A world leader in experiential-learning education, Northeastern emphasizes educational programs that link course work with a variety of practical experiences, including global opportunities, service-learning, research and our signature co-op program.
There's a certain energy about Northeastern University. It comes from the bright, ambitious students, exhibiting a strong sense of purpose in the classroom and while working or studying abroad. In the city of Boston—the ultimate college town—and across the globe, Northeastern students challenge themselves intellectually, investigate career options, participate in community service, and graduate both personally and professionally prepared for their future careers and graduate school.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the seamless integration of classroom learning with real-world experiences. The academic curriculum is enhanced by experiential learning through research, professional, global, and service experiences. Anchored by the world’s largest, most innovative cooperative education program, Northeastern prepares students for a lifetime of achievement, and allows them to make an impact on the world before they graduate.
The current undergraduate enrollment of 17,923 is made up of students of all backgrounds and interests, giving Northeastern its distinctive culture. Students can participate in any of Northeastern's 400 student organizations, join a cultural club, participate in cutting-edge research with faculty from various disciplines, or perform with an award-winning a cappella group. They can travel to nearby New Hampshire for a ski club trip, play varsity or club basketball, tutor local children, and more. Students have countless opportunities to make lifelong friendships, to try something brand new—a class, a sport, or a career path—to hone their leadership skills, and have fun. Quiet corners of the campus feel far from city streets and give students a secluded haven to read, write, or relax. The 73-acre campus is dynamic and welcoming, a beautiful stretch of leafy green in the heart of Boston.
The professors are often actually professionals in their field, so that students can "learn from firsthand accounts and experiences." They are "very research oriented," 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 well-organized." "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 ever-present hockey and basketball games.
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