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A world leader in experiential-learning education, Northeastern emphasizes educational programs that link course work with a variety of practical experiences, including global opportunities, service-learning, 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 18,107 is made up of students of all backgrounds and interests, giving Northeastern its distinctive culture. Students can participate in any of Northeastern more than 400 student organizations, join a cultural club, participate in cutting-edge research with faculty from various disciplines, or perform with an award-winning a cappella 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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Overview

Applicants
54,209
Acceptance Rate
27%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
1,743
with Terminal Degree
1,460

985
Men
758
Women
281
Minority
98
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

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

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems and Services.
  • Marketing.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Taxation.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • 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 and Electronics 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.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Rehabilitation Science.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

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

  • 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.

  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Intermedia/Multimedia.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is an old Boston stalwart, but its "globally-minded and career-focused" approach to education is as current as ever. The school's focus on experiential learning is never more apparent than in the co-op programs, run by the Department of Cooperative Education and Career Development, which have been around for more than one hundred years. Through the co-op program, students alternate "rigorous" classes with full-time work in career-related jobs for six months (during which they do not pay tuition and are often paid), providing "an open-minded, explorative environment where real-life work experience...combines with top-level academics to provide the best preparation possible for students post-college." Often, students receive job offers from previous co-op employers upon graduation. "My overall academic experience has been pretty grueling but completely worth it," says one satisfied student of the "strong academics in conjunction with a reasonable and healthy atmosphere."

On top of the "strong academic pipeline to university cultivated co-ops and jobs," students benefit from professors who are "passionate about the subject and about you learning the subject." While students admit that there are a handful of "not-so-great professors," they say "the ones that are great, however, are fabulous." "They always offer help or ways to give you experience, are there for you in and outside the classroom, and are extremely intelligent being," a current undergrad explains. Students love how encouraging both the university and the faculty are, pushing students to study abroad, do a dialogue (a Northeastern summer program that focuses on critical current issues), or complete an international co-op—"anything to experience another culture and be fully emerged in it," one student notes. Different majors benefit from unique integration of their programs with co-op learning, and the way that Northeastern "[marries] theory with practicality," no matter the course of study, is a huge benefit to students throughout their post-graduate lives.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
87%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$58,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$103,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$59,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$105,300

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
37%


Students Say

Northeastern's great strength is “creating co-op opportunities that enhance what we learn in the classroom to best prepare us for the future.” This incredible amount of work experience automatically gives graduates an edge when it comes time to enter the workforce. Typically, students get up to a year-and-a-half of real experience in their fields, which “is a huge advantage when it comes to looking for jobs post-graduation.” Having a “strong academic pipeline to university cultivated co-ops and jobs,” all in the center of Boston, is half the battle, and the Career Development Office further aids students on their professional paths by hosting career fairs, panels, and workshops. According to PaysScale.com, alumni with bachelor's degrees from Northeastern report an average starting salary of $58,300.

A co-op experience is available in every major at Northeastern University, and employers know it—over 3,300 companies at home and abroad employ Northeastern undergraduate students. Northeastern's global co-op programs operate in 133 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. 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, 92 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school, and 89 percent of those working have careers within their field of study. 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 field 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."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,803

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,534

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,958

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,560
Required Fees
$937
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$900

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,240
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,269
Foreign Countries Represented
139

Demographics

13.17%
Asian
3.64%
African-American
7.75%
Hispanic
46.87%
Caucasian
5.93%
Unknown
18.36%
International

51% female
49% male
73% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Northeastern is "both incredibly diverse as well as being a quintessential New England school." This environment is filled with many people from different backgrounds (including a sizeable international population), and "it's not unusual to hear ten languages in ten minutes walking across campus." People are "motivated and passionate about the issues or projects they care about" and "are implementing and rolling with those ideas." No one here is cookie-cutter in any way, as "everyone has their quirks and qualities that shine through." All are "very supportive and seem to genuinely care about each other," which is useful since the nature of the school requires quite a few independent student decisions and those who go here "quickly have to become an adult and take charge of [their] life."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
49%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

There is certainly no lack of activities in which to participate in nearby Boston(there's a T stop on campus), from movie theaters, museums, restaurants, and shopping malls to the Prudential Center and the Charles River, which "provides opportunities for running, walking, biking, [and] kayaking." "Our location means that I can get dumplings in Chinatown, see a show, or attend the Christmas tree lighting without much effort to get off campus," says a student. Weekends are traditionally for city exploring, and weekdays usually are filled with people participating in one of the many clubs the school offers. Plus, Northeastern has "a ton of amazing events and programs on campus that make the campus feel like a community." Students on co-op "tend to have a lot more free time at night and on the weekends, allowing them to get more involved and spend more time with friends." Still, life outside of school is "pretty substantial" for this "extremely social" crowd: Mission Hill is a popular spot for a Friday and Saturday night activities. Greek life is small but "becoming more popular" on campus.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Disabilities Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Mary Barrows

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Required for LD

Please see website for detailed information: www.northeastern.edu/drc

Documentation Required for ADHD

Please see website for detailed information: www.northeastern.edu/drc

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
22

10% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Huskies)
8 Sports

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

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

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

Sustainability

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.

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
29%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Curry Student Center
Marino Health and Fitness Center
Cyber Cafe
International Village
Levine Marketplace
AfterHOURS

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fenway Park
Newbury Street
Museum of Fine Arts
Symphony Hall
Charles River

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Class visits are reserved for admitted students only

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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.


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