Questions about northeastern.

<p>I am loving pretty much everything about the school (Boston, co-op, etc) and I was accepted EA (no scholarships yet) and was wondering if anyone could answer some questions I had..
First off I'm going to major in mechanical engineering, possible minor in business (international or administration) or biomechanics.
1) Honestly, how are the dorms? I can understand if it's bad freshman year but does it get better each year?
2) Are the class sizes manageable? I'm a huge fan of small class sizes (30-35 students)
3) how's the food?lol
4) is the night life good? I understand there's a strict policy against drinking on campus.
5) I was thinking if I wanted to pursue business that I might be able to take courses at another (less expensive college) that can transfer to neu credits. Would they be ok with that?
6) I love music and sports, are they difficult to get in to? (talent wise)
If anyone could answer any of these questions I would be extremely grateful. Go huskies!</p>

<p>5) No. Northeastern does not accept any transfer credits taken while you are already enrolled, apart from pre-approved study abroad options. Meaning, taking a class at Harvard Extension will not get transferred or counted as Northeastern credit.</p>

<p>Also, none of the core business minor courses can be taken abroad-- they refuse to let those transfer. You can only take your business elective course abroad.</p>

<p>True- forgot about that. And even then they are pretty strict... The business majors (and same goes for minors) at LSE were all stressed to find classes that would count.</p>

<p>Wow. Do they accept transfer credits if I took college classes while in high school?</p>

<p>1) The freshman dorms really vary. Since you didn't mention you got into Honors unless you chose a LLC that happened to be in International Village you probably will not get the semi-private double or single rooms they have there (they have private attached bathrooms they share with the room next door). The Stetsons and Speare are typical freshman dorms that come to mind when you think of most colleges. Some buildings like Kennedy have suite style situations. As you get older the housing options get a lot better, but also more expensive. The Davenports and West Village apartments are all really nice but can be difficult to get into depending on your lottery number. More budget apartment options exist on campus like St. Stephens and Willis. After freshman year, unless you go live in IV you will most likely live in an apartment.
2) I'm in the business school and Honors so I have had a lot of small classes with 20-35 people. I'm not sure specifically about mechanical engineering, but freshmen year you may have bigger lecture type classes just because those are core required courses. In later years as you take more specific classes they may be smaller.
3) The food is really good. There's a lot of options. The Stetson East dining hall is very typical college dining hall food. Stetson West has a bit more variety and you can get stir fry made to order. The International Village dining hall is more gourmet and can get old pretty quickly if you eat there too much. You also get dining dollars with your meal plan that you can use at the Curry Center and at restaurants around campus.</p>

<p>4) The nightlife is really fun. You just need to be able to network and meet people with off campus apartments to go out to apartment parties freshmen year. Also, once you're 21 the bar and club scene is really fun. Many freshmen party at frat parties at MIT and some at NU fraternities too if they didn't really manage to meet older friends. While you are not supposed to drink in dorms, most people manage to pregame and not get in trouble (you just need to be smart about it)
5) Like other people mentioned, there is no way to take courses at other universities unless its because you're about to drop out of NU because of dire financial problems. Once you're matriculated into the University, no other credits transfer in. Blinkangel44- if you go to the Office of International Study programs website and look at course equivalents for study abroad programs, courses like Intro to Marketing and International Business can be taken abroad through some programs. Honestly, the way most people sort out their 4-5 years at Northeastern they are on co-op, in classes or taking summer classes/on dialogues all the time and wouldn't have time to take courses from another university to pursue another degree. And, I don't think there is a international business minor, but there are several other business minors.
6) I think since it is a decently big school it can be hard to get into music or sports. I don't really know that much about the music side of things. However, club sports are very competitive, and intramural are not at all. As long as you can get a group of friends together and apply on time you can play intramural sports.</p>

<li><p>Based on college visits and personal experience, the Freshman dorms are quite good for Freshman dorms, but are considerably worse than the upperclassman dorms. That said, they're far from terrible - worst you're probably looking at is the odd rat in some of the older buildings (and these are pretty rare). I've seen far worse (and comparable) freshman dorms at other schools, and I can't really think of any schools that have better freshman dorms (not saying they don't exist, but you'd have to look for them). </p></li>
<li><p>Depends entirely on the class. I've had some classes that are 30-35 people, but some that are much larger (usually these will be major required courses- so as a science major, my Chemistry classes have been quite large, for example). </p></li>
<li><p>Food's quite good - all three main dining halls have good selections. Rebecca's is a small restaurant that accepts meal swipes for pretty good sandwiches. If you're talking food you buy with actual cash, the assortment on campus is pretty good, and there are some good places just off campus as well (The only Taco Bell within Boston city limits is in our student center, if that matters to you at all).</p></li>
<li><p>You're in Boston. I don't personally participate, but it's all there. You can drink on campus if you're over 21 and living in an upperclassman dorm (there are a few more rules regarding this that I can't remember). </p></li>
<li><p>I don't think it's too difficult to participate in music, but I don't know the specifics.</p></li>

<p>What do you mean, there are several business minors? It's just one thing- a business minor.</p>

<p>Business minors Business</a> Minors - Northeastern University College of Business Administration :
Business Minor (standard)
Technological Entrepreneurship
Emerging Markets
Global Social Entrepreneurship
Sustainable Business Practices</p>

<p>Alright, fair enough. But who actually does any of those? I've never heard of a single person doing anything but the "standard" one. I suppose I could see some IA or PoliSci kids doing two of them, because they involve taking kind of random upper-level electives in those fields. Most people I know who are doing business minors are just doing it to prove they have some basic knowledge of business, not because they actually care about anything specific... like sustainable business practices...</p>

<p>haha the only reason I know about most of them is because one of my engineering roommates was choosing between Emerging Markets and Sustainable Business Practices. She just wasn't interested in the standard business one. Both of those actually require a summer field study in another country (Costa Rica, Brazil, Iceland, China, etc.)... but I'm pretty sure these are all pretty new programs and they're still working out the details.</p>

<p>Well and I know about the Social Entrepreneurship (which also requires a summer Dialogue in either the DR or South Africa) one since I'm doing that one (and absolutely loving it).</p>

<p>Thanks so much guys! this has really been helpful. Can anyone shed some light on the LLC's (pro's, con's) and where they're housed (looking at the engineering one)</p>

<p>LLCs are housed in different buildings every year to prevent people from picking LLCs based solely on what housing you will get. Engineering was in one of the Stetsons this year, but it could be anywhere next year.</p>

<p>Thanks! And does anyone know if they have a 5 year (6 year with co-op I guess) masters program for engineering?</p>

<p>check their website - there is some info on their accelerated 5 yr BS/MS program:</p>

<p>College</a> of Engineering > Undergraduate Programs ></p>

<p>Wait you said that you did not receive scholarships yet. Are they going to tell you later?because the scholarship details should be on the side for the application status check.</p>

<p>Ok thank you. And yeah as far as I know, no money from neu. (I've been filling out scholarship apps like crazy since the new year lol).</p>

<p>Lol me too since Neu only gave me 10k a year but I'm sorry to say but I think if you they didn't tell you how much scholarship you got that means you didn't get any. I hope I'm wrong for your sake but I think that's how it works.</p>

<p>I know lol. I've come to that conclusion. It's tough :/ but if I get enough outside scholarships I think I can manage.</p>