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Northeastern University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,711 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Colonial Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $173,414)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,897)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 53 51 Yes -
Baseball 32 - Yes -
Basketball 12 15 Yes Yes
Field Hockey - 25 Yes Yes
Ice Hockey 30 30 Yes -
Rowing 28 45 - -
Soccer 33 26 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 34 Yes -
Volleyball - 20 Yes Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Golf - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Softball - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.0%
Hispanic 4.2%
Non-resident alien 13.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 22.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 46.4%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 87
Liquor Law Violation 48
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 26

Notable Alumni

  • Albert Sacco, astronaut
  • Alex Garcia, Food Network chef
  • Barbara Kopple, documentary filmmaker ("Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing")
  • Charles A. Findley, innovator in the onset of personal computers
  • Fernie Flaman, NHL ice hockey defenseman, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Gregory Jarvis, astronaut
  • Patrice O'Neal, actor, comedian
  • Shawn Fanning, founder of Napster
  • Wendy Williams, host of "The Wendy Williams Show" syndicated TV program
  • Jane Curtin, actress, founding member of "Saturday Night Live"
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Conrad from Washington, DC
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Jan-07-2012 Read More
  • Cassandra
  • 4
  • 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,…

  • Feb-28-2012 Read More
  • Brooke from Marlton, NJ
  • 3
  • 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…

  • May-24-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Anton from Peabody, MA
  • Jan-21-2015 I am a current student here

    With around 5 dinners, Northeastern does not lack food or quality. There is always a wide variety of meals and options for all types of picky eaters.

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  • 3
  • Felicia from Watertown, MA
  • Dec-17-2014 I am a current student here

    lots of good options on and off campus. Its in the middle of the city so you can take your pick on the types of food you want.

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  • 5
  • Kayla from Avondale, AZ
  • Dec-14-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is okay; the general consensus is that Steast is the best dining hall, and IV and Swest are tied for 2nd. Rebecca's is absolutely delicious there, and you are guaranteed to find a line there all day. The food in Curry Student Center is expensive, but also delicious.

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  • 3
  • Caitlin from Australia
  • Jul-02-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 4
  • Megan
  • May-06-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • Bailey from Queensbury, NY
  • May-02-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 4
  • Frances from Long Island, NY
  • Apr-18-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • JN
  • Jan-02-2014 I am a past student here

    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!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Bailey from Queensbury, NY
  • May-02-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Frances from Long Island, NY
  • Apr-18-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Ori- NJ
  • Dec-19-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Ajay from Atlanta, GA
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Not a school huge on Greek life but they sure try hard to make their presence known if your in to all that stuff.

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  • 0
  • Jessica from Boston, MA
  • Dec-06-2013 I am a current student here

    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!

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  • 0
  • Billy from Kailua, HI
  • Nov-13-2013 I am a current student here

    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!

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