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UMass vs Northeastern vs BU

newenglander29newenglander29 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
I am a senior at a small Catholic high school in MA, and am a prospective STEM major considering several universities in New England. My SAT I is 2240 and am ranked 1 out of 63 in my class, so I don't think admission will be a problem for the second-tier schools in my state. These are my general impressions of the schools on my list:

UMass Amherst- 30 mins from my hometown, might give me a near-full ride (I am NMSF), and has well regarded engineering and CS programs. However, I am afraid that the notorious party culture there wouldn't be right for me (I am an introverted/intellectual type). Also, I feel that the isolated environment at UMass might make it more difficult to find a job compared to the Boston schools.

Northeastern- Have not visited, but friends of mine who have say I would like it. The co-op program and the school's reputation are impressive, and they offer a decent scholarship for NMSF, but for a middle-class family such as mine, financial aid would probably be disappointing. With two younger siblings who will go to college after me, my family simply cannot afford to pay much more than $8-10 k per year for me.

BU- Have visited, seems like a university with a great deal of resources and programs. They also offer a very nice NMSF grant, but are known for not giving much financial aid.

If you guys have anything to add about these, or any recommendations for me on schools w/ good STEM programs, solid job connections, and an academically rigorous environment, please let me know. Thank you in advance!

Replies to: UMass vs Northeastern vs BU

  • MidwestMomTo2MidwestMomTo2 Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    edited October 2015
    You're likely to advance to NMF? Northeastern guarantees $30k off for NMF, more than BU (at $20k).

    I'm assuming you're applying EA for Northeastern? You should because they say it matters for merit aid.

    For BU, apply by Dec. 1 (and for Trustees scholarship) for best shot at merit.

    Drexel University in Philadelphia guarantees free tuition for NMF and has co-ops like Northeastern. I believe it has solid STEM, at least in some areas.
  • hornetdadhornetdad Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    UMass, unless you get great aid from the others. To avoid the party scene live in the honors dorm or Northeast. My son got a job in Boston after graduating this year. Lots of Boston-area companies recruit at UMass.
  • NavalTraditionNavalTradition Registered User Posts: 1,060 Senior Member
    UMass is an outstanding school. STEM is not really BU's forte IMHO and Northeastern is good but I'm not sure better than UMass, especially after you factor in the money. I would totally go with UMass. There is a dense alumni network in Boston, and while you won't feasibly be able to get term-time internships, you should have no problem with summer and post-college work.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,702 Senior Member
    STEM is not really BU's forte IMHO

  • NavalTraditionNavalTradition Registered User Posts: 1,060 Senior Member
    edited October 2015
    I don't even know why I wrote that TBH. BU has some world-leading STEM facilities.
  • LBad96LBad96 Registered User Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
    Go to BU. UMass isn't "outstanding", and Northeastern is a five-year school.
  • SpringAwake15SpringAwake15 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    They're all good schools, and I would definitely recommend trying for the honors colleges if you aren't already. But honestly, I would wait to see how your financial aid turns out, since all three of those can be really unpredictable (I had a friend with very good scores who only got $5000 from UMass; she's currently at BU). And they all have different features and environments, so a lot of it is going to come down to fit -- if accepted, definitely try to attend accepted students events and/or overnight visits.

    Have you considered Lowell? Anecdotally speaking, I've found they're much more generous than Amherst. They might be a good safety.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,372 Forum Champion
    edited November 2015
    It isn't on your list but if you are a NMSF consider Fordham Rose Hill for excellent merit aid (full tuition likely) and you might qualify for the honors program.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,702 Senior Member
    and Northeastern is a five-year school

    @LBad96 Your knowledge is 10 years outdated. Most programs at northeastern can be completed in 4 tears with two coop periods.
  • zobrowardzobroward Registered User Posts: 3,933 Senior Member
    edited November 2015
    not in new england but pretty close

    I personally would toss a bigger net than the list of the schools on your list for undergrad. (IMO)

    lafayette has top notch schooling, focus on undergrad students and more of a community than say BU or Northeastern.
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