Northeastern vs Fordham?

<p>Hello, I am a National Merit Semifinalist. Because of this, I have already been offered full tuition from Fordham. I expect to become a Finalist, and if I do I should be awarded full tuition from Northeastern as well. I intend to major in Biology and I also intend on going to Medical School. Which one do you perceive to be a better school? Also, I was accepted to Notre Dame, but as of now I have basically ruled it out since I will not receive much money from them. But if anyone has an opinion on whether or not Notre Dame would be worth spending all that extra money, I would be interested in reading it. Thank you!</p>

<p>Co-op can be a blessing or a curse when it comes to medical school - if you can get relevant experience while on co-op, you can get a nice edge. However, if you wind up doing a five year program, you have to deal with the issue of adding another year to an already long period of schooling. Depending on your major/credits, a four year option with one or two co-ops may be possible, but it'll be a tight fit. You can always take summer courses when you have the chance (the full tuition scholarship covers eight full semesters of tuition, you don't pay tuition while on co-op, and you can use scholarship money to cover tuition for summer semesters)</p>

<p>Boston and New York are both very cool cities to be in for college, but I'd probably say that Boston is more student friendly, though depending on what you're looking for specifically, either one may be more your speed. Northeastern has a great location in Boston, and quite a nice campus, but I don't know anything about Fordham's campus. </p>

<p>I'm not terribly familiar with how each school's biology programs match up. </p>

<p>One thing I will recommend is that, unless two school's differ considerably in quality, always go with your cheapest option. By most measures, Fordham and Northeastern are very similar in terms of quality, so you may just want to go with whichever school has cheaper room and board. My general recommendation is to go wherever you're going to wind up with the least debt, so no, I wouldn't recommend you attend Notre Dame instead of either of the others.</p>

<p>wiseguy's advice is all good.</p>

<p>I like both schools, and I think you'll get a good bio education from each. With the added bonus of going for free, you've got really nice options. </p>

<p>In my humble opinion, NY>Boston, but Boston is so student friendly and a teeny bit cheaper. </p>

<p>Notre Dame is "better" than both, but I don't think paying is worth it when you can go to Fordham or NEU for free.</p>

<p>I have a lot of friends in or on their way to medical school, several from NEU. Co-op can help give you unique experience, but just like at any school, you need to take advantage of any opportunities given to you. Honestly, I don't think that either Fordham or NEU will be better for medical school. What matters for med admissions is GPA, MCAT, extracurriculars (volunteer, clinical shadowing, research, a few extras), and letters of recommendation. As long as you have those things, the name of your undergrad doesn't matter. </p>

However, if you wind up doing a five year program, you have to deal with the issue of adding another year to an already long period of schooling.


Sorta true, but I think a little more time before applying to grad school is a MAJOR benefit in applying to medical school. Most of my med school friends took 2-3 years after undergrad, and my friends who did it right after say they're very young among their classmates. Most people actually don't go straight undergrad -> medical. So I wouldn't worry about the extra year. It's probably more of a pro than a con.</p>

<p>I say, all costs being equal, pick the one you're most excited about. If you visit fordham and love it, Go and don't look back. Ditto Northeastern.</p>

<p>Also agree with the above. You are going to get a good education at any of them, so forget the ones that are not giving you a free ride, if you have other good choices that will.</p>

<p>I'm in the same situation! NMSF who has been accepted to both schools.</p>

<p>I'm assuming that you applied to the larger Rose Hill campus?</p>

<p>In my comparison (I've been to both Rose Hill and Northeastern), the schools are relatively equal in quality and name recognition/prestige, both are rising in the world of rankings and all that. Co-op is one thing that is obviously a bigger deal at Northeastern, but you won't encounter much difficulty finding an internship NY, either. In my case, I like that Fordham is Jesuit and I like the area of the Bronx it's in - Little Italy is just across the street and you've got the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden. But Boston is so much more navigable, and manageable. I personally have always wanted to live in Boston (and I have family there) for years, and I like the vibe better than that of NY.</p>

<p>I think it comes down to the campus and the size and vibe of the student body. Northeastern feels much more modern - with 18 story dorm buildings, a trendy little food truck, the Museum of Modern Art nearby, Living Learning Communities, and a large international presence (maybe twice as many international students as Fordham). Fordham has a lot of history to it, and some of it looks like Hogwarts! According to, Fordham has one of the top 10 most expensive room and board costs - which is a rip-off because it also has some of the worst on-campus food of any college (CollegeP rowler)!</p>

<p>With Northeastern, you may have already been offered admission to the Honors Program, whereas Fordham's is very small and their honors program is small and/or done as a junior or something, and is specific to your major. As far as academics go, Northeastern has fewer distribution requirements, whereas Fordham is much more into the liberal arts. Since you seem to know what you want to do after college, this shouldn't matter as much to you as to others who are clueless.</p>

<p>Northeastern would likely be the cheaper option for me if I receive the full tuition scholarship (due to the cheaper room and board, lower costs of living). It's sort of been my first choice school since this summer when I found out it had tunnels (another Hogwarts-like campus, yay!) and the International Business program with a year abroad. It's a fit thing for me, Northeastern is all for language study (look up NUCALLS) and study abroad, which are two things that are very important to me for my college experience. But if you've dreamed of the Big Apple the way that I've dreamt of Boston, then maybe Fordham is for you!</p>

<p>iamsotorn, Northeastern hands down! They have an affiliation with Tufts Medical School. Lots of cutting edge things going on there. International expertise has come to Tufts Medical school to teach, and perform procedures in affiliated hospitals. Just think, you could go to school there with NU helping to establish the ground work and connections. Boston is a great place to learn medicine. Tufts has great faculty, hospitals, affiliations. My brother is a Tufts grad, went on to Hopkins Med., came back and did his internship and residency at Beth Israel, break through research as Joslin (diabetes) Clinic, and spent time on the Harvard Medical School faculty, before heading west and having his own practice. If you want to be a doc., Boston is excellent place to begin and grow. Check out the NU affiliation with Tufts, and go from there. Take care, Mr. VC</p>

<p>Tufts med is not affiliated with NEU. Northeastern is one of several boston undergrads that is involved in an early admission program with Tufts med school. Sophomores and Middlers who are excellent students (high GPA, organic chem during first two years, already have letters of recommendation, clinical experience, volunteering) are able to apply to a very selective program that promises you admission to Tufts Medical School upon graduation. But again, it's extremely selective. It's so selective that I don't think you should even take it into consideration as a "pro" of going to NEU. The likelihood of getting admitted is teeny tiny even if you're an awesome applicant.</p>

<p>But yes, boston is an amazing place to be interested in medicine and science... so is NYC. Boston has Harvard (medicine + science) and MIT (science), as well as Tufts, BU. NYC has Sloan-Kettering (medicine + science) and Rockefeller (science), as well as Cornell, Columbia, Albert Einstein, NYU.</p>

<p>They're both pretty sick places for science.</p>

<p>^I stand corrected, although at the NU admissions presentations they pitch it as a Northeastern-Tufts program. And I heard that clearly given my knowledge of Tufts from my brother going there, as well as knowing a couple of docs. on the Tufts Med faculty, currently. "Early assurance" for a number of Boston area colleges (except BU that has a med school & 7 year medical program) and state colleges in Maine, I believe. You pretty much need tip-top credentials to get into medical schools so why not gain assurance early on via a program like this? Nationally, there are currently more new bio tech buildings and labs going up in Boston & Cambridge (8 sites) than anywhere else.</p>