Northeastern University Reviews

  • 40 Reviews
  • Burlington (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $51,522
93% of 40 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 40 students said they would recommend this school to others
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isabel
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2020
  • Degree: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"Please do not attend if you are an international student! As an international student (which they ironically use advertise heavily in their favour) I felt unwelcome, and not cared about. From taking months to reply to my emails (for which I still do not have a reply, even after forwarding it repeatedly to higher levels of admin), and the lack of financial support (no scholarships or aid was available to me, purely due to my international status), I would not recommend any international student to go here. Furthermore, from my own experience there is a sense of snobbery and elitism around most of the American students, creating a negative and exclusive atmosphere. Some of facilities are good (e.g. Marino gym is very good and the healthcare service), however my experience of teaching was very average and not worth the price tag at all."
Joviane Bellegarde
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Northeastern University is a great university known for i's co-op and job placements after graduation. Overall all, my experience was unique and I made long lasting friendships along the way. As both a first generation American, and first generation college student, I often times did not feel that I had the support that I needed while being a student there. Recently, things have changed, and there are student run support groups for low income and first generation college students. i wish that these groups existed when I was an undergraduate student as I would have had a better time adjusting to college."
Nav
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Only there to take your money. Does not give you your transcript when you need in emergency, instead sends you irrelevant charges to pay that does not belong to you. When confronted, different members of the staff keeps on escalating the situation on different departments. Even after paying thousands of dollars and travelling thousands of miles from home, they don't listen to your claims, instead they ask to rather pay the charges to pass the length process to avoid mental stress. In a way we students should pay the unnecessary and false charges initiated by their staff which they cannot explain. Even academically, it's curricular is not up to the mark as it is hyped by their marketing. Overall try to skip this university, it is not worth it."
Neema Syovata
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2019
  • Degree: International Business
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I picked Northeastern for both its International business and Co-op programs. The program will take 5 years to complete because a year of that includes 2 co-ops meaning you graduate with work experience in your desired field. Additionally, it gives you an opportunity to test out careers while earning money. For the program, you are required to pick a language, in my case I took Spanish and ended up in the study abroad program in Madrid. The exchange school is considered to be the equivalent of Harvard in Spain. It was also not a typical study abroad program because all the classes were conducted in Spanish which means that after spending a year in Spain, I was able to be fluent in Spanish. Definitely apply to the program if you are interested in languages, a rigorous study abroad program, enjoy business studies (most of the professors were business owners and therefore added an interesting element to the lectures) and most importantly you get to surround yourself with equally if not more brilliant students."
Marlee
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2019
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I earned my Bachelor's of Science degree at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies in Boston, Massachusetts. NEU was especially appealing for me because I wanted to take classes online, and it was one of the few at the time that was highly accredited. Now, online education is very common, but in 2008 there were not as many options to choose from. Northeasterns transcripts do not even indicate that classes were online, so as far as employers knew, your classes were on campus. The Bachelors degree program at NEU was very comprehensive as well. I was able to take all of my general education courses online, with highly qualified professors. The elective courses were also really diverse, and I had a lot to choose from."
JH
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Attending Northeastern was a complicated experience. On one hand, I was given an excellent education. Northeastern has extremely high quality instructors, advisers, classes, and cooperative education programs that made my college experience unique and wonderful. On the other hand, I would be remiss in writing this review of NEU without addressing the systemic problems within the university. At its core, Northeastern is a corporation. It cannibalizes neighborhoods in Boston, pricing out vulnerable communities to build new dorms. On-campus health care is laughable. The administration protects rapists. The university continues to choose to invest in fossil fuels despite the barrage of science that climate change is a real and pressing issue. Graduate workers are underpaid. Adjunct faculty have no job security or benefits. Attending Northeastern University gave me a great education, so much so that I am able to understand why, at it's core, it is a horrible institution."
Sarah Anderson
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
CT
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2018
  • Degree: Software Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 1998
"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."
Tamara Keeney
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Brian Wilcox
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Nik
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
Danielle
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
Sach Nguyen
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 1993
"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"
Monica Harvey
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2016
  • Degree: Finance
  • Graduation Year: 1999
"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."
M K
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
Jennifer Ngo
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
IB
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2016
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2002
"It is diverse and in Boston where you can connect with people from all walk of life and backgrounds and have an opportunity to experience life. The engineering program is rigorous and with the coop program you are able to apply all the theories in the class to the workplace."
Chinwe Nwankwo
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2016
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2002
"Northeastern University is a great school; there are certainly many qualified lecturers from many worldwide renowned Universities. The curriculum is challenging therefore you are better prepared to confidently enter the workforce knowing that you will excel. I also do find that many employers are impressed with the work ethic and knowledge of job candidates from Northeastern University."
Alexandra Unger
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2016
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Northeastern has a wonderful program. The co-op opportunities are what made the difference when I was applying for a job. Having a year and a half of experience under by belt really set me apart from others hired right out of school and helped accelerate my career. I continue to stay in touch with the alumni network. My education prepared me very well for higher education as well."
CupcakeLady
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2016
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Northeastern's co-op program was an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience which enabled me to mare clearly define my career goals and learn what it was actually like to work in my field. It also gave me contacts in the biotech industry before I even graduated and allowed me to begin to build a reputation and get started on my career path before I even graduated. I still rely on contacts I made and experiences I had during my co-ops at Northeastern in my career and education today."