Admission & Frequently Asked Questions


Prospective Students at the Visitor Center

The Admissions Process

Each fall, the University Honors Program at Northeastern University invites a select group of high school seniors to join the Honors Program. Decisions are made based on application materials submitted to the university. There is no separate application process for the Honors Program.

Students are notified of their invitation to join the University Honors Program in their official admission letter, which should be accessed and downloaded through the online application status check when decisions have been released. Students invited to join the program will also receive a certificate to the University Honors Program as a separate attachment that is available through the online application status check.

Please note: Students are considered for entry as part of the Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision processes.. If invited to join, students will be notified in their official admission letter.

If you have questions about the Honors Program, please contact us at the Honors Program office at 617.373.2333. Please direct any questions regarding the admissions process to

Visiting Campus

Prospective students are invited to join us at our Campus Open Houses each fall. Information on Open Houses can be found here.

Accepted students are invited to visit campus and learn more about the Honors Program during Welcome Days in the spring.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualifications that the Honors program is looking for in prospective students?

Northeastern University automatically reviews the top 10% of the incoming first-year class for admittance into the Honors program. The reviewed materials include high school academic records, such as GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and leadership and community service.

Is there a separate application for the Honors program?

No, decisions are based on the general application the prospective student sends to the university, which is then reviewed by Undergraduate Admissions. Students may be considered for the Honors program if they fall within the top 10% of the incoming freshmen class.

How many students are currently in the Honors program?

As of the Fall 2015, there is a total of 2,800 honors students.

How do Honors courses differ from regular courses at Northeastern?

Honors courses often feature smaller class sizes and more in-depth discussion of course content. The First Year Inquiry Series cover a wide range of interdisciplinary topics while meeting the requirements of Northeastern’s core curriculum. Honors Seminars for upper-class students incorporate graduate course features, including a discussion-based curriculum that often meets only once a week. Additional Honors courses are offered at the individual college level.

How many Honors classes are students required to take?

In order to receive University Honors Program Distinction, students must take a total of six honors courses, including Enhancing Honors and an Honors Interdisciplinary seminar, before graduating.

Are Honors students required to do a thesis or research project in order to graduate?

Honors students are encouraged to pursue Honors in the Discipline, a research initiative conducted with the support of a faculty member in the student’s major. Each college has specific requirements for these projects and students should consult with both an Honors advisor and faculty mentor as the first step in the process.

Do Honors students have to maintain a certain GPA to be part of the program?

Students matriculating in September 2012 or thereafter must obtain a 3.5 GPA to maintain good standing and graduate with University Honors Program Distinction. Honors Students matriculated earlier must maintain a 3.4 GPA to remain in good standing and graduate with University Honors Program Distinction. First-year students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the end of their spring semester. Those first-year students who have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 at the end of the spring semester will no longer be eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

Where are Honors students placed for housing during their first year?

First-year Honors students live in the Honors Living Learning Community in International Village (INV). Upper-class students may choose to live in honors housing in West Village F and West Village C.

What is a Living Learning Community?

A Living Learning Community or LLC is a community in a residence hall where students share a common theme or academic interest.  All first-year Honors students are housed under the Honors Program LLC “umbrella” and will join a community of entering scholars with a wide range of interests and concerns on each of our floors in International Village. Special programming and opportunities in INV reflect our four Honors thematics.

For further information about Living Learning Communities, please visit Housing and Residential Life.