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Northeastern University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

Northeastern Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Northeastern University. Around 7% of applicants get into Northeastern University each year. Last year, 91,000 students applied to Northeastern University and 6,191 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Northeastern University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/1 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who apply to Northeastern University for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Northeastern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Northeastern University's admissions stats.

Northeastern University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 76.47%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 33%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

Northeastern University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northeastern University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 February 1
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Northeastern University?

Northeastern University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Northeastern University will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Northeastern University is 33%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 7%. Last year, Northeastern University admitted 890 of the 2707 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they hope it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

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

More on Northeastern University Admissions

Transferring to Northeastern University

For more information on transferring to Northeastern University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Northeastern University

Northeastern University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northeastern University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 University

What does Northeastern University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Northeastern University for more information on admission factors.

Northeastern University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Northeastern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Northeastern University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement – – – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northeastern University?

Northeastern University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18.22% submitted a class rank. At Northeastern University 76.47% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94.55% were in the top 25% and 98.91% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northeastern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northeastern University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 33% of Northeastern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Northeastern University?

To be competitive with other Northeastern University applicants, you should strive to score between 1450 and 1535 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northeastern University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1535 and 25% of scored lower than 1450, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northeastern University students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northeastern University students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

To be most competitive at Northeastern University, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northeastern University'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 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northeastern University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on Transferring to Northeastern University

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Northeastern University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Northeastern University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northeastern University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northeastern University.

Does Northeastern University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Northeastern University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Northeastern University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northeastern University?

❌ No, Northeastern University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Northeastern University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Northeastern University is 7%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northeastern University?

βœ… Northeastern University's early decision acceptance rate was 33% 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 7%. This means that the institution accepts 6 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1535


Math SAT Range

740 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Northeastern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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