FAQs for new students
FAQ for New Students
Q: Is there a deadline for accepted students to confirm their acceptance?
The Graduate Office appreciates it when students communicate their plans as soon as possible. Accepted students must confirm their enrollment by submitting the required non-refundable $100 enrollment fee via the ApplyYourself system. Students should note that some of the CSSH academic departments set their own deadlines by which students must respond. The academic departments will communicate this information to students directly.
Q: When will the I-20 be issued?
After confirming admission into the College, students will be sent an email with instructions on how to request an I-20 online. Please note that after receipt of your request, it takes up to 10 business days for an I-20 to be generated.
Q: How will students know if they receive an assistantship?
Students will receive an award offer with their letter of admission if they have been recommended for an award by their department and if approved by the Graduate Office. Students may contact their academic department if they have questions.
Q: Who should students contact if they didn’t receive funding?
Students can contact the graduate coordinator in their academic department since departments make funding recommendations to the Graduate Office.
Q: How do students apply for student loans?
In order to apply for student loans, students will need to complete a FAFSA via the Graduate Student Financial Services website.
Q: What is an NUID number?
An NUID number is a nine-digit number, begins with two, three, or four zeros, and is noted on the bottom of your admission letter.
Q: Where can an international ID/PKID number be found?
Students who opted not to enter their Social Security Number are assigned an international ID number, also known as, PKID number listed at the bottom of your admission letter.
Q: What postal/ZIP code should students use?
Students should use the postal/ZIP code used at the time of the application. If a postal code is longer or shorter than five digits, students should use these variations to see if it will work: First five digits or last five digits. Students with addresses outside of the United States should use 02115 as their postal/ZIP code.
Q: How do students obtain a Northeastern University email account?
Once admitted, students can obtain a Northeastern University email account by going to myNEU and creating an account and password.
Q: Is on-campus housing available?
Q: Do students have an advisor?
Generally, first-year students are advised by the graduate coordinator in their academic department. Students should contact their graduate coordinator prior to registering for courses.
Q: When does registration begin and how do students register for classes?
Registration usually begins in early May for fall semester, and early-November for spring semester. Students can register via their myNEU account and should ensure they are properly registered at least one month prior to the first day of classes. Students should adhere to all posted deadlines.
Q: Can students submit their transcript later if they haven’t earned their degree yet?
Yes. Students should submit their official transcript to the Graduate Office as soon as the degree and date earned are reflected on the transcript. Normally, institutions post degrees a few weeks after commencement. The Graduate Office allows students up to 30 days after classes start to submit their transcript. If the official transcript is not received within this timeframe, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s record for the next semester.
Q: Is there a new student orientation?
New students will be notified directly by their department with details of orientation.
Q: Are students required to enroll in the University’s student health insurance plan (NU SHIP)?
Massachusetts law requires all full-time students enrolled in a degree program and part-time students enrolled in six or more semester hours of credit to demonstrate evidence of coverage by a qualifying health plan for unanticipated medical costs. For further information, students can contact University Health and Counseling Services.
Q: How much is tuition and when are students billed?
The Registrar’s Office website lists the cost of tuition and fees. Students may also log into myNEU to view their student account.
Q: Who should students contact if they have questions not answered in the FAQs?
Students can email the Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have a question not addressed in the FAQs. The Graduate Office staff will respond to inquiries in a timely manner.
Q: Where should I bring my health report form?
Please download the form from the University Health and Counseling Services’ website. The form must be returned no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes.
If you do not submit the form, Health Services will block you from registering for your second semester at Northeastern. If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact University Health and Counseling Services at:
University Health and Counseling Services
135 Forsyth Building
Phone: (617) 373-2772
Fax: (617) 373-2601
Be sure to verify that documentation has arrived if it was sent by someone else. It is your responsibility to make sure the documents are received and are on file with Health Services.
Q: Where should I go for my student ID card?
Husky Card information can be found online. Please note: you will need to present a photo identification card, such as a state issued license or passport.
New TAs should specify that they need a Student ID, not a Staff/Faculty ID.