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Northeastern or University of Maryland

punknmetal101punknmetal101 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
edited February 2009 in College Search & Selection
My top 3 schools were originally Northeastern, Penn State, and University of Maryland. I got into Northeastern and Maryland, but not Penn State.

Also I got a $10000 a year scholarship to Northeastern and $5500 a year in financial aid, so it makes the prices very similar.

I love the Boston area and like the idea of being in the city. I like hockey which is a big part of Northeastern. At the same time, Maryland is a (slightly) more prestigious school that would probably look better when I'm trying to get a job. It also has a very nice campus and is in a nice area.

I could use some help with this decision...any help is appreciated.
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Replies to: Northeastern or University of Maryland

  • liberateliberate Registered User Posts: 390 Member
    What do you want to study?

    Both are solid schools. I say go with what fits. Don't worry so much about prestige.
  • punknmetal101punknmetal101 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I'm majoring in Business (probably Finance).
  • tonytettonytet Registered User Posts: 305 Junior Member
    Northeastern is known for internships/co-ops for their students, their ranked 1st in some category like that on Princeton Review, so that may help make up for the prestige you may lose by going there
  • mephist0mephist0 Registered User Posts: 734 Member
    I would personally rather go to Northeastern, they do have great internships so you wouldn't have any trouble finding a job even if it's less prestigious than UMD. Boston would be a great place to go to school, plus I've heard UMD is like a repeat of high school socially, but that might just be a rumor.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Registered User Posts: 7,652 Senior Member
    Here are reviews of both schools from The Princeton Review:

    Northeastern University

    "Northeastern “is all about mixing classroom-based instruction with real-world experience” via a robust, justly renowned co-op program (which places students in real-life major-related internships and jobs for up to 18 months) that provides “meaningful work and life experience” to nearly all undergraduates. While some may quibble that co-op “isn’t the best thing for all majors, only those oriented toward business, journalism, communications, engineering, some sciences, and architecture,” most here insist that “the co-op program is Northeastern’s bragging right” and “without any doubt the school’s greatest strength.” As one student explains, “Experiences on co-op lead to better discussion and learning in the classroom as professors tackle real-world applications of their subjects with the knowledge that we have been there before, rather than stay in the theoretical realm.” As an added bonus, “Northeastern students have some of the strongest post-college resumes in the nation” as a result of their co-op experiences. As you might expect, Northeastern’s strengths lie in such solidly pre-professional programs as business, health services, engineering, and computer and information sciences. Students caution that it’s the type of school “where you get in what you put out…if you sit around and complain about not getting a good job and not having much help from advisers or professors, it’s probably because you didn’t try very hard. If you put in the effort, you will find many, many people are willing to do a great deal to help you succeed and doors will fly open to ensure your success, and you’ll meet a lot of great people (classmates and faculty) and make a lot of friends along the way.”
    "“Because of our highly attractive location, there is no ‘typical’ Northeastern student,” undergrads here insist, informing us that “Students come from the local Boston neighborhoods, ivy towns in Connecticut, countries around the world and cities across the country.” The university’s “wide range of courses to study” further ensures “a wide range of students” on campus. Finally, the school’s large population practically ensures a diverse mix, as evidenced by the “250 or so clubs ranging from anime to the Caribbean Student Organization, from fraternities to a gay/lesbian/transsexual organization. You find virtually every race/gender/religious/political type of people here and they all fit in and generally get along.” The enticement of co-op, of course, means that most everyone here is “looking to obtain a solid education and prepare themselves for the working world.” You won’t find a lot of ivory-tower intellectuals here.
    "“There is always something to do, either on campus or around the city” at Northeastern, and understandably so; the school is located in Boston, perhaps the nation’s preeminent college town. Boston affords “unlimited amounts of things to do like shopping, walking around, movies, etc.” Boston is especially accommodating to those over 21, since “there are plenty of bars to enjoy” all over town. For sports fans, “Fenway Park and the TD Banknorth Garden are a short distance away for athletic games,” and “Matthews Arena, home of Husky hockey and the men’s basketball team,” are nearby. On campus, Greek life “is on the rise,” and “Greeks…are extremely involved on campus, planning service events, educational speakers or fun events, such as bringing former Red Sox players or popular comedians to campus.” Extracurricular clubs “including but not limited to sports, newspaper, religious groups, social awareness, diversity groups, and more” are widely available to students, and “The campus has much to offer as far as recreation from an ice rink to multiple gym facilities. It also has a large student center, multiple outdoor quads, and dorm activities. There is never a dull moment on campus, there is always something to do.”

    University Of Maryland - College Park

    "The University of Maryland—College Park is a major research institution and students see this as a mixed blessing. Undergrads gain exposure to world-class scholars doing cutting-edge work in their fields. Unfortunately, some of those same professors would rather be doing their research or teaching graduate students instead of delivering an introductory lecture to freshmen. One student warns, “These professors are paid to research and told they have to teach. Many of them don’t have teaching degrees and obviously have no idea how to teach.” While the problem is most pronounced in the sciences and mathematics, it is by no means universal; even in the aforementioned areas, students report some “amazing” teachers among the duds. Still, most here note that, at UMD, “You are responsible for your own education. No one will hold your hand as they did in high school.” Some believe this “prepares you for the real world. You are a number, but that make you try harder to stand out.” Those hoping for a warmer and fuzzier education need not abandon hope, provided they can gain admission to the “living-learning programs—i.e., Honors, College Park Scholars, [and] Civicus,” which all “provide opportunities for smaller classes and meeting people.” College Park’s many outstanding programs include the “amazing journalism program” and strong departments in education, engineering, political science, criminology, and business.
    "“The great thing about a big public university is that there’s no such thing as the typical student,” explains a sophomore. “Lots of Jews, Catholics, African Americans, Muslims—it’s a very nice melting pot,” confirms a junior. UMD’s College Park campus also hosts “a good mix of returning [i.e., nontraditional] students” who “seem to add to the environment.” Undergrads here report that “it’s common to see students of every race and background in a discussion class.” When classes are finished, however, “Many students socialize and interact” only “within their ‘clique,’ whether it be religious, cultural, etc.” While it is impossible to define a typical student on a campus this large, undergrads spot the following trends: Maryland students usually have “tons of Maryland shirts, sweatpants, and hoodies,” “were in the top quarter of their high school,” and “take classes seriously,” but also “love to support the football and basketball teams. They party pretty hard on weekends, but buckle down when Sunday comes.”
    "The Big Three of campus life at UMD are “Greek life,” “bars and/or house parties,” and “football games”—both “tailgating and attending.” But with “tons of things to do” here, there’s more than just “a lot of parties” at College Park. According to one student, the campus “is like its own little town. We have a movie theater, tons of dorms, a huge gym, athletic fields, convenience stores, many restaurants, a bowling alley—all on campus!” UMD students also enjoy hundreds of student groups and an active intramural scene. While a student could easily fill his or her hours with campus activities, the more adventurous take frequent advantage of the school’s proximity to Washington, DC, which students confirm “is not a boring city—it has a fantastic nightlife and a great subway/metro system. It’s easy to get around.” The city of Baltimore is also easily reached by rail. It’s not surprising that many here feel that UMD’s “location is a big strength.”
  • punknmetal101punknmetal101 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    First off, thanks for all the replies.

    It seems like Northeastern would be more exciting and fun, while UMD would be the "smarter" choice and somewhat less fun. I'm leaning towards Northeastern but I can't stop thinking that I'll end up with a worse job because I didn't choose the more well renowned school. I'm probably just paranoid but it's a really tough decision for me.
  • jec7483jec7483 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    UMD is an ACC school, so I am sure there would be no shortage of fun. I did not go to Maryland. I went to Penn State UP, so I feel like I don't have a bias either way. I am sure the city of Boston makes Northeastern appealing, but I would highly recommend going to UMD over Northeastern. I don't think you make you decision on college simply on rankings, but if you did UMD would win big. UMD-53 NE-96 It is a significant difference. Again, I did not get to either school. I am not saying you would get a bad education at Northeastern, but I think it is a mistake to pass on UMD for Northeastern.
  • geeps20geeps20 - Posts: 3,250 Senior Member
    "UMD-53 NE-96 It is a significant difference"

    I would not out too much weight on those rankings.
  • mephist0mephist0 Registered User Posts: 734 Member
    The rankings don't matter at all as far as getting a job since Northeastern has some of the best job placement in the country. If you want your first job in Boston, Northeastern is as good as Boston University, maybe even BC. UMD might get you a good job in Maryland and it has decent internship opportunities in the DC area, but nothing you couldn't find at Northeastern.
  • jotajota218jotajota218 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    For business go with Northeastern, a great co-op program in Boston. What more could you ask for?
  • stephennnstephennn Registered User Posts: 2,103 Senior Member
    i agree, Northeastern is a good school with a great co-op program located in Boston - much more appealing for undergrad business.
  • bostonfan23bostonfan23 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    "If you want your first job in Boston, Northeastern is as good as Boston University, maybe even BC. UMD might get you a good job in Maryland and it has decent internship opportunities in the DC area, but nothing you couldn't find at Northeastern."

    That's all well and good, but outside of Boston, Northeastern does not have the reputation nor the opportunities that you would be privy to with a Maryland degree. I would definitely pick UMD over Northeastern, and I am saying that as a native Bostonian. It is a much, much better school and you can get a great education there.
  • Emily2007Emily2007 Registered User Posts: 981 Member
    I wouldn't worry as much about getting a job after graduation. Maryland might have a better reputation among employers outside of Boston, but in my experience as an NU student, you can make up for this by getting good co-ops. I have friends who graduated with co-op experience working at Harvard medical school or Goldman Sachs or top law firms, and having that on their resume probably goes a very long way. That's why people say NU has such good job placement--we all have work experience, some of which is very substantial.

    That doesn't mean you should go to NU over Maryland, I think you'd have plenty of opportunities at both and your decision should be more based on which you think will be a better fit.
  • bostonfan23bostonfan23 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Having good co ops is important, I agree, but its not really an equalizer regarding the worth of a degree. Punknmetal101, I would strongly suggest that you go to Maryland. No disrespect to Northeastern students/ alumni, but there are many people on this board that I think may be giving you bad advice. I would not pass on the opportunity to attend a school like Maryland, but then again, it's up to you.
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 22,678 Senior Member
    Boston is a fabulous place to go to school, and there are the coops. I'd go to Northeastern.
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