Appli­ca­tions for North­eastern University’s fall 2013 freshman class have exceeded all prior bench­marks in terms of quality, total appli­cants, and geo­graphic diver­sity. The 47,322 appli­ca­tions for approx­i­mately 2,800 freshman seats—17 appli­cants for each seat—demonstrate exem­plary aca­d­emic achieve­ments including high GPA and SAT scores.

The average GPA in this year’s appli­cant pool increased from 3.7 last year to 3.8. Nearly 50 per­cent of 2013 appli­cants had a two-​​part SAT score above 1300, com­pared to 20 per­cent of appli­cants in 2006. The number of stu­dents that applied for Early Action in 2013 grew 15 per­cent to 18,539.

The diver­sity of regions rep­re­sented in the appli­cant pool is also unprece­dented. More than half of the North­eastern hope­fuls are from out­side the New Eng­land area, including 31 per­cent from the Middle Atlantic and 20 per­cent from the Mid­west, South, West, and other U.S. ter­ri­to­ries. At 6,400, appli­ca­tions from inter­na­tional stu­dents are up six per­cent from last year and rep­re­sent 143 countries.

The con­sis­tent increase in the quan­tity and quality of appli­cants year over year reflects Northeastern’s ongoing momentum in edu­ca­tion and research, as well as its global lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial learning.

Stu­dents are attracted to Northeastern’s unique and renowned co-​​op pro­gram, which we have taken to 92 coun­tries around the world,” said Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “This model pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to inte­grate their studies with mean­ingful expe­ri­ences in busi­nesses, non­profit orga­ni­za­tions, and research settings.”

Appli­ca­tions for North­eastern University’s fall 2013 freshman class have exceeded all prior bench­marks in terms of quality, total appli­cants, and geo­graphic diversity.

North­eastern offers a wide range of experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties world­wide, pro­viding stu­dents with skills and knowl­edge that give them a dis­tinct advan­tage in the com­pet­i­tive job and grad­uate edu­ca­tion arenas. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in experiential-​​learning pro­grams including study abroad, co-​​op and research on all seven con­ti­nents and in 92 countries—a 130 per­cent increase since 2006.

The North­eastern expe­ri­ence gives stu­dents a career edge after grad­u­a­tion. More than 90 per­cent of grad­u­ates from 2006 through 2011 were employed or enrolled in grad­uate school nine months after grad­u­a­tion. Eighty-​​seven per­cent of 2011 full-​​time employed grad­u­ates are doing work that is related to their major. Within that group, 50 per­cent received a job offer from a pre­vious co-​​op employer. Fur­ther­more, Northeastern’s Career Ser­vices were ranked best in the country by The Princeton Review.

Grad­u­ates pur­suing advanced degrees are accepted to top pro­grams such as Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, MIT, Har­vard, and North­eastern. Areas of study range across numerous fields, including engi­neering, med­i­cine, inter­na­tional affairs, phar­macy, busi­ness, and law.