Recent Alumnus 2010-06-15T08:17:21Z
This past year we have added a new sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma) and a new fraternity (Beta Theta Pi). Greek life is becoming a bigger part of the social scene at NU and provides endless opportunities for socializing, community service and having fun
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-11T23:46:15Z
The housing works on a lottery system which sucks because of course the best housing goes quickly. Depending on where you live there' both good and bad choices. Cost of the dorm rooms have steadliy risen since last semester and generally you get to live with the people you choose
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-11T23:44:33Z
Off Campus Eating – Sometimes you can find good discounts but there's so much off campus dining that its not hard to find cheap food
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-11T23:42:39Z
Its ok. We have three dining halls, two grocery stores and one campus food store called Outtakes. The food choices are relatively acceptable depending on the day but it can get extremely boring fast.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-25T21:11:46Z
What You Make of It – Northeastern offers tons of possibilities. However, no professor or administrator will push you to them. It's your responsibility to find these opportunities and make the best of them. I've had the best experiences going abroad (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) and taking part in relevant work-study positions in the Psychology and Linguistics Departments. Initiative is well-rewarded at Northeastern.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-25T21:08:04Z
More Smoking, Less Drinking – Peer pressure levels depend on the group of friends you are with. Marijuana is the most prevalent drug of choice and does not always coincide with drinking. Marijuana use may be more prevalent than drinking and seems to be less strictly regulated (Massachusetts recently decriminalized marijuana use and possession). That said, most RAs look the other way until a situation forces them to take action. Northeastern is strict on policy enforcement.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-25T20:59:00Z
Go Off-Campus – Northeastern encourages a dry campus. Dorm parties are by invitation only, since all guests must be signed in and there is a guest and alcohol limit (even for those 21+). Nearby clubs in Boston are for those 21+. However, there are tons of parties in surrounding neighborhoods, like Mission Hill, and near Boston University.
College Senior 2010-05-24T00:10:38Z
The cost are pretty expensive and hard to find parking spaces
College Senior 2010-05-20T06:36:21Z
New England – I'm used to the weather because I'm from Massachusetts, but if you're not used to rapidly changing weather you may have a difficult time adjusting.
College Senior 2010-05-20T06:32:45Z
The gym is amazing. There are so many machines. The library is huge and so helpful. It's a beautiful campus overall.
College Senior 2010-05-20T06:31:41Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Crime – I feel completely safe at Northeastern which is extremely important because it's in the middle of the city. Campus police are always around to help if needed. There is also a security program in place where you can call for a guard to walk you home.
College Senior 2010-05-19T00:23:12Z
Getting Harder Every Year – As one of the most liberal states, MA has decriminalized its drugs law. Nevertheless, NU is getting tougher on drugs and alcohol, and students should be careful. I believe that Northeastern is going to have a harder time dealing with these issues, as Northeastern has apparently been ranked as THE drunkest university in the country and the number of students who admit to smoking weed is skyrocketing year after year.
College Senior 2010-05-19T00:17:27Z
Guys & Girls:
Some of the Most Beautiful Girls Possible – Compared to other colleges that my friends attend, Northeastern seems to have a much higher amount of attractive girls. Yes, there are some downright ugly ones, but the majority are beatiful, and some of them are - i'm not going to lie - breathtakingly gorgeous.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-29T22:25:31Z
Infocommons- Hit or Miss – It can be very difficult to find a computer to use in InfoCommons at any given time of day. They only have a few Macs for students to use, which can be a challenge when it appears the majority of NU students have Macs. The Windows computers take ages to log you in and get going. Some have a "freezing" problem as part of the process, especially the computers in Shillman Hall. This could be another reason why many students are glued to the Macs- very quick and efficient. The printing system in the InfoCommons is a little iffy. It often seems that some documents get lost in the shuffle or just don't print out at all. You are assigned a limited allowance of pages you can print per semester and you MUST use them wisely... the hustle and bustle of InfoCommons can be unpredictable. Avoid the "Quick Print" area outside IC like the plague... it'll hardly be quick when there's a line of 15+ people waiting to print, jamming the printers, etc. On a more positive note, I will say that the campus network is GREAT! Very speedy and wireless is a breeze to connect (and stay connected) to. I've never had an issue connecting or staying connected to the Internet, nor have I ever experienced any particularly slow service.
That said, I think bringing a personal computer and printer are fairly necessary. Most students take notes on their laptops and are able to, for example, edit a paper in the quad on a sunny day versus a chilly, hectic room. I personally have both and have found that I'm not blowing through paper and ink like I thought I would. Don't be dependent on InfoCommons: bring a printer! A nice one will keep you from spending your money on ink cartridge after ink cartridge, too. I've spent $0 on ink since buying mine in January!
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-25T22:34:52Z
Co-Op Establishes Connections and Develops Experience – Most people, myself included, choose to attend Northeastern because of it's co-op program. This program allows students to work at jobs that allow them to gain experience in their field of study as well as develop connections that will be useful to them after graduation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-25T22:30:02Z
Sports are a huge part of Northeastern life. We are known for our hockey team. Hockey games are always fun to attend and bring friends/family to. Along with our usual seasonal games, we compete in the Beanpot each year against our rivals, BC and BU, and there is always a lot of excitement and competition surrounding the events.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-25T22:25:19Z
Endless Opportunities – Boston is such a great city to go to college in. Not only are there various attractions and distractions, but there are so many opportunities for students to learn and work towards their future careers. There are many neighboring schools and the city is always full of life, no matter the time of day or night.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-23T23:44:47Z
You don't even need it. It's nice having a T stop right in the middle of campus and at Ruggles, so it's easy to get around Boston. there are also a lot of great places to get to by foot.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-23T23:43:52Z
What's That? It barely exists. Sometimes you see Greek events and run across a frat party, but it's negligible.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-23T23:42:41Z
Easy and Cheap(Er) – Off-campus housing is unbelievably easy to find and comes out cheaper than on-campus housing.
College Senior 2010-04-20T15:00:18Z
Mostly Good – The dining options at NU are pretty decent. Sometimes the quality is not the best, but it is usually pleasing.
College Senior 2010-04-20T14:58:50Z
Seems Ok – As I have just completed my first year at NU I can say at the moment that the academics in terms of teaching quality is average. There are some really great professors that I have had, and some really bad ones. It seems you either get a great teacher or a terrible one, there is not much in between.
College Senior 2010-04-15T04:39:49Z
It is easy to get to campus. The subway system is accessible and easy to use
College Senior 2010-04-15T04:36:12Z
There are many computers on campus. Usually, they are very accessible and easy to use. There are two computer labs in which students can print out up to 400 pages for free. However, some of their school computers are slow.
College Senior 2010-04-15T04:34:40Z
Boston is a very nice area to live in. Boston is a diverse city with many cultural events, shopping centers and historical sites.
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