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Northeastern University is not the perfect university for everyone, but it was the perfect university for me. I definitely feel like my experience has been more career-focused than my friends who attended other schools, which is exactly what I wanted. I absolutely believe I have had opportunities (study abroad, co-op, networking in Boston) that I would not have had at other schools or that I would have had difficulty accessing on my own. The city campus and focus on co-oping and postgrad employment, combined with the fact that your classmates are often moving between classes on campus, study abroad, and co-ops all over the country and world mean that it does not always feel like the classic college experience you may have imagined. I actually enjoyed this, for the most part, but it can require an expectation adjustment.
Northeastern's co-op program, which forms the foundation of its experiential learning, has continued to innovate over the years. Despite receiving offers from better ranked schools for my graduate degree after graduating from the undergraduate Computer Engineering program, I decided to remain at Northeastern for the opportunity to work on one of the first biomimetic robots modeled after a marine animal. The program was funded by NSF and DARPA, and this project culminated into the RoboLobster, later recognized by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 coolest inventions. Over the years, the Northeastern School of Engineering has continued to attract research funding for research across a wide spectrum of emerging areas, including one of two NASA Valkyrie robots for Mars at an educational institution in the US. The other was awarded to MIT across the Charles River. The Northeastern School of Engineering has also continued to expand into areas of interdisciplinary engineering through its Bioengineering/Biomedical program and recently opened a newly-built Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex to support this effort. I would highly recommend considering Northeastern as it continues to bridge theoretical knowledge to real world applications through its experiential learning programs.
Northeastern's focus on experiential education is a hallmark of the university and the part of my education that I value most. There are tremendous resources in terms of networking, professional development and internship placements. Outside of the six month co-op placements, it is an expectation that you will be interning or working part-time during classes. I graduated with a full resume and transitioned seamlessly into the workforce because it had been an integral part of my education. However, this part of Northeastern's culture is not for everyone. Any college experience is what you make of it, but I think this is especially true at Northeastern. Career services is available to connect you with the internships in their system, but I found that the internships most valuable to my career were found through my own searching on job boards and even craigslist. The university has strong ties with employers in most sectors, but I observed that they were most well-suited to make connections for the business students. Overall, I'd say that the experiential education focus of the school is its strongest asset. However, don't assume the system to work for you and your particular career path. Take chances you find outside of the university's list of opportunities. The faculty, as with any university, are hit or miss. I had a handful of professors who were fantastic and another handful that were clearly only teaching because it was part of their charge to be a researcher. Coursework was rigorous in the neuroscience program, but classmates were very collaborative and study groups were common. One of the big draws of Northeastern are amenities like the library, which have ample space for group study sessions and private study. My biggest challenge at Northeastern was its lack of diversity. The majority of students are either international students whose wealth is incomprehensible or upper middle class New Englanders who went to private high schools. I know that this is changing as the university's reputation grows and students from across the country come to Northeastern. However, I had a very difficult time as a first generation college student during my time there from 2009-2013. It's possible to find other students in this position - I eventually did - but it was a hard transition. Overall, my degree from Northeastern - in particular, my internship and co-op experiences - prepared me to succeed in the workforce. I will be attending graduate school this fall and know that the work experience I picked up while at Northeastern was a large factor in my acceptance and financial aid.
Northeastern served as a stepping stone for me to develop as an engineering and apply to other schools. Graduating in 3 years from a 5 year program opens a lot of doors and when you have a six month internship working for MIT that goes a long way. The co-op program allows you to do a lot of soul-searching and figure out what you like to do and understand what the workplace is like. I recommend Northeastern for those looking to get early work experience and figure out where they want to be in life. However, to truly succeed I believe it is necessary to enhance your classroom experience with extra-curricular activities, research opportunities, and making the most of your co-ops. People enrolling should be aware that the tuition is hefty and unless you have financial aid debt accumulates quickly.
Northeastern University has grown a lot over the years. They have added many majors and reached out to the students to give them the best chance at the career they want. Their co-op program is the best and really helps you on your way to a successful career. I am on co-op now and while I do not necessarily see myself doing this exact job, I definitely love the environment and the company. I will be applying here again after graduation (in a different department). But without Northeastern's program (and available volunteer experience that's helped me get this co-op job), I wouldn't be where I am today. I am eternally grateful.
Northeastern's co-op program provided me with experience and it was great for networking. Unfortunately the class sizes were large and many of the counselors on campus were not particularly helpful. Northeastern spends more money on flat screen TVS than things that their students actually need, but I did get a lot out of the experience. Northeastern is a good place for people that are going to work to grab opportunities.
I am a returning student of Northeastern University. Northeastern University has prepared me well for the workforce with my Bachelor Degree. I am currently pursuing the Master Program. I believe this new educational experience will take me to the next phase of my career. I appreciate your consideration. Thank you -Sach
Northeastern University is a top notch university located in Boston MA. The education I received there both in the classroom and outside of the classroom is second to none. Their Co-op program prepares students for thier future careers in the best possible way. My experience and education allowed me to secure positions with #1 rated international companies like GE Capital where I beyond prepared to compete and excel above the rest. Further, due to my preparedness, I secured high level position with a #1 rated banking institution where I developed and successfully ran thier West Coast business portfolio operations and grew their program to a multi million dollar division with over 11,000 clients. I am now back at Northeastern to pursue my dual Masters degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. I'm so excited to be back in the classroom at this university where I have the chance to learn from the brightest and cultivate my personal development and growth with the most diligent and strong platform and support network i could ask for as I venture into the next phase of my career/life, which will be running my own business. Thank you Northeastern University for surrounding and arming me with the tools required for success. I look forward to paying it back throughout my life in many ways.
Northeastern University is great for its co op program feature. This was my main reason for choosing this university. It gave me much needed experience and helped me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. While expensive I was able to subsidize costs through scholarships and on campus jobs. The location is great in that you have access to other colleges and universities. Diversity was an issue during my time as I was often the only person of color in classes. However strong cultural groups and community helped with that.
Northeastern University offers a 5 year program where, starting your third year, you work at 6-month coops that you must apply and interview for. This will help you improve your interview skills and boosts your resume for after graduation. Their study abroad programs are also very easy to apply for and relatively cheap. They offer summer semesters abroad and "dialog of civilizations" which are less than two months long and extremely fun. While the campus is small, Northeastern is located in Boston where it is surrounded by many other colleges and there are three train stops on campus that allows you to explore the rest of Boston. There are plenty of delicious food to eat and activities in the city to do. There are also a lot of bars and clubs to party at, and Boston's public transportation is easy, as well as the ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.