- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Business
- Gender: M
- High School: Green Mountain High School
- Transfer Student: N
Northeastern University is number 1 in the nation for internships because of its world-famous co-op program, which places students in 6-month internships (paid or non-paid) that correlate to their major. Once you come to this school you will notice the Northeastern Shuffle. It can be difficult to get the exact information you need to do something. The administration loves to move students from one office to the other to get an answer. There is also the Northeastern Hussle because students here are on their own individual track and have no problem of pushing you out of the way. The environment here is very cutthroat so if you are unsure of what you want to be, this is not the place for you. Nobody here will coddle you. When I tell people that I attend Northeastern, they give me a confused look like "What? Where is that? Oh, really?!" Some people just don't comprehend that this school is fantastic because the masses only know of Tufts, BU, BC, and the Ivy Leagues. Boston is definitely a college town. I believe there are 65 schools here so there are a lot of young people here with whom to socialize. There is no apparent school pride so no one is going to nag you if you do not know the Huskies (the school mascot) stats.
In my experience, Northeastern's academics are rigorous, but fulfilling. The business program is no joke as well as the Sciences, Architecture and Engineering programs. Professors love class participation and it can take you a long ways. Students here are very competitive and will sometimes speak in class for no reason. Some students will show you up just because they can. Most students speak with professors outside of class, it is a norm here. I keep my intellectual conversations inside the classroom where they belong. I spend a lot of time studying because college academics move fast. There is no such thing as "going back a day."
I would say that Northeastern's student body is: stylish, in-shape, intelligent, ambitious and wealthy. The campus is diverse but there have been days where I have seen 99% Caucasian people. It's not a problem for me, but, if you are looking for a diverse crowd, you may want to choose somewhere else. I have not seen nor experienced any prejudice. Tolerance is something you expect here. I cringe when I see students show up to class in sweats (even to an 8am class); it's just not right. There are a few students who come from low-income backgrounds, but be prepared to meet people who have bank accounts filled to the brim. Therefore, students here love to talk about money whether it is how much they earn from their co-op job or how much allowance they receive from their parents. Most students are liberal and make it known, but I have met a few conservatives. Most students are from the Northeast.
The Best Things
The Co-op program, these internships prepare you
The Worst Things
The NU Shuffle, being sent to several different offices