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Northeastern University

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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 18,107 students. These students pursue a wide-ranging spectrum of studies housed within eight undergraduate colleges 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 Explore Program for undeclared students.

With more than 175 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 advisors, students chart 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 1,400 full-time faculty members are available to help students learn and grow at Northeastern in a small, intimate learning environment. With a 14:1 student to faculty member ratio and an average class size of 24, Northeastern students have many opportunities for personalized support.

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 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: Google, the New England Patriots, Merrill Lynch, Genzyme, Vogue, Amazon, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Proctor and Gamble, and Apple, just to name a few.

Research

Northeastern is a leading national research university where undergraduates have the opportunity to do more than observe research solutions—they can participate in the research themselves. Students 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.

The American Classroom Program 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.

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.

Cultural communities reflect a diverse student body

Northeastern is home to a richly diverse student body, hosting more than 4,000 international scholars and students representing 122 countries in its undergraduate population alone. The university also seeks to meet the needs and promote the visibility of all students on campus through its cultural communities and 10 major cultural resource centers, including the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, LGBTQA Resource Center, the Asian American Center, Hillel, the Latino/a Student Cultural Center, the Catholic Center, the Center for Intercultural Engagement, The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, the Disability Resource Center, the Office Of Global Services, and the Social Justice Resource Center.

International Student and Scholar Institute

The Office of Global Services (OGS) coordinates programs and services for Northeastern's international students and faculty members. OGS 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 Carnevale, an annual cultural festival that celebrates the wealth of cultures in Northeastern's academic community.

In addition, OGS 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

OGS 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

Address 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
United States
Contact Email: admissions@northeastern.edu
Phone: 617-373-2200

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Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Architectural History And Criticism, General Checkmark
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
African-american/black Studies Checkmark
Asian Studies/civilization Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences, Other Checkmark
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Biophysics Checkmark
Cell/cellular And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Ecology And Evolutionary Biology Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business/commerce, General Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems, General Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Project Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication And Media Studies, Other Checkmark
Communication, General Checkmark
Digital Communication And Media/multimedia Checkmark
Journalism Checkmark
Organizational Communication, General Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Technical And Scientific Communication Checkmark
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, And Special Effects Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Computer Science Checkmark
Data Modeling/warehousing And Database Administration Checkmark
Information Science/studies Checkmark
Information Technology Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Education, General Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering, General Checkmark
Computer Engineering, General Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering, General Checkmark
Engineering, Other Checkmark
Industrial Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
American Sign Language (asl) Checkmark
East Asian Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, Other Checkmark
Linguistics Checkmark
Middle/near Eastern And Semitic Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Athletic Training/trainer Checkmark
Audiology/audiologist Checkmark
Audiology/audiologist And Speech-language Pathology/pathologist Checkmark
Cardiopulmonary Technology/technologist Checkmark
Health And Medical Administrative Services, Other Checkmark
Pharmaceutical Sciences Checkmark
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Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, And Administration, Other Checkmark
Physical Therapy/therapist Checkmark
Public Health, General Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Professions, Other Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Behavioral Sciences Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Jewish/judaic Studies Checkmark
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Religion/religious Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Geology/earth Science, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Research And Experimental Psychology, Other Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Human Services, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions, Other Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Corrections And Criminal Justice, Other Checkmark
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Cultural Anthropology Checkmark
Development Economics And International Development Checkmark
Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, Other Checkmark
Social Sciences, Other Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Design And Applied Arts, Other Checkmark
Digital Arts Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Film/cinema/media Studies Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Game And Interactive Media Design Checkmark
Graphic Design Checkmark
Illustration Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark
Theatre/theatre Arts Management Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

64,459
Applied
13,199
Accepted
19,004
Enrolled
20%
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Female Admissions

34,925
Females Applied
7,050
Females Accepted
20%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

29,534
Males Applied
6,149
Males Accepted
21%
Acceptance Rate

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st
Early decision plan November 1st December 15th
Other early decision plan November 1st February 1st
Transfer April 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 690 750
SAT Math 720 790
ACT Composite 33 35

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

56,500
Private
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Fees

1,092
Full-time student fees
17,810
Room & board
9,900
Room only

Financial Aid

36,838
Avg. Financial Aid Package
43,986
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
18,787
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
3,311
Avg. Loan Aid
14,800
Avg. Grant Aid
33,600
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
84.3%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
43%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

19,004
Total Undergrad students
16%
International Students
71%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.76%
Black or African American 4.02%
White or Caucasian 45.44%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.04%
Asian 16.81%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.01%
Two or more races 5.47%
Other 3.54%

Gender

Male (48.63%)
Female (51.37%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 33%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Welcome Week, Springfest and Homecoming

Student Services

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Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Council for University Programs, Resident Student Association, E-Sports Northeastern University and Northeastern University Huskiers and Outing Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
Public Safety Website

Faculty

1,920
Total Faculty
14:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,424
Part-time - 496
Male - 1,058
Female - 862
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