College Junior 2012-09-05T06:55:48Z
But I Dont Have a Car – I have friends that have cars, and I never hear them complaining about parking at school.
College Sophomore 2012-09-05T06:01:55Z
Lots of Students, Lots of Choices – Drugs and alcohol are very common. People are from lots of different places and they all have different habits with the consumption of both.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T16:05:27Z
Simple to Get Into, Hard to Switch Programs – As an undeclared freshman, it was relatively easy for my to delare my major, economics, at the end of my first year at Northeastern. The process is simple, given you have the required GPA. I know, however, that it can be difficult to switch majors if the major you are switching to is in a different "school" than the one your current major is in. For example, the business school and the school of health sciences are known to be difficult to transfer into. Furthermore, the requirements are so strict in each major that if you wait too long in your college career to switch, you may not have enough credits left, and will therefore be taking more classes to fulfill your new major requirements.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T14:11:47Z
Expensive but Not Necessary to Have a Car – Unless you need to regularly travel outside of the city, there is no real need to have a car on campus. The public transportation will get you where you need to go, otherwise taxis are readily available. If you do have a car, be wary of travelling in and our the city during weekday rush hours - the traffic is awful! The parking situation is manageable, although not ideal. You can either buy a moderately priced (as far as city parking goes) semester-long pass. Otherwise you can buy individual 24 hour parking passes from the Student Financial Office if you only need to keep your car on campus short-term. I highly recommend this option, as this is the best deal for parking in the city. I regularly keep these 24 hour passes on hand, just in case my family or I need to drive into Boston for any reason.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T13:41:56Z
I've Learned So Much, but Undecided on a Career – I would absolutely choose to major in Economics if I could do it again--I came in undecided and I only wish I had known earlier what major I would choose. I have learned so much not only from the experienced professors but also from my peers. The majority of professors are very animated about their subject matter and can make even dry topics seem interesting. I have had professors go above and beyond and bring in guest speakers periodically. These were often established and/or published professionals in their field, and it was a great way for me to learn of potential career paths. Despite all that I have learned during my time at Northeastern so far, I am still hesitant about what I would like to do upon graduation. The co-op program has helped me choose a track: I've done two co-ops so far, one of which I could never do for an extended period of time, the other being one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope that I can gain even more experience with my third co-op. The co-op placement program that Northeastern offers is truly like no other, and I know I would never have landed my co-ops without Northeastern's established connections. I can not say enough about this program.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T13:34:01Z
Helpful but Not Over-Generous – Northeastern gave me a modest merit scholarship when I was admitted. This was signficantly more than Boston University, which had not given me any financial assistance. Since I did not actually receive any need-based aid from any of the schools I applied to, I was very grateful for the merit scholarships I did receive. Northeastern has been very accomodating, and half of my schoolship was even applied toward my Dialogue of Civilizations in France last summer. Dialogues are only half a semeter's worth of classes, but having the scholarship was really helpful for paying for this trip. Northeastern also provides plenty of opportunities to apply for other scholarships as well - sometimes they are not well advertised - but if you know where to look, you can definitely get some more finanical assistance from the school.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T13:11:43Z
Great Sense of Community Among Peers – I'm in Northeastern's College of Social Sciences and Humanities in the Economics program. I have found that the all my professors have a great amount experience in different industries related to economics. It has been a great way to get a feel for different possible career paths, just by listening to their anecdotes. They professors may be tough on us, but that often spurs a kinship and sense of community among the class. Forming study groups is very important, and I have learned how valuable that can be in the learning process. Furthermore, this provides a great chance to network among your peers; doing this often leads to intern or co-op opportunities.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T05:16:19Z
I realized after being accepted into NU that they look more at who you are as a person than at exact grades/ scores. Sure they want smart people, but part of the whole experimental education thing is admitting students who are out-of-the-box thinkers and who they think would thrive in the slightly different type of school environment. A lot of people who I have talked to had no clue why they got in, since people like their valedictorians/ extremely smart friends got rejected. All of us admitted folk had one single thing in common, and that was that we all are extremely involved in our communities have global experience/ insight.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T03:22:01Z
There are always computers available whether you are in the library or the computer labs. However, having to use your computer for every paper/project you have could be a little difficult. Also, most people use their computers in class to take notes or work on things so a computer is really a must have.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T03:19:18Z
Health & Safety:
Decently Safe – Being in Boston, you have to expect some degree of danger. However, places are pretty well lit and there are often other people walking around. Northeastern also has a very good safety officer presence.
College Sophomore 2012-08-24T02:09:31Z
Boston Is Sweet – Northeastern is centralized in the city of Boston, surrounded by tons of other colleges and universities, and a hop, skip and a jump away from endless restaurants and entertainment. The North End, one of my favorite spots, is less than 20 min away by green line, which makes any night on the town, or date night easy and fun. The T, in general, makes it easy to get around for a reasonable fee. You can even get to the shore by train.
College Senior 2012-08-22T20:03:33Z
i did my first co-op at beth israel 12.50/hr plus a differential for evenings nights and weekends ( mass general and spaulding pays the most). Will begin my second one with Brigham starting at 14.30/ hr plus differential for evenings, nights and weekends
College Senior 2012-08-22T20:01:25Z
co-op is the best offers you real life experience in your field and a potential job when you graduate
College Senior 2012-08-22T19:58:31Z
Very Comfortable Setting – They are undergoing new renovations to the Curry student Center and the 2nd floor of the library. The library is great, there are quiet floors where you can go to do homework or study for exams. The gym is awesome, there are 3 cafeterias and other places where you could take food out ( rebeccas cafe and outtakes) Lots of places to eat and hang around to chill
College Senior 2012-08-22T19:53:04Z
There Are Only 3 Sports That Are Great the Others Are Mediocre – ice hockey, field hockey and basketball are the most talked about sports. the others are barely mentioned
College Senior 2012-08-17T13:12:41Z
Food Is Okay – The quality of the food is okay. There are a ew options whic are always good, such as french fries, the sandwich bar, and pizza, but that eta repetitive and unhealthy. There are no late night options-thing is open past ten. Rebecca's cafe is delicious with so many options. You can use your dining meals there, but they close early and are closed on weekends.
College Senior 2012-08-17T13:09:06Z
Greek life surely doesn't dominate the school. It's there if you choose to join but the majority isn't a part of Greek life. Most parties students after are not affiliated with northeastern Greek life, and are either thrown by a sports team, random person, or other schools' Greek life. The attitude by non-Greeks to Greeks is indifferent.
College Senior 2012-08-17T13:00:55Z
Wireless Pretty Reliable – There are many computers available in the library. The printin station can become fairly crowded but there is never a long wait. The Internet is reliable and fairly fast. I can only remember a few occasions where I could not connect, and they were rare. It runs fairly fast and I have never complained about the speed.
College Junior 2012-08-15T21:49:41Z
Nice but Expensive – The upperclassman dorms are pretty nice but they can be expensive
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:33:44Z
It's All About Co-Op. and Dialogues. If you ask a Northeastern Student "what sets this place apart?", I'd guarantee that 9 out of every 10 would mention co-op before all else. I can say it was one of the key reasons I chose this school. That and the financial aid I received. The opportunity to work for 4-6 months, full time, picking up skills not only related to interviewing and the workplace, which are both key, but also general lessons for life. My ability to manage my workload increased exponentially after my first co-op, since it was pretty much a case of "organize or die". I'm not going to lie, though, people can also overhype Co-op. Not in the sense that it is not a valuable program, but that so many people come here expecting that with their first job, they are going to change the world, be changing policies, or run the company after their 6 month stint at the job. People need to be realistic about their aims. I've heard of some extraordinary co-op opportunities, all over the world. But rarely is that done with a first co-op. After all, for many here, it is their first real job.
Another thing I would like to touch on is the Dialogue of Civilizations program. This program, offered over the course of one summer semester, allow students (for a price, of course), to travel with a group of Northeastern Students and Professors to a specific region of the world, and focus on a specific area of study relevant to that region. I just got back from my first (hopefully of many) dialogues. The group travelled to Bosnia and Serbia, where we studied Conflict and Peace-building for a month, while travelling this foreign land, meeting key political and social figures (including a President), and even taking a workshop on planning successful revolutions. Oh, and did I forget to mention that we receive two classes worth of credit (relevant to the Political Science/International Affairs majors) for it? It was an amazing experience, and even without all of my other great anecdotes about Northeastern, this trip alone validated my choice to come to this school.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:00:52Z
Good Under 21, Great 21+ – A lot of people complain that there isn't much to do until you're 21, but it all comes down to what you are really looking to do. If it's party, there's always parties given the massive number of students in the area. If it's cultural, go to the theater district, or head to Chinatown for dumplings, or visit the North End and stop at Mike's for a cannoli. And if it's a nice Fall or Spring Day, go outside and sit on the quad, walk the city, visit Boylston and Newbury Street. There's definitely no lack of things to do.
Of course, if you find yourself in the legal majority (21+), feel free to scout out the many bars and clubs throughout the city. If you're under 21, stay clear of the bars and clubs, especially if you're a guy. Bouncers are just as likely to keep a fake ID as they are to call the cops and ruin your semester for you.
Of course, there's always the sports. You'd be hard pressed to find a more vibrant fan base than in Boston. Watch the Celtics at the Garden. Take a trip to Foxboro to see the Pats play. And of course, you can't miss going to a game at Fenway (and this is from a Yanks fan). What it boils down to? If you can't find something fun to do in Boston, pretty much every day, it's probably no one's fault but your own. :)
College Sophomore 2012-08-15T15:46:38Z
No Real Sports Scene – You can definitely find sports if you seek them out but it doesn't present a huge part of the average students daily life.
College Sophomore 2012-08-15T15:42:41Z
Available but Expensive – There are many options but all come with a heavy price
College Junior 2012-08-14T15:36:33Z
When you first get to campus, you'll probably be impressed. The food is far better than your high school variety. But, for a vegetarian/vegan, your options will be very limited and repetitive. After a while, you begin to see the same foods rotating in and out, but honestly you can't expect them to continuously come up with new options every day. So I'd say it's pretty good and there's enough variety to satisfy almost everyone.
College Junior 2012-08-14T15:30:56Z
Pretty Fun – There always seems to be some school sponsored event happening. If you stay subscribed to school planning organizations on facebook, you'll probably have at least something to do each week. When you're a freshman, the amount of free food and free items is pretty amazing. They really do a great job of trying to get you involved with the school when you first arrive. Even after your first year, there's a lot of great music and carnival type events hosted by the school and various clubs.
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