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Northeastern University (International Student Information)

  • Boston, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 17,107
    total students
  • $40,780 | $40,780
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 32%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 701
    sat math
  • 681
    sat reading
  • 676
    sat writing
  • 31
    act composite

Overview

A Dynamic University in the Heart of Boston

Established in 1898 as a private research university, Northeastern has spent the past century perfecting the integration of rigorous academics and experiential learning opportunities, thereby creating the world's most powerful learning experience.

Northeastern is located in the heart of Boston, one of America's most historic and culturally rich cities. With a wide array of cultural opportunities ranging from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the Boston Red Sox to the famed Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden, Boston provides a bustling, urban environment for students to explore and enjoy.

A Broad Selection of Undergraduate Colleges and Degrees

Northeastern has an undergraduate student body of 15,669 students. These students pursue a wide-ranging spectrum of studies housed within eight undergraduate schools: the Bouve College of Health Sciences; the College of Arts, Media, and Design; the College of Business Administration; the College of Computer and Information Science; the College of Engineering; the College of Professional Studies; the College of Science; and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

With more than 80 undergraduate majors in 65 departments, Northeastern offers numerous interdisciplinary opportunities, combined majors, a four- or five-year program of study, PlusOne degrees, and an Honors Program.

Over 1,900 part- and full-time faculty members are available to help students learn and grow at Northeastern.

Experiential Learning Enhancing Academics

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities including research, civic engagement, global experience, and our signature cooperative (co-op) program. These opportunities add depth to the academic experience and allow students to gain real-life experience prior to graduation.

Northeastern students have completed domestic co-ops at businesses and organizations such as: IBM, Reebok International, U.S. Defense Intelligence, Boston Red Sox, and Deloitte and Touche. International co-ops have included placement in such countries as England (Turner Broadcasting); Switzerland (SkyPharma); South Africa (Red Cross Children's Hospital); and Thailand (Warm Hearts).

Research

As undergraduates at a leading national research university, students will have the opportunity to do more than observe research solutions. They will experience knowledge creation through collaborative partnerships with faculty mentors and peers, and through experiential learning opportunities in hospitals, laboratories, and corporations around the world.

Northeastern undergraduate researchers present their findings in scholarly journals, at global academic conferences and colloquia, and at Northeastern's own annual Research & Scholarship Expo.

Undergraduates can gain funding for their projects, including grants and stipends, through the Provost's Office and the University Honors Program.

The research environment at Northeastern is highly interdisciplinary and use-inspired, with a focus on solving global challenges in health, security, and sustainability. The University has special research expertise in network science, biotechnology and drug discovery, nanotechnology, renewable energy, subsurface sensing and imaging, explosives detection, information security, and urban public policy focused on health, housing, and economic development.

English as Second Language (ESL) Options

The English Language Center (ELC) provides ESL and academic preparation classes to international students who intend to apply for enrollment at Northeastern or any other U.S. institution. Besides normal ESL classes, the ELC offers pre-M.B.A. preparation courses that focus on business reading, communications, listening, and grammar.

Other specialized and intensive programs at the ELC include the following: English for Academic Purposes, American Classroom at Northeastern University (for college credit), Business Case Program (intensive 8-week course), Global Leadership in Boston (for graduate credit), International Teaching Assistants (for incoming international Northeastern student staff members), Boston Career Connections Program (summer course), and University-Wide Teaching Assistants Intensive program. In addition, five summer language programs are offered each year.

Cultural Communities Reflect a Diverse Student Body

Northeastern is home to a richly diverse student body, hosting 4,000 international scholars and students representing 125 countries. The university seeks to meet the needs and promote the visibility of minority students on campus through its cultural communities, which include the African-American Institute, the Asian American Center, and the Latino/a Student Cultural Center.

International Student & Scholar Institute

The International Student & Scholar Institute (ISSI) coordinates programs and services for Northeastern's international students and faculty members. ISSI strives to encourage connections and understanding between American and international students on campus. The institute organizes 12 weeks of orientation activities throughout the academic year, and sponsors an annual cultural festival that celebrates the wealth of cultures in Northeastern's academic community.

ISSI sponsors various types of fun, hands-on activities such as Carnevale, international culinary activities, film screenings, immigration information seminars, and symposia with international participants.

Assistance with Immigration Regulations and Permits

ISSI staff members actively help international students manage the complicated issues that relate to obtaining and maintaining their legal status while in the U.S. Workshops and personal meetings are offered to help students with their visa and residential status requirements.

Family Support for International Students

ISSI understands that sometimes the families of international students can feel disconnected from the university and community at large. Northeastern makes a priority of supporting spouses and families of students through its Common Ground International Spouse Network. Common Ground organizes social and educational networking opportunities, such as peer counseling and discussions, trips and activities in and around Boston, and information sessions about schools, childcare, and work opportunities.

Help for International Students after Graduation

As a final means of support, ISSI organizes a program for students who have completed their studies at Northeastern. Global Connections connects graduating international students with alumni in other countries to help with the transition process back into their home cultures. It is Northeastern's hope that, just as international students have enriched university life in Boston, they will take what they have learned in the U.S. back to their home countries and make constructive contributions.


Location & Contact

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
USA

Ronne Patrick Turner

Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Phone: 617-373-2200
Email: admissions@neu.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Sign Language (ASL)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health and Medical Administrative Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied47,364
    • Accepted15,301
    • Acceptance Rate32%
    • Enrolled17,107
    • Female Applicants25,640
    • Females Accepted8,401
    • Female Acceptance Rate32%
    • Male Applicants21,724
    • Males Accepted6,900
    • Male Acceptance Rate31%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 681 640 730
    • SAT Math 701 660 750
    • SAT Writing 676 640 720
    • ACT Composite 31 30 33
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$40,780
    • Out-of-state tuition *$40,780
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$906.00
    • Room and board *$14,100.00
    • Room only *$7,530.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students17,107
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.19%
    • Black or African American3.27%
    • White or Caucasian50.8%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.06%
    • Asian9.79%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.01%
    • Two or more races3.47%
    • Unknown9.56%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout16.84% representing 125 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students67% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Council for University Programs, Resident Student Association, Downhillers Ski and Snowboard Club, Northeastern University Huskiers & Outing Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other public safety website

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Squash No Division C No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Tennis No Division C No
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Squash No Division C No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Tennis No Division C No
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,686
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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