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or2013or2013 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
edited July 2013 in Northeastern University
Hi, i am from NH and was accepted to the Nuin program. I had a feeling this would happen on account of my stats being borderline (3.6 GPA, 2010 SAT), and am really curious as to what this is about, costs, whether it's a good experience etc. Any information would be great. And would it be possible to just not do 1st semester, and start on January 1st? is that even possible?
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  • LeenaBeeLeenaBee Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    I don't know much about it but maybe you can find info on their website.

  • or2013or2013 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    Thanks for the reply, and i read the things on their website, but obviously they are going to talk it up like it is better than it is just like every school. I kind of want like an honest opinion or someone who has done it.
  • LeenaBeeLeenaBee Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Yeah, true. I should have checked the website before posting it. I don't even see a specific cost listed.
  • ericop8ericop8 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    NUin is basically a January admit. They fill the spaces for those who drop out after their first semester, although of course you are guaranteed a spot even in the unlikely situation that no freshman drops out.

    The only bad part about NUin is the price, its about $30,000 depending on the country you choose, you also will not have access to federal grants or loans during that semester and I'm not sure if Northeastern scholarship/grant funds are dispersed for that semester.

    If you want to go to Northeastern I don't see why going abroad first semester would be a problem as many of us have a very "international" personality. It of course would be a great experience if you can afford it. Sadly I don't think you can skip that semester and just enroll for spring 2014.
  • KDavs95KDavs95 Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    what? So there's no financial aid for it? That's basically like a rejection. That's so messed up of them to do...
  • ericop8ericop8 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    @KDavs95 please check if they disperse Northeastern scholarship/grants for yourself, I wasn't an NUin admit so I'm not sure but I am positive no federal assistance is available for THAT semester, for the rest of your time at NEU all federal funds are available. Also NUin is only ~3k more for a semester than regular NEU tuition and R&B so this program attracts full pay students that would normally be paying this much anyway.
  • KDavs95KDavs95 Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    Well the website says federal aid won't be available. Does that mean I can still get any grants from NEU?
  • ericop8ericop8 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I don't know, your best bet is to call the SFS office tomorrow and ask if you can't find something online that states the answer. Also you should see a Financial Aid link on your portal, look at how much you received. If you received a scholarship that would be under the Financial Aid link.
  • babsie94babsie94 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Do you have the option of not going abroad?
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,497 Senior Member
    @babsie94: Not optional
  • jabooteejabootee Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I just read acceptance letter again and found it to be alittle funny. I read they felt I thrive on adventure and change, so they are sending me abroad. That's a great sales pitch. After reading others having received merit aid, in same portal info, I signed back in and found the financial aid link. Yet another lackluster offer, $2k of loans. Having received acceptances to higher ranked colleges, within their honors program and seeing where my stats and ec's ranked on plot charts at NU, I would never have guessed this would be the school I would not be invited to attend the main campus. Yet, not to sound full of myself, I didn't expect what I received from other higher ranked schools. Makes you want to be a fly on the wall when they make these decisions. If it's true they received 45k applications, then they probably spent 9 minutes on each...so it's a game of chances based on moods. My parents thought I was wasting the application fee to NU since it was an after thought, last application filed of a rather long list. I think it's hard for me to say...they were right. : ) Full fee forced study abroad is not something I would think many would jump at, if they have other options. In fact, I can't even choose what country I would go to as options are based on majors. I would be forced to choose form Australia and Greece. I picture myself studying abroad, but not first semester of my first year in college, essentially deported. Yeah, thrive on adventure alright...sent out of country until they can fit you on the main campus.
  • hamstacularhamstacular Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    After reading this thread and taking into account I don't know my decision yet, honestly NUin sounds awesome and I definitely wouldn't complain if I was put into it. In a university with a coop program like this it can be hard to do both a coop and a study abroad program during your 4/5 years, but here NU is giving you the chance to study in culture rich countries from the get go. It may not be the ideal acceptance, but it's certainly far from the "waste of time" and "only one step above waitlisted" status many of you are giving it.

    If you got into other better schools and then got put into this program I understand if you don't agree with me, this is more geared towards the people that feel bad about not getting in normally. You still have tons of potential and NU sees that, so keep your head up! :) You were given a guaranteed second chance plus a chance to study abroad, think about it that way!
  • neuchimieneuchimie Registered User Posts: 1,562 Senior Member
    So this is what most people agree to be the case, although technically I don't think any of us have ever had a 100% confirmation ---

    You do not have a choice: if you want to go to Northeastern, you have to do the study abroad in the fall. You can't study someplace else first or just sit at home until spring. Only exception is some major medical thing that makes you not able to travel.

    Even if you got federal loans, they won't apply for the study abroad semester because you haven't yet officially become a student. That means if you got 5k in federal loans a semester, it'd start in the spring. So you'd need to find the extra 5k for the fall on your own.

    Since you didn't get in for the fall, it pretty much guarantees you didn't get any merit aid.

    So you're looking at the full price of the first semester, plus the extra bit because its a study abroad, all out of pocket.

    Absolutely fantastic experience if you can do it. I've had many friends that did, and it completely changed their lives. But a lot of people can't (or at least, responsibly shouldn't) do it because of the finances.

    Also-- every year people complain how it's such a scam and it's unfair, etc etc. NOT SAYING that you said that! Just pointing out that typically, a lot of people do, and personally I think that's total bogus. A spring admit didn't get in for fall, end of story. Now they have a shot to still go. Even if you can't, it's your choice to make.
  • neuchimieneuchimie Registered User Posts: 1,562 Senior Member
    Actually, it's a little below waitlisted. When a student is pulled off the waitlist, they start in the fall, not in NUin.

    (Still think it's a great opportunity, if you can afford it)
  • Sunny100Sunny100 Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    My friend got accepted into NUin and she had a bit of a different take on it.

    NU is a school where most students are coming and going, between coops and study abroad. In that context, it doesn't seem so unusual to start freshman year off campus; in my friend's case, she's considering England and its communication/media program.

    I attended an Info Session at an Ivy League school and a current student spoke of her experiences...it seems she had voluntarily elected to study abroad first semester, freshman year. She said is was a great decision and expanded her horizons, and also led to valuable contacts both in the U.S. and her host country.

    Is it really below the wait list? NUin students ARE admitted to NU. Is it absolute they can't ask for a spot on campus should one open up after candidates notification date?
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