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Ask Questions about Northeastern Here!

PengsPhilsPengsPhils Forum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,572 Forum Champion
edited January 30 in Northeastern University
Hey everyone!

Given that EA results just came out and the dust is starting to settle, I figure I'd make this thread for anyone to ask any questions about Northeastern! We have a few students on here as well as parents of current students, and I hope everyone who has time can join in and offer their experiences!

If you have any general questions about life/academics/co-op/honors/housing/Boston feel free to ask away!




MODERATOR'S NOTE: Anyone is free to ask or answer questions in the thread, although it is not the place to inquire about chances.
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Replies to: Ask Questions about Northeastern Here!

  • Collegelife1234Collegelife1234 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    As an ED applicant are you more likely to get your first choice LLC?
  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils Forum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,572 Forum Champion
    @Collegelife1234 Most people will get their first choice LLC :) I don't think admission time will affect that.
  • ChericHarmonyChericHarmony Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    I received a Dean´s Scholarship but my decision letter didn´t mention anything about the Honors Program. What is the Honors Program like?

    Also, NEU offers quite a few interdisciplinary majors in the College of Information Science. Do you know if these majors offer less depth than a normal double major? Thanks =)
  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils Forum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,572 Forum Champion
    @ChericHarmony

    The honors program is not something to lose any sleep over. It's nice housing perks your first two years, slightly smaller intro courses for some 1000-2000 level courses, and some extra requirements for honors seminars.

    Yeah, lots of combined programs in CCIS, we're proud of that :)

    Combined majors usually only cut a few upper-level courses from each subject, though it varies and some cut none at all. You can compare the specific individual degrees to the combined to see exactly case by case. Whether that depth is needed is dependent on what you plan to do with the degree. I'd point out that any missing depth you still want in a combined major you can always fulfill with general electives to taste, which is generally my recommendation.
  • bethanylm291bethanylm291 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    When do Freshmen move onto campus? What kinds of activities are planned before classes start?
  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 2,983 Senior Member
    Move in is usually around labor day. Honors students usually move in a few days earlier to participate in some team building activities. You will get a very specific move in window (like a 4 hours window)- which will be emailed to you in late summer (does make it hard to plan travel in advance).

    There is a welcome week (which is actually closer to 2 weeks) at the beginning of the semester (starts a few days before classes but continues for the first week of classes). Fun activities - like BBQs, city tours, food events, etc. The key one is the activities fair where you can see all the different clubs and can be put on their interest list. Many of the welcome week activities are also sponsored by the various clubs as a way to get interested students.
  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils Forum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,572 Forum Champion
    @bethanylm291

    Typically about 5 days before or so. There's a whole collection of welcome week activities, the stuff you would expect. Ice cream socials, frisbee, etc.

    Here's 2016's events summary:

    https://studentlife.northeastern.edu/welcome-week-events-2016/

    There's also a mandatory orientation over the summer. You can do a session right before welcome week if you can't make two trips. Orientation is pretty helpful and is also where you meet with your advisor and set your Fall classes.

    https://www.northeastern.edu/orientation/fall-entry-faqs/

  • bethanylm291bethanylm291 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    edited January 21
    Are there any advantages to accepting an offer of admittance now as opposed to closer to the May 1 deadline? Any advantages to waiting?

  • twicemamatwicemama Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @bethanylm291 while admissions and housing say there is no advantage to getting a housing deposit in early, some parents swear by the idea that the earlier you get your housing deposit in, the better housing you get as a frosh. I’m not sure of this at all however. Also, some summer orientations might fill up sooner.
  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 2,983 Senior Member
    I don't think housing depends upon the deposit date (especially since they try to accommodate everybody's LLC requests. Orientations can fill up, but they do have plenty of them over the summer.

    When my daughter got in (back in 2012), despite getting in EA we deposited right at the deadline (she wanted to attend some admitted student events for her RD acceptances to help her make up her mind). She said she would accept a single (back when honors was in IV) and she got one. She also got the orientation session that worked best for us (her HS ended later in June so she needed a later rather than earlier one to attend).
  • bethanylm291bethanylm291 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    Are there any issues with courses being filled if you have a late orientation? I don't know if they go this late, but we will be near Boston in late July. It would be nice if we could combine trips.
  • bethanylm291bethanylm291 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    @twicemama I just found something on the housing price page that says that housing assignments are completed in enrollment deposit date order.
  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils Forum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,572 Forum Champion
    Re early acceptance:

    The earlier orientations mean picking elective classes first, but most majors are already preregistered for the courses they need for their major. Some electives may fill, but you'll have options and no trouble not getting into a class you need. There's not too much variance in first semester schedules between the same major. I picked one course, but I did go to an earlier orientation and switch professors based on online reviews, a spot that would not have been available later. Turns out both are two of my favorite professors now, but hindsight is 20/20.

    In terms of housing, I would not be worried there at all. LLC's will drive that much more, and besides honors housing, nearly all housing is the same: standard doubles located all within the same small area. The only exception I know of was the over-enrollment last year (as many Boston schools experienced), where the school had to lease extra housing. I don't think that will be happening this year, and the deferral wave for EA matches up with that.

    While it has its advantages to be earlier, it's not the end of the world. Timing a trip in July with it sounds like a great idea, and still should be ahead of some sections. There are orientations in June, July, and August, pretty evenly spread every 2-3 weeks.
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