Northeastern University Reviews

  • 129 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $57,592
93% of 129 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 129 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Grad student
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2023
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"The school accepts anyone and everyone, this leads to classes full of people who just needed visas, work permissions or a way to get into the States. If someone is serious about networking and having classmates who are genuine about their learning, this is not worth at all. The school cares mostly about the expansion of campuses in different states rather than focusing on their admissions of worthy students."
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2023
  • Degree: Economics
"Steer clear of this MS Econ with a data science concentration in Seattle. Academic advising has been non existent. Leaving after 1 semester, it has been a costly mistake. I started with 3 other students, 1 dropped immediately, the other student is also transferring, 2 international student remains. This program looks great on paper, in actuality, the data science courses are not readily available for students because of the high demand, econ electives do not exists. You will be given a list of substitute courses. It has been incredibly stressful working with registrar and financial aid offices in Boston. The Northeastern shuffle is real. You will be redirected to multiple to people before getting any real answers to any questions. They are obsessed with job placement to make their program look good, but not very concerned about giving students skills to actually get these jobs. There are exploitative MS programs and this unfortunately happens to be one."
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"I made it through about 2 semesters of the ABSN program before withdrawing and attending a different nursing program. What a day and night difference. I certainly was forced to learn good study habits at Northeastern which helped me later on but the ABSN program was an absolute joke. So horribly run and unprofessional to say the least. The one good Professor they had was fired. The “advisor” was an airhead with no nursing background at all. I cried every day. The amount of money spent just to have professors roll your eyes when you ask a question or need help was never worth it. Don’t recommend! Go to a smaller school! In the end the NCLEX is the same exam!"
Meghan Tedder
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2023
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I am in my first semester of an online grad program. Expect to spend a lot of time fixing administrative errors and shortcomings. Departments bounce you back and forth. Ticket system is ignored. I called accounts today and was 26th in line. After 45 minutes I made it to 10th."
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2023
  • Degree: MBA
"The online MBA program at Northeastern is largely designed the same way the in-person classes are designed - heavily focused on group projects. As is typical of Northeastern, the instruction is poor, explanations are insufficient, and grading is harsh. The online classes are supposed to be asynchronous, but there is significant pressure from the individuals doing grading (who somehow are not the course professors?) to attend multiple weekly meetings that are effectively useless and do nothing to provide additional information about how to complete assignments. When students who did not attend a given weekly session receive poor grades, they are pressured into attending future "optional" sessions with promises that the assignments will all be explained there. There is a strong implication that people who choose not to or are unable to attend receive poorer grades than those that do, even though the sessions are recorded."
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care)
"Northeastern University’s acute care program is extremely poorly run, disorganized and lacking in clear, concise communication. I attended this program for a year and a half and while the classes themselves were fine, the program’s administrators were lacking. The director at the time (who has since been fired) was very challenging to get into contact with and seemed to know very little about the program she was in charge of. Additionally, the program did not have any support systems in place for course guidance and as I struggled with this particular director every guidance department would refer me back to her. I would advise anyone to not do Northeastern’s NP program. It’s not worth the money and not we’ll run."
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2020
  • Degree: Philosophy
"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
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Engineering
"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
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2019
  • Degree: English
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2018
  • Degree: Engineering
"This was the worst educational experience of my life. I would not recommend this program to anyone. The program does not cater to people who work full-time jobs, although they claim that they do. There are very few classes that are even offered after 5pm. The amount of homework assigned with each class is ridiculous. If you have a project in a course, prepare to spend as much time on that project as you do your full-time job. The professors are arrogant and expect you to know everything. Oh, also if you don't know how to use Matlab at an advanced level, you're screwed. Every class includes some form of Matlab use, whether it be on every homework or a project. They do not teach you how to use Matlab, they just assign it and expect you to know how to use it. This is useless because if you have ever worked professionally as a civil engineer, you know that you NEVER use Matlab. Absolute waste of time. I wish I chose another school over Northeastern. I am extremely disappointed. Not only does this specific program suck, but if you ever have any problem with the financial office, admissions, etc. good luck because they are also incompetent."
Sarah Anderson
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2018
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Modern university with beautiful campus in the heart of Boston"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Education
"It offered the accelerated program that I liked at an affordable price."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"The part-time MBA at Northeastern University is what you want it to be. It will be very rewarding and useful if you do the readings and put in the time and effort. You can complete the program without maximum effort, but you will not learn nearly as much and in the end it will have just been a waste of your time and money."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"Northeastern has a wonderful co-op program and knowledgeable professors."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I loved my college very much. I received a wonderful education there that prepared me for my current work."