Northeastern University Visit Report by weenie

Visit to Northeastern University in February 2007 by weenie
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2007)
(Member since November 27 2014 with ? posts)

 
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Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - We attended an early action accepted students' open house. The event was generally a mob scene, but if you were clever you could still get something out of it.

Information Session: Yes - We only attended the engineering info sessions on this visit. They were informative and honest.

Campus Tour: Yes - The tours were HUGE. We didn't do the campus tour (we've done it before). The housing tour was very large and we couldn't hear a thing.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Some kids in the cafeteria were forthcoming and patient in telling about their experiences.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
If you were able to talk to a prof or other organizer, they were very friendly and helpful. But, there were a lot of people there...



Appearance of Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Boston is great; IMO the campus is not beautiful, but it IS a campus, which is nice in an urban setting. The buildings are mostly sort of a 70's look, except for the newest buildings (which are n



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Building insides are well worn. (Except for the new dorms - which look better on the outside than on the inside.)



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Freshmen housing is standard 70's dorms, all in one area (a freshmen ghetto). The new apartments for upperclassmen seem pretty nice, but the apartment we saw was filthy due to no cleaning service



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Overall Campus Impression:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair



Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
While not the liveliest part of Boston, it's very good, and of course transportation is great.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent


Campus Visit Notes for Northeastern University


Visit Description:

I like the educational goals of NEU a lot. I am a firm believer in the coop system, and I suspect that NO ONE does it better than NEU. They are up front that if a student isn't committed to the coop system, they probably should not be a Northeastern.

Kids we spoke to admit that the coop system does affect the community feeling of NEU. This school feels like it attracts a slightly more mature, focused student. It does not feel like party central. (Although I'm sure there is enough partying to go around.) I suspect that when students have on foot in the real world, and one foot in college, it does change their outlook a bit.

For an urban campus, this school does have a definite campus. It isn't gorgeous, but it is serviceable, and who wouldn't like being in the middle of Boston?! I do wish their buildings were a little better kept up though.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We always stay with friends in Boston, so I have no helpful hints.