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(2–7-07) BOSTON, Mass. — Appli­ca­tions at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity topped 30,000 for the 2007 class, an increase of more than 12 per­cent over 2006 and double the number of appli­cants in 2000.

North­eastern has also seen a sig­nif­i­cant increase in appli­cants from dif­ferent parts of the country. Over the past five years, appli­ca­tions have risen 144 per­cent from the West Coast, 75 per­cent from the South­east, 73 per­cent from the South­west, and 62 per­cent from the Mid­west. Appli­ca­tions from inter­na­tional stu­dents have more than dou­bled, up 105 per­cent from 2003.

This sub­stan­tial rise in appli­ca­tions clearly shows North­eastern is high on the radar screens of high school stu­dents and their fam­i­lies,” says Ronne Patrick-​​Turner, Dean of Admis­sions at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Our dis­tinc­tive aca­d­emic model, rooted in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion, is res­onating across the country and worldwide.”

Gabe Wolf, a high school senior from Berkeley, Cal­i­fornia, was one of those appli­cants for whom expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion was an impor­tant factor.

I chose North­eastern for a variety of rea­sons, one of the strongest being its co-​​op pro­gram,” says Wolf, who applied for early admis­sion this year. “Get­ting real-​​world expe­ri­ence in my field of study will prove invalu­able, both during and after college.”

North­eastern has expe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant increase in online appli­cants, with 27,206 stu­dents applying online for the fall 2007 semester (90 per­cent of total appli­cants), up 37 per­cent from last year. This shift towards tech­nology is com­ple­mented by Northeastern’s paper­less office envi­ron­ment, where appli­ca­tion mate­rials are made avail­able online for easy access by admis­sions counselors.

North­eastern places its appli­ca­tions through a com­pre­hen­sive review process, in which coun­selors con­sider such fac­tors as aca­d­emic achieve­ment, essays, and non-​​cognitive attrib­utes, including lead­er­ship, cre­ative thinking, resiliency, and con­tri­bu­tions to school and community.

This process allows us to dili­gently review every aspect of an appli­ca­tion to ensure we’re acknowl­edging what is spe­cial about each stu­dent we admit,” says Patrick-​​Turner.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.