What's happening in the Higher Education landscape and how Enrollment Management at Northeastern is helping shape the future of what Enrollment Management is. Stories sourced from News @ Northeastern, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and various other publications.


Northeastern to provide record $263.6M investment in financial aid

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Northeastern will provide a record $263.6 million in financial aid—not loans—for undergraduate students in 2017-18, as part of the university’s ongoing commitment to making significant investments in financial assistance for its students.
Over the past 10 years, Northeastern has increased its investment in financial aid by 108 percent. During the past five years, through its increased investment in aid, the university has reduced the average debt among all students graduating by 40 percent.
Undergraduate tuition for the 2017-18 academic year will be $48,560, an increase of 3.9 percent. The new tuition figure remains competitive with many of Northeastern’s peer institutions. Overall, tuition, fees, room, and board will increase 3.9 percent. Read full story...


Under new name, the Office of Global Services is open for international students

Northeastern’s global presence continues to grow with experiential learning programs in 134 countries and on all continents, students hailing from more than 140 countries, and a new regional campus in Toronto. The span of the university’s footprint through its programs and student population brings increasing demand for a wide range of resources available to international students.

Earlier this fall, the International Student and Scholar Institute changed its name to the Office of Global Services to better align with Northeastern’s efforts to embrace and celebrate the global cultures ingrained in the university community. 
“With the kind of growth Northeastern has experienced, we now have the critical mass to address students’ needs at the global level,” said Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management. “That includes our domestic students as well as the knowledge diversity that students bring into the classroom from global experiences.” Read full story...


Northeastern to make record $253.8 million investment in financial aid

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North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will pro­vide a record $253.8 mil­lion in finan­cial aid—not loans—for under­grad­uate stu­dents in 2016–17. The invest­ment rep­re­sents a 6.2 per­cent increase over the finan­cial aid budget for the cur­rent year, and exem­pli­fies the university’s ongoing com­mit­ment to sig­nif­i­cant invest­ments in finan­cial aid.


Over the past five years, North­eastern has increased finan­cial aid at nearly double the rate of tuition increases. The university’s finan­cial aid invest­ment for the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year is more than two times the invest­ment made a decade ago—$121.5 mil­lion in the 2006-​​07 aca­d­emic year. Read full story...



Faculty Senate hears update on enrollment, student experience

The Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday received an update on Northeastern’s work to recruit, retain, and engage today’s learners, from meeting the full demon­strated need of all freshman financial-​​aid appli­cants to offering greater edu­ca­tional flex­i­bility for students.


Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent and CEO of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Global Net­work, deliv­ered to the Senate her annual report cov­ering enroll­ment, the stu­dent expe­ri­ence at North­eastern, and the growth of the Global Network.


“We’ve always been an insti­tu­tion that has been on our high-​​talent stu­dents’ list, and we do quite a good job, when we are low on a prospec­tive student’s list, of show­casing our insti­tu­tion and edu­ca­tion and moving the stu­dent toward making a deci­sion for North­eastern,” Man­tella said. Read full story...




Northeastern University to open regional campus in Toronto


Building on the suc­cess of its regional campus net­work in selected U.S. cities, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will launch its first inter­na­tional campus in 2016. North­eastern, the global leader in expe­ri­en­tial learning, will open a loca­tion in Toronto, Ontario, where it will offer pro­fes­sional grad­uate pro­grams that are industry-​​aligned and tai­lored to meet the spe­cific needs of learners and employers in the region.


North­eastern is the first com­pre­hen­sive research uni­ver­sity to be granted approval by the Ontario gov­ern­ment to offer mul­tiple degree pro­grams in Ontario without a local edu­ca­tional partner. Read full story...



New student veterans reflect on military experience

More than two dozen new stu­dent vet­erans began the next phase of their lives on Thursday at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, par­tic­i­pating in a day­long series of work­shops, infor­ma­tion ses­sions, and campus tours.


They got the low­down on their edu­ca­tion ben­e­fits; met with the leaders of Northeastern’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion; and then vis­ited the university’s Vet­erans Memo­rial.


During a short break in the middle of the day, a few stu­dents paused to reflect on their mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence and dis­cuss their future aspirations. Read full story...


Northeastern appoints new vice president for enrollment management


North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Sundar Kumarasamy vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment man­age­ment, effec­tive June 1, 2015. He will bring exten­sive lead­er­ship, data-​​driven strategic plan­ning, and man­age­ment expe­ri­ence to this crit­ical role in leading the university’s con­tinued selec­tivity and inno­va­tion in under­grad­uate stu­dent enrollment.


Kumarasamy will oversee the offices of under­grad­uate admis­sions and enroll­ment mar­keting, stu­dent finan­cial ser­vices, and enroll­ment research at North­eastern, while also playing a role in stu­dent reten­tion efforts. He has more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence in higher edu­ca­tion man­age­ment plan­ning in areas such as recruit­ment, admis­sions, finan­cial aid, stu­dent suc­cess, and tech­nology. He is coming to North­eastern from the Uni­ver­sity of Dayton, where he is the vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment man­age­ment and marketing. Read full story...