At Northeastern, your education doesn’t end once you leave the classroom. We are looking for students who understand that and who are excited to challenge themselves in research labs, in co-ops, in community service, and in global experiences. Our students are bright, mature, diverse, and highly motivated individuals who embrace our community and take full advantage of our distinctive educational experience.

High School Students

Academic Performance

We consider a number of factors when evaluating an application, but high school performance is typically a good indicator of how you’ll perform at Northeastern. The types of courses (advanced, honors, AP, IB, etc.) a student has chosen is important—the most successful applicants are often those who have gone above and beyond their school’s minimum graduation requirements and excelled in the most challenging courses that were available. Competitive applicants will have completed four years of English, math, and science in addition to courses in a foreign language, history, social sciences, and the arts.

Performance on Standardized Tests

While we do not have minimum score requirements, our students typically earn highly competitive scores on the SAT and/or the ACT exams. Northeastern considers the writing portion of the SAT/ACT exams in our admission decisions.


It’s important for us to get to know you and recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers help us learn more about your academic and personal accomplishments, academic promise, and character.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are students who have attempted at least 12 semester hours of credit (or the equivalent in quarter hours or units) after high school graduation. Transfer students are required to apply to a specific college and major.

  • The following colleges/majors are open for Spring 2016 admission:
    • College of Arts, Media and Design
    • College of Science
    • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
    • College of Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Health Science

All majors except for Physical Therapy and Undeclared are open for Fall 2016 admission.

Academic Performance

While our most successful transfer applicants have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher, we understand that students come from a wide range of backgrounds and we consider the following factors, as well

  1. Personal Statement/Essay: Nobody knows you better than yourself. Keep that in mind when preparing your required statement (250 words minimum) addressing your reasons for transferring to Northeastern and the goals you hope to achieve. This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about what make you unique.
  2. Academic Evaluation/Recommendation: You’re not the only one who should be singing your praises. That’s why we require one academic report from an academic adviser or professor or one letter of recommendation from an employer to help us learn more about you as a student. We’re looking for individuals who are responsible, independent, self-aware, and active participants in their education.
  3. Performance on Standardized Tests: SAT and/or ACT scores are required if a student has completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level credit at the application deadline.
  4. Extracurricular/community service: We want to hear what you do outside of the classroom, whether it includes clubs and organizations, work, or community service. We value students who are engaged in the community and actively involved on campus.

Please note: We encourage you to submit your transfer application and supporting documents by the application deadline. Please visit the Transfer Application Checklist for a list of required materials.

International Students

As a global university, we believe our students need to be as comfortable in Beijing as they are in Boston. Our large population of international students (as well as dual citizens and “third-culture” students) helps us shape the multicultural dynamic of our university. An international student is defined by his/her nonimmigrant visa status. For information about how to obtain a visa for study in the U.S., contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of residence.