Northeastern University Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?


Before attending, I wish I had known what I wanted to major in. While I still enjoyed my first semester here, I ended up taking classes that don't particularly apply to what I ultimately decided to major in, and I would've liked to use that time (and money) more effectively. I am receiving credit for the courses, and appreciate what I learned from them, - for all I know, I may have never found my passion for engineering without realizing I didn't have a passion for psychology, kinesiology, or Spanish - but it would have reduced the freshman stress.


I wish I had known more about the extracurriculars, as they all seem to be for experienced people in the areas, rather than beginners


I wish I had known what I know now, having learned it this semester: there are only five or six slots on a resume. Many of the difficult or wearying assignments we take on to gain professional experience are too low-paid, too casual, or not impressive enough to make it onto the 30-second elevator pitch which our resume represents. At Northeastern, co-ops and study abroad programs are plentiful; I could have done nothing but schoolwork every semester, and still have a full resume by now. Always let classes come first; the professional experience will come after.


I wish I had known that they did not offer double majors in the program that I was accepted into.


It's important for one to know how easy it is to become invovled with the university. There are tons of new things to try and one shouldn't be scared to do so.


I wish I would have known to get involved sooner because the more involved you are the more resources you have in any way shape or form. As always don't go to the Fens at night by yourself and be careful on Columbus. Curry has an awesome deck balcony for nice days but don't expect too many of them since the weather is unpredictable. Winters are brutal invest in snow boots and rain boots and you will be okay. Don't be afaid to use the undergroumd tunnels. Don't take yourself too seriously!


I wish someone would tell me how active you have to be to get involved. There are only one or two activities fairs for you to find which organizations that meet your interests so if you miss it, you have to actively seek this on your own.


Before I came to Northeastern, I wish I knew how much a part of the city the campus is. While there are specific areas that are obviously on campus, it is literally surrounded by the city of Boston on all sides. There is a subway "T" station running through campus, and the university buildings merge with stores, restaurants, and the people outside of the Northeastern community. This city life adds excitement and energy to the campus, but it is definitely not a traditional college campus.


I wish I had known more about the majors and courses available. I was unsure of what I wanted to do, and there were not a lot of resources to help me decide. I finally discovered Career Services, but they are not made as well known as they should be.


I wish I had a better future plan. I know what I want to study and what I may like to accomplish, but I'm not exactly sure what I want to do with my life after college. Everyone at Northeastern has a plan and most students are very career-driven due to co-op. I wish I had more of an exact idea of what I wanted to do with my degree.


I wish I had known that the tuition is susceptible to increase by an average of $1000 per semester every year.


I wish I knew more about the opportunities to Co-op and study abroad. I would have taken greater advantage of those opportunities to expand my experiences. The support network for engaging in such opportunities is ever present if you take the time to go find the resources.


I wish I had known how truly expensive it is. Even with financial aid, it is sometimes still a struggle to find the money to pay for everything.


I was undecided for the first year and when I finally settled on a major I wished I had gone to another school. I chose anthropology, a major the school wanted to rid of completely only a couple years earlier. The department was small, classes were limited, and I wasn't able to develop strong relationships with professors in my department. Perhaps more importantly though, I wish I had known how little financial aid I would end up receiving. Having just graduated $100,000 in debt, it's hard to think it was worth it.


Financial aid is virtually useless, so make sure you know how and where to find as much funding as possible. Since the school is structured around an internship program, meeting people can be difficult especially if you are a transfer student. There is academic counseling, but advisors do not seek you out, if you want to keep on top of your grades and credits you have to do it yourself. There are a lot of opportunities here, but you have to do all the leg work yourself. The key here is be proactive, proactive, proactive.


There is not much that I wished I had known. I had done my research well and had gotten to know the school well before I made my choice.


It is very career oriented. Boston is coldd.


I wish I had known how hard it is to get scholarships and financial aid. The debt you accumulate is incredible.


I wish to have more information about the off-campus housing prices.


Switching majors in different colleges is difficult.


I wish I would have known more about the weather. Coming from California, it was very hard for me to adjust to the snow and wind that Boston gives.


I wish that I realized that the co-op program is not that big of deal to me because other schools offer internship courses that you can take during your time their. I wish that I realized how expensive it would be and how paying for school would hurt my family so much financially. I wish I would have looked more into the major that I chose to pursue because in the end it was not the right major for me.


That my financial situation was going to change and make it very difficult for me to continue school here.


The school is very big and students can get lost in the mix when in very large classes this is something I wish I knew


That the night life is not as great as one would assume. On the weekends, it is near impossible to find something to do unless you have preplanned. I just wish I had known it wasn't as active as I would have imagined.


That the administration gives you the run around.


I wish I knew what groups to get involved in to meet more people.


How truly big it is. Too many students.


the competitive atmosphere, the undiverse culture, and the emphasis on greek life and drinking.


How hard it was to get a good grade in a class. How big a class is.


I wish I had known how hard it can be to get housing. If you are a junior or senior, it can be really difficult to get housing and you have to get lucky to get it.


Get involved - it is the only real way to meet people with similar interests.


That it requires a lot of personal initiative to get what you want out of an education at Northeastern University


I grew up around the school, knowing people who were attending. There really was no suprise...except the cost of living in Boston on top of paying a tuition


The housing situation and how they didn't offer it to all upper classmen not until the finish building the new residential buildings to provide housing for all five years around 2010. I wish I knew that it would be hard to transfer to other schools or changing majors is very difficult and may require to stay at the university even longer than it is.


I wish that I had known the amount of sleep deprivation that would accur due to m major.


My decision to attend Northeastern University has been one of the best decisions of my lifetime. I fit perfectly on this campus and love close to everything about it. While it would not have affected my decision in the least bit, I wish I would have known the extent of the weather conditions. Going to college in Boston has resulted in many days with shockingly low temperatures and every form of precipitation imaginable. However, below-freezing temperatures and blizzards is a very small price to pay for attending the perfect college for me- Northeastern University.


Knowing more about the general required courses I needed to take freshman year would have definitely helped. If I had known about them, I could have taken a majority of them in high school, saving money and time.


Sports are not a big part of campus


that the athletic department does not support track enough


There are things that I have learned about this school along the way that aren't the most appealing qualities, but truthfully I don't think it would have changed my decision or desire to be here. I have learned that it is hard to hold onto a good constant group of friends. The nature of this school is to study abroad or co-op in other cities every 6 months, so friends are constantly coming in and out of your life. The school is also in the city, so there are a wide variety of things to do.


How to save money.


I feel that I was well informed when at starting attending school. Perhaps I wish I had more time to research some of my teacher before I actually got to campus.


Housing is a pain. You can't be shy. Living off campus is waaaaaaay too expensive unless you have roommates. And it is very expensive, and that is something that may have made me not come. You have to be very aggressive with the Financial Aid office to get what you need.


red tape and long lines


I wish I had known how much money I would actually spend. I need to stop my spending frivolous spending habits. There is just so much to do around campus and in the cty of Boston!