easy to make friends and find people your are compatible with. Although, our campus has 15,000 undergrads, it never feels this large, you will still see the same kids daily on your way to class, thus making Northeastern ideal for students seeking a large or small school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that Northeastern is an up and coming school. Students here are proud to be huskies and will boast their campus, spirit, sports teams, and university any chance they get. Boston is a great city and the fact that our green campus is located literally in the center of it all promises that whenever you are not studying there will be something to do.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive because it is a private school. However, it is comforting to see that they are using our tuition money wisely. Recently they built, a brand new dormitory and dining hall. Not to mention the numerous campus building they just rebuilt and updated. The expenses are also made worth it by the fact that the degree and resume you will graduate with from here is unlike any other college. Due to Northeastern's Coop program, you can make money to pay for tuition while receiving college credit and boosting your resume with job experience. The COOP program alone makes the hefty tuition worth the bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. I can not help but brag to visiting high school students how underestimated Northeastern truly is in comparison to other colleges. Everyone who goes here is so proud to be a Northeastern husky. Students, including myself, always brag about our beautiful campus located in the city of Boston, the same campus, our great hockey team, the awesome people, the fun parties, and the overall excitement on campus. Its hard to not love it here. My only reason for holding back one star is that the winters in Boston, MA are very harsh and cold. If you are not prepared for brutal winds and snow, then it might be hard to adapt to college life. However, I dislike the winters here, but still refuse to leave.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at Northeastern University and what you are able to take from them depend on three things; your major, your interest in learning the course material, and your professor. Different majors at the university have more rigorous courses than others, so as a Pharmacy major, I have science and health-related courses. My courses are all very intense academically and doing well in the course requires work. I am interested in the learning material varying from Organic Chemistry to Medical Microbiology so that aids in helping me to learn a lot. Most of my professors are very knowledgable and helpful so that also helps me to learn a lot in my courses.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 23 people found this review useful. 3 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The student body is largely liberal, and students like to have fun but also know when to be serious. If you're a big partier you probably won't like Northeastern too much because you have to go off campus. Also, Greek life isn't very big here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take AP classes in high school to save some money. Northeastern will accept most 4s and 5s. Also, if you come in Undecided, make sure you have a few options in mind before you get here. If you miss taking one class early on it can throw off your whole schedule, especially if you plan on going on co-op.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the coolest things about Northeastern is it's co-op program. The majority of students graduate in five years and do three six month long co-ops. When a student is on co-op, they're earning money to pay off their loans and gain real world experience at the same time. Although the tuition is fairly high, it's worth it with the amount of experience that you graduate with. This will give you a huge advantage when you're looking for your first job.

    Am enjoying being here

    In general, students are very friendly and outgoing. The upperclassmen housing is amazing, and the campus is beautiful. Although Northeastern is located right in the heart of Boston, it has a campus feel to it. It's also located about half a mile from Fenway Park, which is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, athletics aren't that important at Northeastern and the sporting events don't usually draw much of a crowd, except for hockey, where the event will be sold out.

    Am learning a lot

    There are lots of interesting classes offered, and many of the professors are really passionate about what they teach, which is refreshing. The students are really interested in forming study groups which is a nice change from high school. There are also lots of events on campus which allow you to learn outside of class as well.

  • 08/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 19 people found this review useful. 4 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for students who are self determined and ready to get out and experience the world with our experiential learning model. Learning goes beyond the classroom!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take APs in High School! Northeastern takes 4's or 5's but if you get them it is so worth it. I came into school with an entire semester worth of AP credit. Northeastern has the NUCore, which is a bunch of general education classes that you have to take. Being a political science major I never wanted to take another science class again, and turns out I don't have to with the credit I have from my APs!

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is very expensive and with the economy it's hard to be there. Also, I have been struggling to get financial aid from NU. But, the real problem is that there is no where else I rather be. You can see where your tuition money goes just with a simple walk around campus or sitting in our classrooms. Northeastern is ever expanding (I'm living in a brand new building this fall!) and becoming more modern then ever.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Northeastern! Boston is such an amazing city where there is so much to do and see. For instance last semester on weekends my friends and I would walk to Newberry Street or the Prudential Center to go shopping. Faneiual Hall is just a couple of train stops away and from there you are walking distance from the North End and the aquarium (which is pretty awesome). Also, Fenway is only a short walk away, some of the residential building are tall enough to look into the park to watch games. But on a smaller level there is so much to do on campus! Hockey games are a must! (And they are free!) Get there early and sit in the student section Dog House where we harass the opposing team. There is an excellent multilevel gym on campus and if you aren't athletic enough for our D1 sports there are many intramural sports on campus. There are also so many clubs and organizations on campus to be a part of (for example I'm in the College Republicans and the Council for University Programs). But what's most amazing is being in the middle of the city but also having a campus to call your own which is what most metropolitan schools do not have.

    Am learning a lot

    At Northeastern I am majoring in political science and minoring in international affairs. I love my classes and my professors have been great. What's really amazing is how easy it is to reach your professors if you have any questions about the material. Various organizations on campus hold lectures or speakers about specific topics that are interesting and reinforce what's happening in class (they are also normally extra credit!) Northeastern has an interesting learning program call the CO-OP. This is when for a semester you go and work in your perspective field. I am going on CO-OP next spring and am really looking forward to it. Sometimes I am confused with what exactly I want to do after school and this is my chance to give it a test run, before I get my degree!

  • 05/05/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 out of 29 people found this review useful. 5 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ones with money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades, visit, and APPLY FOR OUTSIDE AID.

    Bang for the buck

    They suck at financial aid. Period. There's next to no merit aid, and it's damn near impossible to get your IDOC's in on time for priority need aid.

    Will enjoy being here

    I hope so.

    Will learn a lot

    I know Northeastern's a great school if you want to learn a lot in a career-focused environment.

  • 01/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 6 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for people who want to live in a city but also want a campus that is easy to navigate and not too spread out. School spirit is big, so students who enjoy going to sporting events and participating in activities would love this school. There are plenty of quiet places to study-- the library is open 24 hours-- so you can switch from being busy and surrounded by people and activity to being able to do your homework and get projects done easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely recommend taking a tour and getting to know campus a little bit before coming to Northeastern. Because it's in the city, it is a good idea to have somewhat of an idea where things are. Also, look for ways to get involved on campus. There are lots of volunteer opportunities and clubs to join which will make your freshman year fun and help you meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition, room & board are very expensive. However, most of the housing (even for freshmen) is clean and big enough. There are lots of food options, and most of it is very good. Part of the cost goes towards an activity fee that allows you to attend events and use the gym.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the location of campus; it is a very short walk to restaurants, shopping, museums, etc. As a Northeastern student I get free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts. Most Northeastern events (sports as well as concerts, plays, and comedians) are free for students, so there is always something to do without spending money. I love the hockey and basketball games, and there is free ice skating during the week.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot at Northeastern. I am a Graphic Design major, and I was required to complete 3 semesters of foundation art classes before moving on to Graphic Design classes. The foundation classes helped me learn a lot of basics that I didn't get in high school so that I will be better prepared for my major and my co-op. Now that I have my core requirements (math, english, science & humanities) out of the way, I can also take electives which interest me so that I can learn outside of my major.

  • 10/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 7 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for the adventurous, open-minded, fun-loving, and independent students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern is great choice of college. Visit the campus and decide if it's the place for you. I knew within ten minutes of my visit that I wanted to go to school here. If you have any doubts or feelings that it may not be for you, try somewhere else. You'll know if this is the place for you. Also, the location is incredible! I can walk to Newbury Street, concerts, the Prudential Center, and more. Boston is an amazing city, and if you like the city life, Northeastern is in a prime spot.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is very expensive, and you have to make the most of it for what you are paying. I joined clubs and student groups, and this helps me feel like I'm getting more for the price. I take ballroom dance lessons for free and I take other dance classes three nights a week. I go to concerts and take advantage of events with free food. Basically, you have to put yourself out there and do lots of new things that would cost money if you were not at a large university. As for the classes, they are probably worth the money. I feel that I have learned a lot so far, so the price has been worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly love everything about Northeastern. I love being in the city of Boston and the college experience. I have not once regretted coming here and I haven't been very homesick. There are lots of ways to distract yourself from being away from your family and your home, and before you know it, you are completely integrated into the college lifestyle. I enjoy every day I spend here.

    Am learning a lot

    I love all of my classes that I'm taking this semester. There are lots of options for interesting topics to learn about. I am really enjoying my Nutrition class, which is incredibly interesting. I am also learning a lot about living on my own in the city.

  • 12/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 13 people found this review useful. 8 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Those who like to teach themselves. -Those who like to live in big cities. -Those who want massive college campuses. -Those who don't mind paying the price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and know why you're coming here and for what major because each major has different prerequisites and if you're not sure what you want to major in, then Northeastern is not the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is completely overpriced. The freshman dorms are not work the $12,000 a year price tag and the food isn't great. It's always the same items over and over, it gets redundant. For the price that parents are paying for tuition here, you would think that you wouldn't have to teach yourself biology or chemistry, but you do. Simply hearing your professor read powerpoint slides that are posted on Blackboard don't help you learn.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being in Boston, that's the biggest perk of going to Northeastern, but other than that, there really aren't that many interesting events happening on campus at all. If you want to have a good time, then you have to get off campus and go get lost in the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are okay, I am learning alot, but on my own. My biggest lecture is about 260 students and we learn off of powerpoint slides and the same goes for my psychology lecture which is about 190 students. If you want to learn alot, you have to put in the time and effort on your own.

  • 10/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 9 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is a great fit for students who have a strong idea of what they want to do. The co-op program gives you the chance to jump right into your desired field, while still an undergrad student, so you can see if that is really the direction that you wish to go. It is also good for students who like to have a say in their education. Northeastern gives students a lot of freedom in the choices of their classes to the extent that the student is almost the one designing the curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take high level classes but also take classes that you enjoy. Northeastern looks for students who have more individuality and are self-aware. They give you a lot of independence here so they like to see students who can handle that independence.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Northeastern is pricey. But they are great at giving out financial aid to people who need it. Almost everyone I know here has some kind of scholarship or financial aid. And the amount that you have to pay is worth it. Northeastern has so many exciting opportunities that one can partake in that really enrich and enhance the experience here. And as I said before, you really are learning when you are here.

    Am enjoying being here

    One of my favorite things about Northeastern is the fact that there is so much to do. There is some kind of event happening on campus almost every night and the great thing about it is that most of them are free for Northeastern students. Not to mention, we're right in the heart of Boston so there is plenty to do and see in the city if you ever feel like venturing off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Northeastern does a great job at finding teachers who know and care about the subjects they are teaching. I am a double major in International Affairs and History and I couldn't be happier. It is my first semester here but I feel like I've already learned and done more than all four years of high school combined.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Northeastern campus is extremely safe. I feel safe at all times of the day. I have walked by myself around campus early in the morning and late at night and I still feel safe. If anything ever happens on our campus it is very minimal and is stopped because the Boston Police and Northeastern Police do a phenomenal job at protecting the Northeastern students from any harm.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not that big at Northeastern. This partially due to the way our school is structured with the co-op program and because Boston is such a huge city it makes it easier to network and socialize with other students from different institutions. So if you are worried about feeling the pressure to join a frat or sororities don’t worry you will not find that on the Northeastern Campus. If joining a frat or sorority is something that peaks your interest it is there for you to pursue.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities that Northeastern provides and that are ran by the students are impressive. As a student you can get involved in anything that interest you and there is something out there for every type of student.

    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern University is a great place for the type of student that likes to explore different avenues of success, is an innovator, is self motivated, or who is indecisive and doesn't know what they want to do yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since Northeastern University is not big on sports we do not have that many traditions. The only traditions we have are going on co-op and rubbing the nose of the husky statue for good luck on exams...well that I'm aware of. Locations on campus that I can highlight are Chicken Lou's a great place to get some good greasy food, Afterhours our student lounge that has a Starbucks in it, our food court in the Student Center, Blackman Auditorium and Mathews Arena.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to other institutions and what they can offer Northeastern University beats the rest. Northeastern University is one of the few schools in the US who provides its student with a co-op program. The school is in a great location and provides a well balanced atmosphere for you to learn. The reason I give it four stars is because the co-op program does need to improve by adding more jobs in different locations outside of the Boston area.

    What to do for fun

    Every student needs a healthy balance of work and play in my opinion. There are many things you can do for fun depending on your interests and hobbies. There is always going to be a party to attend every weekend from Thursday - Saturday, for you party goers. You can go explore the city, being that Boston is a wonderful and beautiful place. You can go shopping on Newberry Street or take a trip downtown to go to the movies or do some more shopping. There is always the option of going to a Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, or Bruins game if you are a big sports fan. The Waterfront is a great place to walk around and get a bite to eat. Little Italy is another good spot to go to get some delicious Italian food. The list is endless of things to do for fun off-campus. There are also things you can do on campus for fun like attend a basketball or hockey game, join a club, go to the gym, shows at Blackman Auditorium (comedy, dance, special speakers, etc.); there are also parties and other types of functions at Afterhours that you can go to for fun, etc. There is so much to do to have fun as a Northeastern student.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is not the best and not the worst. We have three dining halls: Stedson East, Stedson West, and International Village (IV). My personal favorite is IV because of the wide selection of food they usually offer. In general cafeteria food is always going to be cafeteria food it will never be your mother's or your grandmother's home cooked meal. Don't expect a 5-star meal! Don't get me wrong the food isn't bad just not the best food you will ever eat in your life. You will get tired of eating at the dining halls it is inevitable! You can break up the cafeteria routine with the dining places around the campus. We have numerous places to eat at from fast food to restaurants and just to name a few there are Dunking Donuts, Unos, Papa John’s, Wendy's, Panera, Qdoba, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, etc. Overall the options for food on and off-campus are good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! Freshmen dorms are not the best but are being improved every year. Compared to some of the stories I've heard from friends that go to other schools across the nation about their dorms, I consider myself lucky. When you become upperclassmen you get a better selection of where to live and the dorms are very nice with little to know problems. The suite style dorms are the best! Most of them have two different bathrooms with a maximum of five people in one dorm, which is not bad at all. All dorms are coed, but guys and girls are not allowed to live in the same dorm rooms. People are usually respectable quiet hours so dorms are usually not noisy. If you have any problems with your dorm situation you can notify the RA or housing department and they will assist you. Overall the dorm life at Northeastern University is amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern University is a challenging school but it is not difficult to succeed academically. You've heard this time and time but it is all about how you manage your time outside of class. Allocate as much time as you think to each class to study and prepare for exams, papers, presentations, etc. Whatever effort you put into your class is the grade you will get out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern University is increasing becoming more and more difficult to get accepted into. If you are applying to Northeastern University I encourage you to go the extra mile. Show this by contacting the school and ask questions that show you are interested. Make at least one trip to Boston to visit Northeastern University tour the school and go to the admissions office to talk to staff so they can put a face to your application. Be proactive in the college application process and you will have an advantage over students that are equal to your academic caliber or higher. Northeastern University looks for students who are going to make an impact on campus and off campus once they are enrolled. Illustrate your potential by getting involved in your community and leadership within your school through student government, president of a club, captain of a team, etc. Be innovative and creative! Start something of your own! It could be anything community service project, club, group, etc. My last tip is to be the initiator at the end of the day my advice means nothing if you do not use it. I wish you the best in making the decision on attending the right college/university.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is a phenomenal institution for a student to grow and develop. It is a great place for people who want to explore different options career wise. The co-op program is the bread and butter of Northeastern University, which allows a student to gain up to a year and a half of working experience prior to graduation.

  • 11/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Driven students. Expectations are high for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transfer in. It'll save you money.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive. Yes. I recommend talking to an advisor at the school, CHECKING to see which credits they would accept from another, cheaper institution. The iI would transfer in your 2nd or 3rd year. Keep in mind you can for 4 or 5 years at NU, at least for Engineering.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a nice campus. Even though it is in Boston it is a campus all it's own. You won't feel like you're lost in a big city. The campus is very centralized. It is very easy to access all of Boston since 2 T lines stop right on campus as well.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the professor's are wonderful, but those seem to be the upper classman professors. The freshman professors are good, some aren;t as good as others. There is a lot of help offered (via tutoring, review sessions, etc.) if you need it.

  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for students looking for a large school. Each college program provides its own sense of a smaller community, like the College of Business that I belong to, but for the most part it does feel like a large school. It's a great school for hands-on learners, as it provides the opportunity to work in your field of interest before graduating. It also offers an urban community with a campus that is set off from the main city streets, so it's a good environment for those who are transitioning to an urban environment for the first time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. My guidance counselor advised me that this is important since Northeastern receives so many applications each year. Tour campus, as it will give you a much better idea of what the school offers. While you're there, make sure to check out the surrounding area and to talk to students. My friends and I all comment on how much we enjoy talking to prospective students, so don't be afraid to approach us.

    Bang for the buck

    As much as I love Northeastern, it is on the expensive side. I do wish that it was less expensive or that there were more options for lower income students. Still, it is a great place to go to school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly believe that I could not have found a better college for myself. Boston is a great city for college students. There are many other colleges in the area, so the community consists strongly of young adults. Museums, movie theaters, and other recreational locales in the area offer great student discounts. On campus, there is always a show, speaker, or game going on.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Business Administration major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. The classes that I have taken thus far have all offered incredible opportunities to apply what is taught in real world contexts. The courses are challenging, but not unreasonably so. The professors are accessible to students and relate well to them in the classroom.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who don't mind the extra year in school because of co-op.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a North Face, or other equally warm winter coat. Develop time-management skills immediately.

    Bang for the buck

    I think, for what you pay, the school could offer a bit more, especially where shows/parties and food (especially food) is concerned. There's no in-between with dorm price. You either pay a lot and get a really nice dorm, or pay a little and then regret it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weather here is about the same that it is at home, although in the winter time it can dip below zero sometimes, especially at night. The food is good at first, but the meals can get repetitive, especially for freshmen, who don't have kitchens. Some of the freshman dorms also have a bit of a rodent problem, but the upperclassman dorms are extremely nice. Boston is a bit of a dead town, not much do to except eat and shop until you turn 21.

    Am learning a lot

    The difficultly level for classes, to me, is the same as it was in high school. There is more work, though, so time management is definitely a necessity.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is pretty safe. you have to swipe into dorms and sign in guests. nupd is always patrolling around and we have emergency buttons around campus that you can always press if you feel unsafe or want a police escort.

    Greek Life

    we have sororities and frats but it's not that big and you don't really notice it unless you're actually in a sorority or a frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have a ton of clubs and activities that you can join, and if a club you want to join doesn't exist, you can easily start one.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone. northeastern is a big school, and everyone can find a fit here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every year we have a husky hunt. it's basically a huge 24 hour scavenger hunt all around boston and the winning team wins jet blue tickets to anywhere in the us. we play a sport called broomball. it's kind of like hockey except you wear sneakers and use brooms instead of a hockey stick.

    Bang for the buck

    northeastern is an expensive school, but i know a lot of people who get financial aid, and i haven't heard of anyone taking out $200,000 in loans to come here.

    What to do for fun

    there's always something to do on the weekends. you can explore the city in the daytime, and party at night. there are always parties on campus, and parties at other schools. boston is a pretty small city, so a lot of the other schools are within walking distance or a short ride away.

    Food and Dining

    there are 3 dining halls as well as a few other places on campus that accept meal swipes. the food is decent, and there are a bunch of places that you can use you're meal swipes, so you can always find something to eat. our dining halls have a stir fry station, an omelet station, a grill, a vegan section, and more. there are also a ton of restaurants/food places on our campus and nearby.

    Dorm Life

    most of the freshmen dorms are typically 1 bedroom that 2 people share and then the entire floor shares a communal bathroom. all upperclassmen dorms are apartment styled: bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and some have living rooms. the dorm i lived in freshmen year was very friendly, and that's where i met most of my friends. everyone left their doors open so you could just walk in and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    how much you have to study depends on what your major is and how much work your professor expects from you. i'm a nursing major and it's definitely a lot of studying and a lot of information. the work is manageable, and though i might feel overwhelmed sometimes, i still have time during the week to relax and destress. however, i have friends who major in communications, journalism, english, etc, who can do all their work the night before it's due and never set foot in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    buy used textbooks, and don't buy them from the bookstore. take advantage of everything northeastern offers (co-op, study abroad, clubs) and take advantage of living in the city. buy bed risers and a lot of storage containers. talk to your roommate before coming to school so you can coordinate what each of you will bring.

    In three sentences

    northeastern's co-op program is amazing and extensive. it definitely sets this school apart from other schools. it gives us an edge when we graduate and makes finding jobs in our major easier. northeastern is a big university made up of smaller schools. so it's big enough that you don't run into the same people everyday, but it's still small enough that you don't feel like you're just a number.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    The NUPD officers are stationed everywhere, and the main part of campus feels very safe, even at night. However, to get to some parts of campus you need to cross the train tracks, and those areas are less safe. You can definitely avoid it if you want to, though.

    Greek Life

    There are a few frats and even fewer sororities, but if you're really excited about Greek Life, then Northeastern is probably not for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more student groups than I can count. There's even an online system for keeping track of them all. Definitely no shortage of activities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Pharmacy, Engineering, those who have decided what they want to study and are very sure about it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the only Taco Bell in Boston. We also have a tunnel system that lets you get all around the old part of campus without going out in the cold!

    Bang for the buck

    I have a full tuition National Merit scholarship, so I'm only paying room/board. Personally, it's a very good value because of that. However, I absolutely would not pay full tuition to go here.

    What to do for fun

    BOSTON! There are endless activities in the city. If you're interested, you can hop over to MIT and check out dorm row. If that's not your thing, there are endless speakers and carnivals put on by the various student groups. Shopping in the city is also endless fun.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food. One dining hall has an all you can eat sushi bar (this is the dining hall in my dorm), another has a Mongolian BBQ style build your own stir fry, and another has cookies that are to die for. Dining Services recently opened a food truck with a rotating (and delicious) menu that can be found outside the library, near the dorms, or doing late night service on the quad. You will be eating well.

    Dorm Life

    I am in the Honors freshman housing, which is about as swank as you're going to get in a freshman dorm. The building is only a few years old, and I share a bathroom/shower with one other person. Also, the view from the top of the 22 story building is spectacular.

    Academic Rigor

    It's very easy to get all As if you just do the reading and show up to class. Most test questions are interested in your recall of presented information as opposed to your thoughts on the information.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in the social sciences or the humanities, you'll be in the minority. However, if you're majoring in one of the fields mentioned above, Northeastern is a great school with an awesome campus right in Boston.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is an urban university that still has a campus. The focus of the program are the co-op jobs that most students take three times throughout their five years at school. The focus is on career-track majors like engineering, pharmacy and computer science.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    My parents were very nervous for me to go to school in in the city; however, I feel just as safe on campus and throughout the city as I did back in my New Jersey suburb. The campus is very well lit, the NUPD is always present, and I never feel unsafe walking back from the library or student center alone at night. Even throughout the city, I feel safe walking around alone during the day or in a small group at night. When you first arrive on campus, you find out quickly, from upperclassmen such as your RA, which areas of the city are best to avoid, and as long as you are smart, you can easily keep yourself safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every student group you ever wanted exists at Northeastern, and if it doesn't, you can make it. There are dance crews and teams, fraternities and sororities (although most don't have houses), countless a Capella groups, and more special interest groups than I can even count. There are many different religious groups, cultural groups, and community service groups. There are also groups that are just for fun, such as NU Eats and the Arts and Crafts club. Many of the clubs at Northeastern have dues (around $5 per semester), but it is worth it for the fun activities and new friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for students interested in getting a head start in their career. If you are a very hands on student who loves field trips and field research, Northeastern is for you. If you are interested in science or engineering, Northeastern is definitely for you. If you are interested in arts and humanities, but are also interested in learning how to turn your passion into a viable career, Northeastern is for you. If you are looking for a big school in the big city, but still want that sense of community and like to see a few trees here and there, Northeastern is 100% for you. I can't think of a type of student who doesn't thrive at Northeastern, especially if you are looking for an education that will prepare you for the real world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rebecca's Cafe is THE BEST dining option on campus. They make sandwiches to order, and something about those sandwiches draws half hour lines and a lunch rush like you've never seen. From the Tuscan Turkey to the Bello Bello to the Southwestern Wrap, Rebecca's Cafe is a campus favorite.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't get me wrong, Northeastern is EXPENSIVE, but, in the end, it's worth every penny. Not only do they offer a generous amount of scholarship money, the way in which Northeastern prepares you for the working world truly is priceless. During two or three semesters of coop, Northeastern helps you find a job relevant to your major and you are actually MAKING money, rather than paying it. Ultimately, although tuition is very expensive at Northeastern, it is well worth the price. You will have a much higher chance of finding a job upon graduation, and you will truly be prepared for the real world with your education from Northeastern.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there is the Curry Student Center, which has pool tables for students and also the After Hours club, which frequently hosts live music and performances. There is also plenty of green space (which you might not expect for a campus in the city!). Luckily, Northeastern is in the heart of Boston, so when there's nothing to do on campus, there's an entire world to explore. There are two movie theaters close to campus, countless museums to explore, tons of shopping and an immense number of colleges in the Boston area, so when there's nothing to do at Northeastern, you can always skip on over to BU, MIT, Harvard, or Boston College to catch up with friends from home or check out a frat party. Finally, there is, of course, all of historical downtown Boston to explore! Between everything there is to do on and off campus, I have never once at Northeastern found myself uttering the phrase I'm bored.

    Food and Dining

    The freshman meal plan is a little annoying and pricey, but the dining hall food is very good compared to other schools. There are three traditional dining halls - Stetson East, Stetson West, and International Village. Stetson East has a great vegetarian room, and an extensive salad bar, with many other options. Stetson West has a Stir Fry Room, with create-your-own stir fry that they cook to order so it is always exactly how you like it. International Village has many different stations, including sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot meal, vegetarian, sushi, soup, omelets, and pasta. The meal plan, which includes either 10, 15, or 19 meals per week, also comes with a set amount of dining dollars, which can be used at many of the on campus restaurants. Aside from the dining halls, there is Wollaston's (the grocery store), Subway, Dunkin' Donuts, Qdoba, Boloco, Au Bon Pain, Argo Tea, and an entire food court in the Curry Student Center.

    Dorm Life

    Housing is only guaranteed for your first two years at Northeastern; for the other three, you may be on your own. Freshman housing is decent, especially if you're in the Honors Program which has much nicer rooms and private bathrooms. The traditional freshman housing is not terrible; most freshmen live in Speare and Stetson East or West. Sophomores enter the lottery and are guaranteed housing, although it may not be great. If you get lucky, you can get a really nice on-campus apartment. Many people opt for off campus after sophomore year, because it can be cheaper, depending on how far off campus you are and which neighborhood you choose.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are much easier than I expected, but mostly because I was finally taking the classes I wanted to take and learning from professors who really cared about their students and the topics they were teaching. I found that I learned more in one semester at Northeastern than I ever did in high school. The workload is certainly not unbearable, but there is definitely a fair amount of it. If you're interested in an even bigger challenge, the Honors Program offers honors classes, which are much smaller, more difficult classes taught by the university's top professors and reserved for honors students only.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really get to know the coop program, and find out if that is something in which you might be interested. Northeastern has one of the top job-placement rates of any school in the country, and it's all because of coop - many students are hired for full time jobs upon graduation by employers they worked for as coops during their time at Northeastern. Most students are on a five-year schedule, so you have to decide if that would be good for you, but I think it is definitely worth it in the end.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is an incredible school. The professors truly want to see you succeed, the classes are far more interesting and engaging than I ever imagined they would be, and there is really a sense of community throughout the campus. From the amazing coop program to the University Honors Program to all of the clubs and activities in between, there is always something to do on campus, and, since the campus is the heart of Boston, the city truly is our playground.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    i've never once felt unsafe on campus, even passing through ruggles at night which is supposedly dangerous. there are campus police there at all hours and especially at night.

    Greek Life

    it's there if you want it, it's not if you don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs to join if you've got the time and there is a wide variety of people on campus so you're bound to find at least one thing you want to do.

    Great for these types of students

    students who love learning and are curious about the world around them. students who are social and want to be in a place where there is always something happening and there are always people around. students who love cities. students who love boston. students who love new england.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you touch the husky's nose before exams for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    it's very expensive. personally i have a scholarship that helps with that but for most people it's a big investment. however, you come out with real life experience and a kick-ass education.

    What to do for fun

    you're in the heart of boston, if you can't find something to do you're not trying hard enough. there are museums and clubs and restaurants and if all else fails just go for a walk and appreciate the city.

    Food and Dining

    the food gets boring after a while but they do try to give you a great variety and the stir fry is wonderful (even if you do have to wait an hour for it).

    Dorm Life

    the rooms are clean and simple (as long as you keep them that way) and set up really well. i've had no problems that weren't fixed within the day.

    Academic Rigor

    it's not mit but it's tough, especially for double majors. it's been working a lot on its academics and has a great reputation now. the people are going to push you to do your best, and once you realize that you should all get along.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you manage your time and go to office hours. the more professors who know you and can match your name to your face the better. go to the tutors. go to the tas. ask too many questions. the more you know the easier it will be.

    In three sentences

    northeastern is a welcoming place that encourages its students to reach for their dreams. i am constantly impressed by the welcoming attitude of the student body and the helpfulness of the professors. every resource is available to help you reach your goals.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the dorms are very secure and you have to swipe in with your student ID, but it is the city. If you're responsible, you shouldn't run into any problems, but don't be hanging out in alley ways at 3 a.m.

    Greek Life

    Northeastern does have Greek life! It doesn't play a huge role on campus, but if that's what you're looking for, we do have it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I suggest everyone try out the intramural sports, they are a ton of fun! Get some of your friends or roommates together and make a team, they have things like volleyball and broomball. You don't have to take it seriously, but for those of you who do, there is some competition out there!

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the city or lots of people!

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern isn't a cheap school, but you get a great education along with tons of great opportunities. The co-op program that Northeastern has, which allows you to try out a job, or multiple jobs, for a 6 month period in the middle of your schooling is perfect. It gives you a break from classes (and paying tuition) along with great experiences to put on your resume and possibly a future job once you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston! A lot of the museums are free with your student ID, including the MFA which is right next door. It's also great to go to the gym during your free time, it's 3 floors and there's a sauna in the locker room. They also have public skate in the arena on campus. Most nice days you can also find students slacklining in the quad (a type of tightrope walking) who are always open to newcomers. There's always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are three full dining halls on campus which offer a wide variety of food, including a stir fry bar in one of them. The food is very good, and you always have the options of pizza, burgers, chicken, grilled cheese, salad and cookies! They make amazing baked mac n' cheese and you won't want to miss the night they serve nachos! The meal plans are a little pricey for what you get, but each meal is unlimited so it's great if you wanna stick around the dining hall for a while or you have a big appetite.

    Dorm Life

    Northeastern has a wide variety of dorms, so the experiences you'll get can be extremely different. They do offer the chance to live in Living Learning Communities, which group people by common interests or majors. As long as you make an effort to get to know the people on your floor or in your dorm, you'll have a great time. Dorm life is really laid back and everyone ends up finding their perfect group.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and the classes you choose to take, but most of the classes are relatively demanding, but also very interesting. Classes aren't anything to be intimidated by, but you need to show up and you need to put in some effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come see the campus, it's beautiful and close to all the great parts of Boston! Keep and open mind! There's thousands of students to meet with all sorts of backgrounds and so don't fret and talk to people. Every student has a different perspective on Northeastern, so the more you talk to, the more opportunities for great experiences you'll have!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is in the perfect location, with access to the wonderful city of Boston and and edgy campus to explore. They have tons of opportunities to get involved, whether it's through work, volunteering, sports or school related. It's a very fun-spirited school with engaging classes and professors.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 143

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus before making your decision, also be open to new experiences. The Co-Op program is an amazing opportunity to get involved with and it puts you ahead of your competition in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is very expensive to attend NU, after visiting the classrooms and just experiencing the college it is understandable. There are great teachers, we have so many amenities, the campus is always tidy, and we have great staff.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Northeastern, I have made so many friends since September and I did not know one person when I arrived. I love the city of Boston, and the campus it so pretty to be located in the middle of a city. There is always something going on on campus. The only set back is that Boston does not have the greatest under 21 night-life.

    Am learning a lot

    I am becoming a global citizen just by attending NU. Not only because there is so much to learn in the classroom, but also out side of the class room. Everyday I meet new people with new experiences and they are able to teach me so much more.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 143

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    Great for these types of students

    You need to be a diligent student. Northeastern is not really a party school. Greek life exists, absolutely, but it isn't incredibly prominent. Boston provides a pretty liberal environment overall, and Northeastern fits that bill. Students who want the ability to explore a city with a million things to do should absolutely check out NU! Also, there are a ton of activities and clubs to partake in at this school, so it is a great institution for students who want to be involved!

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in Boston can be expensive. Especially when moving off campus, check out surrounding areas for more affordable rent and lifestyles. Come visit before registering! Get a feel for your surroundings. Boston is an amazing city, and NU has a great campus, but you should make sure you're a good fit for the environment before making any agreements. If you do come to Northeastern, try to fulfill core requirements early on by taking a variety of different types of classes - they can be really interesting and will help you solidify your academic career path!

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern just raised tuition, which isn't great news for everyone who has suffered during the current state of the economy. Yes, the typical program is five years, but you will not pay tuition the 18 months (3 six-month co-ops) you are not taking classes. The school tries to give financial aid to students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Northeastern hosts a fabulous mix of people. There are people from all walks of life, with all different kinds of interests. Because the school is a high caliber institution, you tend to find hard workers and make friends with others who value their education as much as you do. You can always find someone to hole up with in Club Snell (the library) but you can also find groups of people to join you at local bars and clubs!

    Am learning a lot

    As a business major and music industry minor, I'm finding that most, if not all, of my professors are enthusiastic about what they teach, accessible, approachable, and fair. You will need to work pretty hard, but the knowledge is available if you're ready to absorb it.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 143

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who know exactly what they want out of life, or even for people who've got a few ideas. The Co-Op program gives you real job experience, which is key in finding a job once you've graduated. However, if you have no idea on what you want to do, Northeastern may not be for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good time, but not too much of a good time. Study what makes you happy. It's too much money you'll be wasting on something you actually don't like.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern does have a large price tag. However, they usually give out a bunch of grants and scholarships, and much of the money is reinvested back into the school: they are constantly building new buildings and fixing up old ones. They just recently finished International Village, a 20 floor dorm for international students, honors freshman, and upperclassmen.

    Am enjoying being here

    Boston is a great city, despite its shortcomings (T only runs till 1AM and bars close at 2). Northeastern offers a truly unique experience, in that, you are getting the full college experience with a campus and the like, but are also smack in the middle of a city.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an English major about to start my third year. The faculty is very intelligent and helpful. Most are willing to go the extra mile to help you with something that you don't understand. You have to be willing to put the work in though. What it really comes down to is loving what you learn.

  • 08/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 143

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Adventurous, Talented, Smart, Good with People. Northeastern has so much to offer! Don't miss out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't simply focus on grades and test scores!! You have to be much more than just a number on a chart to do well here. Get involved, volunteer, join a club or two, and get good grades. It's not impossible to do all of that, I did and so can you!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Northeastern is expensive, it has so much to offer with all of its classes and activities, the Co-Op Program and Study Abroad. It will definitely be worth it. If you do well in high school and make sure that you are involved in extra curricular activities as well you should have no problem getting financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    Our campus is within walking distance of the heart of Boston with all the shops and parks, yet even though you are living on an open campus in a major part of the city, you feel safe and secure no matter where you are. There are so many things to do on and off campus! You will never have a dull and boring moment.

    Am learning a lot

    The Teaching Staff at Northeastern is amazing! So many of the teachers have degrees from some of the most prestigious schools in the world and are all there to not only teach you everything you need to know about your field of study but they want to make sure you enjoy every bit of it.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 143

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent and self motivated. There are things to do but you have to find them. There is also almost always help with school work but you need be able to find and ask for it and not wait for anyone to offer, or until you fail an exam

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what majors you definitely do not want to be in because there are a few majors that you are unable to transfer into after being accepted ex Pharmacy.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but Northeastern makes up for it with their five year co-op program. You make money on your 6 month co-op and you do not pay tuition and Northeastern helps you get the co-op. Room and board can be expensive anywhere but there are less expensive dorms and meal plans without starving yourself or being crammed in a small room. Part of the tuition is basically paying for the Northeastern name which is an excellent one due to its successful graduates.

    Am enjoying being here

    What I say to most people is that if you are bored while you are here then you are doing something wrong. There are over 50 clubs and the university holds concerts, comedian acts, and just entertaining acts all throughout the year. Northeastern also has an actual campus within Boston which no other Boston school can say. And your in Boston so you cannot go wrong with that. The campus itself is gorgeous and I honestly would not want to be anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are excellent. They really do everything they can to make the lectures interesting and provide other materials for learning. Most of them put their lectures online, keep digital notes, and have extensive office hours. The university itself provides free tutoring from graduate students and weekly review sessions for many courses from the top ranked students in the major.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    i'd give it five stars, but it is a city, so you can never tell what's going to happen. while i would never recommend it, i have found myself wandering around at night alone, and have never felt unsafe. there's all the usual security procedures, our own police force, in addition to a very close proximity to boston police, blue lights, escorts services, etc. i've never heard of anything really terrible happening to a student, aside from the occasional threat. check the northeastern crime log for a good idea of what goes on.

    Greek Life

    not a heavy influence to join, but those who do have a noticeable impact around campus. there are a decent number of people in frats and sororities, but it's not like a huge pressure to join. they sponsor fun events, and occasionally throw parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to name! clubs related to majors, religions, heritages, hobbies, community service, sports, and more. pretty much anything you could imagine, and even if you aren't a member, clubs are always throwing events for all students.

    Great for these types of students

    people who love cities, people who don't like being bored. go-getters, people who actually want to learn, and who like to get involved. people who want the perfect mix of a traditional style campus with grass and quads, but in boston.

    Bang for the buck

    well this school is pretty expensive... but i do love it a lot... and it'll probably get me a great co-op and then a great job which will pay me hopefully more than the average college grad, so i can make up for the expensive schooling... hard to say for sure.

    What to do for fun

    um, it's boston?! everything is walkable on a nice day, and if you're lazy, just about everything is a short public transportation ride away. food, tons of shopping, always some events, museums galore, shows, parks, and if you're really desperate, a ton of other colleges to meet other college kids and do what ever they're doing for fun. you will never, ever run out of things to do here.

    Food and Dining

    there are 3 cafeterias, and 3 additional places to use meal swipes, and a ton of places on and off campus to use dining dollars, so with the 15 meal plan (options are 10, 15, or 19 per week) i'm still never hungry, or in danger of being so. the food is great for a college, and while you get a little sick of it after a long time, that would happen anywhere, and the cafeterias make a huge effort to keep things fresh and new.

    Dorm Life

    i love my dorm! to be fair, i'm in the newest one, international village, which has it's own dining hall, gym, and printer. i don't usually hear any serious complaints about other dorms though, and many people like the older ones better. they're all decent sized, what's to be expected, and there's a large variety of styles and locations available.

    Academic Rigor

    like i said, just hard enough. like anywhere, there are going to be easier and harder classes, but for the most part, they're just hard enough so that you learn, but it's manageable. there's usually a lot more homework than high school, but it's because you have more free time. welcome to college.

    Tips for prospective students

    i don't know anyone who would have anything against the campus, my my advice for everyone is always visit if possible. you should like, or not mind cities. also, be agressive. northeastern is all about going after what you want and fighting for yourself.

    In three sentences

    northeastern is fantastic. the campus is beautiful, and boston is one of the best places any college student could hope to live. the academics are just hard enough, there's a large variety of programs, and the school has a great reputation for students getting jobs right away.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    i can not rave highly enough about safety on northeastern's campus. the northeastern police department do an outstanding job. they are friendly and go out of their way to help students in need! northeastern is rated as one of the safest campuses in america (i think #2), and for good reason! it is in the middle of a city that has a reasonably high crime rate, yet northeastern's campus remains mostly crime free. discounting underage drinking and noise complaints of course.

    Great for these types of students

    northeastern is fabulous for any type of student! northeastern is so diverse. from the way people dress to the coops people choose, northeastern has a fun and exciting student body. from anime kids to beach volleyball, if you have a hobby, northeastern probably has a club for that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a bronze statue of a husky (northeastern's mascot) in blackman hall, where some of the larger classes take place (as well as some club and university put on performances). before tests, it is a tradition, for good luck to rub the husky's nose. i took two classes in that hall, and i always did just that before every class, and it was cute and fun (and gave me a bit of confidence)!

    Bang for the buck

    northeastern is so expensive. i do not love how much they water the grass, and i hope that my 50 grand a year doesn't go solely to landscaping, although it is nice to have a beautiful urban campus. some of the classrooms could use some updating. dorms as described earlier are worth every penny, and there are expansive meal plan options which are not too overly-priced. having the coop program is certainly worth at least most of that tuition money, and being paid on coop helps ease the financial burden as well.

    What to do for fun

    one word: boston. for 21+, the bar scene is unbeatable. there are all different kinds of bars, from fenway's machine night club where you can dance all night to the dueling piano bar at faneuil hall. there is a bar for every type. for the under 21 crowd, there are live shows everywhere that welcome 18+, from local musicians to visiting stars. the house of blues is one of my favorite venues. there are also great historical attractions, and tons of museums. northeastern students get free admission into the museum of fine arts, which is right across the street from campus. the museum of science is my personal favorite with endless interactive activities and always cool visiting exhibits (harry potter, artificial intelligence simulations, etc).

    Food and Dining

    food at northeastern is hit or miss. sometimes the dining hall provides really yummy dishes. i personally love taco night. there are three major dining halls, all with different cuisines. stetson west has a stir fry bar which is amazing, but unfortunately you can wait upwards of 45 minutes to receive your dish because it is so popular. by that time - i've already eaten a slice of pizza and some cookies, and am getting too full for my stir fry! fresh sushi at international village is always fun as well.

    Dorm Life

    this is another thing i must rave about for northeastern. while freshman housing is pretty standard, in your sophomore year and above you have incredible housing options. the west villages, specifically are to die for. state of the art kitchens, spacious living rooms, and sometimes floor to ceiling glass windows with views of the city. people definitely party in the dorms, but most partying is done in off-campus apartments, without the presence of ras.

    Academic Rigor

    again, this is get what you give. if you work hard, you will do well. some classes are challenging, while others are not. once i found the subject area that i was passionate about, i found it easy to get a's, but i work hard! northeastern holds academic excellence in high regard. we have some notable faculty, and there are so many research opportunities. i am currently involved in a research project with a faculty member who is known nationwide for his expertise.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't get too hung up on one major. explore your options, northeastern has so much to offer. don't be discouraged by having to take core courses, there are so many options for each requirement, and some of the classes are ridiculously fun! use the core requirements to find a subject area that you really love, and don't be afraid to switch majors! it is so easy to do, and it is important that you love what you study. i highly recommend northeastern. it is the best decision i have ever made.

    In three sentences

    northeastern is diverse. northeastern has incredible opportunities, but you definitely get what you give! northeastern teaches you how to be successful, and allows you to pursue different avenues of study.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    the campus itself has very strict safety regulations that really do a good job of protecting students; however the campus is located in a a volatile area. as long as students use sense when travelling in the area around, but outside campus, the campus will protect them.

    Greek Life

    the greek life on campus is not strong. the fraternities and sororities are ok, but are not a central part of the school and really do not interact with the whole student body. if you are looking for a place with a strong greek program northeastern is not the place to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    the clubs and activities on campus never end as i could honestly live off of free food served every weekend at the various different northeastern events sponsored by clubs and the school. it really has something for everyone, whether it be skiing, acapella, dance, or film.

    Great for these types of students

    its great for people that are looking to find a job after they graduate, rather than pursue a p.h.d, and it is good for students who do not know exactly what they want to do because it allows students to try different jobs and see if they are what they want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    northeastern has many fun traditions that keep kids spirited such as rubbing the nose of one the huskies on campus for good luck, and a strong hockey following. there is always something to do adn traditions to be learned.

    Bang for the buck

    in the long run northeastern is very much worth the money because most people get jobs that set them up for life after graduation. on the bad side it is incredibly expensive and is hard to stomach as you are going through it. luckily northeastern is very open to scholarships, and financial aid and provide most students with help to fund tuition.

    What to do for fun

    northeastern is located right in the city of boston so the possibility for fun is endless. for the people that are over 21, the bar and club scene is bar and club scene in boston is tremendous. for younger students, their are always parties to go to and northeastern events to attend every weekend, whether it be shows or concerts.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall food and options are getting better and better as northeastern now has three full dining halls on campus, a take-out food place that accepts meals, and a plethora of places nearby campus that accept husky dollars. the food itself is very high quality and provides many options for people with all food preferences.

    Dorm Life

    northeastern offers a very different dorm experience because of the co-op program. freshman year everyone lives on campus in a typical dorm that a student would experience at most other colleges, but after that dorm life gets better. almost all of the upperclassmen dorms are apartment/suite style with living rooms and kitchens allowing students to get a much more real feel for what living after school will be.

    Academic Rigor

    the schools actual academic programs are improving, but not up the standards of a top 50 college yet. the faculty still needs some work but overall the academic environment can be very valuable if the student puts in the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of all of the opportunities that northeastern offers in networking and co-op. northeastern does a great job of preparing students for the real world rather than just learning everything from a textbook.

    In three sentences

    a valuable mix of real world work experience with a standard classroom education that better molds students to be successful in the world after school. the co-op program allows students to earn money to help fund their education and get a better understanding of the field and things they actually are interested in or not interested in. incredible program for making connections to industry leaders that set up students for future success.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    In spite of the dangers within Boston, the campus is well protected. Husky police roam the campus on their bikes and you'll learn not to act suspicious if you are a suspicious person. That being said, the blue light system is prevalent and there should be no issue getting emergency help, so long as you're not wondering off into the darkness of the Fens where dangers lurk.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is present throughout Boston, and even if you're not a brother or sister of a fraternity or sorority, and are a social person with good connections, you may end up going to a few frat parties. Unfortunately, all but one fraternities do not have their own house due to Boston regulations, though if you're considering joining, make sure you have the time as they are a large commitment outside of mass social functions.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are really a lot of things to do, and you'll probably have to make decisions over what you want to keep doing and what you no longer can.

    Great for these types of students

    I've seen all types of students at Northeastern, though if you're lazy, unmotivated and interverted, mom's basement might be better for you :) (chances are you're not if you're considering NU)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this one cool place near Hurtig Hall where if you stand right in the middle, you can instantly hear your echo and your voice is augmented so it sounds like you're on stage.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern's quite expensive, and while the scholarships you get may cover some of the tuition, you or your parents will have to take a hit to their wallet. If you're poor, you should have a superb academic record, be an amazing athlete, or come in with a few scholarships. Then again, co-ops (at least in engineering) will help you pay off your loans.

    What to do for fun

    There is a plethora of groups to join if you're at least a somewhat interesting person, such as athletic teams (incl. intramurals), performing groups, chess club, community service organizations, hacking club--what have you. And being in Boston you can usually find something to do with friends, such as partying, going to the movies, or simply adventuring around the exciting city. Just do yourself a favor and don't bring in your TV.

    Food and Dining

    Coming into Northeastern, the dining halls were heaven compared to the grub at high school. There is definitely a smorgasbord of foods you can eat, though the classic roasted-chicken-and-mashed-potatoes meal does get tiring. And if you go with the 15 meal plan (or god, 19), do plan on wasting a few meals every week at Outtakes, as you grow tired of the d-halls, where you can get maybe $5 worth of snacks for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    Weekend nights may get a little crazy, so don't plan on going to sleep early (well, unless you're in crew. Then I'm sorry). It's also nice to be able to choose your LLC, whether you want to live with those majoring in the same subject or just like-minded individuals like you. Just don't stay in your dorm room all day and you should easily find friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It may be hard to want to do all the work and studying, especially if you engage in extracurricular activities, but if you put in steadfast effort you should not have a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades and scores are important - you need to show you can handle high school if you want to handle Northeastern. But don't forget to participate in activities outside of academics, such sports, science or music.

    In three sentences

    As a prospective engineer in a modern world, I'm glad I made the choice to attend Northeastern University. While, as with most schools, I have had to put up with picky, foreign professors, I've learned a lot living on my own in the stellar campus located in the heart of Boston. And with professional opportunities during the school year and through co-op, I am not afraid of coming out of college employed.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a fairly safe environment, but because it's in a city with an open campus, it never hurts to be cautious.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is on campus however their is no housing. They are fairly active however with certain philanthropic activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love student life at this school! Clubs are so active and passionate about their causes. We especially have an active social justice club called Progressive Student Alliance who are amazing!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are goal oriented and self starters. There are tons of professors who love to work with passionate students with a vision.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students rub a husky statues nose for good luck on exams. We have a natatorium, and ice rink that are open for student use.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is one of the most expensive Universities in the U.S. currently. If I had a to do all over again, I would say it was worth the money. Not only is it the only school in boston with an actual campus in the middle of a city, but it truly does open many doors for students that you otherwise would have to put extraneous effort in to open.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, going out to eat, tons of activities around campus, get involved with a student group, hookah bars, actual bars.

    Food and Dining

    Being in Boston has been the best experience for my pallet...except not really when I dine on campus. The staff are completely wonderful, however the food gets old really fast in the dining hall. Unfortunately a meal plan is required freshman year, but you can decrease the meals per week in order to get more food elsewhere.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen living arrangements are not bad. They are completely livable but often have strict RA's. When you become a sophomore you have much more options available to you that honestly come with a lot more freedom. Housing if often a hectic and frustrating process however because of the lottery system in place. Many students choose to live off campus because of that reason. There are tons of apartments virtually on campus anyway, so its not really too big of a deal to move off.

    Academic Rigor

    Student's must work for thier grades in northeasterns classes. Professors are always willing to help you and meet with you outside of class if you don't understnd a concept or need assistance with an assignment, but you have to be willing to dedicate a considerable amount of time to your studies. Trust me it pays off! As a rising 3rd year I have quite a comprehensive view of my field and im not even finished with school yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern is a school that you should go into having a decent idea of what you actually want to major in. I would suggest not attending this school if you plan on entering college as undeclared. The coop program ideally starts 3 semesters after you begin and it's foolish to waste the coop opportunity in a field you may not be interested in. Also the school is pricey and it doesn't pay if your going to waste time as an undeclared in a career driven environment.

    In three sentences

    This school can offer you opportunities most other schools can't due to the coop program. Most people attend college so they can be successful afterwards and Northeastern University gives students that opportunity. Professors are often dedicated working professionals in their fields which helps enormously with career connections.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Northeastern is very safe. We have our own police force. Anytime you get lost or feel unsafe you can always call the police and they will escort you. We also have a shuttle from the library that goes to all the dorms so it's really safe.

    Greek Life

    We do have sororities and fraternities but it's not that popular. I suggest if you are coming to Northeastern for the greek life then look else where.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join and being in the heart of Boston it makes it easier to always be active.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have work experience before they get out of college. Students who want to have a good education and a chance to find a job right after school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual tradition I have witnessed so far is the underwear run in the middle of October when it's freezing out. The amazing thing is that almost everyone participates in it that the cops have to show up just in case there are riots.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a lot but it is definitely worth it :). The school is amazing and the people are so friendly and diverse.

    What to do for fun

    We are in the heart of Boston, need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is amazing. We have 3 cafeteria so depending on where you dorm is located will determine which cafeteria you would go to. I prefer stetson west because of the stir fry. Most people enjoy International Village.

    Dorm Life

    We have LLC dorms for first year students that allows students to be in dorms with people that either share the same interest or major.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic success is very important at Northeastern the minimum GPA if you are in a non health science related major is 2.7 so you have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have an open mind and try your best to get involved your first year which will allow you to see how much you can juggle at once. Your academic work should always come first. Try to balance your academic work with your social life. It is important to have fun but your academic work should come first so do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is an amazing up and coming University that is very diverse. Northeastern offers students Co-op which allows students to get work experience in their intended major making students very marketable. The professors also care a great deal about their students success.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always guards patrolling the campus either on foot, bike or by vehicle. There are maps to help people find their way, and if that fails, there is someone to lend a hand.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything ranging from Frisbee to tennis, to academic clubs. There are science clubs, book clubs,and religious clubs too.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone. They even have Frisbee and jogger clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm a night student so I am not too sure about the traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to enrich themselves no matter what major they pursue.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there are cafe's you could sit and either read or go online with free WiFi. There are always local bands. For more active people there is a fitness center and a track and field as well as sports teams like hockey. If you are more nerdy, Northeastern offers gamers a chance to unwind with pool tables, ping pong, and such, as well as Wii and other game consoles.

    Food and Dining

    The campus itself has many dining experiences to offer. They have fast food and diners. The campus is rather large, so if you would rather stay close by, they do offer vending machines and a student center where they have small restaurants available.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but they do offer on campus dorms, or apartments close by.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is great. I haven't encountered any issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advice to is to plan ahead. The school is big, and you wont always get the class you want. If you take advantage of the features the school has for its students, you will do great.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is an expensive school. I enjoy the environment there, the classes are well laid out. I would recommend this school to anyone who would like to enhance their education, they have many degree or certificate programs.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the middle of Boston. There may be times when you get slightly nervous after dark, but always walk with others and you will be impressed by how many Northeastern cops are patrolling campus at all hours.

    Greek Life

    There for those who seek it. From the people I know in it, they really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a student group for anyone and everyone. And it's relatively straightforward enough to make your own. Groups are pretty well-funded. Activities go on every night, all year.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, career-oriented, and even students who have no idea what they want to do with life-- gaining experience via co-op helps to make those choices based on actual experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chicken Lou's is definitely a beloved and ...interesting on-campus eatery. There is an underwear run around Boston in the fall. Also in the fall is the city-wide Husky Hunt scavenger hunt which has a rigorous qualifying process and amazing prizes (like roundtrip airfare).

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pricey. Housing is also pricey, but that's what you get in Boston. The resources offered by the co-op program and award-winning career services are almost worth the price alone (almost). However, with this bigger price tag comes better amenities, services, etc. Within the last few years, we've had Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Eat World and many others brought to campus.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston! Many of Boston's best sites are within walking distance of campus. Head to Fenway to catch a Red Sox game. Go over to Matthews Arena to see the Huskies play hockey. Look at campus event calendars, because at a school as big as Northeastern, student groups are always planning (and competing with each other) incredible events.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food will get boring anywhere, but Northeastern is definitely above average, offering vegan and gluten-free options, sushi, and typical dining hall fare. There are also many retail chains on and around campus-- my recommendation is Boloco.

    Dorm Life

    RAs are always planning great events for their residents. Dorms are right in the middle of Boston, and many have breathtaking views. Lots of dorms are very newly constructed or renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    Entirely dependent on field of study. We do have some impressive and inspirational professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of the co-op program. You don't pay tuition while on co-op, and you can graduate with eighteen months of professional work experience on your resume. Also take advantage of the impressive Dialogue of Civilizations program: NU students often must spend half their summers in classes (don't worry, NU plans fun events for these students!), so why not pay the same amount you'd pay in tuition to travel to a different country with an NU professor?! It's the best deal on campus.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a university focused on giving students experience, via its renowned cooperative education program, abundant service-learning opportunities, and research. Students gain a great deal of professionalism during their time here while still able to have an enjoyable typical college experience. Its location in the heart of Boston connects students on campus with the global outside world.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, yet like in almost any other place it's still always safer to walk with a group of people than alone. Campus police is always available to offer rides to and from different campus spots if you feel your safety is threatened.

    Greek Life

    Greek life starts a little later here than at other schools and there are way more fraternities than sororities. Other schools definitely have better Greek life since it seems like the sororities here are too exclusive and you must pay just to rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety of clubs to join from a unicycle club to community service. Student government to improv and acapella groups. Sports are pretty big too and the teams are doing well.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking to immerse themselves in their college work but like the idea of being able to go out and have fun in the city if they have free time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has a system of underground tunnels connecting the campus that can be used year round but are mostly used in the winter time. Many people take a couple days just to explore the complex tunnel system.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships definitely help lift the weight of seeing if you did get your money's worth. I definitely think tuition could stand to be a little cheaper but you really do have great opportunities available that make you feel satisfied.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events around campus hosted by the different clubs or organizations. Movie nights in the halls, and the city itself is very inviting. Boston is a big college town so there are parties everywhere and taxis are inexpensive for late at night rides back home.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very variable and the dining halls are pretty nice. Have options for all kinds of eating habits: gluten-free, vegetarian, kosher,etc. One of the dining halls is completely green in the way they function and each have a special treat to invite you to eat there. Open very early until late in the evening.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are on the larger side than at other schools, they vary by halls. Only one hall has a community kitchen but other than that, they are kept clean and the ambience is nice and friendly among the people living together.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and they prepare you for the higher level classes since Day 1 but don't go at such an incredible pace that it is hard to keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your GPA and test scores are not everything in the application process. When applying to schools, dont let their averages scare you away, but always have a fallback plan.

    In three sentences

    A school with a lot of pride in itself, we might not be one of the most known schools, but we sure feel like it. Strong academics with teachers that are willing to help. The Co-op program is a strong tie-breaker when deciding between Northeastern and any other school.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security force is out and very friendly and ready to assist students especially when we want to know if a area in Boston is safe to visit

    Greek Life

    Yes, Greek life is a major part of my attending here.

    Clubs and Activities

    New freshmen but in process of joining a fraternity

    Great for these types of students

    All students fit in here - students attending here are looking after their graduation for great careers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No none at this time.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is high but when I graduate I know I will have great job opportunities available to me. This university's reputation speaks for itself when students go out looking for work plus the professors want to help make you successful

    What to do for fun

    I am signed up intramural volleyball and plan to join a fraternity in my field. There are numerous programs for anyone to participate in

    Food and Dining

    Outstanding meals, numerous selections for everyone - like eating out at a quality restaurant daily.

    Dorm Life

    Small room for freshmen but still enough space to have a small frig and TV. Fellow students, dorm mates outstanding

    Academic Rigor

    Very demanding but the university has tutors especially for freshmen, fellow students jump in to help and the professors are here to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to commit to a challenging schedule, be committed to wanting to succeed and once here be ready to join in all the scheduled activities and conventions.

    In three sentences

    The university is challenging, demanding at times but a little work and planning your days it is rewarding. The opportunities for my future are fanatic with all the co-ops and professionals available to assist every student. Had other choices of universities to attend but this was the right choice with all the opportunities here.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 143

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Northeastern has done a lot to ensure the safety of their students. The surrounding neighborhoods can be dangerous, but safety on campus has improved exponentially, even over the years that I've been here. Though I hear stories and cautionary tales of friends of friends whom have been in scary situations, have been attacked etc, none of which have happened to me or anyone I know, and all of them have been off campus, in the city. As far as I'm concerned, this comes with the territory of living in an urban environment. I feel very safe on campus and have no problem with walking home by myself at night. If you do, they have an hourly shuttle service that will take you home.

    Greek Life

    We're fairly active in Greek Life, but by no means are we a Greek school. We don't have Greek housing and I'd say only about 30% of our school population is involved in Greek Life. It's a great way to meet new friends and get access to Northeastern's party side, and I know a bunch of great people who are a part of it, but I've had a great college experience without being in it myself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some really great clubs on campus, that are really easy for you to get involved in, or even make your own, if there's nothing that fits your specific passion. Some of our most active clubs are our environmental club (HEAT) and our outdoors club (NUHOC - which goes on hiking, skiing and rock climbing trips). We have cultural clubs, which put on performances throughout the year, and social justice clubs, some of which teach respect and peaceful interaction to elementary school kids (Peace through Play), some of which educate and share their love for locally and naturally grown food (Slow Food NU), and some of which advocate for workers rights (Progressive Student Alliance). Also, I'd have to say our improv group is top notch, better than a lot of improv groups I've seen perform in the city. We have about seven acapella clubs, one musical theater club, and at least two theater music industry clubs, not including all the students who play in their own bands or are involved in the school orchestra. We also have at least 10 concerts per semester sponsored by at least one of our music industry clubs. I guess we're a pretty musical bunch.

    Great for these types of students

    Some of our biggest majors are business, engineering, nursing, environmental studies, speech-language pathology, American sign language, marine science, and music industry. The school strongly advocates studying abroad for a semester and hugely emphasizes global collaboration and cross-cultural learning. Northeastern is great if you love serving the community and want to get involved in nonprofit work or Teach for America. We definitely foster entrepreneurs here, so if you frequently come up with business ideas, this might be the place for you. If you love big cities full of college students and professionals, but you don't want to be overwhelmed, like in New York, come here. We've got some of the brightest and most diverse minds in the country, here in our city, and there are loads of opportunities to collaborate, discover and pursue your passions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of our traditions is The Husky Hunt, an annual, Boston-wide, 24 hour scavenger hunt that is absolutely insane! It's my favorite event of the year by far. It's extremely competitive, and there are great prizes for the top 10 (out of 50) teams. Another tradition, Trash2Treasure is essentially a giant yard sale that's held by students, for students, with donated items from students. It's an extremely cheap alternative for dorm furnishings, and it keeps literally tons of trash out of landfills! Afterhours is a little concert venue on campus, inside a Starbucks cafe. I've been to some really great concerts there (and some duds). Either way, I always have a good time. Our tunnel system helps you avoid going above ground on the most miserable winter days.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is really expensive, but they do offer the Co-op Program, which is phenomenal. There are also little ways you can offset the expense, such as being an RA, living off campus, getting a job on campus, or working for the Disability Recourse Center - both of the latter essentially pay you to take notes or study.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do in the city if you're into eating good food, going to shows, to concerts (cheap or expensive - there is a huge music scene in Boston), to the movies, or shopping. There are outdoors-y things to do as well, if you know where to look for them (sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking). Myself, I like to walk through the incredibly diverse neighborhoods within Boston Proper and people-watch. Boston has been voted the United States' most walkable city for many years now, probably because it was built before people had cars to drive everywhere! Boston is incredible, and full of history. I love it!

    Food and Dining

    All my friends who visit me from other schools rave about our dining options. I've also visited quite a number other schools, and I'd have to agree; our dining halls are great. We also have a decent vegan selection. The school says it buys local, when possible, which is cool. Quality of food definitely goes up during Welcome Week and Parent's Weekend, so don't be fooled - it isn't always like that! But on the whole, our dining halls are some of the best out there. If you find you aren't a fan, upper classmen dorms have kitchens, so as you get older, you and your friends tend to cook for yourselves more often anyway.

    Dorm Life

    On-campus housing is very nice, but also very expensive, unless you request 'economy housing'. I lived in economy housing for 3 years, and though it was cozier than my friends' digs, I still loved it. 'Regular' and 'enhanced' housing are both extremely nice living set-ups, even to the point of luxury. The student population is growing fast, so it's increasingly difficult to get a good 'lottery number' to choose your housing, but most students move off-campus after 2 years, so they can get bigger bang for their buck. Off-campus housing is affordable, huge, and a quick walk or bike ride from campus, so you'll never be without a place to live. You do have to coordinate that yourself, but there is an office to support you within the school, and everyone goes through the process eventually. You'll be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Northeastern is as challenging as you want it to be. Engineering, pharmacology, and physical therapy courses are pretty rigorous, as are a good number of the sociology courses and pre-med courses. There are great teachers within certain programs - you'll get to know which are good and which are bad as you get further into your major; word of mouth spreads quickly. Other teachers barely speak English - be careful of those. Those are found largely in the math and science courses and usually earlier on in your major. This has never been a problem for me, personally, but I've heard rumors. If you make use of your TA, and go in for office hours, it shouldn't be a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly encourage you to join one or two clubs and get involved! This hugely enhances your college experience. Take advantage of the gym and the classes they offer! They're a lot of fun and very diverse (everything from aerobics and spin, to martial arts and yoga). It's a good way to keep healthy and fight off stress. Also, make it a point to get to know the city. From the self-professed science geek to the cultural theater junkie and everyone in between, Boston's got something for everyone. There's always some conference at some college in the city, and I highly encourage you to think of the city as your classroom and take advantage of it, since the city really is a hub of higher learning.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great school, complete with three, 6-month internships (the Co-op Program), which result in over 90% of our student body having a job upon graduation! We're smack in the middle of downtown Boston, with easy access to public transportation that can take you anywhere you want to go in the Greater Boston area - perfect for an out-of-state student like myself who loves to explore! The tuition is expensive, but it's (slightly) alleviated by the sometimes-paid internships (during which we don't pay tuition), and I force myself to look at the tuition as an investment that increases my future job security.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 143

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police on campus, almost everywhere we go. They are getting paid to make sure all of the students are safe, and they do a superb job at it.

    What to do for fun

    With hundreds of activities on campus, there is literally something for everybody! There are plenty of activities fairs that go on each semester, so there are plenty of opportunities for students to sign up for anything they enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The three dining halls on campus are superb. The plethora of options will never make you sick of the delicious food. If you are not in the mood for the dining hall, however, there are always more options, such as Rebecca's Cafe on campus, which has unbelievably tasty food that accepts meal swipes. There are also so many healthy options on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Absolutely excellent! Northeastern has Living Learning Communities, which means that you live with people who are in the same major as you and people who have the same interests. Living with people who are similar to you can be extremely beneficial when studying for exams or needing homework help.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are tough! We, students, were told explicitly by the academic advisors that the typical A's and high B's we received in high school will become C's in college, since the difficulty is hard and the classes are extremely rigorous and intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Go to the gym often: in the real world, you never really get the opportunity to go to a gym, especially for free! Plus it's a great way to get in shape! -Try not to freak out over tests and large assignments! It's not as bad as you think! Don't procrastinate and you'll be fine, since the professors often give you extended amounts of time to complete your assignments/study for exams. -The semester goes by fast, extremely fast! It is normally a month shorter than high school semesters, so it is harder to gain momentum when you start to procrastinate! -Try to build relationships with your professors. They aren't evil! Who knows? Maybe you need a recommendation letter for a Co-op from them, or maybe they will bump your A- to an A! -Keep track of your money! I wouldn't recommend wasting all your husky dollars within a few weeks, like most of the people I know! -Take advantage of free learning/tutoring centers. They know exactly what they are doing! -Get sleep!!!!!!!! Don't stay out until 2 AM when you have a class 6 hours later! Trust me, sleep helps! -Do your best to meet new people! It could be possible that you're making friends for life! And a few smaller things: -Take advantage of all the free things around campus! I have about 6 free t-shirts, 2 hats, a piggy bank, a poster, 2 coffee cups, and multiple car decals! -PLEASE PLEASE back up your computer with a flash drive! If your computer crashes, don't go crying to the professor! -Get a real email address! No company wants to hire someone with the email: soccah_lovah_4lifeXOXO<3@gmail.com

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is exactly what I've dreamt it would be! With its cultural diversity, excellent academic opportunities, and countless activities suited for everyone, there's no better school anywhere! As an added bonus, the people here are extremely nice and considerate!

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are wondering how they'll ever get the job with a BA in English, never fear! Five years at Northeastern costs about as much as four years at an Ivy, and lends itself to more real-world internships and even paying jobs than an Ivy would.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best benefit to a Northeastern education is the co-op program, by far. Take advantage of all of Boston's numerous employment opportunities, mingle with the Ivy kids around the corner, and feel secure in knowing that you've got the experience that counts in the job field. The biggest complaint? Particularly for people who value the small-campus experience, the undergrad class size is a little large for all of your teachers to know you by name. Still, the 14:1 student-teacher ratio is better than what you'd find elsewhere, by far.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a private college, but $35000 for all of the extras of a Northeastern education sure ain't bad. Save around $10000 more a year than you'd be able to with an Ivy education - without scholarships - and get more real-world experience.

    Will enjoy being here

    While a little too large for the liberal arts-types, the intellectual life of Northeastern is bolstered by the location of Harvard and other prestigious colleges in Boston as well. There'll never be a shortage of other college kids to hang out with. Like most colleges, clubs, athletic opportunities, and other ways to express yourself abound. For more information, just pop in the website or College Board or however you're planning on researching colleges - there's definitely something for everyone here.

    Will learn a lot

    There's no doubt that Northeastern will help you in this area; ranked in the Top 100 National Colleges by US News and World Report, Northeastern particularly excels in the sciences, business, and law departments, being in the Top 100 colleges of the nation here. With current students having average SAT scores in the 600's, you'll be able to hold lively, interesting, world-conscious debates with your fellow students here . . . or so I've been told. Northeastern only just misses the mark of being Tier 1, on par with the Ivies and the Liberal Arts schools that cost even more, but is a strong Tier 2 choice and even beats out the Ivies when directly compared in some areas.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    this is a great school for students who plan on working through college or plan on being very academic althletes.

    Tips for prospective students

    ask a lot of questions and investigate all important aspects of living. find out what dorms you'll be in and the different type of groups you can be a part of.

    Bang for the buck

    its a very expensive school but they really do take care of their students! the dorms are great and the facilities are amazing.

    Will enjoy being here

    Everyone I have know to go here or in attendance has only good thigns to say about the school. I've been on campus a few times and have loved the atmosphere and the school itself.

    Academic Rigor

    the school is academically challenging and offers a great array of strong programs.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that like smaller class sizes, being in the center of things, and really preparing for their future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good grades are a place to start, but having other activities and interests is important as well.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is less known in Virginia, you really can't argue with the high quality education and preparation for later life.

    Am enjoying being here

    Northeastern is location is pretty awesome, there's a wide range of things in the surrounding area.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in the Criminal Justice program, dual with Human services. Honestly the quality of the faculty is amazing and diverse. The combined program is rare and provides exceptional opportunities for learning as well as later in life.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    I am so jealous of anyone who is able to attend this school. It was not an option to attend for me because of the price, but I fell in love with the campus during the welcome day I attended.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Interested in co-op? Go here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't going to take advantage of the co-op program, this school is not for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The main draw of this school is the co-op program they provide, and the price-tag keeps rising because of it. If you aren't going to take advantage of that program go somewhere else to save some money.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for students who want to be a part of something different. This isn't your average university and as a student you learn that we go above and beyond and take on tasks much bigger than ourselves. It's a place for people who want to grow and learn more about what goes on around the world and take steps to making a difference

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern is an amazing university to learn and grow as a student. With all the opportunities in terms of faculty, classes, and student life, it's so important to get involved in and around campus. Professors are very willing to help you and push you academically. I highly recommend going into the city and getting involved to see all Boston has to offer. Finally, enjoy being there! Through sports and clubs, concerts and shows, Northeastern is the perfect place to begin the next step in your education

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a school in the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades and build up a list of extracurricular activities.

    Bang for the buck

    It is fairly expensive but they provide a good amount of financial help.

    Will enjoy being here

    I live in the country ad I'm not sure if I'm up to living in the city.

    Will learn a lot

    Northeastern is a good university and has the resources to provide a quality education.

  • 10/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school has everything from my dream city to be in, people to be surrounded by, academic opportunities, classrooms modernness, study abroad programs, campus life, sports, EVERYTHING.

    Will enjoy being here

    Dream come true. Boston is the best city on earth. The campus is great. The classrooms are modern.

    Will learn a lot

    They have amazing programs for my major and I like their options to study abroad. I also like their community service activeness.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, interested in social issues, interested in political issues, looking for a great environment for college, want to learn, want to become a doctor, not looking for just a party school (although we have a lot of fun!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school so you can the feel of campus, because it is in an urban setting and rather large -- so it's not for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition for a private college... is tough. However I chose here over other less expensive colleges because I do believe I am getting the best education here - the co op program will put me ahead of my peers.

    Am enjoying being here

    Boston is amazing. Northeastern's campus is amazing. The friends and my apartment are also fantastic.

    Am learning a lot

    Sometimes the classes are tough, and sometimes you are going to take a class that you don't like. However, as a sophomore I am taking the most amazing classes and learning so much that will help me achieve my career goals.

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    When I visited Northeastern, I fell in love. I am applying to Northeastern and I hope I get in. There are so many majors and minors that I can do.

  • 12/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    great for students with scholarships..

    Tips for prospective students

    do your best and get in touch with admission counselors to put your name in their heads.

    Bang for the buck

    money! money! money!..that is the question?

    Will enjoy being here

    i really like the coop program. it's great but expensive. i'll weigh the advantage and disadvantages and see which one has more gravity

    Will learn a lot

    yeah..it has a good reputation in terms of educational experience.

  • 12/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Another fantastic reson to come to Northeastern is for the study abroad program. If you're looking for an opportunity to study abroad, definitely consider Northeastern. There are programs all over the world, for all majors, and there are chances to go all year long. The advisor are very willing to help you, and they'll make sure you find the right program for your needs. Northeastern is also a liberal school, so if you consider youself a liberal person, NU might be another good choice to consider.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all of the clubs and groups that Northeastern has to offer. You will deffinitely be able to find something that fits you. And be sure to get involved if you decide to come. Also it's improtant to remember that if you do decide to come to Northeastern and participate in the co-op program, that doesn mean you won't get summer vacations like other schools. To me, this decision was a great one, and I love being in Boston during the warm weather months, but if you're in need of summer breaks, NU might not be the best choice for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Norhteastern is an expensive school, especially if you are not rewarded any kind of finanical aid. Sometimes I feel that I pay too much for my education. It is important to remember that Northeastern is a private school, and that it will be more exensive if you are not from Massachusetts. Also, if you are smart with saving, co-op can be an excellent way to take the edge off of tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    Boston is an amazing city to live in. There is always something to do, both weekends and weekdays. Northeastern is in a great location in Boston, about a 15 minute walk from the Prudential and Newbury street, and about 10 minutes from Fenway. Whenever I need a break from classes, I am able to find some way to get away and clear my head. There are so many diverse and friendly people here as well, who always make meeting people interesting and exciting.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much here at Northeastern. Not only have I felt that the classes I have taken have help prepare me for life post-graduation, but the co-op program is actually allowing me to experience it. It's a wonderful opportunity to put the skills you've learned to the test, and experiment with potential careers, without committing to a long term contract. When I first came to Northeastern, I really did not know what I wanted to do, or what career to pursue, but over the year, I've been able to uncover what I want to accomplish in the future with certainty. Furthermore, I feel confident that when I graduate, I will be able to take on the challenge of finding a job and starting life in the real-world

  • 12/15/2011

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely an expensive school, but the co-op program is definitely worth it!

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    smart, dedicated, motivated, hard-working

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school! Scholarships are available, and extremely helpful. Really take advantage of being in Boston, explore the city, there's so much to do!

    Bang for the buck

    It is in the same price range as other top colleges, which is a lot. However, Northeastern does have a very high success rate with about 90% of graduates having a job within 9 months after graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great environment, with tons of fun stuff always going around. People are friendly and helpful. And being right in Boston is great with so many restaurants, little cafes, shops, tourist sights, theaters, concerts, sports games, and anything else you can think of.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a top notch school, that gives you a great education. The co-op program is amazing, and really gives you a leg up on graduates from many other colleges. The experience you gain through co-op is priceless, and really helps you land a job after graduating.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing to work hard, be in a city, and learn to deal with the cold weather.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be expensive, but the co-op program is unparalleled.

    Am enjoying being here

    So much school spirit and so much to do all the time. Being in Boston is amazing!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are pretty challenging but generally pretty rewarding.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are very career focused and independent will find Northeastern perfect. If your goal is to get a job after college look no further than this university. And of course you have to be able to tolerate New England weather.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get those SATs and high school GPAs up if you can. Northeastern got the most applications of any private US college last fall and that number is predicted to keep rising. Also if you plan to visit the school I would do so in early fall or late spring. That's when you get to see the best side of Northeastern. I would avoid going over winter break because the campus pretty much clears out.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said before the co-op program is invaluable. Sure I graduate a year later than the rest of my high school friends, but in return I get to put 1.5 years of work experience on my resume. When you are on co-op you aren't required to pay tuition. Most of the co-ops are paid and having a substantial income during college is great plus. Also Northeastern has great relations with tons of employers so getting a job after college is pretty much guaranteed. And isn't that the whole point of college?

    Am enjoying being here

    Northeastern is a big school so the trick is to make it feel smaller. With the resources of a big school Northeastern is able to provide some great entertainers with Springfest being the largest show of the year. The Greek community at Northeastern is growing and I am proud to be a part of it. The only negative I would have here is the while Northeastern is awesome, it is undergoing some growing pains. You won't get the same amount of school spirit here as say a large southern school. As the school continues it's change from a commuter school to a global education leader I think the Northeastern pride will follow.

    Am learning a lot

    As a business student Northeastern's co-op program provides invaluable on the job experience. The program is a great complement to a wide range of professors who have actually worked in their fields.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    it's boston what is there not to do? this place caters to every creative mind, history buff and explorer!

    Tips for prospective students

    it does not take too long to get acclimated to the school. as long as you can tune out the buzz from the city and focus you will you do fine.

    In three sentences

    if you are someone who likes to create options for yourself then northeastern is the place to be. this school offers a wide range of majors and minors and if you are really daring you can create either for yourself.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    engineers business prospective looking for great internship experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nu's traditional underwear run

    What to do for fun

    college festivals culture festivals

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should learn about nu's co-op program to understand the benefit one could earn from attending nu.

    In three sentences

    northeastern university (nu) offers very strong fields of study in engineering, business and architecture. moreover, nu is best renowned for its co-op (internship) program.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the annual underwear-run around campus and through a nearby mall, of course always on the first day of parent weekend. also we don't have a football team, but hockey is a pretty big deal.

    Bang for the buck

    it's not a cheap school, but you definitely see your tuition being used for the various improvements being made all the time.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons of activities to get involved in if you want, and you can just hang out in the student center, or go downtown with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    food is great, tons of options. 3 regular dining halls and tons of other places to eat all right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    some dorms are better than others, but i don't think any of them are really terrible. if you manage to get into the honors program, a big perk is that you stay in one of the newer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are challenging, but the professors are always available to help you out and there are study groups and tutoring available for anyone who needs it.

    Tips for prospective students

    just keep studying for your classes and sat's and just try to get involved. but of course don't join 10 clubs and do 3 sports just to impress colleges; just try out a few things that seem interesting. who knows, you might wind up continuing it at northeastern, and whatever activity it is, there's a good chance northeastern has it.

    In three sentences

    great school to gain some practical experience, and one of the best schools in the country for doing co-ops. it's a big school, but there are more than enough resources for anything you need help with. even though it's basically in the middle of a city, it's still retains the feel of a regular campus.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    there is no bang for the buck as you would call it. the only bang you get is from when you let your face drop into your hands because you realize how much of a mistake you have made coming to northeastern.

    What to do for fun

    for fun, students can go into downtown boston and explore what historic massachusetts really has to offer. in terms of on campus fun, there isn't much to do except for trying to dodge the green line trains that bisect the campus. the school provides limited entertainment and seems to pick the worst bands to play at school sponsored events (such as third eye blind).

    Food and Dining

    while i admire what northeastern is trying to do with the variety it offers on campus, it seems as though they are spreading themselves much too thin in terms of quality. furthermore, there are a multitude of fast food places to eat on campus, but there are no options for eating locally or healthily, something i believe to be a huge problem on college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    living in a dorm on campus is like living with the cast of jersey shore; every night there is more drama than one could imagine. i feel as though the ra's on duty do little to enforce rules and let the children run wild. people are less willing to meet new people and are definitely not willing to engage in intellectual conversations.

    Academic Rigor

    as previously mentioned, professors often hand out extra credit as if it were candy on halloween. when i do well on exam, i would like to be rewarded with a high mark. i don't like to see other students obtaining the same grades as me for doing simple extra credit assignments. oftentimes classes are scaled, which once again dismisses the hard work of students who actually put time into studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    it would be unethical for me as a current student to encourage prospective learners to have their parents spend the unforgivable amount of tuition on the lack-luster education received from northeastern. it seems as though the university has spent most of its focus on its co-op program and has forgotten about academics. while job placement is extremely useful for future endeavors, i would suggest actually trying to learning to see what interests you as a student.

    In three sentences

    while i believe northeastern university is ultimately trying to uphold a high standard of excellence, i can't help but acknowledge the lack of dedication and passion exhibited by the professors. i was under the impression that such a highly selective school would have more challenging courses to offer, however i can't help but feel underwhelmed and a sense of emptiness when leaving a lecture or discussion. i feel as though i am not being challenged to my full potential as an undergraduate student studying behavioral neuroscience.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    visit boston commons, watch a movie or museum of science, museum of fine arts. take a walk down newbury street for some shopping.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard and join as many extracurriculars as you can, but make sure you want to be doing them!

    In three sentences

    a wonderful place academically and socially. city offers much to do and classes offer much to learn. excellent learning environment filled with a richly diverse and overall highly intelligent student body and great and distinguished professors.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food is very good and there are many options. whether you want food on the go, ethnic food (sushi, mediterranean...) or vegan food, they cover all the options.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at northeastern is great, there is a living learning community where you can live in a themed group. for example, i live in women engineering housing and it is great for doing homework and meeting people with common interests.

    Academic Rigor

    i find the rigor at northeastern is very hard and i have learned so much since i began attending school here. however, all of the professors encourage students to ask questions for clarification and they provide office hours for extra help. not to mention, there are many great tutoring options available.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early action and your chances of getting admitted are much greater!

    In three sentences

    northeastern is a great school and offers anything any student could want. it has a co-op program which is optional but provides great work experience prior to graduation. that way, upon graduation, students have a great resume and are not only confident in their major but experienced!

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    people shop on newbury street, go to quincy market, go to parties etc.

    Food and Dining

    there are three dining halls and the food isn't too bad, but it does get old.

    Dorm Life

    northeastern has a variety of style of dorms, that is for the most part great and convenient!

    Academic Rigor

    the school's rigor depends on the students effort put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to get ahead career wise, this is the school for you

    In three sentences

    northeastern is situated in a thriving and dynamic city, where students are driven to succeed in its rigorous programs. the co-ops allow for students to have a leg-up among undergraduates. this career-oriented school is only the best.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    northeastern has it's own police force, nupd, while also being very close to nearby boston pd stations. wherever you go and no matter what time at night, you'll always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    although we don't have greek row or sorority/frat houses on campus, there is definitely a greek life. they host many events and fundraisers throughout the year and love to get involved with life at nu!

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for everything. no joke. but if you think of something new, it isn't too hard to get a new club started. there are film clubs, craft clubs, clubs for different majors or intended careers, intramural sports, and everything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    there is every type of student at northeastern, but it is truly great for outgoing and passionate people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    rub the husky statue's nose in ell hall for a little bit of northeastern luck!

    Bang for the buck

    while northeastern is expensive, they do offer a lot of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. besides that, you are getting an incredible education that can't be beat with opportunities like co-op that are unique to northeastern.

    What to do for fun

    there are no limits to what you can do in boston. whether you want to go to the boston symphony orchestra, a slam poetry reading, concerts, sporting events, movies, or just a walk along the charles river, there is always something to do. plus, northeastern is always hosting guest speakers and performers in addition to all of the great sporting events we have like ice hockey in the historic matthews arena (the original home of the bruins and the celtics!).

    Food and Dining

    the food is excellent with options for everyone! i eat gluten-free and in each of the campuses dining halls (levine marketplace, stetson west eatery, and international village) they have options available to me. they also have vegetarian and vegan options at all three and a room dedicated entirely to that in levine marketplace. plus, frozen yogurt machines in each for the perfect end to every dinner!

    Dorm Life

    the residence halls at northeastern are amazing! plenty of room, great common areas, and study rooms all in the freshman buildings. the upper class buildings are even better, believe it or not, as they are all apartment style with kitchens and plenty of amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    courses, while challenging and interesting, are not to a point where they are unbearable. depending on the class you can have a lot of reading or weekly assignments, or it can be purely discussion based. either way, they are intellectually challenging and really get you thinking and motivated towards your own academic and career goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    while academics are important, focus on what makes you unique and what you love! passion is something very widespread thing amongst the students at nu. also, be sure to visit campus! it's a beautiful safe haven in the city with plenty of green spaces and beautiful buildings.

    In three sentences

    northeastern university is everything you could ever want from a college by combining the best of city and campus life, work and study, activities and academics, & local and global opportunities. by being a part of the boston community, northeastern allows you from day one to reach beyond the campus limits to explore other interests. plus, all of northeastern's experiential learning programs like co-op, study abroad, and global dialogues, your grasp reaches far beyond for incredible opportunities while also staying grounded in a beautiful campus that is just that, a campus, rather than academic buildings scattered throughout the city.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    a great school. there programs for people looking at the school, such at tours are great and the students who run them are some of the nicest i have meet.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are a million things to do in boston for fun. go down newbury street and do some shopping, see a play, sit in boston commons or just walk around. there is always something exciting going on.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls are pretty delicious; however, it's not mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    a lot of students live on campus or right near campus, so even though the school is in the city it still has a college feel about it.

    Academic Rigor

    the library is always packed with students studying, writing papers, and doing research. the courses aren't easy but you learn a lot from each one, and the skills you learn can be applied to future courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    here are some tips for prospective students: learn to love walking and be ready to learn! boston is a walking town, which means that's how you're going to get everywhere. northeastern has a wide variety of academia and it is open to all students to explore your options.

    In three sentences

    northeastern is such an amazing university and is located right in boston, which is super exciting. the professors are amazing as well as the students. this is my home away from home.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I think the expenses are fair and in agreement to the academic level, and the instruction received.

    What to do for fun

    Boston in general is a great place to enjoy. Theater is very strong in the city, so I would definitively recommend this type of activity

    Food and Dining

    I did visit the school, and I had the opportunity to use the dining services. To me, they were outstanding, with great variety of choices, and great hours as well

    Dorm Life

    I am an online student, but my fellow classmates have share with me their experience, and how the school has a very peaceful and welcoming environment for their students

    Academic Rigor

    The school is rigorous, no doubt about it. But at the same time, during my experience with the college of professional students, I have participated in classes with very understanding teachers. They help me to achive my academics goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Create connections and partnerships with other fellow students/teachers early on. You may need to work in groups in the future, and it is important you have established knowledge of other students strengths and weaknesses, so you can create successful teams.

    In three sentences

    I am part of the Online Master Program, and it feels like I am in the classroom. The teachers are understanding that we are working professionals, trying to manage school, work and family. .

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Boston. What's there NOT to do. You have Back Bay, Newbury, Chinatown, Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, South End, Roxbury, Cambridge...it's endless! Just don't be dumb and go out and have fun!

    Food and Dining

    Pretty standard for a normal college meal. It tastes great in the beginning but after a while it'll get old. Stetson West is my favorite cause you can make your own stir fry. Of course the lines get really long so you have to go at weird times to minimize wait time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty standard. They are a bit pricy since you live in the city but the West Villages and International Village are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors definitely make you think outside of the box. I'm a science major so of course the courses I take will be difficult but they are no means impossible. They are doable as long as you put the work and effort in it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Everything is here, you just have to get out and as the Nike commercial says, just do it.

    In three sentences

    This is a co-op school so expect to find people who are driven and hard working. But that doesn't mean we don't like to have fun! You're in the middle of the city, enjoy yourself!

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, wanting experience in the real world, diverse, and self-sufficent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone enjoys laying out when it's warm in the quad. There is also an underground tunnel that is very useful for avoiding snow in winter.

    What to do for fun

    Nearby there are plenty of places in Boston to visit, and the possibilities are endless. These not only include restaurants, but attractions, museums, shows, and festivals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, including for housing. Take advantage of tours, the gym, and the free programs the university's clubs and initiatives offers. Meet other perspective students and ask the important questions, such as meal plan and class size.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a diverse school with a variety of opportunities in many fields. It is well known for it's co-op program, which often leads to job placements upon graduation. Not only that, but it's placed at a close proximity to the downtown areas of Boston with lots of things to do and see.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are call boxes and campus police around at all times.

    Greek Life

    There isn't much greek life on campus, partly because Boston does not allow sorority or fraternity houses. But if you're looking for greek life, it's here, you just might have to look a bit harder. I know many people involved in it that have a great time!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs around for students to join. If you don't find one that you like, you can create your own! We have club fairs all the time to showcase the fun clubs you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to work hard and want to gain experience in academia and in the work force. If you want a diverse campus with different types of people around every corner, this is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the Shillman Cat. It's a statue outside of Shillman Hall of a man and his cat. It's the most random thing, but the cat has it's own twitter and people make it hats and scarves for when it's cold outside!

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is quite expensive, and it's hard to deny that. Even though we're really expensive, the experience you get at school is unlike any other. Our co-op program places you in real jobs and lets you get over 1.5 years of working experience and make contacts all over the world. Many students get job offers right after graduation because of co-op. So, I would say that the cost is worth it in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    We're located in Boston! There are so many things to do here! Take a ride on the T down to Faneuil Hall or to the aquarium. Northeastern students get into the Museum of Fine Arts for free! If you're into sports, check out a Red Sox game at Fenway, or play your favorite sport at one of the many gyms and fields we have.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good here. We have 3 dining halls, along with various cafes and restaurants. Our International Village dining hall has won many awards and serves hundreds of different items each day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good here. The dorm that I lived my freshman year was recently renovated, so everything is brand new. The upperclassman apartments are gorgeous, even though they're expensive it's worth it!

    Academic Rigor

    Every class that I have taken so far has challenged me. The work is challenging but not overbearing, as long as you keep up with it. The professors are experts in their field and are incredibly knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to explore the campus and what the school has to offer. There are so many programs for students that often go undiscovered. Take time to get involved on campus and you'll have an awesome time!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a wonderful academic community. I have felt nothing but welcome since the first moment I stepped on campus. If you're looking for a school that will challenge and excite you, this is it!

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I think it's pretty safe inside the college. But just because it's in Roxbury, I need you have to be extra careful :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In Boston! What else can you ask for? A fun and diversed environment!

    Bang for the buck

    NEU is a VERY expensive college and you need a lot of money to attend this school if you don't have any scholarships

    Food and Dining

    I hope it's delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I'm a freshman and I didn't have a chance to visit the campus but I hope it'll be okay!

    Academic Rigor

    I love their co-op programs and that's why I've decided to enroll.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for the SAT If you're an international student like I am, then you should score 90+ on your TOEFL to at least be considered by the admissions office

    In three sentences

    I really like the school's atmosphere and environment. Big campus within an urban area. You can study as well as have fun! Boston is a super fun city!

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NUPD does a great job.

    Greek Life

    Almost nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Low because every other semester students are on Co-op.

    Great for these types of students

    Work oriented and practical students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chicken Louis.

    Bang for the buck

    With Co-op Northeastern offers something no other schools do.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Boston.

    Food and Dining

    Above average but not amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are satisfactory

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging Classes that prepare you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great for career minded.

    In three sentences

    Utilizes the city of Boston and the cities resources to provide a very good education with the focus of getting you a career after you graduate.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't heard of any complaints with campus security.

    Greek Life

    Virtually nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's plenty to do on campus if you can find the time, and its easy enough to make your own club if you can't find your interests in the massive club list.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can handle living, studying and working at a fast pace. Do to the Coop program breaks are infrequent so everything goes at a nonstop pace.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Slacklining is a very popular activity. Also before finals rub the Huskies nose in Blackman Auditorium. This is crucial.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers are passionate and really great which make the fees and the school feel worth it overall.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the Boston area and so there are plenty of dance and fitness outlets throughout the city. Additionally there are chances to learn to sail and ice skate in the city which is always a blast. On campus theree are some nice Pools for a fun swim.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but variety is nonexistent and so its easy to get sick of the food within a month.

    Dorm Life

    Once again the atmosphere is highly impersonal and there are plenty of reasons to move off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, especially in the math and science departments however the social sciences courses are really well balanced.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say get involved with the community fast or you'll be left out and miss a ton of great opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great academic environment. However the environment is highly impersonal. The best part of the school is how easy it is to get research and so I give the school an eight out of ten.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It is one of the top 100 schools in the country. Best for co-op.

    What to do for fun

    Go to school.

    Food and Dining

    Great, especially food truxk.

    Academic Rigor

    Not Harvard, but not a community college either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare. And then prepare some more. Do not slack.

    In three sentences

    Great Location with fantastic staff and campus.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Curry Center is where everyone either takes a break (nap) or lunch on something worth biting on.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs individuals can attend. Events are hosted almost every month, if not every week. All sorts of new people to meet.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Have a passion for studying 2.) Connect with those who have similar goals as you 3.) Don't be shy to ask for help

    In three sentences

    A university that gives amazing opportunities to its students. Not only are they eco-friendly, but think green constantly. I appreciate being a part of such a caring community.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll have a job upon graduation. Not every school can say that.

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible and the selection is massive.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms aren't palaces but they're clean and nice. Upperclassmen dorms are really great.

    Academic Rigor

    I am being challenged immensely but I'm not drowning in my work.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern was the greatest decision I've ever made. I absolutely love it.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Food Food Food. There is so much to do at northeastern such as participating in intamural sports with friends. Going out late night to other university for parties. Different shows from celebrities you may know. There is so much to do that even i still dont know everything fun that northeastern has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The best part of college in my opinion. Northeastern is in the boston area. This means it is surrounded by many other outstanding university with students from all over the world just like you.

    Academic Rigor

    Every academic major in northeastern is extreamly competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is whatever you want it to be. Time is your greatest asset and could be your greatest downfall as well.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University provides a great environment for student to grow in all aspects of their lives. It is a very diverse Institution with people from all over the world who bring new ideas and culture to the university. Although it is extreamly expensive, it also provide numerous amount of scholarships that makes it affordable for those in need of financial assistant which giving everyone that goes there the ability to increase their spectrum of intelligence together.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of on campus activities, clubs and social events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus.

    In three sentences

    So far, fantastic! They provide tons of information and guidance for new students. The campus is safe and student body very friendly.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boston is a safe town, but you can never be too careful in a large city. Don't walk around late at night alone, but overall, NU is a safe, happy campus in a beautiful city.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to pick from and it is really easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to work hard and want real life experience before you get a job, than NU is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you visit NU, rub the Husky to ensure you get in!

    Bang for the buck

    Nu is expensive. I was blessed with scholarships to help me on my journey. However, with the options of co-op and great acceptance rates into grad school and the job market (over 90%), NU does ensure you will have a way to pay back any loans you need to take. Plus, if you worked hard in high school, it shouldn't be too hard to get some financial aid from NU.

    What to do for fun

    Too much! Northeastern always has something going on. Whether it is a carnival in the main quad put on by student government or Hockey Night, you can always find something to do. Plus, you will be sure to get another free t-shirt here at NU.

    Food and Dining

    Our chefs are amazing! Between fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, pasta, and international cuisine, your tummy is sure to be full. Just be careful, the freshmen 15 is easy to gain here!

    Dorm Life

    It sucks that there is no AC in some of the dorms, but with fun quads to meet in, and great areas to study, dorm life it pretty nice. Plus, there are great places to eat minutes from each dorm room making late night snacks easy to get.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough! However, Northeastern is a school that has peer tutoring available and professors make themselves available if you ask. Plus, with co-op opportunities, you are able to find if your major/minor is your thing and be energized to go the next semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying to Northeastern, be sure to make yourself standout. This university wants the most unique and dedicated individuals. If your an entrepreneur or volunteer, let your personality shine and you will nail it. It doesn't hurt to throw in some husky pride either!

    In three sentences

    NU is a campus with fun energizing professors who care more about the student that simply getting paid. Look around campus and you will always find something to do- whether its supporting our Husky Hockey Team or walking the tightrope in the quad. Boston is a city full of fun events and Northeastern allows you to get in the middle of everything, plus get a great education with co-op opportunities.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    a lot of activities don't worry.

    Food and Dining

    i love the food .

    Dorm Life

    Great

    Academic Rigor

    on graduation you will be ready to hit the road running.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is a huge facility so expect to be lost, however any body can help yo find the way.

    In three sentences

    It is a great University nested in Boston, students come from around the world, and the Co-op system is a genius idea.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Its as safe as you can be in a major city.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Its a city within a huge college city. What isnt there to do for fun? University students get discounts or free access to museums and all other sorts of activities.

    Food and Dining

    From what I've seen there are just too many options to be unsatisfied.

    Dorm Life

    This really depends, there are brand new buildings and there are older ones it all depends on the luck of the draw.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are varied and seem to fully cover the topics stated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check your email, feel free to call any office if you have questions. Somethings they just expect you to know so ask a lot of questions.

    In three sentences

    The campus and student body are large. Size makes for a wide selection of options in classes, extracurriculars, and future goals. It has a very supportive advising system.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though located in the center of Boston, campus feels very safe. Lots of street lights enlighten the whole campus, the dorms have proctor stations so that no one from outside can get inside. If you don't want to walk around the campus by night and need to go somewhere, you can call an escort service which will take you to the designated place. The school has its own police that always walks / drives around the place.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member of any sorority, but I have friends who joined them and so far they love it. You can meet great friends, study buddies, and of course go out and have tons of fun with them.

    Clubs and Activities

    School offers lots of activities and clubs, some of which are recognized nationally, such as Entrepreneurs Club, which has achieved a lot over the past couple years.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love a vibrant, international environment, want to meet people of different cultures and nationalities, have a great study abroad and co-op experiences!

    What to do for fun

    The school offers lots of extracurricular activities, and there are lots of events happening on campus all year long. There also is a club AfterHours that offers lots of parties.

    Food and Dining

    Northeastern offers a huge variety of foods. Apart from three dining halls offering a big range of food (from sushi to stir fry, from fresh salads to sandwich bars, etc.) and outtakes, there are numerous cafes and restaurants (like Starbucks, Boloco, Wendy's, Qdoba, Au Bon Pain, Argo Tea, etc.)

    Dorm Life

    Lots of different dorms that you can choose from, also Living and Learning Communities are offered, where you are placed with students with similar interests and hobbies. You will meet lots of great people there and have an amazing time.

    Academic Rigor

    Apart from attending the classes, you need to prepare yourself for spending at least once or twice as much time for studying for quizzes, doing homework, projects, etc. Lots of work pays off, as it prepares you for the finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should be a good student, curious of the world, and open for new perspectives.

    In three sentences

    Great university located in a very vibrant city filled with numerous colleges. Gives opportunity to meet people from all around the world and learn about different cultures. Offers two to three co-ops, which are essential to earn experience and find a good job after graduation!

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The co-op is what makes it worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of on campus events and activities to do, also, if nothing on campus suits you, the possibilities in the city of Boston are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Eating it all the time, it gets old, but the food is much better than food at other schools.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say as I have never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty difficult, but are almost always interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not have to worry about applying for too many student loans. Also, it can be very cold in Boston in the winter, so make sure you come prepared with plenty of layered clothing.

    In three sentences

    Being located in Boston, Northeastern is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. They are not very helpful when it comes to financial aid, and they do not give their students any money. That said, the co-ops make it all worth it.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security are all over the Campus and the Boston Police Headquarters is Next to the campus.

    Greek Life

    Fraternity and Sorority Life on Campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Latino Cultural Center, African American, Asian American, Co-op, spiritual life center, community service, office of prevention and education, lead 360, beyond boston, LGBT, and much more!

    Great for these types of students

    Well for latino hispanic students, they have a latino cultural center, they help you to get involved in activities, tutoring and finding out hispanic scholarships.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Husky Dog is known as the symbol for NEU, your student ID is called the Husky Card, and the Hockey Team or another sports team are called the Huskies! They have a few husky statutes around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern University is right in the city which is convenient for students and for those who are working, its a very safe neighborhood, there is a lot of movement and a great city to socialize and meet new friends. NEU is not only a school, is a community where you feel safe.

    What to do for fun

    Boston Common, Fenway Park, Nightclubs/Bars, restaurants, Prudential Center, Copley Place Mall, Newbury Street, Charles River for a walk, Museum of Science and Aquarium, Boston University and other colleges within a few miles and more!

    Food and Dining

    excellent choices of breakfast, lunch/dinner, great restaurants, many choices from american, spanish, indian, italian and asian. from starbucks, Qdoba to UNOs/Cheesecake factory.

    Dorm Life

    Oversized dorm rooms different styles and sizes for small or larger groups, choice of dorm location within the campus, brand new dorms were just built about 2 years ago. Convenient location, close to public transportation, restaurants, shops, not too far from prudential center, downtown and fenway park.

    Academic Rigor

    The goal of helping students to develop the capacity to understand themselves, their education and their purpose. They have an excellent co-op program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour to get a feel of the student life, feel free to ask any questions, everyone is friendly and remember that everyone has been in your shoes!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is an excellent school, the instructors, the staff and the students are like a family, you feel like you belong in a learning community that helps you grow in many ways.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs to join. Most of them are well organized.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, career oriented students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have Husky Hunt, which is a great activity. It is like a scavenger hunt, only in Boston.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive to go to college in Boston, but definitely it is well worth it because the opportunities are great.

    What to do for fun

    It is in Boston. What can you ask more?

    Food and Dining

    The dinning program is expensive, but luckily we have great restaurants near by.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very good with a lot of staff support.

    Academic Rigor

    The pharmacy program is definitely challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard to get good grades and score high in standardized tests. It is getting harder to get in every year.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is a great school. Northeastern University has a great co-op program. Its location is wonderful.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Boston is a college town and there are endless activities that cater to young adults.

    Food and Dining

    3 main dining halls on campus along with several on campus dining options. The food isn't bad, just kind of the same after a while. There are so many other options for food nearby though.

    Dorm Life

    For a city school, the dorms are actually very large and most are pretty new.

    Academic Rigor

    The business school is more challenging than I initially thought.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with your high school. Northeastern looks for students that are not just academically successful but also a part of multiple other curricular activities.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a school for people who are not just book smart but culturally aware. It offers #1 ranked career services along with endless study abroad opportunities in the heart of Boston just a quick walk from Back Bay.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of department, college of engg, college of business, etc. clubs to choose from. There isn't much alcoholic partying on campus as such, but off-campus students do have good parties.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering (Any), Business, Law, Music.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the Marino Gym, play ping-pong at the Curry Center, explore the beautiful campus, sign up for intramural sports, and also join the Spiritual Center. They have celebrations for most major festivals.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of outlets on campus and around as well. The new Curry Center ground floor is awesome, especially On-the-Go!.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus, but the dorms are awesome. Pretty expensive, but great place for new students to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    1. Exams and assignments are always coming up. Pay attention in your classes, do your assigned reading and homework and you should be fine. 2. Be creative and original in your assignments. Professors appreciate that.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get familiar with studying throughout the semester. The quality of education matters, not necessarily the time you hand it in. 2. Talk. Talk to your professors, classmates, seniors. People here are ready to help you. 3. Good GRE scores and a sound SOP explaining exactly why you want THIS course are very important to get in.

    In three sentences

    1. Quality of Education: I'm from Energy Systems which comes under the College of Engineering. The COE is awesome, the professors are really committed to their subjects and biggies in their respective fields. Lot of assignments, good grading policy and they do keep you busy around the semester. 2. Campus life: There are a lot of clubs and organizations to choose from. Join the ones you can really work with and have a great time with like-minded people. It's a good way to reach out and make connections. 3. Bang for your buck: Yes, the tuition fees are high, but the co-op opportunities for grad students are also improving. (If you're from CS and IS, you'll land a co-op immediately, but it does take some searching for other streams.) We're lucky to have good guides for co-op searches, though.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, especially for being in the middle of a big city.

    Greek Life

    Not so hot... but don�´t judge the school on them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    People that like to work hard, and have an interest in the working world already.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None spring to mind.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good bang for your buck, and pretty good access to scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is AMAZING!!!

    Food and Dining

    Nothing to speak of.

    Dorm Life

    Didn�´t do it, but wish I had. Enjoy it if you are!

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern is what you make of it. If you find hard courses, challenge yourself, and try hard, it can be a rigorous environment. However, if you choose easy classes, you will not learn much, and it becomes less than its full self.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you strive for A�´s, your college degree is worth about one half at a B average, a quarter at a C average, and... well, you get the point. Have fun, meet people, enjoy yourself for sure, and enjoy taking a weekday off. But don�´t get caried away, and don�´t take your eye off the prize.

    In three sentences

    I have been studying through their distance learning so far, and it�´s been great. My professors have been much more hands-on and accessible than I ever would have imagined. I�´ve had a good experience with faculty, administration, and other students.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northeastern has a strict campus safety which is typical of a college in Boston. They have officers on campus and they are quick to respond to any calls. The shuttle service provides rides for off campus students after a certain hour which is extremely helpful when one doesn't want to walk through the Fens alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Northeastern has a ton of clubs and its always creating new ones. The club fair at the beginning of each semester is a great way to see all that Northeastern has to offer. The clubs are always accepting new members at any time and it's a great opportunity to make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for students who take the initiative. Northeastern gives its students all of the tools they need to pursue anything they want- there are plenty of publications on campus where students can contribute or help manage and it's a great learning experience for those who are willing to take advantage of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As for traditions, Chicken Lou's is the greatest place in Boston to eat and it's right on campus. The underwear run at the end of finals and Tastemakers Prom are two experiences on campus that should not be missed.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really easy to save money and have a great time at Northeastern. If you join the film club, they give out tickets to free movie screenings at the AMC Loews in Fenway which is always a lot of fun. The international culture clubs are always hosting galas with food from their native country, so that's also another thing thats definitely worth checking out if you like great food and company.

    What to do for fun

    Since it's such a big school, there are always free events and clubs to attend. Tastemakers Magazine, CUP, and WRBB 104.7 are always organizing free concerts and there are film clubs that meet every week which are always a lot of fun to go to with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are incredible. The cookies are legendary, the stir-fry is delicious, and there s just about everything you could ask for. I'm a vegetarian and they have a great vegetarian/vegan section which is always has something good.

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of options when applying for housing- the quality all depends on how much you're willing to spend. I've seen dorms with immaculate views and beautiful furnishings and then there are others which are more bare and prone to mice.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends what majors students are applying for when it comes to rating Northeastern's academic rigor. For example, whereas the international business programs are exceptional and challenging, the art department is very lacking in its focus and difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you familiarize yourself with your degree audit early on so you can take advantage of all the classes you're interested in. Meeting with your academic advisor is extremely helpful as they have resources to help you plan the coming years at Northeastern. Looking into study abroad programs early on is also important as there are even opportunities for freshman to begin their college career at Northeastern campuses around the globe.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University has a more hands-on learning approach than most educational programs. It's co-op program allows students to take semesters off to pursue internships in their field for college credit and encourages students to gain professional experience before graduating. It's a great way for students to familiarize themselves with their major and gain perspective on where they need to apply themselves in their academics- being able to compare themselves to others in the industry.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is all about safety. There are several police stations around the area, and the University's police are part of the Boston Police. Since the school is in an open environment they care about the residents who live around campus. Any wild parties, or behaviors that disturb the residence of Boston are strictly delt with. The campus also has dedicated police officers who are willing to walk you home at anytime. Trust me you could not feel any safer, Just getting to the library I seen 3 Police cars and like 6 officers on campus grounds.

    Greek Life

    Not the greatest Greek life, but some of the houses are pretty wild. The bonds between the members of the houses is astonishing. One time they were showcasing the Greek life the University had to offer, and the houses blew everyone away. Each one of them had a special talent and truly felt like a brotherhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    300+ Clubs and Organizations. Weekly Activities are posted online, this does not include the hundreds of other actives for the clubs and organizations. This school is really striving to be a community and tries to bring the college body closer together. Rather its dance, music festival, or large outdoor sporting activities, this school has it. Anything you can think of doing, there probably is a club for it. The University also offers intramural sports which is awesome, and a free access to a GYM.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for Independent Students whose goals are clear. Once you draw out the map of your career the University does a great job in helping you navigate. The other kind of student who expects everything to be laid out for them usually have a tough time here. Its a competitive atmosphere out there and the School really teaches the students to be self-sufficient.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Scared Space and After-Hours, enough said. There isn't a lot of weird traditions aside from people howling at random times.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall this University is great. It offers wonderful opportunities to students. The course work and experimental learning are so perfect that they truly are worth the price tag. However this University isn't the best when it comes to the College Experience so that's why I am giving it a four out of five.

    What to do for fun

    The question should really be what do you consider fun? Northeastern has a ton, over 300, student organizations and clubs. Mountain Bike Riding, to Break dancing, to building off road cars, you are only limited to the amount of time you have. Its impossible to not find something you consider fun, if the impossible does happen the facility members are more than willing to help you create your ideal club. Outside of clubs and organizations, the Northeastern after-hour place is Awesome. This place features musicians, comedians, and skits that are always entertaining. They hold dances and events there as well.

    Food and Dining

    Northeastern's dining halls are probably the best in the city;. One of the schools main dining hall actually won an award. Because the school has many food and dining locations there is always someplace to eat. The employees are very friendly. There is alot of typical foods like pizza and burgers, but the real gem is the Boston area. Since northeastern is in the heart of Boston there is literally an endless choice of anything you want to eat. Husky Dining Money can also be used in a lot of the places. The only con to the food is its way overpriced. If you do not have a meal plan than good luck paying 1.35 for a single banana.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are really old. The size of the rooms are small too, considering you are sharing it with another student. There usually is a Queue for getting mail or taking a shower at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Perfect. The courses are rigorous and very intuitive. They use experimental learning that feels fresh and makes the classes more interactive. The teachers really love what they do, and it really shows. Anytime I have a problem or I don't understand something they are always there. I can go on with the all the programs, tutoring, research opportunities for days. when it comes to academics Northeastern is one of the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    This Universities college atmosphere does not compare to other schools. The resources it provides is the selling point for tuition and fees, take advantage of it. Join clubs and organizations, Trust me you will get lost in the crowd if you do not.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is one of the larger Universities in an open city environment. Its facility members, Co-Op experiences, and resources they provide are enormous. However It has a hefty price tag and still feels more like a commuter school.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Distant learner

    Greek Life

    Distant learner

    Clubs and Activities

    Distant learner

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated and a willingness to learn

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Distant learner

    Bang for the buck

    Can be expensive when compared to state tuitions.

    What to do for fun

    Live off campus

    Food and Dining

    Distant learner unable to comment.

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Four star

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the programs offered and the curriculum to choose which degree interest you the most. Stay on top of assignments and deadlines as the course are six weeks in length.

    In three sentences

    Great online programs and on campus. They offer accelerated degrees that are fast paced and educational.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are always around 24/7, when ever you need assistance. Also across the street from International Village is Boston Police.

    Clubs and Activities

    Cape Verdean Student Association. Great club which you meet people of that country and learn about their culture and enjoy their food and music.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On top of curry student center there is a patio which is amazing place to eat/study/hangout during nice weather. Also by west village there is a vollyball area with sand where you can go enjoy a good game.

    Bang for the buck

    Wireless pretty much in all the buildings, The NU porter has everything you will ever need in assisting you while you are there. Laudryveiw.com - Where you can keep a tab on your laundry while you are away from it.

    What to do for fun

    It is located right by the MBTA so transportation to places are easy. Also you are within walking distance to the colleges of Fenway. In Fenway has a vast amount of bars (if your old enough) and restaurants to go to. Also, on campus there is always people and clubs doing activities.

    Food and Dining

    You are given a WIDE rage in food, from the 3 major cafeterias to the numerous food vendors around campus. If you get sick of something, its very easy to find food somewhere else. Although the cafeterias do a good job in switching up the menus daily.

    Dorm Life

    The new International Village is beautiful. A lot smaller then the apartment style but nice if you have a single.It has a gym, cafeteria, laundry room and you might even have some classes in the building. I find every room in West Village is amazing, they are all apartment style and more spacious then most college housings.

    Academic Rigor

    Taking up one or two minors maybe in something that you love to do and is beneficial to your success. Aside from your major, something that helps relax you or eases your mind. For example an art, writting, language minor that gives you more freedom in expressing yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to dedicate large amount of time to school work. Take advantage of all the resources offered to you, like the Snell Library, where you will probably spend much of time in. Join as many clubs and activities around campus as you can. There are many international students so you are introduced to many different cultures.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a very diverse school, with a wide rage of students and faculty. Class sizes vary from very large, to one on one with professor. The dorms are all relatively new and comfortable to live in.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always driving around the campus and surrounding area; however, Northeastern does border a dangerous area in the city and it is difficult to keep students safe in such an open urban campus.

    Greek Life

    Many students take part in the Greek life at Northeastern; however, there is an extreme time commitment that goes along with that. There are no real Frat or Sorority houses because of our location in the city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities on campus. Although the amount of funding received depends on the success of the club, making it difficult for new clubs to rise.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind the fast paced hustle bustle of the city or the drastic climate changes in New England.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once you turn 21, you will see many of your classmates at the two local campus bars, Conor Larkins and Our House East. Northeastern Hockey games are also a big deal and fun to attend, especially in the student section known as The Dog House.

    Bang for the buck

    A college education is not cheap and Northeastern is expensive.However, the education offered along with our world renowned CO-OP program is worth it. I do think the tuition amount is a little ridiculous(but so are all U.S colleges). I wish it was less expensive and do wonder if my rising tuition bill has anything to do with the numerous amount of plasma screen tv's on campus....

    What to do for fun

    Being in the city is great because there is so much to do and so many places to explore. The university also offers many intramural activities and club sports that keep most students busy. Looking for a fun and free activity? Grab some friends and play frisbee in one of our many grassy areas or head to the volleyball beach right outside your dorm. Take advantage of your student status by snagging great deals on tickets to a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park or enjoy the music stylings of the Symphony Orchestra.

    Food and Dining

    Northeastern University dining halls offer an array of options from gluten free to vegetarian and everything in between. Our most recent dining facility,International Village, even has its own sushi bar!

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorm buildings are relatively new or have been renovated within the past few years. There are a number of different living styles, from single to four person dormitories that offer plenty of space.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what your major is;however,between all your classes and social life, students tend to find themselves overwhelmed and swamped by their work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The city can be expensive so finding a job on campus or around town is advised.

    In three sentences

    The perfect urban university with a warming campus feel. By being located in the heart of Boston, students use the city as their classroom. A culturally diverse learning environment, minutes away from many museums,theaters, and a bustling nightlife.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not very pronounced at all

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the Husky dog's nose

    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston, go to the schools events, visit other schools, join lots of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets old quickly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are either a hit or miss, depending on how much you're willing to pay or where you get placed.

    Academic Rigor

    The work isn't anything that you won't be able to handle, but there are very high expectations for you to produce utmost quality in everything you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school and visit before you apply or accept an offer so that you're sure that this is the school that you want to attend.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great school in a great part of Boston. The students are very serious during the week, and towards the end of the weekend but they definitely know how to have fun. There is a place for everyone from the quiet awkward student to the outgoing athlete.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus because there are a tons of clubs. No matter what happens, there are clubs that will accept you and who you are. Everyone there is super friendly.

    Food and Dining

    Comparing to high school lunch and breakfasts, it is delicious. I really enjoy the deserts.

    Dorm Life

    There are always problems and frustrations in dorms because there are so many students and different personalities that some people doesn't like being around them. Sometimes it gets loud and sometimes it is quiet. Communication and getting to know everyone in the building is key because if there is a problem, address them before things get out of hand. But overall, it is safe and should dorm at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    In the beginning of the semesters, the professors are through the academic rules, in details, because they do want students to learn what they are providing but at the same time, they really don't like cheating or copying because you wouldn't learn. All they want is your best effort so they are really strict on copying and cheating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always apply even when you are thinking you will be declined but anything can happen. This school is looking for stronger leaders that could represent their school in the future and if you are those high school students that does a lot of leadership programs or do a lot of outside of school activities, you'll get a higher chance of getting accepted.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is competitive and really prepare their students to face the real world or extending school. Great professors who really care when students are in need. Safety is top out of colleges I have visited to.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus, no matter what time. If needed there is also an escort service.

    Greek Life

    Not much of a prominent Greek life. It's there, but it's not a big deal.

    What to do for fun

    I go and see the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great but like any other college, it gets tiring. But you can use your husky dollars in alot of places around the city.

    Dorm Life

    No matter what dorm you live in, most people are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you are willing to work hard, you will see the results you seek,

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern is a great school. Applying here is a great decision. I have been here only a semester and despite the fact that I didn't want to go here at first, I have no regrets.

    In three sentences

    It is a diverse community of people placed together. There is alot of help available as long as you are willing. There is a great variety of classes to take.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe. police everywhere

    Greek Life

    the greek life isn't great. there's some frats but mostly people go to other schools for frat life

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a great deal of clubs and activities to do around campus

    Great for these types of students

    people who like to do different activities and like to have fun, go to parties and are social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    people rub the huskies nose in one of the halls before exams for good luck

    What to do for fun

    there's so many fun things to do around campus. northeastern is in the middle of the city so there's always things to do

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't exceptionally great.

    Dorm Life

    There's some amazing dorms and some not so great ones. I unfortunately had the not so great ones. But in the end it doesnt really matter that much because you don't spend a ton of time in your dorm and It's all about meeting people that live in your dorm and making friends

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, some are easy. Just put as much work as you can into everything and it will really benefit you

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. volunteer, become a member of a club or organization, it will really benefit you in the future

    In three sentences

    Northeastern Is a great school for many different reasons. One being that the co-op program lets you have real world world experience and also gives you a better chance to get a job when you graduate. The student and faculty here is incredible and you really get the chance to do and learn so many different things.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. NUPD is a serious police force.

    Clubs and Activities

    Have anything you can think of. If you have ideas, you can even start your own!

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive, but it is definitely a great school. Probably would not have gone though if I had not received a scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    It is in the middle of Boston. No matter what you do for fun, you can find it. They even plan trips for things you cannot do such as skiing, hiking, and amusement parks.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than what I eat when I am home. They have omelets, a grill, pizza, and so much more. The different dining halls have different themes, mixing up. They are very accommodating to allergies.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm that I live in is extremely clean. I also like living on a floor with nearly 80 people because it was easy to find friends.

    Academic Rigor

    While it is tough, the professors are engaging and give you everything you need to know. You really just need to put the work in to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend looking into how your major is ranked nationally. While Northeastern is a great school, they certainly concentrate their resources in certain areas.

    In three sentences

    It is a a school where you not only get a great education in the classroom, but also in real-life job experience while on co-op. It is one of a few schools to take full advantage of the city that they are in.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are NU police patrolling the campus at all times, usually on bikes. Their main concern is your safety and don't usually look to bust any students unless the situation is severe.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Ultimate Frisbee Club is a great way to get involved with kids from all years and majors. There are two teams, women's and men's, both with an A-team and a B-team which allows students to take the sport as serious as they would like. There are also a lot of clubs associated with majors, such as American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers without borders, both having weekly meetings and many ways to get involved. Intramurals are a a great way to have fun and stay active without having to show major commitment. A range of sports are played during two seasons, fall and spring, with a commitment level of usually one game a week. Games are strategically timed to miss all classes and hopefully any clubs and other activities.

    Bang for the buck

    I think NU is a great school and I don't doubt I will be able to pay back loans when I graduate, however $54,000 a year can't be taken lightly. Going on Coop for three semesters, 6 months each coop, will definitely ease the burden; and an almost guaranteed job come graduation is the light at the end of the tunnel.

    What to do for fun

    There is infinite options for having a good time in Boston and it all depends on what one wants to do. Great food and drink can be found at the North End, easily found at the Haymarket stop on the green-line. You can bring a group of people to the Science museum for a day of fun learning and check out the Omni theater and one of its many exhibits. If those are too far, then just look due west and visit the Museum of Fine Arts for FREE and look at art spanning from ancient times to contemporary and modern day.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining halls, all of which have the standard college food with a couple of specialties. Stetson West dining hall has great stir fry, where as International Village dining hall boasts an exceptional panini bar with your choice of meats, greens and other toppings. The hidden gem of the campus is Rebecca's Cafe, which is centrally located in Churchill hall. With the options of deli sandwich, burger, pasta or soup students get a break from stereotypical college food.

    Dorm Life

    Every student is allowed three people to sign in to their respective dorms, so dorm parties, if prevented from going out of control, are not just possible but extremely fun. Freshmen have to tough it out, though they are still given a quaint and functional dorm, but Sophomores and up are given living rooms and kitchens which gives a lot more space.

    Academic Rigor

    NU is no joke in the classroom. In engineering, one takes math up to Calculus 3 and then Differential Equations, both of which involved intense studying in order to pass and do well. In other, less technical classes, essays will take up ones time. The culminating Senior Design Project has been described as an entire semester without sleep. That being said there are numerous opportunities for help, namely professor's office hours, tutoring, individual appointments and just studying with friends.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is known for their amazing coop program and prime location in Boston, neighboring many colleges. Sustainability is paramount at Northeastern, both with courses available as well as green initiatives, such as recycling and green space on campus. Northeastern is an overall great school that gives its students opportunity after opportunity to succeed, both at the college level and in life.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It can be a little dicey at night if you walk alone into some areas, however there are campus police presence everywhere and there's also a program where you can get a ride to anywhere on campus at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit pricy, however you are located in the big city and the academics are great.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Boston! There is an endless amount of things to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    With three great dining halls, Northeastern has very good food and selection

    Dorm Life

    Northeastern has great dorms; the upperclass dorms are very spacious and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern's academics are top notch, however, it is a bit much if you fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a high GPA and a lot of extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern has great academics. However, the professors and administrations are a bit hard to get a hold of and interact with. Quite expensive but a lot of opportunities in the city.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I try to attend social events but I must admit that I have tons of reading to do so I don't get out as much as I would like. However, I am quite sure that at the undergrad level you will have more time to enjoy yourself depending on your area of study.

    Food and Dining

    We've got all sorts of eateries in the Curry Student Center to satisfy everyone's palate

    Dorm Life

    I don't know, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Law school is tough and Northeastern definitely has a rigorous program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. You will enjoy the electricity that the campus has to offer. The vibe is just incredible!

    In three sentences

    I currently attend Northeastern University School of Law. The law school school has a co-operative and supportive learning environment with faculty that want you to succeed.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sacred space, a quiet place to think.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    Many food options everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes that are fulfilling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend information sessions and explore the website and the actual campus.

    In three sentences

    A friendly and helpful environment. Knowledgeable professors. Many opportunities.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is very expensive

    What to do for fun

    Boston! Go see a show, take a walk, go to a museum, check out the library, an infoshop, bookstore, etc etc etc

    Food and Dining

    Decent; its easier and cheaper to cook for yourself if you have a kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty great; lots of clean, suite-style dorms for all students.

    Academic Rigor

    I've skated through some classes and had to put a lot of work into others. It's hit or miss. Research the professor and class before signing up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in extracurriculars and community service. It's not all about your GPA.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is very bureaucratic. Regardless, the school has a great deal of resources for students willing to put the effort into extracting them. Most humanities degrees are focused on technology.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As long as you are smart, than you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    There is very little. There are no houses on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, you just have to seek them out. Don't be afraid, people are nice.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a good place for motivated students that seek out opportunities on their own. There is also the coop program so it gives students experience in the real world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chicken Lou's is the most known food location on campus. Boloco and Qdoba are also very good. Stir fry in West is really good.

    Bang for the buck

    This depends if you get financial aid, and what opportunities you take for granted.

    What to do for fun

    you are literally in Boston, so enjoy the city. Go to shows, enjoy restaurants, or just explore the city. Also, it is really helpful to join clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, however, like every college it gets old really fast. Be prepared to get creative.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are average. The dorms that have better arrangements, such as your own bathroom do not have a common room. This makes it hard to meet people at first. Overall though, I think the dorms are better than the average campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this depends on the filed of study you go into. Most of the science majors are very challenging, but some other majors are not as difficult. It is possible that as you get into higher years the classes get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest getting as involved as possible. It is better at the beginning to have too many things going on, than not having enough to do. There is a lot of free time in college, so try different things to fill it up.

    In three sentences

    Overall Northeastern provides a solid education and it has many opportunities for its students. However, since it is a large school it is hard sometimes to find the right group of people to fit in with. You have to work hard to find your place.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always patrolling, but they aren't too much of a force. Despite the fact that there are some areas that aren't very nice nearby, the police force makes campus feel extremely safe. I have never felt uncertain of my own safety while walking around campus at night, and I know that public safety is a quick call away if I ever needed them.

    Greek Life

    There is virtually no Greek life here. There are a few sororities and a few fraternities, but it is definitely not extraordinarily popular like it is at other schools, especially in the south. I would say a majority of the population definitely stays independent of Greek life, but those who are involved love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally an option for any club you could imagine at our school. Even better, if a club doesn't exist, it is super easy to get a group together to make one happen.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, laid-back, curious students who want an original experience in an upbeat city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underwear run happens once a year during Parents' weekend, usually end of October, just before Halloween. On a Friday night, a huge portion of the student population gathers outside of the freshman quad in ridiculous outfits. Some students go all out with costumes and themed groups, while others decide to run in sports bras and spandex shorts. It is a great and fun tradition that shows our goofiness and lets everyone have a good time running around the streets of Boston, all around campus, and through the halls of the Prudential center to show our school pride.

    Bang for the buck

    While some aspects of campus are overpriced, the school does a good job of giving you what you're paying for. The dorms get nicer as you get older, and it is necessary for prices to be fairly high considering the quality of life in a beautiful city like Boston.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is an incredible, lively city to live in. There are so many young people around campus to meet and hang out with, as well as many sights to see, both historical and new. It only gets better as we get older; I hear the night-life scene is incredibly fun once students turn 21.

    Food and Dining

    The dining staff are very sweet and care deeply about the students they serve. There are many dining options at various places around campus, so if the dining hall food gets old there is no limit to the other food you can get.

    Dorm Life

    In particular, I had a great experience in the freshman dorms. They are set up based on your interests, and the roommate survey rarely fails to match up the best personalities. I chose a dorm with other people from the Health Sciences college (Bouve), and I met some of my best friends there. I currently live on-campus with my roommate from last year and three other girls whom I met through this housing style. I wouldn't have changed a thing!

    Academic Rigor

    I find myself to be challenged by school work every day. Professors here want to breed the best, most forward-thinking graduates they can, and they push you to try your hardest and give a good effort. I have had to learn time management and good study habits in order to do well in my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here! No other university can promise you between 6 and 18 months job experience in your field by the time you graduate. Come up for a visit day and see our beautiful campus and all that is offered, from a wide range of clubs and interest groups to sports teams to tutoring sessions for rigorous classes. You won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is the most unique school I took interest in. The Co-op program is absolutely unbeatable, and with about 16,000 undergraduates, the school can be as big or small as you want it to be. I feel so lucky to be in one of the most exciting and historically rich cities in the country at a top-notch educational institute.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston! Frog pond (the Boston Commons), museums, Fenway, Jamaican Plains, South Station, MFA, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you seek a competitive education with work experience, apply to Northeastern.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is progressing towards one of the leading universities in the northeast. It continues to climb the top university charts and has received a large endowment recently ($60M). Boston is also a very happening place, it possesses it has the most dense population per sqft.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northeastern police are very attentive and helpful.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to focus on their career and have a job lined up after a Bachelors degree.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality is great, and its a bit cheaper than BU or other comparable universities.

    What to do for fun

    Work out!

    Food and Dining

    You can find anything you are looking for, in or around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms in a great location. You can literary walk anywhere you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging environment, but you will adapt in no time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great co-op program. When applying focus on your admissions essay.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern has great professors. The atmosphere is very conductive for learning. The student body is very diverse and friendly.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but with the co-op program you have a good chance of getting a job soon after college.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus looks good and being in Boston means that there are also lots of food options outside of campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are good and they recently built new dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not a student there but from my research it looks really good academic wise. They have a lot of good programs.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    This college has the only taco bell in boston! definitely a plus for me..

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is pretty safe. There is public safety always near by and it never feels like you're alone. In need of emergencies there is always someone available on call.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Northeastern isn't big, but for those who are involved it is very fun. It brings a different aspect to college life, and opens the doors to many new possibilities, resources, and friends.

    What to do for fun

    Northeastern University is in the city so there is always something to do for everyone. From the different options for night life to the many different activities on campus, you could easily be busy every night.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning at Northeastern University, compared to other schools, is amazing. I would say we have some of the top dinning halls. Definitely very good, fresh food and a variety of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Northeastern University has some of the best dorms I have seen. Some are small but overall great buildings, with many different accommodations and facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    It definitely depends on your major, but Northeastern has been improving and increasingly becoming more academically challenging, in a good way. It is not the hardest school out there, but you still do have to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northeastern has been increasing becoming a harder school to get accepted into. I would suggest really getting your things together in high school and meeting those needed requirements. Wow them with great skills and attributes.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is a great school for students who are looking to grow and get pushed out of their comfort zones. It is a perfect school for someone who wants to explore different career choices. The co-op program is what makes Northeastern University what it is, by allowing students to gain knowledge and work experience before graduating.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The meal plans seem pretty good, and the International Village serves the best food ethnic food I've ever eaten on a college campus.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms aren't all that special, but the dorms get better as you get into the upper years.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are supposed to be very difficult, but I also expect learning about what I want to learn about will make the experience more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The Northeastern Experience is going to be expensive, but it'll be worth every cent. The campus is beautiful and their PharmD program is exactly what I was looking for. I won't regret spending as much as I will be on my education here because of the quality of education and opportunities with co-ops.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always around. Being in Boston means that the Boston police are always around too and there is a police station right on campus. There are many blue light phones around to call for safety. The campus is pretty well lit and I feel safe out at night.

    Greek Life

    Though greek life is a small part of Northeastern, they make a huge impact on campus. The greek community is tight knit and they do alot in terms of creating activities on campus, raising money and bring entertainment to the school.

    What to do for fun

    At the center there is a lot for the Northeastern student to do. Shopping, ice-cream, and more. The night life for over 21 people is great!

    Food and Dining

    After the first year most students dont take a meal plan. Because of the access to kitchens, it is less likely for student to want to pay for a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Apart from freshman year, your living experience will be phenomenal at Northeastern. Many of the building are new. All rooms available for sophomores and up are equipped with kitchen, bathroom and common room. Some rooms even have dishwashers!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professors and your program, Northeastern's workload is pretty manageable. Considering many students are applying to co-ops or just coming back, professors understand that you need some extra time on certain projects and concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    All prospective students should apple for a application waiver as most are granted. They should also apply to a specific program because you are mostly likely to get into a specific program rather than as an undeclared student.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great place for students who have a clear idea of what they want to do in the future. While there is room for change most programs have a strict schedule of classes and co-ops that will make strong resume in the future. Also living in Boston gives you a first hand experience of being in the real world.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is pretty safe, but you have to be careful where you go beyond campus. We are on the edge of Roxbury, which is not the best neighborhood in Boston. I have never felt extremely unsafe, but you have to be careful.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely present, but it is not a priority on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are definitely lots of groups on campus; sometimes they have trouble getting adequate funding from the administration.

    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern is great for people who don't want to spend their whole college life on campus. Co-op forces you to go out and experience the world beyond Northeastern.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is no football team, but hockey is the major sport.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is definitely expensive, but if you take advantage of the co-op program, it will be worth it to have a job after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    The possibilities are endless in Boston! We're walking distance from the MFA, the Prudential Center, the Common, and more. You'll never run out of places to explore!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is ok, but there's so many great places to eat around campus that you won't feel the need to eat every meal in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    If you get a new dorm, they're fantastic. The older dorms: not so much. They're all pretty close together though, since it's an urban campus, so you're friends are all relatively close, especially the first two years.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken so far are challenging, but I feel like I've learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore the city. There's a lot more going on than just campus events.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern's co-op program is the number one reason to attend this school. The combination of work experience with classroom education is extremely useful. Additionally, by attending a school in Boston you have nearly limitless cultural and social opportunities.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Boston is full of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    With the three dining halls used mostly by underclassmen there are always plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a separate dorm from most freshman this past year so I think I missed out on the usual freshman experience. As nice as the suite style living has been, I would recommend requesting traditional freshman housing.

    Academic Rigor

    This University is very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that any prospective student accepted at Northeastern should put the University at the top of their list.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great school for an undergraduate education. The co-op program allows for students to delve into their field of study early in their college years. Faculty at Northeastern are easily accessible and helpful.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe! Boston police department is practically on our campus and our NU PD is great!

    Greek Life

    10% - definitely there but you are not going to feel left out if you do or do not do them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list but Varsity Sports are D1 - Basketball and hocker are the biggest. During first semester I was on the club lacrosse team and inter-mural broom-ball and soccer.

    Great for these types of students

    Passionate, determined, intelligent, driven, independent

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive, but financial aid is great and it is a great investment because you can get up to 1.5 years of job experience before you graduate if you choose to do the coop program. Many of the co-ops are also paid.

    What to do for fun

    I go into Boston a lot because we are so close to every thing. (Less than 5 minutes walking to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Symphony; 10-15 minutes walking to Boylston St. and Newberry; 15-20 minutes walking to Fenway; then less than 20 minutes to everywhere else on the T (4 train stops on campus))

    Food and Dining

    3 dining halls; not a confusing meal plan; many options

    Dorm Life

    44 residence halls

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and when the time comes to choose a school, go with your gut instinct. Push your boundaries and take a chance if you can.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University prepares me for the future through the many real-world opportunities it offers including their co-op, research, study abroad and service programs. I feel myself becoming more independent and knowledgeable from the classroom and outside of the classroom, in large part from the diverse student body. I am also enjoying my time at Northeastern, being in Boston and having a beautiful, lively campus.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NUPD definitely has a presence on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not a huge thing on campus, but it is still prevalent.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs! Any interest you might have can be satisfied by the clubs on campus. If it isn't, then you can start your own club.

    Bang for the buck

    Some things may be a bit ridiculous (such as the numerous flat screens everywhere), but in the end do not let the price tag fool you. You really do get a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston, take advantage of the fact that you're in a major city!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, although it gets a bit repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Great atmosphere with the dorms! The learning living communities help foster a community within the dorms and provided so many fun things to do after classes and on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be very demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure, as with all colleges, to come to school prepared to work! Northeastern is steadily rising in the rankings and is constantly improving itself. Take advantage of the co-op program.

    In three sentences

    A great school! It is academically challenging, and here the world truly is your oyster. So many opportunities to study abroad, along with the co-op program!

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    See the city, get involved

    Food and Dining

    Best dining halls, very expensive

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms, very expensive

    Academic Rigor

    This is a difficult school but any student can do well with hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study abroad early and often!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is the best school for preparing students for their careers. The school integrates classes and coops so that students are well rounded and know what they like before they enter the real world. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I have not been there but I have heard wonderful from this University. I heard the Campus is great and that it is a great University.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always NUPD around and the campus is very safe from my experience.

    Greek Life

    The greek community is very tight knit and unlike many schools, most people join after their freshman year. I joined a sorority and it was one of the best decisions I made this year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join and are for so many different interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the Husky's nose in Ell Hall for good luck!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus and in Boston itself.

    Food and Dining

    You get 10, 15, or 19 meals a week when you live in a residence hall and you can eat at any of the 3 dining halls or 2 of the other places. There are also dining dollars which are accepted on and off campus. The food is pretty good and there is a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are pretty standard, but after that you live in an apartment which is much nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major. Communications is a lot of reading and writing, business is a lot of group projects, and biology is a lot of testing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind! Go out and meet new people, take classes that interest you and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a pre-professional school with some great professors! Its location is hard to beat, you are in Boston, but you still get that campus feel. There is so much going on in and around campus that you are never bored.

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department. Probably the safest urban campus in America.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities and fraternities to pledge but they do not have houses on campus and it is probably not the typical Greek life experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have a passion for something, there is probably a club here for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, determined, career oriented, hardworking.

    Bang for the buck

    The internship programs make it worth the high tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on sponsored by the school but you're also in Boston - a vibrant and busy city- so there's always something to get into.

    Food and Dining

    Several dining halls and eateries on campus take meal plan swipes. Decent variety. Nothing spectacular but never displeased.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and guaranteed for the first two years. After that - finding housing through the school or off campus is pretty difficult (and expensive!)

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are very major specific. Faculty are qualified and usually continue to work in their field as well as teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    The financial aid department does what they can but if this school is totally out of your price range be ready to work really hard to find scholarships, aid or co-signers for loans.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a very expensive school, but they give you a lot for your money. Cooperative education underlines everything you do. The intern ships they help you get really make you ready for the real world and life after college.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safest campus! we have our own police on campus that are trained police officers

    Greek Life

    not a large percentage of Greeks on campus but there are fraternities and sororities if that's what you want

    Clubs and Activities

    over 300 clubs so there is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    those that don't want to be in a city as big as NYC but still want to be able to walk off campus and find things to do; strongly motivated students who want to be able to have internships/experience while in undergrad

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    underwear run during parents' weekend

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is high but if you work hard to get scholarships it can be affordable. many co-ops are paid as well so you can earn money while you work to pay for tuition/food/living expenses

    What to do for fun

    plenty to do in Boston! we're right in the city and the T is easily accessible to go anywhere. It's a great city to run/walk/bike in and there's always something to do

    Food and Dining

    delicious! three dining halls on campus and plenty of restaurants/eateries on and near campus

    Dorm Life

    typical freshman room, great apartment style living for upperclassmen

    Academic Rigor

    must be self motivated and ready to learn

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, do well on the SATs, take a campus tour

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a great opportunity to get work experience. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For busy professionals like myself, I feel that NEU's online MBA program is a perfect fit. Faculty/Instructors are aware that most students are full-time working professionals and many obligations demand our time. I feel that Faculty/Staff manage and push students with consideration to their busy schedules but are not offering leniency. They are able to find the right balance to help us succeed with our goals as well as our lives outside of studies.

    Bang for the buck

    The online MBA program is a hefty investment, definitely more expensive than most other programs that I considered. I feel that earning my degree from NEU offers more opportunity and is well worth the investment.

    Academic Rigor

    The online MBA program is demanding but once you develop a routine and stay disciplined, it becomes manageable. I feel that I am getting the same outstanding quality of education online as I would in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a former Bostonian, I would recommend NEU for prospective students for either on-campus or on-line education. The campus is beautiful, and Boston is such as great place to live. Students need to be dedicated and self-disciplined to succeed at NEU.

    In three sentences

    I am a second year on-line MBA graduate student at NEU. I have enjoyed my education experience thus far. The Student Support Services provided to online students is outstanding!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a U-Burger right on campus along with many other chain restaurants

    Dorm Life

    The dorm room they show is a little bit on the small side but that is to be expected in such a big city but they have amazing dining options in all the dorms that make up for it!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is the perfect college. They have outstanding academics, a co-op program and the location is amazing. If you love Boston you'll love northeastern

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You will be living in Boston, the biggest college community in the country. There are plenty of places to go, see, eat, and enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply early action/decision. It is getting more and more competitive every year and this will give you a better chance to get in.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern Is a great school in the heart of Boston, yet it has its own campus without city life disrupting it. The academcics are great and the Co-Op program is unmatched.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't go to the Fens or too far down Columbus at night or by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sorority and Fraternity life is a great way to get involved! Not for you? There's something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the nose of the husky in Ell Hall for good luck!

    What to do for fun

    Get lost in the city! Boston never gets old you can constantly wonder the city to discover knew fun places and never get bored!

    Food and Dining

    It's a college dining hall.. don't expect much

    Dorm Life

    Take advantage of the awesome RSA events!

    Academic Rigor

    Stay focused! It makes it so much easier to do good. Work hard play harder!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved in everything! You will have a great time if you branch out.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is an urban school with a rural feel. There's so much to do and see on and off campus. Never a dull moment!

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go shopping, go to concerts, go to parties, go to bars, go to school events!

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Don't go abroad freshman year with NU-in 2) Don't walk home alone at night from the Hill 3) Meet as many people as you can... NU is big, but not THAT big

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great and always on the ball. You can get a person to go with you somewhere if you are alone at night

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, partying, party animals, but also good for quiet students who are quite studious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When the weather is nice, people gather on centennial and lay out.

    Bang for the buck

    In the end, I've heard it's worth it because you are more likely to get a job with all the experience you gain here.

    What to do for fun

    What can't you do for fun? This is Boston. Everything and anything you want to do is at your fingertips.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is typical, maybe better than average. I prefer to eat out or make my own food in my apartment.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are typical. Upperclassman dorms are apartment style. Sometimes the security can get annoying and tedious, but it's effective.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any school, some classes and professors are hard and some are easy. We have a good review system where you can read reviews on the classes and professor before you take them.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's no city like Boston to go to school. The coop program can't be beat, and there's nothing like it. The classes, professors, student life, etc are the best around.

    In three sentences

    This a a great school with more opportunities for students than any other. The professors and classes at this school are top-notch. Student life is awesome and there's always something going on.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The police respond very quickly to situations when you call/need them.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Even if you're not planning on staying in the club for long, sit in on a few meetings. And if there's a club that is not available, start one. Many events take place on campus. The Curry Student Center almost always has many exciting things for students to do and be a part of.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! There's three dining halls with yummy food, food options in Curry Student Center and my favorite is Rebecca's Cafe! In addition to those places, there are other local restaurants and food places surrounding the campus! And the best part is if you have a meal plan, you are allowed to use your dining dollars at many of the local food places!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not for everyone. As you move up it gets better. If you are a person who likes your space, you're better off living alone. If you love meeting new people and is comfortable sharing a space, then having a roommate will definitely be awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    College is definitely not like high school. This is a big step! The work load is only what you make of it. Do not hold things off until the last minute. There will be no professor reminding you every class about an assignment like high school. Stay on top of your work and if you need help, please reach out. Even though the professors won't baby you, they are still more than willing to help you with the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take freshman year very seriously! Yes get to know the campus and classes and of course have fun! But do not fall in the trap of too much partying and not enough focusing on academics.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a very intimate college. They are willing to help you with whatever you need, however at the same time, you are responsible for many of the decisions you make. This is one of the best colleges where exerting your independence takes place.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    TRAVEL. Travel all around Boston! You can see so many diverse people and great places to eat unique foods. Clam chowder is amazing, and it's a definite must to try it. I just like to walk around and take pictures of what I see. It's a great place to socialize.

    Food and Dining

    The dining places are in convenient places, and the food is not bad at all. Try it out! It saves money too!

    Dorm Life

    Great people. Diversity enhances the school, and you get to have such great memories.

    Academic Rigor

    The school may not be Harvard, but it gives courses that challenges the mind and prepares the students throughly.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give is to definitely be a part of the Co-op Program. It gives you the best hands on experience for your major. Another recommendation is to take advantage of the study abroad program as much as you can because it's the only program that can give you an international perspective of the world.

    In three sentences

    Boston is a beautiful city. A city filled with colorful scenery and people. One of the best experiences that is worth paying for.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. NUPD is 100% active 100% of the time. Campus is fully equipped with emergency buttons and they say it takes an average of 60 seconds for an officer to reach your on campus emergency call. Don't test it though. Although NUPD officers usually have a really nice sense of humor. But yeah, don't test it.

    Greek Life

    Haha, no.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can literally find a club for EVERYTHING at NU and more often than not get a decent amount of people with mutual interests. If you look hard enough, you will find. We are one hell of a diverse student body.

    Great for these types of students

    Career-oriented. Focused. Mature. Serious about their professional identities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We hold a naked marathon every year in October. The terrace at the Curry Student Center in the spring time is absolutely gorgeous.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's put it this way: An average NU student gets to graduate with 1.5 years of hands-on job experience. An above average NU student gets to secure ideal post-grad employment with a previous co-op employer before even graduating. An exceptional NU student gets to work and build life-long relationships with their dream companies and forever impact their professional career path. Which student you wish to be, it is all up to you.

    What to do for fun

    Jogging in Boston is absolutely incredible. Even for people who do not like jogging that much. Forget about Greek life (haha). Rent bikes through HUBWAY and drive around Boston after midnight. The Marino Gym is incredible. If you do not like free gym, sign up for group fitness. Otherwise it's the classic college time-passing activities.

    Food and Dining

    As much as Freshmen love to complain about their dining halls, NU students have more or less no reasons to complain. There are three main dining halls: Stetson East, Stetson West and International Village. Each dining hall is fully equipped with at least three different cuisines of food variation, a vegetarian section, a diverse salad bar and 96% of the time super friendly workers. Apart from the dining halls however, there are endless other on-campus eateries that are bound to hit the spot for any human being out there. No seriously, we got Popeye's, we got Taco-Bell, we got REBECCA'S ALL ON CAMPUS!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies at NU. If you get a crappy dorm like any of the Stetsons, I'm sorry in advance, If you get Speare or White, you're in for a good time, if you get International Village, you're kinda far from where the action is at but you will definitely enjoy your fancy cafeteria and private gym. Also, it's apparently required to stay on-campus for the first two years of undergrad.

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern's Academic standing is excellent. Although an undergraduate education in the United States is more or less the same anywhere. What differentiates Northeastern's rigor I guess is the idea of experiential learning being there throughout your studies and therefore you take in most things with a real-world approach as opposed to merely theoretical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to meet A LOT of international students. At times you might even forgot you are in America. On a serious note however, come to Northeastern with a fairly good idea (at least) of what path you aspire to take in life. Because of the vast amount of resources the school has, it is good to know one's long-term career goals in order to utilize the right tools. Come to Northeastern if you wish to graduate with 1.5 years of real-world job experience.

    In three sentences

    The Northeastern Undergraduate experience can be best described as: resourceful, empowering, and by all means of the definition: constructive. It is resourceful because the school offers its students all the resources they can ever need to excel in whichever field and become the absolute best versions of themselves (examples of this are endless). It is empowering in the sense that students are entrusted with their futures and are expected to build their professional careers at a pre-mature age due to the co-op program. Finally, it is constructive because if a student uses his/her time, resources, connections wisely, every small step taken throughout those 4-5 years could be a building block into the best career path possible.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    French Club - really fun Mural Club - as volunteers, and draw big canvasses for schools, hospitals, assisted living communities, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to study and contribute.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    International Place for nice dining The Fun Run when hundreds of Huskies run in their underwear 3 miles around Boston at night. Never in a million years did I think I was going to do this run, but I did!

    What to do for fun

    Besides the hundreds of campus activities and clubs, Boston offers Fenway Park, the swan boats, duck tours, the North End, the South End, bike trails, the Museum of Fine Arts right across the street, the aquarium, the Boston Public Library...

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good, especially at the dining hall across campus from my dorm. Everything is top of the line, and there are plenty of vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    I have made so many friend here already. My roommate and suite mates are all really nice. We hang out a lot, go out to eat, and and we go to the gym or social events together. I was nervous that I would be overwhelmed by the change to college, but I feel already like it's a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been very challenged in my classes. I'm taking a public speaking class right now, and I'm already a much better public speaker. My eye contact is better, and I have more confidence.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would strongly recommend going to orientation. Other than that, just keep an open mind and start having fun! There are so many caring people here, you're bound to catch your stride soon enough.

    In three sentences

    I love Northeastern! We have a beautiful campus in one of the prettiest parts of Boston. The students are ambitious and high achieving, but also friendly and unpretentious. There's an endless number of opportunities here, and lots of campus activities going on all the time.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt very safe on campus even whilst walking alone at night.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is a great place to go to school as there is always something to do. If you are not busy with a student group or life on campus the city itself offers numerous activities like shows, festivals, shopping, theater, restaurants, and workshops to attend and participate in. I recommend exploring the city whenever you get the chance.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls offer a wide variety of meal options, and when I was living on campus and had a meal plan I usually enjoyed eating at them. I did notice that sometimes the quality of food dramatically increased during Parents Weekend and Open Houses presumably to please potential students. The non dining hall options are great as well, especially Chicken Lou's.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus for 3 years and where at first it was great, I was later disappointed with the experience and moved off campus. As an honors student I lived in International Village my Freshman year and with such immediate access to the dining hall, a gym, and friends all in the same building I was very pleased. Although for upperclassmen the housing process is a bit more difficult. My housing lottery number was always a bit low and so I never got to pick the housing I wanted. The prices for West Village housing are also outrageous compared to off campus costs.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Engineering student I find the courses rigorous yet rewarding. There are times where I feel as if a Professor has been unfair or incompetent, but I feel as though in any institution this will happen. Therefore, you just have to focus in on the Syllabus a bit more and prepare for your classes ahead of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Again, I always suggest getting involved in student groups. I am currently in 4 different groups and have made a lot of networking connections as well as good friends. Students should take advantage of things like Office Hours with Professors as well as Tutoring during their harder courses as opposed to merely studying on their own. I have found that finding a solid homework buddy or study group really makes a big difference.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a unique school with a lot of opportunities. Being in Boston, students get to experience everything the city has to offer as well as receive a quality education from a top institution. Getting involved in student groups on campus is encouraged as it helps integrate you with the student body as well as simply meet new friends who are interested in what you are interested in.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Northeastern is beautiful. Is has a great co-op program and is in a wicked awesome city. It is my first school.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police campus is always around.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities as DELTA SIGMA KAPPA, and etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    Northeastern's clubs and activities range is huge. Every single student can get involved in what they like and if they don't - create your own club and get students involved.

    What to do for fun

    Northeastern offers a lot of activities where students can get together meet each other, socialize, watch movies, have dinner, visit museums, and more. Boston is a college town!

    Food and Dining

    The campus has a lot of restaurants and cafes. Outside the campus you have more options and you are a 10-minutes walk to Newbury st. the most known road in Boston with restaurants and shops.

    Dorm Life

    Actually I dont have a personal opinion in that as I live outside the campus. However, my friends enjoy it as they are minutes from class and makes it easier for them to get involved in many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern expects academic excellence and good behavior from everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good GPA as only the best are accepted! Being involved in your school and community is as important as GPA.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school that gets you involved in everything! Amazing co-op program where you get experience and money for your next semester. Variety of majors, minors, masters and PhD programs.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From my dorm I can see the Northeastern Police Department and the Boston Police Department. I feel completely safe living here on campus and I'm not worried about crime here at all.

    Greek Life

    The city of Boston does not allow for fraternity houses so greek life is kind of lacking. This is something I wish I had known before I came here, but most kids just take the T up to MIT if they want to go to a frat party!

    Clubs and Activities

    Absolutely join at least one club! It is the best way to make friends with people who aren't your roommate or immediate dorm neighbors.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to get a great education and still have a large degree of fun. Come here if you love city life, and can handle cold weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In October we do an Underwear Run where anyone who wants to can strip down to just their underwear and run down the middle of Massachusetts Avenue and the Prudential Center. The school sanctions it, and it is a BLAST!!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Northeastern costs a LOT of money. Most people can't afford the tuition right out, but Northeastern gives out millions of dollars in scholarships every year and the education is outstanding. Not to mention Northeastern ranks in the top universities that create millionaires.

    What to do for fun

    It's Boston. The amount of fun things is almost limitless here. Almost every single major musician will make a stop here on their cross-country tour, not to mention Fenway is about a 10 minute walk from the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining hall are truly excellent. Every night they have any kind of food, from gluten-free foods, to sushi, to pizza.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are absolutely amazing, and offer a variety of housing options. The dorms are very spacious and I have yet to meet someone with a terrible experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. No sugar-coating it. But the professors are more than happy to see you outside of class time and if you put in an equal amount of effort you will be sure to exit this university with a quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you were like me and were a straight-A-in-high-school kid who coasted through without studying be ready for a wakeup call! Northeastern is a tough program, but I assure you, if you can get in and afford to come here the education is just as rigorous as the Ivy league schools and well worth it.

    In three sentences

    Coming from Hawaii I thought there would be quite a culture shock, and that I might not fit in here in Boston, but everyone here has been incredibly friendly! The atmosphere at Northeastern is one of academic excellence, with particular emphasis on strong undergraduate programs. Whether you're looking to get into a research position right away, or just enjoying the co-op program (valuable beyond measure) and the academics, Northeastern has something for you.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Northeastern's campus is immersed in the city, so there are countless opportunities for fun! Boston is filled with hundreds of museums, shops, restaurants and markets. Everything is just a short walk or T ride away.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important for students to keep their GPA up and work hard to obtain the best standardized test scores they can. Extracurriculars and leadership roles are greatly considered, but there is no supplemental essay, so make sure to reflect these on your application!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern has a beautiful campus located in the best city in the world. It is filled with determined students from all over the world, and offers real-world opportunities that will ensure future success. Fortunately, it's quickly becoming a household name!

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe and secure! Have not felt unsafe on campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great here. If you choose to get involved there is a large community. Yet if you choose it isn't for you greek life goes unnoticed!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of opportunities to get involved on campus

    Great for these types of students

    fun, social, smart students!

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is a well-recognized school and it is only gaining recognition! The academics and social sphere is very well worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Exploring the city of Boston, walking to the Charles River, exploring the historic North End, Professional Basketball, Baseball and Hockey Games, School Sporting Events, Concerts in the city of Boston, and of course Shopping!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is clean and the food is good. However like every other college campus the same food night after night does get old. There are many other options on campus though!

    Dorm Life

    No matter which dorm you live in on campus you can expect a warm and friendly environment! Also safety and security is unmatched!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors here expect a lot from you, and the amount you do in class reflects directly in your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, it will all be worth it once you get here!

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is such a great place to be! It's location is unmatched in the heart of Boston! The educational and social opportunities here are numerous and soo worth it!

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You cannot go a block without seeing a NUPD squad car imo, great if your walking back to your dorm at night but all the police in the world can't save you from being foolish. Don't be fooled you're still on a urban campus in a BIG city be smart! Especially when walking by Ruggles.

    Greek Life

    Not a school huge on Greek life but they sure try hard to make their presence known if your in to all that stuff.

    Clubs and Activities

    Endless amount of clubs to join and if you want a club started just come visit at 434 Curry student center and get one started! Their is always activities going on just go to the Centennial quad on a saturday and you'll see for yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who thrive in a urban and diverse environment. IMHO Boston may just be the best city to go to college in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underwear run that takes place on parent's weekend is definitely a spectacle to observe!

    Bang for the buck

    Don't be fooled Northeastern is an expensive school!! But i believe the price can be offset by investing your time to make some solid out of classroom connections which is pretty much what the school's mission with the co-op and other experimental education outlets that should't be too difficult.

    What to do for fun

    No shortage of things to do in Boston, whether it be a quick walk to the Pru or going to see a show at the House of Blues, everything is a relatively quick walk or a couple of stops on the T. I hear the 21+ scene is nice too but I cant' comment on that just yet.

    Food and Dining

    Being in Boston great food is definitely not hard to come by. You can definitely survive without a meal plan. Dining halls are not bad especially if you're a fan of stir-fry. However, the dining halls can get exceptionally boring eating the same food everyday. Most of the time the food looks aesthetically pleasing only to be let down by the actual taste! Visit Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Shaw's frequently! Unless you're a freshman that is.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty much it all depends where you get placed and how much you want to spend! They can go from amazing views of the city and lovely apartments, to a run-down leased building. If you like the nicer things in a great location aim for the West Villages and the new YMCA building should be nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern is quickly rising in ranks and it is well known around campus, Professors for the most part will not let you go easy! Remember most of these professors are experts at what they teach so come prepared to learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off in H.S Northeastern is only getting more challenging. Boston is a great city for college students so stay focused!

    In three sentences

    1. Amazing if your serious about of of classroom achievement. 2. Great if you are even remotely interested in studying aboard. 3. A university where athletics aren't the school's main priority so the money usually goes where it needs to.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NUPD and the Residential Safety Office are extremely capable, and most NUPD officers are also EMT's. I have never once felt unsafe walking around campus or the immediate area. Considering the urban setting, Northeastern is great at keeping students safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is rapidly growing on campus, but is still less than 5%. If you want to join it, it is there, but you don't have to. They are not exclusive at parties as long as you have friends in it, so don't worry about not being able to go out.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can see themselves working for six month intervals, and want to apply what they learned in the classroom.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Underwear run for Parent's weekend (self-explanatory). Chicken Lou's is the best place to eat on campus, and anyone who tells you otherwise isn't a real student.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is expensive...but when you weigh the co-op opportunity, rising in the rankings, research opportunities, and quality education...it balances out.

    What to do for fun

    College is a time to explore. Campus bustles with student groups and organizations putting on events. Most clubs meet once a week, and while some are certainly meant for resume boosting, most are just for fun. Parties happen off-campus, and Greek life is responsible for a disproportionate amount of them. Boston is an incredible city to live in when you are young, and there is never a shortage of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    It is manageable. Chartwell's makes a real effort to provide quality, healthy food, albeit things can be lacking spice and flavor. You have three dining halls on campus (10 minute walk max), and plenty of other restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    As an RA here, I know a lot about dorm life. Residents quickly learn that partying on campus isn't really a thing...because there is no space, and you easily get caught. Lucky for you, there is the rest of Boston available to you; as long as you make friends, you will have an easy time finding apartment parties. There are also programs done by RA's in your residence hall, and campus activities happen 24/7.

    Academic Rigor

    Northeastern will be difficult. Study groups are a must, because with all of the free time you have in college, it can be hard to stay on track by yourself. Professors want you to succeed here, and networking with them will help you get that A and beyond.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything that is around you. If there isn't something on campus for it, then Boston will provide. Look forward towards your career goals and learn about them by shadowing, internships, or informational interviewing.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern offers just about everything you would expect an urban city to have. We are a modern, career-oriented school that offers research opportunities and a chance to get into the job market. Work hard, play hard.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It can get tiresome and expensive but it's also convenient when you're too lazy to make your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very social and there are a lot of options.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major but most people would say it's challenging. I have a very intense major with a lot of late nights. But I can't imagine studying anything else.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students including older students that need extra attention in their intended major.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is a great place to explore historical places to visit. There are a lot of night life places to check out before school starts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Explore all of the available majors. Select your classes early so that there will be more choices of classes to choose from.

    In three sentences

    Academically Great School.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boston Police is located right next to the International village dorm (near Ruggles train station) and Northeastern University campus police is located on Columbus Avenue (near the bottom of the campus).

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is very expensive, however, if you take advantage of the co-op program and career services, you will get a job soon after you leave (making it well worth it!)

    What to do for fun

    Northeastern University hockey games, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, exploring Boston, shopping, movies, concerts, and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Boston offers a variety of different types of restaurants. Northeastern University itself has a very diverse food selection. It also has about five Dunkin Donuts on campus if you like coffee!

    Dorm Life

    International Village and West Village are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. Classes in general are small and allow for class discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Participate in at least one co-op if not two 2) Study abroad 3) Explore Boston 4) Take advantage of career services 5) Check out a hockey game on the weekend 6) Visit Mike's Pastry in the North End

    In three sentences

    Northeastern University is an excellent university in an excellent college town. It offers a program, called co-op, where students are able to gain valuable practical real world experience in addition to course work. Northeastern University recently earned a pot in the top 50 schools in the country and it is well-deserving.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    Working hard is a must at this school

  • 04/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus tour will tell you that this is a really safe place to be, at all times of day and night, and they're right. There's a blue-light system in place, where the police are just a press of a button away. Also, NUPD, Northeastern's Campus police are always visibly hovering around different parts of the school, making sure that all of its students and faculty are kept safe. The key-card system is very effective in making sure that no one unauthorized can enter the buildings, as all residence halls have people checking that you belong in that dorm, and visitors need to show proof of ID to be signed in. I've walked back to my dorm from the library late at night without any reservations about my safety. I know people that have come back late during the weekends and haven't felt threatened at all either. That being said, you are attending school in a city and need to carry yourself with the proper attitude and take precautions to not make yourself a target. Don't be naiive, but overall this is a safe place to be.

    Greek Life

    If you're looking for the true Greek experience, Northeastern isn't the place for you. Although there are sororities and fraternities, you won't be painting coolers for a tailgate or wearing your Greek letters to a derby here. To put it simply, Greek life isn't a big deal here, as there aren't even frat/sorority houses. Do people participate in it? Yes, some do. Is it a big deal if I'm not in Greek life? No. To put it into perspective, Northeastern's Greek life is not comparable to those of big state schools or remotely similar to those at Southern schools. The people that I know who are in Greek life love to sport their letters and take pride in being part of their respective groups, but I don't feel like I'm missing out because I'm not in Greek. I hope that helps.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a series of activities and clubs, including intramurals and club sports, that Northeastern offers. Some of the titles of the clubs are misleading, but otherwise there seems to be a decent spread of interests covered by Northeastern's clubs. There is an activities fair in the beginning of the year that students should definitely attend as a gateway to making friends and networking with people with similar interests to yourself. I am told that you can start your own club too, but I don't have experience with the matter.

    Great for these types of students

    -Kids who aren't looking for the Greek life of big schools or Ivy Leagues. -Hockey fans -Age 21 and over/ have a realistic fake ID -Who don't necessarily want a traditional college campus -Who are into the music scene/ frequent concert goers -Red Sox/Bruins/Celtics fans -City-dwellers -People who don't want the intimate feel of a small school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Northeastern brings puppies on campus for the end of each semester as a stress reliever. They also host Springfest each year, where main artists come to Matthew's Arena and perform.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is equipped for the 21 and over crowd, which makes it tricky for people who aren't of age and don't have fakes. Often, people walk across the Mass Ave bridge and take part in the MIT/Harvard frat/sorority parties or even head over to BU to do the same. Northeastern is walking distance from the Prudential Center and Newbury Street for easy-access shopping, dining and strolling. Lots of underclassmen drink in their dorms instead of attending your traditional party. Boston is filled with concert venues and outdoor activities for when the weather's nice. Also for those of age/with fakes, there are a series of clubs that I know people go to. It's just hard to find things to do if you're under 21 and looking to party.

    Food and Dining

    The food program at Northeastern deserves all of the awards its been given. Obviously students get bored of the dining hall food, at the end of the semester and especially at the end of the school year, but overall, there is a great deal of variety while maintaining quality. Stetson East has a grill for chicken/burgers/grilled cheese, salad bar, pasta station, omelettes all day, and a hot food station usually with a meat choice, vegetable and corn/starch-typed option. There is also pizza, soft serve ice cream, desserts and renowned addictive cookies. The vegetarian/vegan room is here. Stetson West is noted for its personalized stir fry station, where you choose the meat, veggies and sauce. Northeastern installed a system where your number lights up on a wall when your dish is ready. The campus favorite is IV (International Village) where the possibilities seem endless between the Mediterranean station and all day sushi bar. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! At the end of the day, the food is well prepared and tastes good. Students will get tired of it occasionally, but I know NU has it better than other schools in terms of dining.

    Dorm Life

    I've lived in two different dorms this year, Kennedy and Smith halls, so I have a unique perspective on housing here. At first, I was in suite-style-living, because I had chosen the Fusion LLC (Living Learning Community). Here there is a common room that a series of bedrooms open up to. The suite I had contained 2 doubles and a single bedroom. Also, the bathroom here is enclosed into the suite and has to be cleaned by the suite-mates. The bathroom wasn't a problem, as long as everyone agreed to do their part in terms of cleaning it weekly and buying toilet paper and handsoap responsibilities rotated. I moved to Smith after the first semester ended, and found it much more suitable for me. The communal bathrooms were not difficult to adjust to and were super well-kept, as the cleaning staff cleans them daily. The rooms here are mostly doubles, with a handful of singles. There are two common areas on the 2nd floor of Smith, where the girls reside, and are usually available for groups to study together or to simply get out of your room and hang out in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here did not challenge me. Keep in mind I graduated high school with an IB diploma and was used to piles of course work being thrown at me constantly. Also, I haven't declared a major at this university yet. That being said, being undeclared is not easy or a guaranteed A, it's exactly what the cliche'd expression says, it's a time to explore. During this exploration period I aimed to fulfill some core requirements, such as language and comparative cultures, but took this opportunity to take classes that I thought could help me further decide on a major, or just sounded interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Think about/choose your classes ahead of time, and make 2 or 3 backup schedules in case your first choice doesn't work out -Make use of the gym, you'll never find one better -Use up all of your meal swipes at Outtakes as not to waste your parents' money/ have to run to the supermarket -Make sure you're not looking for the rah rah of a school with a football team, because there isn't one here/ NU lacks school spirit in a way -There seems to be an unspoken rule that everyone makes their freshman friends the first week of the year so put your best foot forward then, or you may end up lonely...this is when groups are formed

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is a place for students who are prepared to face the ups and downs of living in the midst of a mid-sized city, while studying at a school that wouldn't win the gold medal of the Social Life Olympics, yet provides a quality education in a safe environment.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boston police works with Northeastern police to ensure a high level of safety, even in the middle of the city of Boston. Northeastern police are always around to make you feel safe and secure.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities are present at Northeastern, but they are not extremely popular. They do not have houses for greek life here, and there is no pressure to join greek life if it isn't something for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at Northeastern that there is always something going on at any time of day. Every weekend there are events like concerts at AfterHours, trips to museums and the aquarium, and opportunities for free tickets to shows and games. There is a club for anything you wish to pursue, and if the club isn't in place already, you can make your own club with a group of friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Northeastern can appeal to any kind of student that is willing to work hard and wishes to have a great start to his/her career. The campus is so diverse that anyone can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before exams, we rub the nose of the husky statue in Ell Hall for good luck. An interesting part of Northeastern is the fact that most of our students go out on co-op, so throughout your time at Northeastern, you will be out in the real world working and getting real-life experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Northeastern is a very expensive school, but it has a good value of education because of the experiential education with the co-op program, which if used to full potential will almost guarantee job placement after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Northeastern students go to Fenway park to watch Red Sox games, as well as attend concerts at several venues around Boston. One of the best venues is House of Blues, which pulls in acts such as 2 Chainz, Krewella, Mayday Parade, and Panic! at the Disco. We hang out in the quads and green spaces when it is warm out, and when it starts to snow we have giant snowball fights and build snowmen around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus that are all excellent. There are gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian, and kosher options, as well as several salad bars and rotating options for entrees. Rebecca's cafe is option during weekdays and is very popular for lunch, as you can use meal swipes for sandwiches and burgers.

    Dorm Life

    On-campus options for living are extremely clean and well-kept. There are many laundry areas in each dorm and the RAs are always available for any problem you may have.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and we have a lot of work to do, but it is still manageable and Northeastern students still find time to enjoy themselves outside of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours and talk to professors if you have a problem. Go to any and all athletic or other on-campus concert or event because these are a great way to relax and show school spirit. Don't get too stressed about your work and make sure you are getting enough rest.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern has an excellent sense of community and immediately upon entering you feel right at home. The professors are helpful and they want to see their students succeed. The athletics and the multitude of on-campus activities give students a strong sense of school pride.

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always programs and clubs going on on campus. Outside of campus you're in the middle of Boston so there's always tons to do there.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to other campus food I've had, Northeastern is pretty great. On any given day you have access to three dining halls with stir fry, sushi, ethnic food, gluten free/wheat free/etc. food, burritos, grill, sandwiches, hot food, and others. The food court in Curry is also pretty good but prices can be pretty high.

    Dorm Life

    There are some really great buildings like International Village and the West Village apartments. The others are hit-or-miss. A lot of the other buildings are old apartment buildings with no A/C.

    Academic Rigor

    Easy classes aren't always easy. That should be indication for how much work hard classes are. If you're planning on being in the architecture program, be ready for LONG long nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Northeastern if you want real-world experience. Don't come here if you're planning on just going to class and then going home. Come here if you want Co-Op, great classes, and want to get involved in student groups.

    In three sentences

    Northeastern is super diverse and there's tons of opportunity. It's normal to hear someone is working for Bose, The Boston Globe, or traveling the country with a student short-film competition. There's always professors or tutors available for extra help if needed.

  • 06/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    fraternities, clubs, geeks

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touch the husky. Rush the turns. Stetsons

    What to do for fun

    Fly for fun. Boston Logan is close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on time!

    In three sentences

    This is the one. A dream come true. Id graduate again.

  • 07/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police who are stationed at night, and a shuttle that can take you around campus at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want challenging classes, global opportunities, and an urban environment

    What to do for fun

    Exploring the city of Boston, walking around the Fens, shopping at Prudential Mall, hanging out on campus. The campus has a train station too, so you can hop on the T to go anywhere you need to go.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining options around campus, Rebeccas being the most popular lunch spot, but unfortunately there isn't a lot of catering for special dietary requirements. Dining halls are large and spacious, and nicely decorated, and the dining hall staff are really lovely people. They have special celebrations on public holidays and birthday cake on birthdays, and are a really fun and enthusiastic bunch.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are small with shared bathrooms and no kitchens, like most freshman dorms. However, upperclass students get a variety of housing options to choose from in a lottery-based system, which can cater for different price ranges and amount of roommates. These dorms can include kitchen facilities, private bathrooms, lounge rooms, and stunning views of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are interesting and somewhat challenging, but not extremely challenging like I expected. It depends a lot on the class you take and the professor you take it with. Upper-level classes in your field tend to be more challenging, interesting and rewarding! There is a limit to how many classes you can take, and so the workload doesn't seem overwhelming. Classes in your major tend to be the most challenging, so work hard on those.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for Boston weather! Dress warmly, it gets really cold. Be open about what classes you take and dabble in things that interest you, even when outside your major. There are so many opportunities available, so make sure to start looking at programs you may be interested in well in advance, or time will slip away from you. Northeastern has a huge array of study abroad programs, including the 'Dialogue of Civiliations' programs which are travel programs led by faculty members during the summer for students to get hands on experience in a foreign country studying relevant material. And don't forget co-ops, which can be done internationally! Northeastern will help you travel all around the world if you take the opportunities given.

    In three sentences

    Always something to do. Challenging classes. And cooperative experience!