College Junior 2012-12-14T07:18:42Z
Northeastern invests a lot of time and money to make our campus, even though it is in the middle of a city, FEEL like a college campus. It has a larger amount of green space (grassy quads and commons, lots of trees, flowers, and plants, great natural landscaping) especially considering it is an "urban" campus and it is structured so as to have natural gathering areas for students.
The library is open 24-hours and just got a technological makeover. The four-story building now has "The Hub" for group work, a Media commons with TVs, projectors, and state-of-the-art computers, the massive computer lab is now 50/50 PCs and Macs for the growing creative community within Northeastern. We have an innovative print system that allows for remote printing from your own computer, and Northeastern's online database is great. There is also a coffee shop in the library!
The Curry Student Center was JUST renovated and is absolutely gorgeous. It is in a great, central location on campus. The food court is brand new and has a variety of food offerings as well as tons of seating for casual study, serious study, conversation, or impromptu group meetings. It has many student organization offices inside, a dance studio, a student-run art gallery, a huge auditorium for big name performers and conferences, a ballroom. It acts as the hub for group meetings and events on campus!
The academic buildings are almost ALL new and are very modern and comfortable, but the A- score comes from the few buildings that have been neglected! Beware the Ryder elevator, it may decide not to open its doors to let you out!
Luckily, it is clear that Northeastern puts a top priority on making sure it has excellent facilities for its student body, and with its recent growth, I'm sure the remaining "old" buildings on campus will be new within coming years!
College Junior 2012-12-14T06:53:45Z
Northeastern gets mixed reviews on this one. The positives are that we have strong, thriving fan communities for certain sports, such as hockey and basketball. We treat our student athletes extremely well, with lots of swag, perks and academic resources. Our athlete training facilities aren't huge, but they are quite new and high quality. Northeastern also has some very competitive sports, especially hockey (D1!!!) For non-competitive sports, we have a strong and varied intramural and club sports offering. This is a way for non-serious athletes to do sports in a social environment, and students love it! We even have strange (but hugely popular!) offerings such as Broom-ball and Quidditch!
The negatives of athletics at Northeastern definitely have an effect on the final score. First of all, there is no unifying sports-based school spirit at Northeastern; we are not a school with a strong athletic focus overall. I believe that this can be attributed to the second major issue, NO football program. Northeastern doesn't have a football team, one of THE most important collegiate sports. Football games are a big part of the American tradition, and we lose out on a lot of athletic spirit by not having one. If you're a diehard football fan, not having a team at school to support might be a factor for you. But, otherwise, sports fans, there ARE options at Northeastern to get involved!
College Junior 2012-12-14T06:29:24Z
Guys & Girls:
Northeastern has a surprisingly attractive student body! There are an assortment of styles and types of both sexes on campus, especially considering how many students from all over the world we have! Thanks to Northeastern, I have a great Colombian boyfriend, and friends from South Africa, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, Sweden, Venezuela and more!
Social life can be a bit tough to break into initially considering the non-traditional schedule of alternating co-op and classes, but there are a ton of great clubs for ANY interest or type of friend/person you're looking for! And, if not, you're encouraged to make your own club on campus, I did! So no matter who you are, who you like, and what you're interested in, you can find your niche (or a prospective significant other) at Northeastern if you put your mind to it!
College Junior 2012-12-12T16:29:13Z
Northeastern is a great campus. Boston is such a nice city and Northeastern has the perfect location, being in the center of big neighborhoods like Fenway, Back Bay, and Mission Hill. Curry Student Center was redone this past summer and is now very modern and spacious with a Popeye's, Taco Bell, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, and Uburger. The second floor of the library was also redone this past summer and is now the Digital Media Commons, an awesome space to work with classmates on tons of macs with digital media pods, video studio, and sound studio. All in all, there are plenty of places on Northeastern's campus that fit the urban-yet-campus feel. Also, Husky Hunt is a giant yearly 24 hour scavenger hunt around Boston sponsored by Northeastern - don't miss it!
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-12T15:49:40Z
There are campus police everywhere and very accessible. You feel very safe on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-12T15:43:34Z
I was a Communication major. I loved it. There are tons of class options and the teachers are amazing. I would definitely do it again. I am thinking of applying there for graduate school. My career goals are to work in an organization and use my skills i gained in the BA program in Northeastern to help guide me there.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-12T15:39:29Z
The process is not hard, you have to just fill out a form stating that you want to study in that specific major. Some majors may require writing samples or test scores but nothing too hard.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-12T15:37:50Z
The cafeteria is great. They have microwaves to heat up food and have a ton of seating space. There is a Subway in the cafeteria along with various other types of foods. There are also many vending machines places all around the campus and the bookstore sells food for every meal of the day. You can't go hungry on campus.
College Sophomore 2012-12-10T07:22:54Z
Off campus housing is expensive. It's also not guaranteed to be safe, clean or convenient.
College Sophomore 2012-12-10T07:17:14Z
The computers are great, and they will most likely be up to date and have anything you need. The only problem is finding a computer in a convenient spot during high traffic points in the semester. You will find a computer to use, in an empty classroom or something but maybe not in the library or a computer lab.
College Freshman 2012-12-08T23:12:58Z
The classes are hard, but help you learn at your maximum capacity.
College Freshman 2012-12-08T23:12:25Z
There isn't much going on when it comes to Greek life
College Freshman 2012-12-08T23:12:08Z
Deciding my major was very easy, and the UNviersity was very helpful.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-07T18:24:01Z
there is no transportation provided by the school, nor is there any way for an off campus injured student to get to school besides walking. public transportation is great but dont use the green line
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-07T18:21:54Z
I don't really have a good way to grade diversity. The school is 60% female. There is alot of cultural and ethnic diversity here at the school. The biggest problem is the fact that 90% or more of the population here is extremely rich. People here seem to look down on others for being different and somewhat exile you from their groups.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-04T13:16:48Z
Fall and spring are by far the nicest seasons, but it does tend to rain a lot in early spring. Summers are usually of average temperatures for the northeast - mid to high 80s - but it can get significantly hotter. It often snows a lot, but it depends on the year. I mean, Boston is in the noth east, you have to expect snow.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-04T13:07:38Z
There are a wide variety of apartments in Boston, but they do tend to be pricey. There's tons within a mile of campus and it's easy to find them with the help of a realtor, or even on your own.
College Junior 2012-11-30T12:30:38Z
There's really no typical internship because Northeastern has so many connections and there are so many options. I completed my first internship at Boston Medical Center working for a pediatric specialty clinic and a research group conducting interviews in the hospitals pediatric ED. I'm a pre-health biology major so I wanted a co-op with clinical exposure. The co-op was a 40-hour-a-week job that lasted for 6 months. Because the groups that I worked for are both non-profits, I was paid a stipend by Northeastern to cover living expenses. Normally, students are paid by their employer, so I was an exception to the rule. Most biology, biochemistry, or chemistry majors take laboratory jobs and get paid $12-15 an hour, sometimes more depending on the job or whether it's a students second or third co-op. It was a great experience and I have some great contacts to use as professional references in the future. It also helped me to realize that I don't want to medical school, which I'm not sure I would have found out otherwise before applying. I'm leaving for my second co-op in two months. This time I'll be in Ecuador volunteering with Child Family Health International for four months. Because this is a volunteer co-op, I pay CFHI to cover the language classes that I will be taking during the program, to pay the doctors that I will be shadowing and working with, and to pay the host families that I will be living with. To help cover this, I applied for and received Northeastern's Presidential Global Scholarship which was designed to help students afford the cost of living in foreign countries and plane tickets for international co-ops. Without this scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to afford to go to Ecuador for more than two months, which wouldn't have been long enough to be considered an international co-op (at least 3 months for international, 4 months for domestic). As you're applying for your second and third co-op it's easier to get co-ops and easier to get co-ops that are more popular or that you're more interested in. For your first co-op, if you applying to as many as you can and aren't picky, you should get offers.
College Senior 2012-11-29T16:22:42Z
My school's co-op program has provided me with work experience that is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! Plus, being in Boston allows hands-on learning at museums, planetariums, and other cultural attractions
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-28T15:45:26Z
Atmosphere cannot be beat. Arts, sciences, museums, plays, plenty of great intellectual activities. For sports fans, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all play nearby, and you can always catch a college game too. Great night life, bars, restaurants, and shows of all kinds. Shopping all over the city in every price range. Lots of parks and the Charles River when you need some open space.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-28T15:34:07Z
I studied International Affairs and Political Science and got the best of both worlds. I studied about for 3 different periods of time with International Affairs teams and became fluent in Spanish. My political science classes and professors were great and I landed a coop with help of a professor. I have now been working at the same job for 4 years thanks to my education and connections at NEU.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-28T15:30:03Z
I did not receive any scholarships I applied for during my undergraduate years at NEU. Entering grad school, I was told I would be given a Dean's Scholarship and it never came through. I did not qualify for the Double-Husky scholarship (for students returning for graduate school and had a bachelors from NEU) because I was working full-time and only had time to take 2 classes.
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:56:19Z
There are lots of print stations and computers for student use they just take a long time to log into and the University goes through a proxy site which means that everytime you log into their network you have to reenter your password
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:53:57Z
The school seems to leave white kids as the minority. There are tons of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Europeans
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:51:23Z
There are not enough beds and enough choices of different living arangements. For example there are only 6 sets of 6 people rooms for upperclassmen. Also all housing is way too expensive
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