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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 is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern was founded in 1898 and now enrolls around 27,602 students a year, including 19,004 undergrads.

Northeastern offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

There are 14 undergraduate students for every full-time Northeastern professor.

2021 Northeastern Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 20%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 38%
Tuition $54,360

Northeastern Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Northeastern's regular decision application deadline is January 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Northeastern Early Admission

Northeastern University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Northeastern is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
38% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Northeastern.

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Northeastern Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Northeastern. Around 20% of applicants get into Northeastern each year. Last year, 64,459 students applied to Northeastern and 13,199 were admitted.

Northeastern Waitlist 2021

Northeastern reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Northeastern University?

Northeastern is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Northeastern, applicants must submit the following items.

Northeastern Application Requirements

Northeastern Average GPA and Test Scores

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Northeastern.

Does Northeastern Require Test Scores?

Northeastern does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 54% submitted the SAT. 31% submitted the ACT.

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Does Northeastern Provide Dorms?

Yes! Northeastern provides on-campus housing for students.

Northeastern students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Council for University Programs and Resident Student Association. Welcome Week, Springfest, and and Homecoming are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Northeastern.

Financial Aid at Northeastern

Northeastern meets 84.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $43,986 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Northeastern a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern

About 97% of students who start at Northeastern come back the next year.

Around 90% of students who started at Northeastern earn their Bachelor's degrees 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 Outcomes and Debt for Northeastern Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $33,570 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northeastern sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit 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, 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


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Northeastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

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Northeastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1540


Math SAT Range

720 - 790


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

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Wondering what life at Northeastern is like? There are approximately 27,602 students enrolled at Northeastern, including 19,004 undergraduate students and 8,598 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 29% percent are from MA and 71% percent of students are from other states.


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