Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Private Institute | Established 1898

Updated on Friday, February 7, 2020


Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston, and a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and research programs across its main and satellite campuses. It is home to one of the largest international student communities in the United States, with over 14,000 international students coming from over 140 countries. With more than 220 majors, 8 colleges and programs, and over 130 combined majors, the University offers limitless opportunities to create a unique, personalized learning journey.

Northeastern’s academic core, known as NUpath, is built around essential, broad-based knowledge and skills—such as understanding societies and analysing data—instead of specific content areas or disciplines. It offers students the flexibility to integrate core learning into their individual educational journeys, making NUpath a unique tool for personalized curricular enrichment rather than a checklist of disconnected offerings. Northeastern’s core is integral to the university’s distinctive student-centered approach to education, preparing students to be engaged global citizens, successful professionals, and lifelong learners.

Northeastern offers more than 200 online, in-class, and hybrid graduate degree and certificate programs across 20 different areas of study, meaning there are countless ways for prospective students to achieve their personal and professional goals. It also offers 33 doctoral programs – in emerging fields within the sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering.              


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University at a Glance

Size of Campus in acres 44.00
Faculty/Student Ratio 1:23
UG/PG Course Ratio 1:1.82
Endowments Value $531 million
No.of Campuses 3
Yearly Hostel & Meals Expense 15.00
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Admission Criteria

All international applicants are required to provide the following additional documents:

  1. All first-year and transfer applicants must apply with either the Common Application or Coalition Application. On the application and any supporting documents, please use your name as it appears on your passport. Northeastern expects all applicants to submit an application (essays, transcripts, test scores, etc.) that is in its entirety completed by the applicant. No part of the application can be completed by persons other than the student applying for admission. Use of such services violates Northeastern policies, and will lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.
  2. Academic Records - Your high school will need to provide Northeastern with official transcripts or academic records by the application deadline. Transcripts sent by an applicant or their families will not be accepted. If your educational system does not issue transcripts, your high school must provide the academic records which detail the courses you’ve taken throughout high school, and the grades which you’ve received. Examples include internal grade reports, term or semester reports, mark sheets, or promotional or provisional examination results. Results should also be provided from any lower secondary examinations, such as the GCSE, O-Levels, SPM, WASC, or Indian SSC.
  3. Standardized Testing - If you are applying from a high school which is located outside of the United States, you are encouraged to demonstrate your abilities by submitting results from any AP exams; predicted or final IB Diploma results, or at least 3 Higher Level course results; or, predicted or final results from other international pre-university qualifications. Any international qualifications must represent completion of secondary education, with final exams being administered by an independent examination board (not your high school) and required for university entrance in your country. Examples include the GCE Advanced Levels, French Baccalauréat, or the Indian Higher Secondary School Certificate.



  1. English Language Proficiency – Along with the application, official tests results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests need to be submitted :
    1. C1 Advanced
    2. C2 Proficiency
    3. Duolingo English Test
    4. IELTS Academic
    5. PTE Academic
    6. TOEFL iBT (CEEB Code : 3667)

Official results must be submitted by the application deadline. If a student plans to submit their application and then take an exam for a second, or third time, applicants must indicate planned future test dates on their application, to inform the Admissions Committee of any pending test results. Most competitive applicants will frequently achieve composite scores between: 99 and 107 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 and 8.0 on the IELTS Academic, 120 and 130 on the Duolingo English Test, 68 to 74 on the PTE Academic, and 185 to 204 on the Cambridge English Scale. All applications are fully evaluated and considered for admission.

  1. All international students are required to complete and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF), which is designed to assist in obtaining complete and accurate information about an applicant’s financial support. Northeastern will verify all financial resources before any international student is issued a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). You can access the DCF through the App Status Check once your application is submitted and processed.
  2. Documents should be submitted online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Documents not submitted through an application can be sent from a high school or university email address to or mailed. Test results must be sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency or examination board. Transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or university. Results from national examinations, which are only released to the student, can be scanned and sent to Northeastern from a verifiable high school email address, or a certified copy can also be mailed to Northeastern. Official English translations will be required for documents which are provided in languages other than English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation.


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*Standard Curriculum (16 Semester Hours per Term)

** Fees include the undergraduate student fee, student center fee, student activity fee, recreation fee, and residence hall activity fee.

*** Room rates vary depending on occupancy and assignment. Board charge is based upon 17 meals per week.


All students regardless of citizenship are eligible for merit-based scholarships. No additional application is necessary, as the application for admission serves as scholarship application. Merit-based scholarship are extremely competitive awards and are typically given to admitted students who are in the top 10-15% of the applicant pool. Awards range from $10,000-$25,000.


Intake Deadline o Early Decision I and Early Decision II : Choose Early Decision if Northeastern is your number one choice, and you are committed to attending if admitted. Early Decision is binding—if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and withdrawing all applications from other institutions. You will have two opportunities to apply for Early Decision consideration: by November 1 for Early Decision I or by January 1 for Early Decision II. Early Decision II allows students who realize that Northeastern is their first choice later in the application process to still show their high level of interest. The decision for Early Decision I will be notified by December 15 and for Early Decision II will be notified by February 15. o Early Action - Choose Early Action if Northeastern is a top choice—and you feel that you can put your best foot forward at this earlier date, since the Admissions Committee will not see your senior year grades or late fall standardized testing. Early Action is non-bind

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