Reviews for Northeastern University
Overall I'd say NU is a pretty satisfactory school. The co-op program is great. I had no problems finding and internship (music industry) and my boss is a well-connected professional in the industry. The classes they offer for my major have a good amount of variety and cover all the topics i am interested in. Boston is a great city to live in for college, especially since there are so many other college age students all over the city. Overall, I do not regret my choice to go to NU.
The classes in my specific major i find less than challenging, which is somewhat of a disappointment. I feel like i could be learning a lot more, but the professors don't want to challenge the students much more than they need to. All my music industry classes have been a breeze so far. I had one professor who rarely showed up to class, assigned no homework the whole semester, and gave almost everyone an A on our one final paper (which could be about anything music related). Another professor had us all write 50-page analysis on music venues over the course of 2 months, and returned all the reports within about a week and a half, with mot grades in the 90's. This was disappointing to me because i felt the work i had put into the assignment was for nothing. Most of my other professors have been also very easy, very unclear in their teaching, or VERY hard to understand through their thick accents. Most of them are nice, but my no means would i call ANY professor i have had at this school "great". Class sizes are pretty small in my major (20-30 kids or 50 tops for more basic classes) or have been very large 50-200 kids for my basic classes outside my major (science requirement, economics, etc).
I don't participate in any clubs on campus, which is by all means my own fault. There are plenty of clubs to join, and organizations to be a part of. A lot of students in my major participate in MEISA and CUP. There is almost no greek life, but i don't think many students really mind or notice. The campus feels pretty safe, depending on where you are (the outskirts of campus can be a little sketchy at night time). Boston is a great city to live in, and is super college-student-friendly. There are a lot of activities for the weekends. (Trips to the harbor, harvard square, newbury street, the north end, and sometimes special college events at the local museums and aquarium)
I visited Northeastern University a few weeks ago, along with another school in Boston. Northeastern definitely seeemed to be a better fit for me for many reasons. Everyone that I spoke with there was so nice and answered each of my questions fully and with a smile. They seemed to have a sport or club for everyone and the campus was absolutly beautiful. The location in the city scared me a little at first because of the issue of safety, but with their own campus police and "blue light" systems set up everywhere I would feel completely comfortable there. I literally could not find a place on the campus where I could stand and not see at least two "blue lights." Overall, the campus was wonderful and I encourage everyone to check it out for themselves.
As I sat through the information center on campus, I learned a lot about how the school works. They have great class sizes and experienced professors. They told us that each of the professors still works in the field that they are teaching so they know all about the newest information in that field. They spoke a little about the workload, and the general statement was that the work would be managable and help was available whenever we needed it. Each of the classes have teachers that are willing to help you and you can find a great tutor anywhere you look. Their library was beautiful and it had anything you could possibly need to ace your next test.
As I toured the campus, I was able to see a ton of students. They all were walking with friends and seemed to be happy. Our tour guide, a political science major senior at Northeastern, told us all about all of the sports and clubs available at Northeastern. They have so many! There is definitely something for everyone. I mentioned the campus safety earlier, but again, even in a big city I felt very safe. With the beautiful city of Boston surrounding Northeastern, you'll be able to find something fun to do every weekend.
Very great for career placement, has a great internship program, and it's the perfect location (right in the heart of boston.) When I went there I noticed it was relatively diverse which is something I knew I wanted. It also has an awesome study abroad program and it offers this program called Nu.in for students who meet all of the admissions requirements and prove beneficial to the school but don't maybe have the best test scores, these students are sent abroad to study for the first semester. It's a really cool program.
Class size is relatively large because the school has 16,000 undergrads. There are a wide variety of programs but it's directed toward engineering. Once you get in to specific majors though the class sizes tend to dwindle down in numbers which I think is generally common.
It's like all schools when it comes to clubs . . if they don't have what you want you can create that! It's right in the heart of Boston so the atmosphere and night life is just totally awesome! The athletics aren't well-known but it is Division 1 so that's saying something. They don't have a football team which is something that appeals to me personally.
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