We consider a number of factors when evaluating an application, but high school performance is typically a good indicator of how you’ll do 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 went 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. International student applications are reviewed considering their performance in their particular academic environments. Please review all requirements for international applicants here.
It’s important for us to get to know you. Recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers help us learn more about your academic and personal accomplishments, academic promise, and character.
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.
Transfer students cannot apply to the following majors for Spring 2014:
- Physical Therapy
- D’Amore-McKim School of Business
- College of Engineering
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, so we consider the following factors as well:
Nobody knows you better than yourself. Keep that in mind when preparing your required (250 words minimum) statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the goals you hope to achieve. This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about what separates you from other applicants.
You’re not the only one who should be singing your praises. That's why we require one academic report from an academic advisor 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.
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.
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 at your earliest convenience. The admissions committee releases decisions on a rolling basis approximately four weeks after completion.
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.
See Specialized Entry Programs.