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Colleges / Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

About Northeastern

Northeastern University is a private research institution known for its emphasis on experiential learning. The university’s signature cooperative education program offers courses and programs with opportunities to gain practical hands-on experience. These opportunities provide students with real-world skills and with a competitive edge when they enter their post-graduate careers. 

Northeastern is committed to global engagement. The university has an extensive network of campuses across the word including locations in the US, UK, and Canada and also has an impressive study abroad program. Northeastern’s cooperative education (co-op) system gives students the unique opportunity to alternate between periods of full-time work and studying to broaden their knowledge.

The campus experience is unique at Northeastern, spanning across several of Boston’s lively neighborhoods. The campus boasts a mix of contemporary and traditional architecture, several cutting edge labs, and dynamic study spaces across campus. The university neighbors several of the city’s iconic destinations including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Fenway Park.

Northeastern is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The most popular sport at Northeastern is hockey, with both the men’s and women’s teams having won several conference championships. Northeastern teams are known as the Huskies.

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There is a system of underground tunnels beneath the Northeastern campus that connects several buildings. The tunnels provide a weather-safe way for students to travel between buildings during inclement weather including during the notoriously harsh New England winters. 

More on Northeastern from the CC Community

“It always seems that students are highly supportive of each other’s endeavors, activities, coops, etc. [. . .] many students do coop in Boston, stay and live on campus or in the area, and actually have more time to engage in other programming since they are not doing work outside of class.”

“My [son] started NU during the pandemic and was able to make wonderful friends in his dorm even without the usual parties. He and his friends play intramural sports and host parties. They have traveled to Europe for spring break, have done summer study abroad programs, and together visited a friend on co-op in CA. Co-op earnings have paid for trips. I think it’s best for students who embrace travel and flexibility and are self-motivated and independent.”


Northeastern University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern was founded in 1898. The university currently enrolls around 36,806 students a year, including 20,980 undergraduate students.

Northeastern Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Northeastern. In 2022, Northeastern accepted 7% of applicants. In 2022, 6,191 out of 91,000 total applicants were accepted.

Northeastern University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 33%

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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.

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Northeastern University is a member of the Coalition for College.

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Northeastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1535


Math SAT Range

740 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

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Wondering what life at Northeastern is like? There are approximately 36,806 students enrolled at Northeastern, including 20,980 undergraduate students and 15,826 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from MA and 73% percent of students are from other states.


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