About Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 13,473 full time undergraduate students, and 6,908 full time graduate students.

The Northeastern University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 1261 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Northeastern University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate28%
Application Deadline
Application Fee75
SAT Range1330-1510
ACT Range31-34

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,120% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 5 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

96% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 83% were in the top quarter, and 56% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Northeastern University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
12%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
62%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
40%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
55%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
69%
“We bought the gear”
21%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
24%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
56%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
16%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
10%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
66%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
24%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
59%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
47%
“There might be people who do”
44%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
12%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
62%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
40%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
55%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
69%
“We bought the gear”
21%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
24%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
56%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
16%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
10%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
66%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
24%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
59%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
47%
“There might be people who do”
44%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Northeastern University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    268 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    242 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    283 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    295 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    296 Students rated class size 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    294 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    295 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    296 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Northeastern University?

95 Students rated Northeastern University

Armando - 06/25/2022

Overpriced for sure. Ok academics, bad campus, and terrible food. Nice location but with that comes a high cost of living. Everything is so expensive. Very difficult to get a job because Babson, BC, MIT, Harvard, BU, and other graduates get all the jobs in Boston. I regret coming here.

Edjana - 05/09/2022

At Northeastern, students learn to flourish in academia and their social lives. There are so many opportunities to connect with local businesses, clinics, and communities. There are also plenty of opportunities to connect with professors and conduct lab work. Overall, Northeastern University is one of the best but most underrated universities in the U.S.

McKenzie - 05/20/2021

As a student attending in the age of COVID-19, this school year has been difficult as I'm sure it has been for many others. I can honestly say NU took the virus and the safety of the on-campus students very seriously. Even though the frequent tests can be annoying, it is understandable why they want you to do so. I also think there were lots of opportunities to meet people online, but beyond that most of the interactions I had with fellow students were very shallow. I would also say this is definitely a school for rich kids, i really don't appreciate them holding my registration for next year hostage over a bill I can't pay at the moment.

Andy - 07/24/2020

I really enjoy the cultural diversity of Northeastern. We have students from around the world and it makes conversations truly in-depth. The professors have been great to work with and usually respond promptly. I am very happy with my choice of schools!

Northeastern University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Northeastern University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northeastern University is 28%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The advice I would give myself is to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Being a Pharmacy major, I wish i talked to students who are currently in the same 6 year program I am in. I would ask them about their experiences, how they like it, and ask for more information about the program. I would definitely tell myself to visit the school and its surrounding. I would then ask myself if I could see myself being there for the next 6 years and if I would be happy. I would do this to all the schools I was applying to and then make a chart comparing the pros and cons of each university. I would then make my decision and try to make the best out of it and have no regrets.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Cool, somewhat geeky, chill classmates. Fun and outgoing people.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The Co-operative program. This allows students to try out a number of career jobs before graduation, so they can better decide what they want to major in and/or do for a career. It allows them to find out what they like/dislike about a certain job and graduate with 1+ year of job experience in their field.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Northeastern offers the co-op program which is something I had never seen before in a university. Up to three semester long co-ops are structured into each students scheduling and the student is truly able to explore what they will actually be doing when they graduate as well as making money and gaining up to a year and a half experience in the workforce. Co-ops offer valuble experience and are an incredible opportunity to make connections and land job offers when graduating.

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    I am an engineer at Northeastern, and the only complaint I have to date about the university is the cost of tuition and its physics department. Where is the logic behind attending a class when you cannot understand what the professor is saying? Personally I find it embarassing that the university hires such incoherent individuals to attempt to convey knowledge to students. The physics department is abysmal, and is in serious need of a complete overhaul. Be prepared to have all of your homework online, that will be graded. In addition to that, NU does not offer classes that teach students proE and solidworks, two essential computer aided programs for engineers to know.

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  7. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Northeastern is very unique. It offers you a city experience while still having the security of a secluded campus. The security can seem overly oppressive at times, but it is just to ensure the well being of the students and faculty. The university is amazing. Great people, amazing city, excellent atmosphere. The facilities such as the gym(s) and library are well maintained and very useful. The surrounding neighborhoods are not totally unsafe, but certain areas should be avoided at night. The Coop program is truly amazing, and gives students the opportunity for valid job experience in their major. Anyone who graduates from Northeatern and participated in the Coop program is already two steps ahead of any graduate from another school with the same degree, hands down. We all have heard that experience is the best teacher, and that is what Coop is all about.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Northeastern University is a melting pot of great people, places, activities, and academics in a spectacular city.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think the worst thing about my school is that there are so many activities that I want to try and I dont have enough for all of them. For example, my freshman year I joined the physical therapy club, the kappa delta sorority, and the cheerleading team. I wanted to join more clubs but there was not enough time in my day.

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  10. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Broomball is a popular intramural sport played at Northeastern University.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The Co-op program, it provides students with resources to find non paid/paid internships in the field of their major and have "real-world" experience under their belt placing graduates as top candidates in the job market already having job experience under their belt.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how hard it is to get scholarships and financial aid. The debt you accumulate is incredible.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any student would be great at Northeastern. The school has excellent programs, professors, and faculty which make the experience extremely beneficial. However, because of the cost of tuition, I would say that any student that would need to pay for the full price of tuition in student loans should not attend. It is difficult to put a price on a quality education, however, there are other options for quality education that cost less money and in turn leave a student in substantially less debt.

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  14. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    That unused meal swipes don't roll over.

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  15. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Northeastern University is a top notch school that offers me the opportunity to plan for my future in an ideal way. My current classes are fantastic - the professors approachable, intelligent and connected. Going forward, I hope to partake in the Dialogues of Civilization program in Japan, study abroad, and complete both an international co-op and a U.S. co-op. The student clubs, organizations and on campus activities are limitless. The resources to plan your career are superb. It is the perfect environment for me to thrive. Also, the city life allows for so much community service involvement.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Northeastern is by no means cheap to attend, and therefore a lot of the students are seen as rich and spoiled. The fact that people dress very nice seem to strengthen that stereotype.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Yes, but they are changing.

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  18. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is motivated, self-sufficient, and is determined to be successful within the real world. Northeastern provides students with the opportunity to succeed not only during their duration of school, but provide opportunities after graduation as well.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think the stereotype is that Northeastern students are very business-oriented, and its a relatively true stereotype. The co-op program makes us more aware of how our classes relate to the real world and give us a taste of what we're in for. But still, it is a mixed bag and some students are more serious than others.

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Because Northeastern is a Boston which is a rather developed city in USA, there may be more opportunities for me to find a job. The rating of Northeastern is very high these years. It is the highest school that admit me.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    West Village F. Brand new freshman only dorm room that opened up in August, northeastern university.

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Student Body

Students

51%

female

49%

male

13,473

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,908

Total Grad Students

61%

Out-Of-State

21%

In-State

18%

International

Organizations

339

Student Organizations

14

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

31%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
13%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
46%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

73% of students attending Northeastern University receive some sort of financial aid. 14% were awarded federal grants. While 43% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$47,653

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$15,050

Room and Board

63,703

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$13,047
$30 - $48K
$14,879
$48 - $75K
$17,573
$75 - $110K
$25,770
$110K & UP
$40,453

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