Northeastern University

Northeastern University


Northeastern University is a leader in integrating rigorous classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities, anchored by the nation’s largest, most innovative cooperative education (co-op) program. In addition to the signature co-op program, in which students alternate between classroom learning and work experience, Northeastern offers students several other experiential learning opportunities, including student research, service learning and global learning experiences. All of this takes place on a vibrant, 73-acre campus located in the heart of Boston, which offers modern academic, residential and recreational facilities.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid $253.8 Million in Financial Aid

Northeastern is committed to making college accessible and affordable for all students interested in pursuing their passions. The university offers more than $253.8 million in grant and scholarship assistance, participates in federal aid programs and offers information on private educational loans and the Northeastern payment plan. In addition, Northeastern offers a number of scholarships that are awarded to students who are well prepared for success in college and demonstrate strong leadership and community values. Learn more about $253.8 Million in Financial Aid

Scholarship & Financial Aid Torch Scholars Program

The Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative scholarship initiative awarded to individuals who have overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrate the potential to excel academically. Torch Scholars receive full tuition, fees and room and board, as well as significant personal and academic support throughout their undergraduate careers. Learn more about Torch Scholars Program

Student Life & Support Diverse University Community

Reflecting the city of Boston and the world beyond, Northeastern is a rich blend of cultures, languages, religions and traditions. The university supports and celebrates these characteristics through many centers, institutes and programs including the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Asian American Center, Latino/a Student Cultural Center, LGBT Community, Hillel Jewish Community, Catholic Center, Spiritual Life Center, Center for Intercultural Engagement, and Office of Global Services.

Student Life & Support Diversity Initiatives

Northeastern is a community that is comprised of students, faculty and staff from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The university values the contributions of all its members and works to support its under-represented populations through a network of active cultural centers and mentoring programs. In recruiting students, Northeastern reaches out to a wide variety of geographically distant locations, nationally and internationally, and works closely with a host of support programs such as Upward Bound, Gear UP and Kids to College.

Mentoring Legacy Mentoring/Retention Program

The Legacy Mentoring Program provides a sense of belonging, retention and academic success for the black and Latino/a community. This active program includes events such as Black and Latino New Student Orientation, a study abroad forum, financial aid and professional development workshops, community service projects and many social outings. Learn more about Legacy Mentoring/Retention Program

Student Diversity

  • 17,923
  • 49/51
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 16%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 59%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 20%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 98%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • n/a
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,260
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business/International Business, Engineering, Health Services/Allied Health

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Student Association, Black Student Association, Choral Society, Females' Center of Excellence and Leadership, FIRST Robotics, Latin-American Student Organization, Northeastern News, NUBiLAGA, Resident Student Association, Student Government Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,366
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $933
    Required Fees
  • $15,502
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $253,800,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $36,918
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 13%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 45%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 51,063
    # of applicants
  • 32%
  • 4.10
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 650—740
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 680—770
    SAT Math
  • 630—730
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date