Uni­ver­sity Appli­ca­tions Exceed 35,000; an Increase of 16 Percent

A tes­ta­ment to Northeastern’s bur­geoning aca­d­emic rep­u­ta­tion and lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion, more than 35,000 stu­dents have applied to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity for entrance this Sep­tember, up 16 per­cent from last year.

This tremen­dous increase in appli­cants is fur­ther evi­dence that our unique edu­ca­tion model res­onates with prospec­tive stu­dents and fam­i­lies who are looking for an edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­nity that will pro­duce excep­tional out­comes,” said Ronne P. Turner, dean of admis­sions and new stu­dent and family services.

Due in part to an expanded pres­ence both nation­ally and over­seas, North­eastern has seen a 16 per­cent increase in the appli­cant pool over last year and a 64 per­cent increase over the last five years. Turner noted that while a sig­nif­i­cant increase was expected, the actual num­bers pleas­antly sur­prised administrators.

There are sev­eral fac­tors that may have con­tributed to the unusual increase,” said Turner. “In addi­tion to Northeastern’s sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram, oppor­tu­ni­ties such as under­grad­uate research, global expe­ri­ences and civic engage­ment have played a part in attracting stu­dents who wish to be better pre­pared at the time of graduation.”

North­eastern has seen a dra­matic increase in appli­ca­tions received from Mid-​​Atlantic, West Coast and inter­na­tional stu­dents. The uni­ver­sity has also seen a con­sid­er­able surge in the number of African Amer­ican and His­panic appli­cants which have increased 143 per­cent and 52 per­cent over the last 10 years, respectively.

Admis­sions admin­is­tra­tors point out that in addi­tion to the expected shift in demo­graphics, some addi­tional efforts have had a role in the surge. These include expanding Northeastern’s regional pres­ence, with 4 recruiters located in strategic recruiting cen­ters throughout the U.S; alumni vol­un­teers over­seas; more strategic mar­keting and com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the heels of the branding cam­paign launched in 2002; increase in target mar­keting; increased travel throughout the U.S. and abroad; 13% increase in visits (vis­iting more than 950 high schools this year); and effec­tively using alumni in out­reach efforts through the Alumni Vol­un­teer Program.

During the coming weeks, the admis­sions com­mittee will meet to review appli­ca­tions and make deci­sions regarding the 111th entering class. Deci­sions will be announced on-​​line by April 1.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

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.