College Spotlight: Northeastern University

A top-notch education and a campus feel right in the heart of Boston? Students can have it all at Northeastern University, a leader in experiential learning. Take an aerial view of the University and you'll see why the location can't be beat: immediate surroundings include Fenway Park, Copley Place, Museum of Fine Arts and the Beth Israel & Boston Children's Hospitals--to name a few! And with it's own stop on the "T" (Boston's subway), students can easily access any other part of town (or some of the city's other colleges) quickly. 

Freshman and Sophomores are required to live on campus, consisting of 73 acres that include more green space than most schools located in such an urban setting. Freshman live in themed housing communities (Living Learning Communities, or LLCs), which match students of like interests. The majority of upperclassmen remain on campus, as well, in a variety of apartment-style housing options. Food in the dining halls is ranked as very good, and off-campus dining options are, as expected, limitless. Greek life is not dominant (15% participate) at Northwestern, but a large percentage of students participate in sports as well as in the more than 340 available clubs and organizations.

Academics are the main draw at Northeastern, a highly selective college that offers more than 150 majors and combined majors. Students are able to change majors easily, and are not restricted to one college. The average class size is 24, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, giving students impressive access to teachers considering its size. A unique and much-lauded aspect of Northeastern's engaging curriculum is its co-op program, which allows students to work (or conduct research) in a field of interest and gain real-life experience before graduation. More than 90% of students participate in at least one co-op, where students don't pay tuition and make, on average, $17 per hour. More than 3,000 employers, from GEICO to MTV, participate in the co-op program, and 50% of university graduates are hired from their undergraduate co-op experiences. With a 92% job or grad school success rate, Northeastern has a strong record of producing successful, engaged graduates.

Fast Facts:

  • 14,000 undergraduates, nearly 50/50 female/male

  • Tuition & Fees (not including room and board, which varies): $45,500

  • Freshman retention rate is 95.8%

  • Honors and IB classes important; students should show that they have prepared for their major

  • Admit rate is 28%; average GPA 3.9-4.3; SAT mid-range 2070-2230; ACT mid-range 33-35 (superscores within each test are evaluated)

  • Most popular areas of study: Business/Business Management/Marketing, Engineering, Health Professions, Social Sciences, and Biological/Biomedical Sciences

Fun Facts:

  • Matthews Arena is the world's oldest hockey arena; it was the first home of the Boston Bruins and can be converted into a basketball court

  • Tunnels underground connect classrooms, the library and more; students use them when the weather is terrible

  • The "Underwear Run" (it is exactly what it sounds like) is one of the the most popular traditions, taking place every year on Parents' Weekend

  • Notable alum include: Tylenol inventor George D. Behrakis, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Actor Jane Curtin, TV host Wendy Williams and Dallas Mavericks player Jose Juan Barea

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