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Northeastern Admissions

If you want to apply to Northeastern, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Northeastern Admissions Stats at a Glance

Northeastern 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 76%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 54%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Northeastern?

Northeastern University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Northeastern will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Northeastern is 38%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 20%. Last year, Northeastern admitted 709 of the 1882 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Northeastern?

Getting into Northeastern is very difficult.

In 2021, Northeastern accepted 20% of all applicants, around 13,199 of the 64,459 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Northeastern, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Northeastern has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important to Get In to Northeastern?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northeastern

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

Northeastern 2021-2022 Application Requirements

Double check with Northeastern's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northeastern?

Out of all students that were admitted, 18% submitted a class rank. At Northeastern 76% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Northeastern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 18%

Northeastern does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northeastern is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 54% of Northeastern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northeastern?

To be competitive with other Northeastern applicants, you should strive to earn between 1430 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northeastern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northeastern students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northeastern students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northeastern?

To be most competitive at Northeastern, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northeastern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northeastern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Northeastern University

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Northeastern during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Northeastern Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northeastern?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northeastern.

Does Northeastern accept transfer credits?

Northeastern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northeastern accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • Excelsior College Examinations

Does Northeastern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northeastern accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northeastern?

Northeastern is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Northeastern's acceptance rate?

Northeastern's acceptance rate is 20%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northeastern?

Northeastern's early decision acceptance rate was 38% in 2021.

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Northeastern Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Northeastern? Northeastern is a very selective institution. The Northeastern acceptance rate is 20%. This means that the institution accepts 20 out of every 100 applicants.



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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.

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

Northeastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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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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Northeastern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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