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What is your overall opinion of this school?


I love the enormous amount of resources we have for research, it's one of the most important things in a school imo. There isn't really anything I would change, Northeastern has a great mixture of freedom and structure. It's just the right size; you don't get overwhelmed but you don't have to see someone you don't like if you don't want to. People are generally very impressed when I tell them I go to Northeastern, which is funny because I am pretty sure a few years ago most of them didn't know about Northeastern. I spend my time in the library or at one of the many great food places on campus. I'm vegan and my boyfriend east meat and we both have a great time eating food here. Um, it's in the middle of Boston which is really great, you can see a movie or a show if you want to on pretty much any given night. The administration is in general very helpful, sure sometimes you'll get a weird random hold on your account but a call to the administration usually clears that up. Idk what school controversy REALLY has been an issue, i'm pretty sure that the smoking and non smoking debate was pretty big. There IS school pride but the thing is there is so much coming and going on and off co-op, international studying etc that it's like an 'airport school" i guess. Which i personally love. The unusual is just that I guess. I'll always remember entering snell library, which is open 24 hours a day, and thinking that this was heaven. Frequent student complaints include "why did you spend all that money on a new welcome center when it could have been used on things we actually needed."


Northeastern University is a wealth of resources that are readily available. There is plenty of academic assistance, as well as professional training built into the curriculum. Some of the greatest minds in the world speak and teach at Northeastern, and a life changing opportunity is just one introduction away at all times. Plan on spending a lot of time on campus, because that's where you'll find groups and associations that will add to your resume, meet people who will become friends and even co-founders of your next venture, and have experiences that are truly once in a lifetime. Before I even graduated from Northeastern, my resume was greeted with positive reactions not only because I attend a well respected university, but because I had over 3 years industry experience through co-op internships and working part time during school.


The best thing about this school is the co-op program. It gives you the opportunity to get real world experiences and makes you so much more prepared post-grad. The school is very large and can be overwhelming sometimes, but you just have to make a little extra effort to carve out your own niche and get involved with groups on campus. The school is in Boston, which is great because it is a city, and also a college town in itself - you find so many different schools here so its fun to interact with others. People are proud of the school and will tell you its better than Northwestern (which we often get confused with!)


Overall, I like the school. We have a large student body that is varied, but small enough individual majors that you tend to know people you go to class with. When people hear it they either don't know of it, or think it's good. Boston is a great town to live in, and there's plenty to do that is easily accessible.


If you are not an extremely excellent student who can be admitted by Harvard or MIT, Northeastern is a perfect choice. Northeastern is developing very fast in these years, so Northeastern has a great perspective. Northeastern is located neat downtown Boston. There are great amount of activities that students can participate in. Living and studying are both very convenient at Northeastern. Orange and Green line can take you to everywhere in Boston. I go to Snell Library a lot. The facilities there are very helpful. You can find any resource as you want.


Northeastern was not my first choice of school - I'm someone who's really into the liberal arts, and I believe education shouldn't be the way to a job, but a way to better understand the world while developing reasoning and evaluatory skills. Northeastern's huge focus on co-op didn't mesh with my vision as an Anthropology major. But now that I'm here, I'm kind of glad I ended up here after all. The classes I've taken so far have been excellent, with professors who earnestly want to be in the classroom that are able to really motivate the students. But the best part of Northeastern is the location. Boston is just a really great place to go to school - the city isn't gigantic and impossible to navigate, but it's big enough that there's always too much to do. All my favorite bands come to play in the area, and even on campus there's a million events each day, and I'm part of tons of student groups with people who are really involved. There's a lot of focus on co-op, but my friends in the liberal arts don't look at co-op as a way to make money - they look at it as a way to learn, which is really important to me, and the great thing is the professors work really hard to make interesting co-ops available that also pay.


Northeastern is awesome! It is a 5 year college because we work on co-op. During this time we are not in classes and most people are getting paid working full time in the field of their major. It gives us an edge up on work experience, our resume, interviewing skills, and our career in general. Many students get hired full time right after graduation because of co-op. The city of Boston is great as well. I love that Northeastern still has a campus feel when we are right in the city of Boston (way better than BU’s campus!). I wish that the class sizes were smaller. I am in a lot of large science lectures so it was hard to get to know my professors, especially to get recommendations for graduate school. Some of the professors are just in it for the grant money since we are a large research institution. I wish the administration would weed out poor professors because there are certainly a ton of them. I wish we also had more school pride. Homecoming and sports events are definitely not as big at our school compared to most other colleges.The biggest complains by students nowadays is the tuition increase, especially since the university is flaunting our presidents increased salary, now topping over $1 million… I am not sure that Northeastern is budgeting their money properly. Although I am not really sure how funding works, it seems that a lot of things being done at our university are unnecessary. Getting updated class rooms and legitimate professors I think are a lot more important than random architecture around our campus…


the best thing about the school is the co-op program. you get paid to gain experience in your field to add to your resume so you can apply to jobs that are not entry level upon graduation. its a good size. i like that it is in the city but there is still a campus. there are tons of students in boston.


Overall, the atmosphere and experience at Northeastern is excellent. Boston is an amazing college town, most of the professors are extremely smart and dedicated, and the physical campus is beyond gorgeous. The only really common gripes about NU are fairly standard for large private schools: Financial aide receives complaints, as well as the administrative faculty in general. The issues with these offices are fairly standard and minor, having to do mostly with response timeless and such. I have many friends at other similar schools, and everyone from Boston University to U. Souther California as the same financial aide and admin complaints. It is the price of admission for a school of this size and scope. Life at Northeastern has generally been fantastic, and there is virtually nothing I would seriously change. In a perfect world, the greek system would be bigger (and have houses), but this is a symptom of boston housing policy more than anything else. I have loved every second of my time at Northeastern, and would recommend it to anyone.


Overall, the atmosphere and experience at Northeastern is excellent. Boston is an amazing college town, most of the professors are extremely smart and dedicated, and the physical campus is beyond gorgeous. The only really common gripes about NU are fairly standard for large private schools: Financial aide receives complaints, as well as the administrative faculty in general. The issues with these offices are fairly standard and minor, having to do mostly with response timeless and such. I have many friends at other similar schools, and everyone from Boston University to U. Souther California as the same financial aide and admin complaints. It is the price of admission for a school of this size and scope. Life at Northeastern has generally been fantastic, and there is virtually nothing I would seriously change. In a perfect world, the greek system would be bigger (and have houses), but this is a symptom of boston housing policy more than anything else. I have loved every second of my time at Northeastern, and would recommend it to anyone.


I personally have a high opinion of this school. It has (as I'm sure everyone knows) a great co-op / career services program which I think in this economy are absolutely key to success. It also has a great campus and facilities and although we have a large student body I feel it's still easy to feel apart of the community and somehow you still end up running into people you know on campus...all the time. The worst thing about the school is the administration. Not the professors, we have great and very high caliber professors, but the academic advisors, financial department, etc. Maybe it's because there are so many students but they always give you the run around and seem to mess things up. This is more of an inconvenience than a deal breaker though but it is frustrating. The school is well-regarded among companies and we do have a good bit of pride that comes out in the form of rivalries with nearby institutions (ahem BU ahem ahem WIT)


Northeastern is the ultimate mix of everything; a big school with a small school feel on an actual college campus in the middle of a the biggest college city in the world. You're constantly bumping into people you know walking around campus, but at the same time there are thousands of students you're yet to meet it. No program will prepare you better for life after graduation than the coop program; over 50% of students get full-time offers from previous coop employers! Add to that Northeastern's skyrocketing reputation and academic standards, and people will be impressed when you tell them you go here. I don't have a single regret about coming to Northeastern. I have received a great education with outstanding internships and friends and memories I will never forget. I love attending our hockey games and sitting in the Doghouse (the student section) and being a part of an evergrowing Greek Life. It's by no means cheap, but Northeastern is good with extending generous financial aid packages, which was another big part of why I came here. Graduating from here in May 2012, I take pride in my college career and know that I not only had a fantastic time but really grew as a person as well.


Northeastern is AMAZING! There are so many things I could rattle off that are positives about this place. The location is perfect. Students are able to explore the city of Boston without ever being more than 10 minutes away from campus. The professors are incredible resources. They are knowledgeable, approachable, and dedicated to us. The class sizes are great. I am a senior at Northeastern and I have never had more than 45 students in my class. Professors are able to really get to know us and build relationships with us. The co-op program is absolutely the number one, best thing that the school has to offer. The amount of employers that Northeastern has professional relationships with is unbelievable. Students, like myself, who are in the business school are able to network these prospective employers before deciding where to submit resumes and apply. I was able to co-op at a Big 4 accounting firm 3 times and received a full time job offer! I am SO thrilled to know where I will be working when I graduate. In addition, the school has some great athletic teams. Students gather in Matthews Arena to see the hockey team play the other big Boston schools such as Harvard and BC during the beanpot. It's a great time and you really feel a sense of unity with the other members of the student body. Advisors are amazing on campus. They do a great job guiding students to ensure they are comfortable and on the right track with what classes to take. In addition, they lead you to the right contacts for financial aid, study abroad options, and declaring majors. All of these things really make Northeastern an unbelievable school. I wouldn't have spent my 5 years anywhere else!


Bottom line: experiential education. Northeastern provides its students with an unprecedented opportunities to apply what they are learning inside the classroom to the real world. Our co-op program is the best in the country and sets every Northeastern graduate apart. Not to mention, its the perfect size and in the perfect city. The study abroad options through Dialogue of Civilization (month long faculty led, NU students only study abroad trips) and international co-op give student global experiences that cannot be matched. Northeastern's administration is always a complete mess and requires students to constantly fight for things they deserve.


People come here for the co-op program primarily. There are also really good Health Science and Business programs. At times it seems that the student body is too big for the campus, but usually it's just a problem with organization. The "NU Shuffle" is a common term used to describe the fact that one administrator will never be able to answer all your questions and will send you to someone else who will send you to someone else and so on. I spend most of my time off-campus at cafes and clubs/bars. Boston is arguably the best college town in the country - the city is your campus and there are so many schools in the city. Those who fit the stereotypes tend to be the ones who have school pride. For the most part, there isn't much school pride. The best part about Northeastern is it's location in the heart of Boston and it's campus feel.


Northeastern students are broken up into different categories based on students in which they accept. You meet super smart, cultured students and also the 'townies' (who typically don't survive NU's rigorous programs with coop and all). Northeastern is definitely a fantastic school in a super fantastic location. BOSTON is the best city to be in for college. The nightlife isn't the best here, but with so many colleges and so many people between the ages of 19-27 there is always something to do. The city is very much a part of Northeastern's campus and as an architecture student, a tool.


Best thing about NU are the people are the city around it. I wish that academics were more serious here but then again, it is more of a real world experience with coop not a liberal arts ed. There are sooo many opportunities for you IF you know what you want to do in life and you are trying to build your resume. If you're looking to study philosophy and don't want to rush into making career choices, you might want to think of a different school.. People in Boston generally look down on NU as not being as good as BC or BU, but with regards to the campus I would much rather go here. We actually HAVE a campus (cough cough BU on comm. ave) and we aren't way out in newton (cough cough BC). Also, people here really are more down to earth and easy going. I personally think the size is too big for me and sometimes it can feel like you never see your friends because of coop schedules. School pride is lacking, but hockey games are fun! Noone goes to see basketball or football but RSA puts on good programs and there's always something good to see in Blackman aud. Lisa Lampenelli came for sex week and was hilariouss! Most students I know complain about the NU shuffle (too much red tape), a lack of real diversity and unity on campus, not enough school spirit.


I am a transfer student for which i have something to compare northeastern with. first of all its a great school. I studied for a year in new orleans and ive been at northeastern for a year now and i just love it, it is so much better than Loyola. it is a clean environment wether it is the people or campus and the city. the best location ever, and the teachers and mixtures of cultures of my classmates is great.


Northeastern University is number 1 in the nation for internships because of its world-famous co-op program, which places students in 6-month internships (paid or non-paid) that correlate to their major. Once you come to this school you will notice the Northeastern Shuffle. It can be difficult to get the exact information you need to do something. The administration loves to move students from one office to the other to get an answer. There is also the Northeastern Hussle because students here are on their own individual track and have no problem of pushing you out of the way. The environment here is very cutthroat so if you are unsure of what you want to be, this is not the place for you. Nobody here will coddle you. When I tell people that I attend Northeastern, they give me a confused look like "What? Where is that? Oh, really?!" Some people just don't comprehend that this school is fantastic because the masses only know of Tufts, BU, BC, and the Ivy Leagues. Boston is definitely a college town. I believe there are 65 schools here so there are a lot of young people here with whom to socialize. There is no apparent school pride so no one is going to nag you if you do not know the Huskies (the school mascot) stats.


Northeastern is an institution of higher learning that prepares its students for life in the real world. NU students come prepared to take on successfully any position (co-op is great) and deal with individual, community and world wide issues. I would probably change the campus, in that I would prefer a larger campus with more consistent architecture. The campus is beautiful, but, being in the city, space is scarce. The population of students seems perfect. There are around 12,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduates. Everyone I meet reacts with a "WOW!" when I tell them I go to NU. Most everyone is immediately impressed. NU administration is going through a change right now, with the recent change in President, Joseph Aoun, and the even more recent change in Provost, Stephen Director. Aoun and Director both will provide excellent leadership and push Northeastern onto greater achievements. Look on NU's website for recent news regarding prestigious grants and awards the school and its faculty have received. Aoun and Director are both looking to create a "Northeastern student mold." In the same way Harvard students are stuck-up and rich, Aoun and Director are hoping to look for global, outward-thinking, smart, ambitious and creative students. The most recent controversy on campus is the administration's handling of the math department's chair's suspension. Little information has been given to the NU community, which is in uproar. In the past, problems like this have fallen under the category of "NU Shuffle," a catch-all name for administrative problems at NU. However, in my experience, the "Shuffle" seems to be no more. There is a ton of school pride. Students all over campus and the surround area can be seen wearing NU clothing from head to toe. Students regularly overflow the student section at hockey games and take over Matthews Arena. There are not real unusual features about Northeastern. It does have its own traditions and quirks, but nothing more than its own variation on common college traditions. One experience I will always remember is meeting my academic advisor for the first time. I was so surprised by how much she knew about me even before I met her. She had my entire high school academic file practically memorized and much more information easily at hand. For such a large university to have such individual-oriented advising was amazing for me and something that I did not expect. Having graduated high school with only 48 other boys, I can definitively say that the academic advising at NU has been as good as that which I received in high school, despite the enormous difference in size.


I think its a good size, and its nice to live in the city but still have a campus. I wish it was in a more safe neighborhood though. The freshman dorms could use some work and I think the housing pricing should be adjusted to be more fair. Also, I don't really like the new core system, I shouldn't have to take classes that don't matter to my major.


Coop. It is what Northeastern is best known for. It really is an excellent program. I am participating in my first coop right now. Although I did not really enjoy my experience, I hated my job, it was the best position I could have taken! It taught me that my major wasn't right for me. After having worked for six months in an environment similar to one that I may be in after college, I have no doubt about the need for me to change my major. With coop, everyone has a unique experience that helps to influence the decisions they will make. I highly recommend NU just for this experience alone.


I signed up as a volunteer tour guide for Northeastern's admissions office because I absolutely love my school. There are so many things that Northeastern has to offer, and the education here is best suited for the ambitious student who is not afraid to reach for what they want. Our cirriculum is completely customizable, based on what you're willing to take on and where you want to go. There is an extraordinary amount of freedom with the co-op program. You may be a double major in science and graphics design (like me), two disciplines that could not get further apart, but find a co-op job working in marketing for pharmaceuticals and get a foot in the door at your dream job waiting for you when you graduate. But you can't take a class for those kind of combined skills. Or you could be an electrical engineer and a musician (like my boyfriend) and go to work at a company like Bose, offering the opportunity to apply two sets of skill is audio engineering. That, to me, is the best thing about Northeaster; you get out what you put in. The icing on the cake is everything else: a fantastic student life community, exceptional academics and a beautiful, homey campus! Can you tell I love it here?


Northeastern is a good university. It 's the best one in the U.S. in term of co-ops! I like the campus, the diversity of the students, and I love the city.


Upon telling people I attend NEU, people are always impressed. The co-op program is always brought up. The school is selective, and upon talking with many of my peers, a large number have indicated Northeastern was one of their top choices, but they were not accepted. I like being in such a diverse community, and being locating right in the city is a positive if you enjoy that kind of lifestyle and environment. At the same time, because of our location, its a bit harder to make an keep friends. Northeastern students not only have a lot on their plate, but are always busy doing their own thing in the city. It's hard to run into people, and you rarely have any common ground. At a small school, you're always doing the same thing, going to the same places. Not here. If I could change one thing, it would be the amount of school spirit. The students are here to get set with their careers through co-op, and therefore aren't serious about sports. People talk about possible internships and study abroad opportunities, not the big game on Saturday.


I had never heard of Northeastern until I came to school here, but it is very well-known in and around Boston. Co-op is a great opportunity to enhance your resume, and find out what the "real-world" is like, but choices are limited for certain majors, and 6 months is a very long time if you get stuck in a boring co-op. The school is just the right size. Small enough to feel like a community, but big enough to be able to meet lots of new people. The administration doesn't really seem to care about the students very much, and housing is ridiculously expensive, or in in bad neighborhoods. There are muggings and thefts on and around campus because it is a very urban school.


Northeastern will probably always be synonymous with co-op in the minds of most people. Althought I don't think this is a bad thing (our co-op program is amazing and 100% worth going to NU for alone) but NU is made up of so much more. Its sad that most people in boston hear Northeastern and picture a commuter school filled with lower income, working class students who are working to put themselves through college. This is no longer the story of NU. Northeastern is full of wonderful experiences in and out of the classroom. We have some of the most involved students and extracurricular activities available to us. What other school could you join student activities and be put in charge of a $300,000 concert? At other schools, their concerts are planned by clearchannel/live nation, not the students. At northeastern, programing is done by the students for the students. I love the fact that you can get both a big and little school feel with NU. You want big school feel? We're in the middle of boston, and have thousands of students. You want small school feel? We have a fairly enclosed campus, small class sizes, and very personalized majors with faculty who know your name. The biggest complaints at Northeastern have to do with the administration. "They don't listen to students", "They give you the run around" (NU Shuffle)... These can be true, but they can be true almost anywhere. As a student, I didn't concern myself with the administration so much, and spent time enjoying my time as a student, and other things the university had to offer.. because of this I was never bothered by the NU Shuffle that most people complain about. The one thing that I would change about NU is the amount of school spirit. You can find it if you want to (check out a hockey game in the dog house) but NU will never be notre dame. Students don't attend sporting events in huge numbers, and this carries over to the alumni who for the most part are not very connected to the school. There are many exceptions though, so if this is something that means a lot to you, you can find school spirit in small groups.


The funny thing about Northeastern is its HUGE, but you'll never know it. We have a pretty small campus that is the perfect size for our population. A lot of students are on coop at any given point, which allows are school to look and feel "smaller", but in reality we have a pretty big student population. So I say it's just right. Boston is definitely a college town, if you don't like where Northeastern is located or the parties here? Walk to BU, take the T to Harvard or BC, its your choice. 1/5 of Boston's population at any time is students, which is the best feeling a student can have: knowing that almost everyone here is for the same reason. The most frequent student complaints or just general coursework. It's tough, but its worth it. Oh, and our football and basketball teams suck (but that's what hockey's for).


Campus in a city. The campus is probably 15 minutes walking distance from one end to the other. I would usually leave my building 10 mins before a class started. There's only one main street that goes through the campus - other than that, there are many parts that have the "campus feel." There's the people playing frisbee, and many student groups have barbeques in the quads. It's a great feeling to be a part of. I'm going to miss it! The city is young and has SO many college students. In the spring, summer, and fall, it is beautiful. The campus is right in downtown Boston, so it is conveniently located by the Prudential Center, Newbury Street, Copley, bars, restaurants, and the T (subway system). I personally feel like it's the best area to be in. The only "far" cab ride would be to Faniuel Hall - and that's about an $11 ride. The only time I cab it from Fanieul is when I leave the bars when the T is closed. The only thing I would change about Northeastern is I wish there was more school pride with sports (or I wish we were just better in sports). There's a big following for hockey, and those games are great... but considering how many people there are that attend the school, I wish more attended. As far as school pride in general goes, it depends who you ask. If you emmerse yourself in activities on the campus and surround yourself with other people who are proud to be at Northeastern (and there are PLENTY of them) then you would feel a HUGE sense of school pride. Some people aren't that committed though and because sports aren't big don't feel the pride. Controversy in the community would be the riots for the Pats and Red Sox games. It all gets blamed on Northeastern, when it is the entire city! To be honest, it's worth it though. I came to Northeastern being a Mets fan and not watching football. Now the Sox are my 2nd favorite team and I LOVE the Pats. Rioting proves our love for the teams. With the Celtics and the Bruins beginning to shape up it makes it even better. You really feel like you are part of something bigger - being right in the middle of Boston, and really close to Fenway, is amazing! The biggest complaint at the school is the NU Shuffle. You go to one office for question X and they send you to another department which will send you to another department. If you can find a way to bond and get to know the administration (I became involved in student groups to become more involved with the administration) then they will really help you out. *The biggest thing with Northeastern is that anything is possible. You have to make the best of it... and you can have an amazing experience if you put effort in. At at university with 15,000 people... no one is going to come up to you and say "I want to make your time here great." YOU need to make your time there great - and it isn't that hard to do! Just don't be ultra lazy!


Northeastern is very unique. It offers you a city experience while still having the security of a secluded campus. The security can seem overly oppressive at times, but it is just to ensure the well being of the students and faculty. The university is amazing. Great people, amazing city, excellent atmosphere. The facilities such as the gym(s) and library are well maintained and very useful. The surrounding neighborhoods are not totally unsafe, but certain areas should be avoided at night. The Coop program is truly amazing, and gives students the opportunity for valid job experience in their major. Anyone who graduates from Northeatern and participated in the Coop program is already two steps ahead of any graduate from another school with the same degree, hands down. We all have heard that experience is the best teacher, and that is what Coop is all about.


My favorite thing about it is that its a big school, in a big city, but you have this campus where you are always passing people you know. There isn't a ton of housing but what we do have is better then the housing I've seen at other schools, and the biggest complain is that there's not enough of it. There's always places to hang out outside of the dullness of the library, just walk into the campus starbucks and you will see more people studying then having 'coffee dates', or even some combination of the two. Classes are kept small enough that professors learn your name, and they keep you on your toes by knowing when you were absent.


Best thing: 1) Great campus. It's in the city so you're not isolated but not really in the middle of the city (unlike Emerson and Suffolk) *BU has the worst campus everyone says that 2) We have the best co-op program on the face of the earth The only thing is that people don't really think Northeastern is one of the best schools in Boston. I think BU for example is more popular. So I think the university lacks some "brand identification" Northeastern students are very proud to be huskys


Its a great school, it really is. They have so many fields that you can dabble in. I'm a Neuroscience major but I'm taking jazz in the fall. Workload is a little less than too much but nonetheless, doable.


The best things at Northeastern for me were the co-op program and the study abroad programs. My co-op experience led me to a full-time job as I'm graduating. I also did 2 short-term Study Abroad programs for 1 month each, one in Mexico and one in South Africa. These were amazing and set my college experience apart from the experiences of my friends. In general, Northeastern has a ton of short-term and full-semester Study Abroad programs all over the world.


The best thing about NU is the location. It is minutes from Boylston Street, Newbury Street, the Prudential Center and Fenway Park. This is great when it gets warm out and you can take a nice stroll. Also, everything is accessible by T. The one thing that I would think to change is maybe some help with off campus housing. There is a new legislation that was passed that's going to cap the number of residents in each apartment to a maximum of four people. This is going to create problems for a lot of students. Maybe the school can help set up some sort of housing options for students who do not wish to live on campus. The school is large but this fits me perfectly. I am a city girl at heart and enjoy being immersed in such a busy atmosphere. When tell people that I attend Northeastern, I get get one of the two reactions: impressed or never heard of it. This is changing though. More and more people are starting to hear about NU and what they hear are good things. The areas I spend on campus depends on what time of the year it is. During finals week, EVERYONE will be at the library. It will be full early in the morning, afternoon, nighttime and late late night (3 or 4 am). When it is warm out, you will probably find me sitting outside of Marino Center where they have tables and chairs set up, or in one of the many quads that Northeastern has. During the winter months, spend time in the Marino Center sharing a meal with friends and just sit there people watching. Boston is most definitely a college town. You get to meet so many people from many different colleges. I have a sister who goes to BU and it really helps that she's close by. NU administration is pretty good. Once in a while you'll get a professor who's not so great but there are many resources where you can get help: TA's, tutors, or other students. The biggest recent controversy on campus was the Janitors' Strike. It got resolved pretty quickly because once news got out, most of the student body got involved signing petitions and whatnot. I'm pretty sure I heard that the janitors got a raise. I'm not sure if there is a lot of school pride. I would say it's average. I, myself, do not really participate in many activities like homecoming but this is beause I tend to work a lot. Every year though, I get the homecoming pamphlets and I do want to go. Also, you look at everyone's photos and they have a school sweater. You see the pictures of everyone at home and hanging out with their friends from other schools and everyone's wearing their school sweater. I feel like this is part of having pride in your school. I make it a point to wear my school sweater when I'm at home. What's different about Northeastern is our five year Co-Op program. The people that I've graduated high school with (none of them came to NU with me) are all graduating in '09 while I'm graduating in '10. When I tell people this, they think I've taken time off from school but then I explain to them that I'm doing two six month co ops. One experience that I will always remember are making friends. I now have friends from all over the country. You get to meet so many people here at Northeastern. I am going abroad next year to Ireland and a lot of my friends will be scattered all over Europe. I plan on visiting a new country every weekend while I'm abroad. The most frequent complaints are probably how expensive it is around here. Cost of living is very high for just about everything.


Northeastern may be urban, but it still has a campus. There are enough grass lawns and local parks to get your green in but still live with city perks.


There's a lot of bureaucracy with the administration, it's pretty annoying. Some kids are cool, but a lot of them are just losers that want to get drunk.


the best thing is the Co-op, Im just going to start and this is the reason i choose this program. a lot of people in the northeast know about northeastern and it is Co-op program but if you want to talk to companies in the west is a bit unknown. there alot of study rooms in the graduate business and that is very good, good food on campus, you have the normal choices of pizza hut, taco and son on, but they also have a healthy home made choice in Churchill hall.


The big picture may be to big to cover in this space, but NU is a co-op school. Its a school for students who are looking for an urban experience, and who are looking forward to being professionals. It's not the school to come to for parties, to get involved in Greek life, to involve your life with collegiate sports. We do have all of the above, don't get me wrong – but if you're looking for those things to be a central part of your college experience, look elsewhere. Our strengths lie in co-op, in the city of Boston, and in the extra-curricular experiences available to students. There are a ton of clubs, sports, organizations and causes to associate yourself with - so you can find what's right for you, but a variety of experiences will be more likely the case than focusing on one thing.


Co-op, truly something everyone who goes here should take advantage of. I don't think I would have gotten into the law school I did if I didn't have the practical experience of two law firms under my belt. I think it's frowned upon if you don't do co-op and you went to Northeastern because grad schools and employers see that as not taking advantage of an opportunity you had (atleast if you're sticking around Boston, because everyone knows Northeastern is the co-op school in the area). Boston is an amazing city! It wasn't too much of a change from my suburb hometown just because of the atmosphere at NEU. You can be in a big city and not feel like it at all!


Northeastern is the perfect source of an over-abundance of opportunities. However, sometimes there are too many opportunities and the administration lacks the ability to truly ensure the high quality that they speak of.


People still think that I go to school in Chicago (at Northwestern), so our name hasn't become household yet, but it's fairly new still, so it's rapidly growing. I love how this school has a small campus, but 15,000 undergrads. And we are an urban school with an enclosed campus, which I love being in Boston, but still feel like I'm in college. NU administration is TERRIBLE. We call it the "NU Shuffle". It applies for the administration and anything else you want to change at NU. The biggest controversy on campus was the Student Government presidential races I believe. There is not a lot of school pride, the students are focused more on getting out into the real world with getting a co-op job, rather than focusing on sporting events for example. Northeastern is unusual in the sense of our co-op program. We are also the most tuition-driven private institution in the country, where our university is driven by the tuition the students pay (NU has a small endowment). My experience that I will remember will be fighting the administration this year to start a fund for international co-ops involving civic engagement. Most international co-ops in my field of International Affairs are unpaid, and I believe that NU should help alleviate some of the financial burdens student face with the already raising cost of tuition.


The best thing about Northeastern is the friends that I’ve made here. I don’t know if we got lucky freshman year to live with the best people or how it’s happened really. I love my friends because they, like me, work hard and play hard. A majority of my friends are honors students, student group leaders, or working/interning part-time while in classes – and usually a combination of all of them. Compared to my high school, Northeastern is HUGE. However, now that I’m an upperclassman I can’t walk more than 20 feet without running into people I know and pretty much everyone I’ve met recently knows someone I know through one (maybe two) degrees of separation. The school is big enough to allow students to grow and find a good niche, while providing the opportunity of overlapping networks that lend to a tight, close-knit community. When I tell people that I go to NU I get some combination of the reaction to the stereotypes I’ve described and then they usually ask me if I like it. I can honestly say that I love it here, and while sometimes I wish that I had gone to a big, traditional school like BC or Amherst, I’m satisfied with my choice. I love living right in the heart of the city, but also feeling like we have a campus that’s distinctly ours. When you’re on the quads sometimes you can’t tell if you’re in the middle of Boston or western Mass. School pride comes in many forms. Due to the co-op schedules, I think Northeastern will never be a huge football or basketball school like those in Pac 10, ACC, or Big 10 conferences. But I challenge anyone to go to a game and tell me that the students there have no pride in their team. Anyone who’s been to a hockey game knows how crazy the Dog Pound will get. NU sold out its Homecoming football game in 2006. There’s also a lot of spirit in things unrelated to sports, which is the natural association when people say “school spirit.” There’s a lot of pride, especially from those involved in student groups, around activities that we do related to Northeastern. When I go to the after school program in Roxbury to run my Girl Scout meeting, I’m proud to be from NU. When our Model UN team wins a conference and my friend on their E-Board is glowing about it, I’m proud to be from NU. When someone says they heard we have great academics and great co-op opportunities here, I’m proud to be from NU.


The school's size is perfect. It's not so large that no one knows each other but not so small that EVERYONE knows each other (and each other's business). The best thing about the school is the coop program. Unlike most, we graduate with concrete experience which is not only beneficial to finding a job after school but beneficial to our classwork as we can bring those experiences into the classroom with us. The big problem with Northeastern is the administration. It is incredibly bureaucratic and everything takes time. On the other hand, this forces you to learn with the bureaucracy you'll deal with in real life. So ultimately, while it's a nuisance, it's a plus. The school pride is...well existent. People like the school but we're definitely not a "sports" school. It's more of a relaxed community than a crazy ultra-hyped college (in my experience). Plus, we're in the middle of Boston and while our campus is more centralized (compared to campuses like BU which are spread across the city), we are still in the city and can easily mix with people from other schools. Big plus.


its not northwestern. cant stress that enough. its boston through and through.


Northeastern is a community that anyone can flourish in. As with any other college you just have to open yourself up and try. It was hard being in a crowded freshman dorm where it felt like that was the only place to go and you felt most at home in, but when you take advantage of something that you might be interested in at Northeastern you can find yourself amongst a group of people that would have never thought you'd meet and they end up being your best friends. Northeastern may seem big in numbers, but you'll find it's a small world and there is always someone who knows someone. So many opportunities to find your niche here. Northeastern is in the biggest college "town" ever created. There are special laws and ordinances because of the students here ( mostly for off campus housing.) If you want a city, but you think NYC is too big, then Boston is your man. It's easy to get around, as a southerner coming up north, people are generally friendly. With the Red sox, the celtics, not so much the bruins, Northeastern Hockey and intramural sports there is always something exciting going on in the city. School spirit is limited, we are no a huge football school like BC, but we do love to get drunk and go to Hockey games. Best thing to do on a friday night during the season. The Administration is ok, haven't hreally had an complaints about our New president, well he isn't new any more. There is a lot of controversy about the housing that northeastern is building in the surround community of Roxbury. They are putting people out of house and home because they are trying to build enough housing for the entire population to live on campus by about 2012 I think they said. It's truely sad because these people have families and no where else to go because property is so expensive in Boston and the surrounding neighborhood, unless you are willing to go to an unsafe area with your family. This is unfair and something the students of Northeastern should take up with the administration. They probably won't listen to you, but it's best that your voice be heard and maybe one day they'll come up with a better solution.


Coop is definitively the best thing but the change to the semester system seems to work against the goals of co-op. In the quarter model you could leave school when you found a co-op job, it was easier to change rotations and find the job you wanted.


The best thing is the location, definitely. You often feel like you just live in a city rather than on a campus which is nice if you wanted a big school like I did. The worst thing about Northeastern is that the offices are unable to handle the fact that the school is so big - lots of red tape to get anything done. I am having the worst time graduating because of all the paperwork and the red tape. I also think the judicial system is sort of unorganized/weird - I've been written up a lot of times for stuff I didn't do. One time, the people in the office even told me I should have lied to get out of trouble, which sort of seems like...the wrong message? I guess the biggest controversy was the "No More Than Four" rule about student housing - not really on-campus (it was a Boston-wide thing) but it really is going to impact where the off-campus students can live. Personally, I don't think there's very much school pride. Half the people don't even know what student government is. As someone who's a member of a school-spirit organization, I can see this even better. But I'm not very school-spirit-oriented anyway, so I don't care. I'll always remember study abroad in Italy. And freshman year, that was fun.


I think the school is about the right size for me. Although there are many students, you usually see the same people from your major for the majority of the time so it's not like you're drowning in a sea of people. People usually react positively when they hear that I go to Northeastern. It's a very good school that is rapidly gaining the recognition it deserves (Plus it's better than BU). I spend most of my time in my room either studying or sleeping. It's in a nice area of Boston by all the rich, expensive areas. When it comes to hockey, there is a ton of school pride, even if we suck. When it comes to administration, you get the run around but that happens at any large school. It's not that big of a deal. The single best thing I've done this year was the Husky Hunt. It was AMAZING! You basically go around boston for 24 hours straight and you're given 400 clues and riddles. I had so much fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Most frequent complaints would be food (it's good if you dont really get home cooked meals at home but I was spoiled), and administration.


The best thing about Northeastern is definitely the co-op program. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out quite as well for some majors as it does for others. As a business major, it's ideal. I can get experience in many different areas and go from there to choose a career path. Some of my friends, however, have had less successful experiences. My friend who was a music industry major said he felt like his co-op was a waste of time, and that he had learned more in the past few years just from being in his band than he had at NEU or at co-op. For me, Northeastern is the perfect size. I always see a ton of people I know on campus, just walking from class to class, and of course see thousands of people I don't know. After being at NEU for 4 years though, I recognize a lot of faces, even if I don't know names. The most common reaction I get when I tell people I go to Northeastern is, "Oh! How is it living in Chicago!?" Yeah, we are in fact NOT northwestern. Who knew. Most of my time on campus is spent in classrooms, in the student center (I like studying there better than in the library) or in the dance studio. Unfortunately, Northeastern decided to screw all the dancers last yeah and tear down the dance studio to expand the law school, so now we dance in a church. It is less than ideal. One of the hardest things for me to get used to was the lack of school pride. I grew up next to a huge Big 10 school, and so I was excited to experience that kind of school and team pride for myself. It never happened. No one cares about northeastern sports, the huskies, or any kind of pride whatsoever. It's too bad that we don't have at least one sports team that is important to students. I would say the majority of people I know have never been to a Northeastern sporting event. Administration can go either way. Sometimes I'm surprised at how much they push for things in our favor, but usually not. Especially with being so involved in the dance company here, it is easy to see that they don't care about certain groups. For example, our auditorium is only allocated to students 8 nights a year. The rest of the time, it is rented out to make money for the university. Every year the dance company tries to get one weekend where they can put on the show that they have worked so hard towards. After 7 performances at other venues, all of which all cost us over $1000, and 7 semesters spent trying to be able to perform on our own campus,I finally was able to perform in the Northeastern auditorium for the first time. I doubt it will happen again. Not only that, but in the previous years when we asked Northeastern just to cover the cost of the space we had to rent out, which was to perform dances we had been working on all year,they denied us. Even though this would have cost them only about $1000, we later found out that they had given the northeastern skiing club over $10,000 for one ski weekend trip. Northeastern needs to assess their allocation of money to student groups more carefully, because some people and groups are getting shafted. One of the biggest complaints at Northeastern is the "NU Shuffle." This is basically a reference to the fact that you can never go to one person and get the answer you are looking for. You always have to go through a million channels, and in the end are often denied anyway.