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Colleges / Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate18%
Acceptance Rate18%

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is an experiential research university, built on a tradition of engagement with the world. Our culture of innovation, grounded in the values of experiential learning, creates a distinctive approach to education, research, and entrepreneurship. As a leader in experiential learning for 100 years and counting, Northeastern combines rigorous academics with immersive, authentic experiences. This model encourages intellectual development, innovative thinking, and personal growth. Northeastern provides students with the unique opportunity to experience the power of place. We’re a global university with partnerships and campuses spanning the globe. The diverse experiences and global perspectives that students bring to the Northeastern community challenge our thinking and strengthen our cultural understanding. It fosters an environment where students discover a deep sense of inspiration and belonging.

Northeastern University Overview

Northeastern University is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern was founded in 1898 and now enrolls around 33,676 students per year year, which includes 20,337 undergrad students. Northeastern provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Northeastern for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Activities at Northeastern

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Northeastern's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Northeastern students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Northeastern has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northeastern has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northeastern on the Student Life page.

2022 Northeastern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 18%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 51%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28%
Tuition $59,100
Percent of Need Met 87.6%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $53,063

Is Northeastern a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Northeastern offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Northeastern University

It is very difficult to get into Northeastern. Northeastern admitted 18% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 75,244 students applied to Northeastern and 13,829 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 97% of students who start at Northeastern return the next year. 91% of Northeastern undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Northeastern Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Northeastern directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northeastern

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northeastern meets 87.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Northeastern full-time are awarded $53,063 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $30,624 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northeastern.

Based on this information, is Northeastern the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Northeastern a good school for you?

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Where is Northeastern?

Northeastern is located in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Northeastern for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike to Boston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northeastern and Boston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Northeastern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northeastern is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northeastern is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northeastern University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Northeastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Northeastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1530


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Northeastern Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northeastern is like? There are approximately 33,676 students enrolled at Northeastern, including 20,337 undergraduate students and 13,339 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 24% percent are from MA and 76% percent of students are from other states.


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