From the School

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs-our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning-build the connections that enable students to transform their lives.

Experiential learning, anchored by our signature cooperative education program, lies at the heart of a Northeastern education. Over the past century, the University has perfected the integration of study and practice, creating an unparalleled way to learn.

Our students make an impact on the world before they graduate through our signature co-op program, research, civic engagement, and global experience.

These points of real-world engagement-at a university that is a world leader in experiential learning-enrich classroom studies, fuel intellectual and personal growth, and provide students with opportunities to explore their path and discover their passion. It's the world's most powerful learning experience.

The current undergraduate enrollment of 16,385 is made up of students of all backgrounds, interests, and tastes, giving Northeastern its distinctive, urban style. This diversity shows in the range of available activities. Students participate in undergraduate research opportunities, join one of more than 280 student clubs and organizations, tutor local children, workout in one of three fitness facilities, explore the City of Boston, and much more. Students have many opportunities to make friends, try something new, become a leader, or simply have fun. Students can also find quiet corners of the campus that feel far from city streets where they can read or just relax, sprawled on a wooden bench under a shade tree; sip gourmet coffee from a nearby campus café; or listen to a midday jazz performance behind the Curry Student Center amid the art of Northeastern’s sculpture park. The 73-acre campus is dynamic and welcoming, a beautiful stretch of leafy green in the heart of Boston. Its compact size lets students get to class on time or rush back for a forgotten book.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 730
SAT Math
660 - 750
ACT Composite
30 - 33


Early Decision
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


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


From The School

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

Northeastern's approach integrates academics with a variety of experiential learning opportunities including research, global experience, civic engagement and our signature cooperative education program (co-op) enabling students to discover their path before they leave college.

Through the internationally known co-op program, after completing their freshman year, students alternate classroom learning with periods of full-time (usually paid) work or other types of practical learning related to their major or interests, earning their bachelor's degree in either four or five years. Graduates accumulate as many as eighteen months of professional experience, professional contacts, and the social confidence that gives them a significant edge in the job market over new graduates without experience. By working in varied jobs and settings, students learn what they like-and do not like-before committing to a permanent position. Many Northeastern students even go to work for a co-op employer after graduation. Co-op is an education in itself. Northeastern students graduate knowing what they only could have learned on the job: how to conduct themselves, what to wear, how to interpret a company's culture, how to get things done, and how to write a resume and interview successfully.

Co-op employers include some of the country's largest and most reputable companies, such as Pfizer, John Hancock, Fidelity Investments, General Electric, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Boston Globe. Students also enjoy international placements for a semester or a year abroad; co-op employers recruit from Australia, Scotland, Italy, and Spain, among many other countries.

Experiential learning opportunities including US and international co-op, service-learning, research, and study abroad—are currently available in 85 countries and 160 cities in the US and around the world.

The University Honors Program gives students opportunities to participate in enriched educational experiences and offers opportunities that include honors sections of required academic courses, honors seminars, independent research, and study abroad. The University also offers Army, Naval Nursing, and Air Force ROTC. The Disability Resource Center provides many support services that enable students with disabilities to participate fully in the life of the University community.

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 researchoriented,” 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 wellorganized.”“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.

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


Doctoral Other
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


From The School

For 2011-12, tuition was $37,840, and room and board were $12,760. Whether you choose four or five years for your undergraduate degree, you will only pay tuition for the academic experience (tuition is not charged for the experiential educational periods). If you choose to live on campus during co-op, you will be responsible for room and board charges.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

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 Methodoloy

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

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


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.

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


51% female
49% male
67% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time


From The School

Northeastern's residential campus lies in the heart of Boston, where the distinctive neighborhoods of the Back Bay, the South End, the Fenway, and Roxbury meet. In the past five years, Northeastern has built a host of new on-campus residence halls, more than doubling the amount of housing available to undergraduates. Upperclass residence halls offer apartment-style living with modern kitchens complete with dishwashers, disposals, and full-sized appliances; cable hookups; and data jacks. Many have amazing views of the Boston skyline.

The Back Bay area, known for its many cultural and educational institutions, is steps 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, exciting arts, 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 just a few blocks away.

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 two 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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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.

Green Rating
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

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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 Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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

Dell, Apple

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.
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