WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER NORTHEASTERN
Top notch facilities; excellent internship program; beautiful urban campus; on-campus recruiting; and Boston.
Its expensive but so are most private schools.
The Bottom Line
Northeastern is a great choice for any smart highly motivated student. The best programs are Computer Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Business.
This review is was created as result of my own experience as an NU student and various resources that I found
For those of you whose knowledge of NU is several years old, this a completely different school than it was just a few years ago. What was once a commuter school with an average campus has been transformed into an emerging national research university with state of the art academic, research, athletic, and residence facilities.
Northeastern is a school on the upswing. The president of the university has made it his goal to make NU one of the top 100 schools in the country, and NU is well on its way. The school has already spend hundreds of millions of dollars building up the campus including tripling the amount of housing on campus and upgrading athletic and academic facilities. The school has also doubled its research spending. Academic changes include a switch to a 4x4 semester program that will result in 40% more class time. The school has also switched from being a five year school and added more four year and five year options (not that this really matters becuase you don't pay tuition when your own co-op). Co-op is not required for art & science majors--although most A&S students choose to participate anyway. Follow this link to learn more about schools and graduation requirements: http://www.admissions.neu.edu/colmajors.html
The co-op program has also been strengthened with the addition of more fortune 500 companies and co-ops abroad in England, France, Hong Kong. View employers here: http://www.coop.neu.edu/empsites.html
New construction projects are underway including a new health sciences center, parking garage, state of the art admissions facility, computer science building, more classrooms and massive dorm projects.
New Residence halls, classrooms, and computer science facility.1 Construction to begin in the spring of 2002:
New Health Science building, Residence Hall, admissions center, and garage):
West Village Residence Halls:
Davenport Residence Halls:
Northeastern has many well ranked programs. First, U.S. News Ranks Northeastern #1 for co-ops and interships:
Other rankings include:
1. Princeton Review Best 345 Colleges
2. Ranked in the top 60 for engineering by U.S. News
and graduates online:
3. Ranked in the top 30 for EE by the NRC:
4. Ranked #1 by Computer World for High Tech Business:
5. Ranked as one of the top entreprenuership programs by Success Magazine:
6. Rated as one of the "Best Buys in College Education" by Barrons:
Northeastern also performs well in the annual business beanpot case competitions against BC, BU, Babson and MIT, The competition is judged by area recruiters and corp. executives. Northeastern usually wins:
The best part of Northeastern is that it’s located in the heart of Boston's Fenway Cultural District. Follow this link to Fenway Cultural District site: http://www.fenwayculture.org/ As you can see, this area includes the Museum of Fine Arts (across the street from the west campus dorms) a beautiful park; movie theaters; restaurants and cafe’s; and Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox). The City of Boston is currently working on a complete rebuild of the area including renovating the trolley system that services the area and street and sidewalk improvements. The campus itself is very nice with tree lined walkways and small grassy quads. Campus tour: http://www.neu.edu/tour/ And for you Art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts just announced a $400 million dollar expansion project: http://www.mfa.org/newmuseum/index.html
Admission to the museum is free to NU students.
Since NU is no longer a commuter school, student life has dramatically improved. Attendance at athletic events is way up and there are noticeably more students in the student center at night and walking around campus. Student organizations vary from fraternities and sororities to ski and hiking clubs. Parties mainly take place in nice off-campus apartments on Hemenway and Gainsborough streets. However, be wary of the NU police who are constantly patrolling the area and will sometimes crash parties. There are also numerous bars in the area and on Landsdowne Street.
The starting salaries for NU grads coming out of the engineering, computer science, and health professions, and business schools are between $50,000-$75,000 with most students getting hired by one of their co-op employers! Some grads even earn as much as $90,000. This may sound crazy but some engineering, biotech, and computer science firms will pay top dollar for graduates who have already proven themselves on co-op. While NU may not be as highly regarded as schools like MIT or Caltech, the co-op experience more than makes up for what NU gives away to other schools in prestige. The placement rate last year was 92% (2001) which is equal to or better than most top 10 schools. View stats here (2001):
GRAD SCHOOL PLACEMENT:
Harvard Business School:
University of Chicago: http://www.tridentcap.com/teams/Venetia.html
Harvard Law School:
Columbia Business School:
http://www.canesta.com/Management.htm#Mike Van Meter