Your application to Northeastern can only be submitted online through your Common Application account. When you create your profile, please select Northeastern as one of the schools to which you are applying. We do not require an additional essay. If you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from applying online, please contact us at 617.373.2200.

Please ensure that your name and date of birth are on every item of your application materials. Note: the name you give on your admission application should be the same name as on your academic credentials.

You can access the transfer equivalency database here.

 

High School Students

  • Completed Common Application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Guidance counselor and teacher recommendations available through the Common Application website.
  • Secondary school transcripts including the first quarter of your senior year and midterm grades, when available. If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you must send a current version that is up to date. Transcripts should be evaluated by a recognized credentialing agency (For transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international institution, please visit The Center for Educational Documentation.)
  • Early Action and Early decision candidates should send their first-term grades as soon as they are available.
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients should provide their official GED score reports and their most complete high school transcript.
  • Official SAT or ACT (with writing) results. Northeastern’s CEEB College Code is 3667 / ACT College Code is 1880. November test scores will be considered for early action candidates if received by December 1; January test scores for regular decision candidates if received by February 15.*
  • Portfolio: Portfolios are required for music technology, studio art, and are encouraged for majors within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Additionally, all portfolio submissions will be considered for the Creative Leaders Program. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio ArtMusic Technology, and Creative Leaders.
  • Home-schooled applicants should submit the Home School Supplement located on the Common Application website, an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines, and a list of all textbooks used. They must also provide proof that they will have met by the end of May of the year of graduation all requirements for an official high school diploma and submit an official final transcript, a GED, or a certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation. Home-schooled students must submit either the SAT with writing exam or the ACT with writing exam. In addition, they must submit two SATII subject tests, one test in mathematics and an additional subject test of their choice. Students who are applying for science-based majors should take a science subject test as their second exam.
  • Non-traditional grading policies: Students who attend schools where narrative evaluations are used instead of traditional letter grades are required to submit the narratives to complete their applications. Applicants must also submit SAT/ACT exam scores (with the writing section) and two SAT II subject tests, including mathematics and an additional subject test of their choice. Students who are applying for science-based majors should take a science subject test. Applicants to the College of Engineering must take the physics subject test.
  • English proficiency: Northeastern seeks to enroll the most talented and academically qualified students. Even if your English proficiency falls below our recommendations, we have the expertise and necessary academic infrastructure to support students who need to improve their English skills. Our support system includes many on-campus resources and a dedicated pre-matriculation program called American Classroom. We strongly recommended students’ English proficiency score are a 92 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (reading sub score 22, listening sub score 22, speaking sub score 24, and writing sub score 22), 6.5 on the IELTS exam, and a 62 on the PTE exam. Only students with these scores and above will be eligible for merit scholarship considerations.

*For applicants applying from outside the United States, SAT or ACT scores are not required and will not be considered for admission if submitted. Applicants are encouraged to submit results from nationally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education and are required for entry into universities in their home country. Applicants who attend a high school in the U.S., or student athletes who must meet NCAA eligibility requirements, are required to submit their official SAT or ACT results.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service.


Transfer Students

  • Completed Transfer Common Application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official college transcript(s) for all institutions you have attended
  • SMART/Military transcript (if you are a veteran)
  • College Report to be completed by the Registrar Office or Dean of your current/previous school (form available through the Common Application)
  • Academic Evaluation from an academic adviser, professor, or employer (online submission through the Common Application)
  • Final high school transcript or GED and SAT/ACT scores for students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (after high school graduation) at the time of the application deadline. This is not required for students who have been out of high school for more than five years. Standardized test scores are not required for students who did not complete high school in the U.S.

Additional Materials

  • Proof of English Proficiency required for students whose native language is not English. Our strongly recommended minimum scores are:
  • TOEFL: 92 (Reading sub score 22, Listening sub score 22, Speaking sub score 24, Writing sub score 22)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • PTE: 62 (no band below 62)
  • Portfolio: Portfolios are recommended for majors within the Department of Art and Design and required for music technology and studio art applicants. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more details regarding the portfolio requirements for studio art and music technology.

Additional Information

Download a copy of the Transfer Application Checklist  for a comprehensive list of required information. Please reference this Prerequisite Coursework page for additional information.

Transfer credit policies and course equivalencies listed here.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service.

 


International Students

International high school students will need all of the high school required materials (please refer to the list above) plus the following:

  • Standardized test scores For students applying from secondary schools located outside the U.S., the SAT and ACT are not required and will not be considered for admission if submitted. Applicants are encouraged to submit results from nationally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education and are required for entry into universities in their home country. Internationally accepted examinations such as AP and International Baccalaureate are also encouraged. Applicants from schools operated by the U.S. Department of Defense are excluded from this provision.
  • National Exam results as applicable. This can include GCE/GCSE exams (O-Level and AS-level), India Secondary School Examinations, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Exams, and CAPE I, etc.

Proof of English proficiency

For students whose native language is not English, a proof of English language proficiency is required. Northeastern’s CEEB code is 3667. To satisfy this requirement, students should submit results of a TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam.

  • The minimum passing requirements are as follows: TOEFL 92 (Reading subscore 22, Listening subscore 22, Speaking subscore 24, Writing subscore 22); IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0); PTE 62 (no band below 62). Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) 58.
  • Only applicants with these scores and above will be eligible for merit scholarship considerations
  • Students who submit test results below a 100 on TOEFL or 7 on IELTS may be asked to take an additional internal assessment during the summer prior to enrollment. The results of that assessment may require a student to take supplemental English instruction in the first semester of the freshman year.

International transfer students will need all of the transfer student required materials plus:

  • Proof of English proficiency Students must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam to satisfy the proof of English proficiency requirement. Please note that college level English Composition/Writing from your institution does not satisfy this requirement. Our strongly recommended minimum scores are:
  • TOEFL: 92 (Reading sub score 22, Listening sub score 22, Speaking sub score 24, Writing sub score 22)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • PTE: 62 (no band below 62)
  • Certified English translations of all transcripts by a recognized credentialing agency. For transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international institution, transcripts should be evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation.

Transfer credit policies and course equivalencies listed here.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service and that all transcripts are official.

Note: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions holds the right to rescind any offer of admission, or refer the student to further university disciplinary proceedings if it is discovered that all required academic transcripts were not submitted, or if the work submitted is not their own, factually true and honestly presented.