Students applying to be a freshman for fall admission may apply one of the following ways:

  • Early Decision (ED)
  • Early Action (EA)
  • Regular Decision (RD)

And will receive one of the following admission decisions:

  • Admission for the fall semester
  • Admission to The Program
  • Waitlist
  • Denied
  • Deferred

Tips for Choosing Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision

Choose Early Decision if...

Northeastern is your number one choice and you are committed to attending Northeastern if admitted. Early Decision is ideal for students who are confident that Northeastern is the right academic, social, and financial fit for them.

Early Decision is binding—if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and withdrawing all applications from other institutions. You will be notified of your decision online by December 15.

Early Decision Deadlines: 

Applicant Deadline: November 1
CSS Profile Deadline: November 15
FAFSA Deadline: February 15
Deposit Deadline: January 15

Choose Early Action if…

Northeastern is a top choice and you feel that you can put your best foo forward at this earlier date, since the Admissions Committee will not see senior year grades or late fall standardized testing. 

Early Action is non-binding—you will be notified of your decision online by December 31.

Early Action Deadlines: 

Applicant Deadline: November 1
CSS Profile Deadline: December 1
FAFSA Deadline: February 15
Deposit Deadline: May 1

Choose Regular Decision if…

You would like the Admissions Committee to review information from the first semester of your senior year and have additional time to put the finishing touches on your application. 

Regular Decision is non-binding. You will be notified of your decision online by April 1.

Regular Decision Deadlines: 

Applicant Deadline: January 1
CSS Profile Deadline: February 15
FAFSA Deadline: February 15
Deposit Deadline: May 1

Students applying for the fall semester may be admitted directly into The Program.

The Program is an innovative and dynamic first-year experience rooted in Northeastern’s core belief that students should be engaged citizens of the world. More than 500 new students are enrolled each year through The Program giving students an exciting early opportunity to bring a global perspective to their entire academic career. Students admitted into the program begin their college studies at one of our partner institutions around the world during the fall semester where they will be fully immersed in the local culture. Students transition to Boston to begin their Northeastern studies in the spring semester with a unique global perspective.

Transfer Information

April 1: Transfer

Transfer decisions are non-binding and released online by June 15. Transfer applicants cannot apply to the undeclared and physical therapy programs.

Note: Northeastern releases admissions decisions online. Make sure your email address is updated in our system.

Spring Admission (Directly for January, Transfer Students Only)

The application for Spring 2015 will be available through the Common Application website on September 1.

The application deadline for transfer applications for Spring 2015 admission is October 1. Decisions will be released online no later than December 1.

Transfer applicants can apply directly into the following colleges/majors:

  • College of Arts, Media & Design
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Nursing
  • Health Science
  • Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

For more details and specific application requirements, please review the required materials for your applicant type.