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Is Northeastern University prestigious?

collegetransfer18collegetransfer18 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited May 2018 in Northeastern University
I am very concerned about the brand name of Northeastern. I know that it used to be a commuter school and has redefined itself within the past few decades but was hoping to get additional input!
Here are my questions, I would really appreciate any help :)
High quality brand name?
Appeal to employers?
Is it prestigious?
Post edited by skieurope on

Replies to: Is Northeastern University prestigious?

  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,572 Senior Member
    USNWR #40.

    Yes it is a selective uni and well regarded. Not Stanford but really good to excellent. Just read the decision thread and see all the high stat kids who are being denied admission
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 9,808 Senior Member
    Forbes' America's Top Colleges: #241
  • Savage101Savage101 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    I agree with @privatebanker

    It's a very good school, but it's not Harvard. I would way it is at the level of NYU, Boston U, Boston College, and U Rochester in terms of 'prestige.'

    In all honesty, it's about what you do with your degree. If you graduate Northeastern with a high GPA and have done a lot of internships and other experiences, you will most likely have a good job.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,572 Senior Member
    Northeastern is excellent. It is not NYU or BC.
  • aquaptaquapt Registered User Posts: 1,948 Senior Member
    Forbes penalizes NU for its very low four-year graduation rate, which results from most students participating in co-ops which extend the program to five years. NU also gets dinged for high student debt, which is a legitimate criticism but shouldn't decrease the value of the program for a student who *can* graduate without significant debt.

    The NU experience is very well-crafted for students who want the real-world experience of co-op and the employment opportunities that can lead to post-graduation. It's not an ivory-tower, "life of the mind" kind of place. But if pre-professional real-world engagement is what you're looking for, and if the cost of attendance after need-based or merit aid is within reach, then it's an excellent and very well-regarded school.
  • collegetransfer18collegetransfer18 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    edited May 2018
    @privatebanker Do you mean it’s not as good as NYU and BC?
  • aquaptaquapt Registered User Posts: 1,948 Senior Member
    I'd say it's comparable to NYU in many areas, but not in NYU's greatest areas of strength (arts and probably business). Then again I'd rather study computer science or a health profession at Northeastern than at NYU. Engineering, maybe tied?

    BC is a stronger liberal arts school. But most people who are drawn to NU aren't looking for that per se.

    U Rochester is stronger for people who are more theoretically oriented. Personally, if I intended to go on to grad school I would choose UR over NU. But if I wanted to be launched straight into the workforce I would lean toward NU.

    I'm a little confused as to why OP applied to Northeastern without having an impression as to whether it was someplace (s)he would want to attend...?
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 3,244 Senior Member
    My D pretty much had her tuition covered with merit money and a good part of her boarding as well, for her first 2 years so far. My S got 18K in Merit on his offer this year, which was nice but more along the line of what many others got.

    It’s one of those schools that is really trying to push itself into the higher echelons.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,794 Senior Member
    "Do you mean it’s not as good as NYU and BC?"

    It doesn't have the renown of NYU nor the intellectual reputation of BC. So if you're looking for name prestige, Northeastern may not be a good fit. But it's a good choice if you're looking for a great job after graduation - or a lot of hands-on experience during your studies - or a competitive edge in the workplace as you're starting out.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,483 Senior Member
    Note that NYU and BC, along with BU and USC, used to be commuter schools too.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,794 Senior Member
    True @TomSrOfBoston. I should have written "It doesn't have the renown of NYU nor the intellectual reputation of BC. YET." ;)
  • coolguy40coolguy40 Registered User Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    Prestige is an irrational emotion, and rankings are based entirely on subjective opinion. The only fact in choosing a school is money. Choose one that's affordable, and you really can't go wrong as long as your grades are good.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 3,239 Senior Member
    Rankings are not based on subjective opinion they are based on some sort of objective criteria, at least most are. Money is only one factor but if it’s everything to coolguy40, then community college is where everyone belongs.
  • Padre13Padre13 Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    Virtually all rankings combine objective (stats) and subjective (satisfaction, peer assessments, etc.) criteria. They also vary on whether the focus is on today's education (U.S. News) or post-education performance (Forbes). Because the nationally competitive Northeastern of today is far different from its regional commuter school roots, it will do better on the former rather than the latter You will see a continuing rise in Northeastern's performance in the latter type of assessment over the next ten to twenty years until the student body of the last 10 years or so and beyond have established mid-career benchmarks.

    The bottom line is that the Northeastern of today has rapidly established itself as competitive with many schools that traditionally have carried greater prestige. It's not among the incredibly elite (top 25 or so schools, however, you choose to define them), but it is competitive or better with virtually every other university at a general level (also remembering that "lesser schools" may have killer programs in particular fields and be a better choice for those that know they want to be in those domains). It may not win out in the end, but an NEU admission offer should at least be considered by most students that are also accepted to the other schools mentioned on this thread. Consider the strength of individual programs, finances, campus environment, geographical preference, etc. Prestige will follow you if you perform.
  • Wisdom2shareWisdom2share Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    It depends on what prestigious means, if you are comparing it to Ivies and top LAC's for bumper sticker value then no. But if you are talking about where you could land career wise then absolutely. Most employers including many "prestigious employers" have no trouble hiring Northeastern students for coop. It depends on your goals.
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