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360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

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Northeastern University (NEU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts known for offering interdisciplinary, experiential learning. Northeastern University offers a mix of experience-based learning programs that include a cooperative education program, student research, global learning and service learning. NEU has degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  It offers 94 undergraduate programs and 169 graduate programs.  NEU is expanding its research programs to encompass the areas of health, security and sustainability.

What is unique about Northeastern is its 100-year-old "Co-op" program. Short for "cooperative education", the Co-op approach to education at Northeastern provides students with experiences in the U.S. and abroad that foster the development of a global perspective, along with knowledge and awareness. Through the Co-op program, students engage in 18 months of professional experience at a co-op partner site in the U.S. or in one of 50 countries around the world.

The faculty members of Northeastern University bring real-world experience to the classroom, and take an interdisciplinary approach to their teaching and their research. Students at Northeastern have ample opportunity to participate in research with the faculty in all degree programs, with access to advanced research facilities on and off campus.  Online learning is also offered, with the same level of scholarship as the campus-based programs.

The mission of Northeastern University:

To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.


Northeastern University was founded in 1898.


The academic calendar for Northeastern University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer "term."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Law

Student Life

Students at Northeastern can become actively engaged on campus through the more than 260 student clubs and organizations that are offered. There are media groups, honor societies, intramural sports clubs, academic organizations, performing arts and professional organizations, and more.  There are many fraternities and sororities, campus events, activities and student services.  There are many opportunities for community partnerships, volunteer service, and participation in the AmeriCorps program.

On and off campus housing is available, along with several options for dining and a campus grocery store.  There is a 24/7 escort service to ensure student safety for those traversing the campus at night.


The "Huskies" (Husky) athletic teams of Northeastern compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The Northeastern University campus is located in the heart of Boston, and is accessible by public transportation. The Boston Logan airport is minutes away from campus, and many hotels are within walking distance or a short drive away.  Shopping, restaurants, entertainment and recreation are all within easy reach of the centrally located campus.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Northeastern University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into NEU.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading610 - 700
SAT ® Math640 - 730
SAT ® Writing600 - 700
SAT ® Total Score1850 - 2130

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English0 - 0
ACT ® Math0 - 0
ACT ® Composite Score28 - 32

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into NEU

We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at NEU.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions14,938 (35%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,082 (21%)

Student Enrollment

Northeastern University has a total student population of about 30,000, where graduate students make up roughly 34% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $39,000-$47,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $340 to $400 per unit
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Several professional schools of study are operated by Northeastern University. These schools may have varying tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $39,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $43,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid84%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships81%$19,302
Receiving Student Loans53%$6,380

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Northeastern University may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 77%, NEU is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Graduating in 5 Years73%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Legal Professions and Studies (D, M)


Communications and Journalism

  • Communication, General (B, M)
  • Journalism (B, M)
  • Digital Communication and Media (M)
  • Technical and Scientific Communication (M)
  • Organizational Communication
  • Media Studies

Security and Protective Services

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (M)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration (B)
  • Nursing (B, D, M)
  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (B)
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services (B)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (M)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (D, M)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B, M)
  • Physician Assistant (M)
  • Health Informatics (M)
  • Public Health (M)
  • Athletic Training (B)
  • Respiratory Therapy (M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (D)
  • Emergency Medical Technology (A)
  • Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse (B, C, M)
  • Cardiopulmonary Technologist (B)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  • Nursing Administration
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Health Services
  • Medical Records Administrator
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Hematology Technology
  • Community Health Services, Liaison, Counseling



Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Computer and Information Sciences

English Language and Literature

  • English (B, D, M)
  • Technical and Business Writing (B, M)
  • Writing, General



Recreation and Fitness Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Math (B, D, M)
  • Applied Mathematics (M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (M)
  • Nutrition (M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Physical Sciences

Natural Resources and Conservation

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Linguistics (B)
  • Sign Language (B)
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (M)
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Engineering Technology

  • Mechanical Technology Technician (A, B)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, B)
  • Computer Engineering Technology (A, B)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • African-American Studies
  • Asian Civilization Studies
  • Womens Studies

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