Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs-our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning-build the connections that enable students to transform their lives.
Experiential learning, anchored by our signature cooperative education program, lies at the heart of a Northeastern education. Over the past century, the University has perfected the integration of study and practice, creating an unparalleled way to learn.
Our students make an impact on the world before they graduate through our signature co-op program, research, civic engagement, and global experience.
These points of real-world engagement-at a university that is a world leader in experiential learning-enrich classroom studies, fuel intellectual and personal growth, and provide students with opportunities to explore their path and discover their passion. It's the world's most powerful learning experience.
The current undergraduate enrollment of 16,385 is made up of students of all backgrounds, interests, and tastes, giving Northeastern its distinctive, urban style. This diversity shows in the range of available activities. Students participate in undergraduate research opportunities, join one of more than 280 student clubs and organizations, tutor local children, workout in one of three fitness facilities, explore the City of Boston, and much more. Students have many opportunities to make friends, try something new, become a leader, or simply have fun. Students can also find quiet corners of the campus that feel far from city streets where they can read or just relax, sprawled on a wooden bench under a shade tree; sip gourmet coffee from a nearby campus café; or listen to a midday jazz performance behind the Curry Student Center amid the art of Northeastern’s sculpture park. The 73-acre campus is dynamic and welcoming, a beautiful stretch of leafy green in the heart of Boston. Its compact size lets students get to class on time or rush back for a forgotten book.
The professors are often actually professionals in their field, so that students can “learn from firsthand accounts and experiences.” They are “very researchoriented,” and proponents of “using innovation and modern technology for the students’ advantage.” “My professors all come from a variety of backgrounds, have fascinating research projects, and love to teach,” says a student. They “always organize extra lectures, speakers, and events for students who are really interested in the course.”
Aside from the co-op program, the study abroad program, the “variety of majors and classes,” the “elite classroom experience.,” and the “great programs available for freshman” all draw applause. However, some students do wish that there was “less red-tape,” as “a lot of things get lost in the ‘Northeastern shuffle’.” Still, there is good advising available and “everything is wellorganized.”“Northeastern University encourages learning through a creative and diverse environment that allows students to broaden their view on life and helps their transition into the working world.” “What other school allows you to travel abroad for internships and multiple summers and semesters but still allows you to graduate on time?” asks a student.
“Here the focus is on academics, co-op, and student organizations.” People do like to go out on occasion, but “since there aren’t many parties at NU, they mostly go to BU, Harvard, and MIT.” There is some Greek life at Northeastern (but no houses), and “different sororities and fraternities often interact together for various events like Homecoming.” The student groups on campus put on “tons of events and programs,” and people are “pretty into” the everpresent hockey and basketball games.
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