College Junior 2011-05-29T03:09:25Z
Getting Around Campus – The only reason I give an A- (rather than a solid A) is because the train shuts down at midnight, roughly. I almost always go out past then and end up having to take a cab back, but getting around during the day is simple. The train is $2.00 a ride, which seems like a lot but if you just put money (like $20) on your Charlie Card, you should be okay for week or two depending on how much you go out. You can walk from one side of campus (Hemenway St.) to the other (Columbus Ave.) in about 15 minutes; it's a big campus but not hard to navigate.
College Junior 2011-05-29T03:04:59Z
The only reason I give an A- (rather than a solid A) is because I am keeping in mind all the picky eaters out there. Personally, I am not a picky eater but I appreciate and enjoy good food, and Northeastern's dining halls have options and quality. Stetson East is where I dined most frequently freshman year, and have THE BEST chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese (they make the grilled cheese fresh upon request). Omelettes were another favorite, and the staff was always friendly and made my egg white/spinach/ham/cheese omelette perfectly everytime. The vegan room was even pretty good, from eggplant nuggets to the vegan banana bread. Stetson West had excellent made-to-order stirfry, and International Village had a great indian food station with the most tender chicken and soft naan bread. There was also a veggie burger station that was pretty good, and the thin-crust pizza was addicting. Overall, whether you're a burger and fries kinda person, or like to eat on the healthy side, you'll find something you like at the dining halls of Northeastern.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-27T20:50:20Z
Is a great program the University offers. It allows students to work for six months while still being "in school" and gain real world experience.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-27T20:49:07Z
I Like It Here – I have been happy at Northeastern. The campus is nice, the people are nice, there are clubs of you're into that sort of thing, most people come for the Co-op program which give you some experience before you graduate college.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-27T20:45:51Z
Bars Close at 1 or 2 Am – I don't hang out at Northeastern very often. I live in Allston, which is out of the way but cheap. Okay night life, lots of bars and venues, little to no underage night life in the whole of Boston. Transportation stops early so be prepared to take a cab.
College Junior 2011-05-26T20:45:32Z
Very Expensive School – Personally, I don't pay very much for Northeastern because my father works for the Northeastern Police Department and part of his benefits is that his children get their tuition costs waived. I do however, have friends that have take out more than $40,0000 in loans per year, but it's all a matter of choice. I'm not aware of the amount in scholarship northeastern tends to give out (probably because it doesn't really affect me), but I feel as though it is not that great.
College Junior 2011-05-26T20:42:16Z
Luck of the Draw – As far as I know there is no, one day parking area, for the most part any parking on campus is reserved for people with parking passes that they pay for or have as a benefit from working at the university. Without parking lots, it's pretty ridiculous to expect to find parking, especially not for longer than an hour.
College Junior 2011-05-26T20:36:20Z
Pretty Good Housing – Housing Freshman year is all about the luck of the draw. Northeastern has some great buildings with great common rooms and hang out areas and others that are just dull and poorly patched up. Most people that I've spoken to about upperclassmen housing is that its a lot better than freshman housing (which is to be expected), even the "worst" upperclassman living arrangements are acceptable and even favorable to those that didn't get great Freshman housing.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T03:08:25Z
Greek life is great for students looking to form a good group of friends freshman year, but it doesn't influence campus life very much. They do have parties and fundraisers, but the majority of students aren't involved in Greek Life, so you don't need to be in a fraternity of sorority to have fun and fit in!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T02:59:33Z
So Many Things to Do! Northeastern is located in the perfect part of Boston! It is close to downtown, back bay, theater district, shopping areas, pretty much any place you might want to go! There are tons of museums and cultural attractions nearby (museum of fine arts and museum of science), and everything is easily accessible by public transportation.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T02:55:51Z
Athletic Center and Library Review – The marino gym is excellent! There is also a convenience store and multiple dining options available inside, which makes is very convenient. The gym equipment is fairly new, and there are tons of machines, but it can get very crowded in the evenings. The library is decent. It's open 24hrs now, which is definitely helpful to students, but there are not enough plugs near tables to plug laptops into!
College Junior 2011-05-18T21:20:51Z
Ugh, FML – First of all, the trains stop running at 1 AM, so save a lot of cab money or prepare to never party at all. The green line, the one that runs through campus, is always crowded and doesn't run that often. The drivers love to stop short so that everyone on the "train" (if you can even call it that) ends up falling all over each other.
College Junior 2011-05-18T21:18:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Not a Lot of Options – Since there isn't much diversity at Northeastern, if you're not into the typical preppy New Englander, prepare to be single in college. Berklee is really close and presents a little bit more of a choice, but only if you're into the really artsy type.
College Junior 2011-05-18T21:16:59Z
Not the Greatest Mix – Being from New York, Boston has definitely let me down so far. I expected a much more diverse environment than there actually is. Most people at this school are your typical white, upper middle class New Englanders, and anyone who doesn't fit that description tends to stick with their own kind. I think everyone I've met so far has been Christian as well. There's a pretty good mix of political values, but that's about the only thing that presents a good mixture.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-11T23:56:08Z
The atletics at Northeastern were excellent. The fan support was awesome and school spirit was great. The facilities, especially Matthews Arena were exceptional. The teams for the most part do well in the CAA.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-11T23:52:51Z
Criminal Justice Program – The criminal justice program at Northeastern University was an incredible experience as a student. The workload was at times stressful, but productive. The curriculum was interesting partly due to the excellent professors. Although I was unable to do the co-op program, I have heard great things about it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-09T14:48:10Z
The police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter and must meet with the board of offenses, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing or enrollment. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so do everything discreetly and not to be obnoxious about it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-09T14:46:38Z
The drug scene at Northeastern is huge. We were voted top ten campuses with drugs in the past. It depends on who you know, but drugs are very accessible and easily found.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-09T14:41:03Z
Computer Labs – The computer labs at Northeastern are usually crowded at crunch times, like midterms and finals, but besides that, you can always find a spot. Most people do have their own computers, and with WiFi, it is definitely nice to have your own. If you don't own one, I don't think it would be a huge problem. Now you can even print right from your own computer, so its worth it.
College Junior 2011-05-08T11:55:18Z
If You Can, AVOID! Too expensive. Once you go out, you might never go back to on-campus housing.
College Junior 2011-05-08T11:49:09Z
Welcome to the North Pole – If you're not used to cold weather, then you're basically going to be in a very long hibernation period from November until mid-April.
College Junior 2011-05-08T11:43:50Z
A Lot of Choices for High Prices – Off-campus dining, such as Boloco, Qdoba, Au Bon Pain, and Prudential Center's restaurants, are some of the diverse options of off-campus dining in Northeastern. However, off-campus dining costs extremely high compared to that of the on-campus.
College Junior 2011-05-08T11:41:34Z
Health & Safety:
Always on Alert Every Second – When it comes to safety, Northeastern University takes the well-being of its students very seriously. Even one single case of burglary (which involved only a wallet) was taken very seriously. But this is good, since students have no worry when they're going out at night in the campus, as the safety department does its job very well.
College Junior 2011-05-08T10:53:39Z
Still Working on It – Northeastern University hasn't become a top-choice for international students... yet. As the reputation soars higher and higher, the popularity amongst prospective foreign students are higher. For the year 2011, the university received a record-breaking 4,000+ applications from outside USA. As the rankings of NEU increases, so does the diversity.
College Junior 2011-05-06T15:09:11Z
Not the End All Be All – There is greek life to get involved with if that is your scene, but unlike some campuses it is not join or suffer being a loner the rest of college.
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