From the School

A world leader in practice-oriented education, Northeastern emphasizes educational programs that link course work in liberal arts and professional students with a variety of practical experiences, including study-abroad, research and our signature co-op program.

There's a certain energy about Northeastern University. It comes from the bright, ambitious students, exhibiting a strong sense of purpose in the classroom and while working or studying abroad. In the city of Boston-the ultimate college town-and across the globe, Northeastern students challenge themselves intellectually, investigate career options, participate in community service, and graduate both personally and professionally prepared for their future careers and graduate school.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the seamless integration of classroom learning with real-world experiences. The academic curriculum is enhanced by experiential learning through research, professional, global, and service experiences. Anchored by the world’s largest, most innovative cooperative education program, Northeastern prepares students for a lifetime of achievement. And allows them to make an impact on the world before they graduate.

The current undergraduate enrollment of 17,506 is made up of students of all backgrounds and interests, giving Northeastern its distinctive culture. Students can participate in any of Northeastern's 340 student organizations, join a cultural club, participate in cutting-edge research with faculty from various disciplines, or perform with an award-winning a capella group. They can travel to nearby New Hampshire for a ski club trip, play varsity or club basketball, tutor local children, and more. Students have countless opportunities to make lifelong friendships, to try something brand new-a class, a sport, or a career path-to hone their leadership skills, and have fun. Quiet corners of the campus feel far from city streets and give students a secluded haven to read, write, or relax. The 73-acre campus is dynamic and welcoming, a beautiful stretch of leafy green in the heart of Boston.


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Students may enter the university with advanced credit on the basis of test scores on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) examinations, or with successful completion of accredited college-level courses. In addition to the application for admission, prospective freshmen must submit official high school transcript(s) (or official GED score reports); official transcripts for any college-level course work taken while a secondary-school student; written recommendations from their secondary school counselor and a teacher; and scores on the SAT (Northeastern's College Board code is 3667) or ACT, including the writing section. Please visit the university's website for additional admission details for specific student populations and transfer admissions requirements (

Application and Information
Admission to Northeastern is selective and competitive. For the freshman class entering in Fall 2015, the university received more than 50,500 applications for 2,800 seats in the freshman class. Students are reviewed in the context of their environment, with attention paid to their academic course selections and rigor, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and impact, and their potential fit with Northeastern, including the demonstration of personal traits like leadership, adaptability, a global perspective, or an entrepreneurial spirit.

November 1 is the deadline for the early action admission program. For first-year students applying for Fall 2015, Northeastern will also offer a binding early decision program for which the deadline will be November 1. Students who have carefully explored their college options and have decided that Northeastern is where they want to enroll may choose to apply under the early decision program. Also beginning for students entering college in Fall 2015, the deadline for the regular admission program is January 1. Admitted students are required to pay a deposit by May 1 to secure a place in the class. For transfer students, the admissions deadlines are April 1 for fall and October 1 for spring admission. Fall transfer and spring admission decisions are made on a space-available, rolling basis.

Northeastern offers a variety of visit options including information sessions and campus tours. For more information, or to register, visit For more information, students should contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
240 West Village F
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617-373-2200


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 33


Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs

At the heart of a Northeastern education are award-winning faculty mentors, a rigorous and innovative curriculum, and undergraduate research and global experiences that challenge and transform. Northeastern's innovative programs encompass a wide range of majors, concentrations, and interdisciplinary studies along with honors, preprofessional, and study-abroad programs.

Northeastern's approach to educating its students integrates a challenging academic curriculum with a variety of experiential learning opportunities including research, global experiences, service learning, and the university's signature cooperative education program (co-op), enabling students to make deep connections between their field of study and the world around them. After completing their freshman year, Northeastern students integrate classroom learning with six-month periods of full-time, immersive professional work, global study, or research experiences related to their major or interests. Northeastern's flexibility enables students to choose a fouror five-year path with up to eighteen months of experience, strengthening their professional network and giving them confidence-and a significant edge in the job market. Students learn what career is a good fit for them-and what careers are not-all before graduating. In addition, over half of the students are offered full-time jobs from co-op employers. Northeastern partners with over 2,900 co-op employers around the globe, including some of the world's largest and most reputable companies: Pfizer, John Hancock, Yahoo, Fidelity Investments, IBM, General Electric, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, and the Boston Globe, just to name a few.

Experiential learning opportunities-including U.S. and international professional co-op, service learning, research, and study abroad-are currently available in 128 countries around the world.

The University Honors Program allows students to participate in enriched educational experiences and offers opportunities that include honors sections of required academic courses, honors seminars, independent research, and specialized study abroad. With broad access to the resources of the university, the University Scholars Program, Northeastern's most prestigious scholarship program, provides Scholars with the opportunity to design a tailored program that potentially spans colleges, departments, and global partner institutions to address each Scholar's unique academic goals and career aspirations, and advance their entrepreneurial ideas.

The university has more than 1,500 fulland part-time faculty members with a wide variety of research and teaching interests and specialties. Academic counselors in each college work closely with students to assist them in developing programs suited to their interests and abilities. Co-op advisers assist students in resume-building, honing interview skills and tactics, and in developing contacts with businesses and employers to support networking and professional opportunities.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Northeastern's academic programs are divided among eight colleges. The College of Arts, Media and Design awards undergraduate degrees in architecture, art, communication studies, digital art, graphic design, landscape architecture, and journalism; combined majors in cinema studies, game design, and interactive media; as well as music (concentrations in music history and analysis, music industry, and music technology), studio art (in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts), and theater (including concentrations in performance and production).

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business offers two degree options: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science in International Business (B.S.I.B.). The B.S.I.B. program includes language instruction and international study and work. The college offers concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance and insurance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management.

The College of Computer and Information Science awards degrees in computer science and information science and also offers combined majors that pair computer science with business, cognitive psychology, game design, mathematics, physics, biology, multimedia arts, music technology, or digital art.

The College of Engineering offers degrees in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

The Bouve College of Health Sciences awards degrees in health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, and speech-language pathology and audiology. The college also offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a six-year program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The College of Science awards undergraduate degrees in applied physics, behavioral neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, linguistics, mathematics, physics, and psychology.

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities awards undergraduate degrees in African American studies, American Sign Language, Asian studies, criminal justice, cultural anthropology, economics, English, history, human services, international affairs, Jewish studies (combined major only), philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and Spanish.

The Program for Undeclared students offers a wide array of academic opportunities designed to help students who feel strongly about exploring their options before making a commitment to a major. The program provides the support and guidance students need to explore and eventually choose one of Northeastern's undergraduate programs.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Neuroscience
  • Toxicology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems and Services
  • Marketing
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Taxation

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Communication Disorders Sciences and Services
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Science

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music, General

Students Say

Boston’s Northeastern University is all about “experiential learning, a global outlook, high standard academics and the balance of success with a happy life.” The major draw is the school’s signature co-op program, where students spend up to three sixmonth periods working full time (usually for pay) while living in the residence halls and maintaining full-time student status. “In an uncertain economy, the world-class co-op program really gives students a leg up in finding a career,” says a student. A strong honors program (members of which share living quarters in a specialized Living Learning Community) adds to the list of Northeastern’s benefits. From “the first day that you are on campus, the school is asking how everything you’re doing affects your resume,” says a student.
The professors are often actually professionals in their field, so that students can “learn from firsthand accounts and experiences.” They are “very research-oriented,” and proponents of “using innovation and modern technology for the students’ advantage.” “My professors all come from a variety of backgrounds, have fascinating research projects, and love to teach,” says a student. They “always organize extra lectures, speakers, and events for students who are really interested in the course.”
Aside from the co-op program, the study abroad program, the “variety of majors and classes,” the “elite classroom experience.,” and the “great programs available for freshman” all draw applause. However, some students do wish that there was “less red-tape,” as “a lot of things get lost in the ‘Northeastern shuffle’.” Still, there is good advising available and “everything is well-organized.”“Northeastern University encourages learning through a creative and diverse environment that allows students to broaden their view on life and helps their transition into the working world.” “What other school allows you to travel abroad for internships and multiple summers and semesters but still allows you to graduate on time?” asks a student.


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Sy Sternberg
Chairman New York Life Insurance

Richard J. Egan
Former Ambassador to Ireland, co-founder of EMC Co

Margot Botsford
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Roger M. Marino
Co-founder of EMC Corp.

James F. Jeffrey
Former Ambassador to Turkey

David S. Ferriero
10th Archivist of the United States

Albert Sacco
Astronaut on Space Shuttle Columbia

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

There’s no question that Northeastern’s “world class co-op program,” which includes 3,000 employers worldwide, “really gives students a leg up in finding a career.” In fact, according to the school, 50 percent of 2013 graduates received a job offer from a previous co-op employer. It also helps that the university’s Career Development Office is top notch! Indeed, the office is continually hosting events such as “LinkedIn 1: Build Your Profile” and “Interviewing 101.” On-Campus Recruiting also does a phenomenal job, bringing numerous companies to Northeastern every year. As if that wasn’t enough, the school also hosts several big career fairs. Students have the opportunity to meet with companies like Amazon, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Bose Corporation & Johnson and Johnson. Another unique aspect of this career office— it helps prepare students in the art of salary negotiation. And that very well might be why the average starting salary for recent grads is an impressive $52,700 (according to

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Cooperative education is at the heart of a Northeastern’s learning philosophy. With 95 percent of students participating in at least one semester of cooperative learning, it is by far the most popular experiential learning program at the school, and Northeastern has one of the highest levels of co-op participation in the country. So it is no wonder that within nine months, 90 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school, and 85 percent of those working have careers within their field of study. Students also benefit from the broader options and increased exposure to the job market. Co-op is available in every major and employers know it—nearly 3,000 companies here at home and abroad employee Northeastern undergraduate students. It is not uncommon for a Northeastern student to spend three semesters in co-op education with different employers or even in different fields. Getting a feel for a particular line of work certainly gives students the tools to succeed in the future, but it also helps them find out if they even like that line of work. Karim Sabbidine tells us, “I came to Northeastern thinking that I wanted to become an investment banker. Having done investment co-ops I came to the realization that I wanted to be in a different line of work, specifically the legal field. I structured my co-ops to lead me to that goal and I am now currently in law school.” The ability to engage in a many different lines of work helps students like Karim find their true passion before they hit the job market, which could save years of frustration and regret.
Karim was also able to realign his co-op’s strategic goals because cooperative learning is fully integrated into the Northeastern advising system. Both through classes that integrate cooperative experiences and through co-op advisers, students can chart their academic and career futures based on their developing interests. That is why the co-op program is such a big pull for career minded students. One political science major tells us, “In an uncertain economy, the world-class co-op program really gives students a leg up in finding a career.” In fact, Dr. Thomas Webster, chair and professor of chemical engineering, tells us that “a majority of our students will get job offers from the company they co-op for.”
Northeastern students enter co-ops already armed with a proactive attitude because this philosophy of experiential education penetrates into the classroom. Dr. Webster also explains how “Northeastern’s programs are built on learning by doing, which is great for engineering. We are the leaders in cooperative education (where almost all of our students complete three six-month rotations at companies, hospitals, or in university research labs) to practice what they learn. But our experiential learning is more than that. In all of our courses, we have students learn by doing. Studies show that learning is enhanced when it is active (conducting a lab, co-oping at a company, completing an experiment) than passive learning (taking notes off of power point slides, etc.). Teaching is fun at Northeastern because of this and our students are much more engaged, helping them learn and helping them decide what career path to take in life. There are no classes in chemical engineering in which students sit there and only take notes (and fall asleep).”
Service Learning

Northeastern fully integrates service-learning into the classroom with specialized classes that “require students to undertake and execute an actual community service project related to the specific subject of the course,” the administration tells us. In many of these classes students will interact with community service partners in the Boston area, like the AIDS Action Committee or Project Adventure at Boston Children’s Hospital. But some service-classes, like those offered through the Social Enterprise Institute, take service-learning abroad. These classes usually address a social problem in a global context, such as “gender inequality, financial exclusion, climate vulnerability, environmental degradation, water access, disease, illiteracy, human trafficking, food insecurity,” according to the Social Enterprise Institute. In one such class, “Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India,” students, “working alongside local counterparts in government, private sector and the social sector, [design], develop and test innovative solutions to improve existing systems and help local partners achieve sustainable development,” according to the course description. In these programs students also develop field research skills to investigate and design solutions for social problems.
Global Education

Northeastern’s global co-op programs operate in 114 countries in conjunction with a wide variety of organizations and multinational corporations, so environmental science students can work on sustainable development in Bolivia, and computer science majors can study digital animation at Toonz Animation India. Northeastern also offers hundreds of Presidential Global Scholarships every year that defray the extra cost of international co-ops. A select number of Presidential Global Scholars are also awarded substantial fellowships to aid in their continued global scholarship.

Not all career preparation involves a job search—Northeastern also hosts an impressive array of entrepreneurship initiatives. One civil engineering student tells us that when looking around at the student body you find people with a “breadth of interests and lots of entrepreneurs.” The school echoes that sentiment, explaining, “Students with a passion for entrepreneurship thrive at Northeastern in what is a robust ecosystem of passionate students from all majors working closely with faculty and alumni mentors from industry.” Karim Sabbidine tells us about one program that is making a big difference for a lot of students. “Northeastern alumni are innovators and entrepreneurs,” Sabbidine says. “Through the help of IDEA, Northeastern’s campus accelerator, many students have launched their own businesses and watched them flourish financially and socially.” IDEA is a student-run, student-founded venture accelerator, and it demonstrates how seriously Northeastern takes feedback and suggestions from students. IDEA exists because in 2009 six undergraduates went to the dean of the business school and said that Northeastern entrepreneurs needed support. Since then the program has provided more than half a million dollars in non-equity funding and helped launch 30 companies. The program provides students from across the university, as well as alumni and faculty, “with coaching, mentoring, in-kind services, business planning framework, and the opportunity to apply for gap funding,” according to the university. “Last year, it had 150 active ventures in its portfolio,” and it is one of the reasons Northeastern has ranked in our top ten programs for undergraduate entrepreneurship education. Some of the potential benefits include up to $1,000 in prototype funding, an investor network that has helped students connect with angel investors and venture capital, and service partners that provide legal, accounting, marketing, and backend services.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2014-15, tuition was $42,534, and room and board fees were $14,050. Regardless of time to degree, tuition is charged only while students are earning course credits.

Financial Aid

The university operates a substantial aid program designed to make attendance feasible for all qualified students. By coordinating the resources of the university and various public and private scholarship programs, the Office of Student Financial Services was able to provide more than $204 million in grant and scholarship assistance. About 78 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. Northeastern participates in all federal aid programs. Financial aid is based on need and academic merit and may consist of grants, loans, work-study employment, or any combination of the three. To apply, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a CSS PROFILE form with the College Scholarship Service by the priority filing date of February 15.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Northeastern undergraduates and their families can expect a tuition bill of $40,780. Students choosing to reside on-campus will pay $14,100 for room and board. An additional $1,000 will be needed for books and other academic supplies. Further, students face another $906 in required fees.

Bang For Your Buck

Overall, students at Northeastern give the financial aid office a thumbs up. Undergrads report receiving “solid financial aid packages” which definitely help families alleviate what otherwise might feel like a big burden. Clearly, the university’s efforts pay off as 77 percent of undergraduate need is met, and the school says it is committed to meeting full demonstrated need for all incoming students, beginning for freshmen entering in Fall 2014. Moreover, the average package awarded is approximately $24,099. The school gives out $220 million in university grant aid. Also available are federal or state grants; federal work-study; loans for particular academic programs; low-interest, need-based federal loans; and university scholarships. These include the prestigious USP Scholarship, the Global Scholars Award, the Dean’s Scholarship, and other merit-based scholarships. Finalists in the national Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs or scholars in the National Hispanic Scholarship program are eligible for merit scholarships.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Students have access to over 240 clubs and organizations and an extensive network of advisement and counseling services. Over 5,000 students participate in student organizations. Programs and services sponsored by the African American Institute, the Latino/a Student Cultural Center, the Asian American Center, the International Student & Scholar Institute, and many other organizations enrich Northeastern's social life and cultural fabric. In athletics, Northeastern competes in NCAA Division I and maintains varsity teams in 8 men's and 10 women's sports.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



50% female
50% male
68% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Students at Northeastern are smart and here to learn. With so many people taking part in different co-ops and study abroad programs, it can be hard to pin down anything as “typical” at Northeastern, and “diversity is growing every year.” “At any given time, around 1/3 of students are working full time,” which means that despite the very accepting student body, it can sometimes be “difficult to make friends as everyone is always coming and going.” Unsurprisingly, people here are “hard-working and focused on making money as well as getting a job after graduation.”


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Northeastern's residential campus is located in the heart of Boston, where the distinctive neighborhoods of the Back Bay, the South End, the Fenway, and Roxbury meet. Over half of the student body lives on campus and many of the residence halls have amazing views of the Boston skyline.

The Back Bay area, known for its many cultural and educational institutions, is just steps away from Symphony Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The South End is home to elegant Victorian row houses, a vibrant arts scene, hidden gardens, and some of the finest dining in Boston. The Fenway area, with its beautiful rose garden, bicycle and jogging paths, and Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) is also just a few blocks away.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Northeastern is home to forty-three research centers and undergraduates have ample opportunities to work alongside their professors to aid and conduct research on a variety of topics. The university library system is comprised of Snell Library, a 240,000-square-foot central library on the Boston campus, the School of Law Library, and a small supplemental collection at the Nahant Marine Science Center. Snell Library houses almost 900,000 print volumes, 399,488 e-books, 1,332,128 microfilms, and access to 60,270 licensed electronic journals, as well as 23,437 audio, video, and computer software items, and 5,712 linear feet of archival material as of June 2012.

Northeastern University provides a broad range of academic and administrative computer resources to students, faculty, and staff members. Many computing resources are available, including an extensive wireless network, internet connections for all offices and university-owned residence halls, technology-assisted classrooms, computer labs, and the myNEU portal, which allows students to access many administrative and academic functions online.

Student Organizations & Activities

Students have access to over 240 clubs and organizations and an extensive network of advisement and counseling services. Over 5,000 students participate in student organizations. Programs and services sponsored by the African American Institute, the Latino/a Student Cultural Center, the Asian American Center, the International Student & Scholar Institute, and many other organizations enrich Northeastern's social life and cultural fabric. In athletics, Northeastern competes in NCAA Division I and maintains varsity teams in 8 men's and 10 women's sports.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

This “urban university with a campus feeling” has the city of Boston as its backyard, which “always has something for students of all ages to do.” The location is “prime” and the public transport is easy; in fact, Northeastern has four separate subway stops. “It’s safe and offers a wide variety of activities from night clubs to the theater to sports”; the Museum of Fine Arts is down the street, the Red Sox are around the block and “Boston’s best bars are down the corner.”
“Here the focus is on academics, co-op, and student organizations.” People do like to go out on occasion, but “since there aren’t many parties at NU, they mostly go to BU, Harvard, and MIT.” There is some Greek life at Northeastern (but no houses), and “different sororities and fraternities often interact together for various events like Homecoming.” The student groups on campus put on “tons of events and programs,” and people are “pretty into” the everpresent hockey and basketball games.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Disabilities Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Dean G. Ruth Kukiela Bork

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
extensive psychoeducational evaluations performed within 3 years (see website for more information)

Documentation Requred for ADHD
extensive psychoeducational evaluations performed within 3 years (see website for more information)

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

8% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Huskies)
8 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Huskies)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University (Nurses Only)
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University


Northeastern University (NU) believes “all individuals and institutions share responsibility for taking action to create a sustainable environment.” Since 1990, carbon dioxide emissions per square foot were reduced nearly 25 percent despite 40 percent growth in square footage. Since 2005, emissions per gross square foot have been reduced over 30 percent. Northeastern has saved approximately 20 million kilowatt hours of electricity over the past 5 years through energy efficiency projects. During the past year alone, Northeastern has initiated over 35 different energy projects, while every building on campus has undergone an energy-related renovation or retrofit. The most successful project to date has been the Egan Research Center, which achieved annual savings of approximately 1 million kWh, 350,000 therms and 800,000 cubic feet of water through optimization and improvement of the building heating, ventilation and cooling system. Sustainability represents one of Northeastern’s three major research areas and is fully integrated into over 135 academic courses and experiential learning and co-op programs. Northeastern, is developing new programs that advance sustainability into Career Services and International Co-op programming. Approximately 10 percent of building square footage under University operational control is now LEED Gold. International Village (IV), NU’s new 1,200 bed mixed-use dorm/office building, has achieved LEED Gold; IV is the first college/university dining facility in the United States to earn LEED Gold as well as become Green Restaurant® 3-star certified. Northeastern’s newest building, East Village, opened January 2015 and has submitted for LEED Gold-level certification; the newest LEED certified building is the George T. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, is LEED Gold and has demand control ventilation and reduced lighting power density. “Compost Here” results in nearly 525 tons of composted dining hall service and catered food waste. All dining halls offer a local food initiative. An aggressive recycling program in existence for over twenty-five years includes more than fifteen different categories of collected items and an annual waste-diversion rate of over 50 percent. A Green Living Learning Community is offered through a Residential Life-based sustainability programming initiative.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Kurt Heissenbuttel

Undergraduate Admissions
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
International Village
Curry Student Center
Marino Health and Fitness Center
Levine Marketplace & Stetson West Dining
Gallery 360

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Common
Fenway Park
The Freedom Trail
Shopping at Newbury Street, Prudential Center, Copley Place, and Haymarket

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and various Saturdays
8:30-5:30 M-F and Saturday 8:30-1:30 PM

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits are reserved for admitted students only/

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is 10 miles from campus. The MBTA subway (public transportation) and taxis are available for the trip from campus to the airport. Amtrak trains, private buses, and Mass Transit buses serve Boston.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see website for visiting information.

Local Accommodations
Please see the visiting campus website for a list of hotels near campus.

Rankings & Lists

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