If you have not been to Northeastern University’s campus in the past decade or more (like me), you may be surprised by all the changes you’ll see when you visit campus. A grassy, academic quad and tree-lined walkways camouflage the high-rise buildings and give this Boston, urban campus an insular feel.
There are approximately 17,000 undergraduates enrolled at Northeastern. The student body is diverse, with nearly 31-percent self-identifying as students of color and 17-percent international students. There are over 150 majors spread across the eight colleges and 24 bachelor’s/masters programs.
Northeastern is perhaps best known for its preprofessional and co-op programs. The University emphasizes experiential learning by integrating traditional classroom instruction with real-world experiences: co-ops, study abroad, service and research. Students can choose between four and five-year programs. Most students complete their NU program in five years. Students participate in up to three, six-month periods of full-time work experience in their area of concentrated interest. Students pay for credits earned rather than semester blocks.
Although most students at Northeastern are very goal oriented and career focused, they like to have plenty of fun too. Students say that most of the partying happens on the weekend, since part of the student body is always on co-op and have to wake early for a regular workweek.
Northeastern has succeeded in instilling a sense of community through promoting campus-wide traditions and accessibility to athletic events. Homecoming and Spring Fest are popular Northeastern events. Each year the University brings big name speakers and comedians to Homecoming. Spring Fest headlines popular performers such as Snoop Dogg and Sara Bareillis. Tickets to NU’s division I athletic events are free to all students. Our tour guide told us that participating in intramural sports is very popular too. Greek life has a very small presence on campus.
NU is located in Boston and boasts its own “T” stop. There are plenty of shops and eateries within easy walking distance of campus. Fenway Park is only a few “T” stops away.
Housing is guaranteed all four years. Starting sophomore year, students can live off campus. Freshmen live in one of the dorms located in the freshmen quad. Many students opt for living and learning housing.
The NU Term is a month-long semester in May/June for freshman ending their first year. Students can select a summer short-term course or take part in an abroad experience.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions at Northeastern has become very selective over the last decade and continues to be more competitive each year. In 2014-2015, NU introduced early action in addition to early decision. NU meets full demonstrated financial need, and merit aid is available to the most competitive applicants.
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