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Northeastern University (International Student Information)

  • Boston, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 17,107
    total students
  • $42,534 | $42,534
    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 global university located in the heart of Boston

Established in 1898 as a private experiential 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 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 17,107 students. These students pursue a wide-ranging spectrum of studies housed within eight undergraduate schools and programs: the Bouvé College of Health Sciences; the College of Arts, Media, and Design; the D'Amore McKim School of Business; the College of Computer and Information Science; the College of Engineering, the College of Science; the College of Social Sciences and Humanities; and the Program for Undeclared Students.

With more than 150 undergraduate majors and programs, Northeastern offers numerous customizable and interdisciplinary opportunities such as combined majors, dual degree programs, an Honors Program, PlusOne combined bachelor's and master's degree programs, and a 3+3 Program for students in select CSSH and CAMD majors interested in pursuing a law degree. A Northeastern education is student-focused and with the support of a team of advisers, students choose their own paths -- a four or a five year program, the number of experiential opportunities they'd like to complete, and how best to maximize their college experiences.

Over 1,200 full-time faculty members are available to help students learn and grow at Northeastern in a small, intimate learning environment with a 13:1 student to faculty member ratio with an average class size of 24.

Experiential learning enhancing academics

Northeastern's learning model encourages entrepreneurship, intellectual development, and personal growth. There are four varieties of experiential learning opportunities including research, civic engagement, global experience, and the signature cooperative (co-op) program -- each is uniquely integrated with students' classroom experiences. These opportunities add depth to the academic experience and allow students to gain authentic, real-world experience prior to graduation.

Northeastern students embark on co-ops, both domestically and around the world, at businesses and organizations such as: IBM, Google, Reebok International, Kate Spade, US Defense Intelligence, Boston Red Sox, Vogue, Deloitte and Touche, Turner Broadcasting, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Amazon, just to name a few.

Research

Northeastern students have the opportunity as undergraduates at a leading national research university to do more than observe research solutions -- they can participate in the research themselves! 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, Innovation & 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 use-inspired and highly interdisciplinary, 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

Northeastern University offers English as a second language (ESL) and academic preparation programs for international students who intend to apply to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a US-based university through the College of Professional Studies (http://www.cps.neu.edu/degree-programs/international/language-preparatory).

The American Classroom Program (http://www.cps.neu.edu/degree-programs/international/language-preparatory/english-language-program.php) is an innovative transitional experience for international students who are looking for advanced English language preparation and an introduction to the American education system and college culture. This program is an excellent start to students' American university studies and provides a comprehensive academic and cultural experience designed to help students succeed at Northeastern University and improve their English language skills. For the highly motivated international student -- American Classroom is an opportunity to jump into the flow of American college life while exposing students to an environment conducive to a successful transition to university. Throughout their time in American Classroom, students will benefit from individual academic advising and support services. Upon successful completion of this program, they will be enriched from their exposure to college life and academics and prepared for a degree program.

Global Student Success (GSS) supports the development and needs of international students at Northeastern University and promotes internationalization across the institution. The university offers cross-cultural, linguistic, and academic support services both on-campus and online. The university also partners with faculty members, staff members, and administrators to integrate global dimensions and cross-cultural understanding into the Northeastern experience: http://www.cps.neu.edu/student-resources/global-student-success-office.php.

Cultural communities reflect a diverse student body

Northeastern is home to a richly diverse student body, hosting 4,000 international scholars and students representing 126 countries. The university also seeks to meet the needs and promote the visibility of all students on campus through its cultural communities, which include the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, LGBTQA Resource Center, the Asian American Center, Hillel, and the Latino/a Student Cultural Center.

International Student and Scholar Institute

The International Student and 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 orientation activities at the beginning of each semester, and sponsors Carnavel, 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, 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 US. Workshops and personal meetings are offered to help students with their visa and residential status requirements.


Location & Contact

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

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      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.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      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.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      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.
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • 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.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • American Sign Language (ASL)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      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.
  • History
    • History
      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.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious 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.
  • 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
    • Art
      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.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      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 *$42,534
    • Out-of-state tuition *$42,534
    • 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 *$14,570.00
    • Room only *$7,780.00
    • * 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
    • Table Tennis No Division C No
    • Tennis Yes 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
    • Table Tennis No Division C No
    • Tennis Yes 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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