North­eastern Uni­ver­sity received 49,822 under­grad­uate appli­ca­tions for 2,800 seats in the Fall 2014 freshman class—more than in any pre­vious year and a ratio of 18 appli­cants per seat. The group of admitted stu­dents exceeds all pre­vious bench­marks in terms of aca­d­emic achieve­ment, total appli­cants, and geo­graphic diversity.

The mean SAT score of this year’s admitted stu­dents also increased to 1421 from 1400 a year ago, while the mean GPA of this same group was 4.1, up from 4.0 a year ago.

The con­sis­tent increase in the quality and quan­tity of stu­dents applying to North­eastern year after year is reflec­tive of the university’s world-​​class fac­ulty, global co-​​op and expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, a vibrant entre­pre­neurial envi­ron­ment, and access to research.

North­eastern is a place where entre­pre­neurial spirit thrives,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern. “Our stu­dents want to know every inch of the world through global co-​​op and expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, through working with world-​​class fac­ulty in research labs and class­rooms, and through launching ven­tures fueled by pas­sion for inno­va­tion and social entre­pre­neur­ship. This is the North­eastern Advan­tage that keeps attracting the best and the brightest and keeps pro­ducing global cit­i­zens with suc­cessful careers and ful­filled lives.”

The 49,822 under­grad­uate appli­ca­tions rep­re­sent a 5.2 per­cent increase from the pre­vious year. Close to three-​​quarters of appli­ca­tions came from stu­dents out­side of New Eng­land, com­pared to 67 per­cent a year ago.

The appli­cants hail from 156 coun­tries, up from 143 last year. In tandem with that growth, North­eastern received a spike in appli­ca­tions from areas where the uni­ver­sity has launched regional cam­puses in the past two years. In the South­east, appli­ca­tions have increased by 32 per­cent since launching the Char­lotte campus in 2012. Appli­ca­tions in the Northwest—where North­eastern opened its second regional campus in Seattle—have increased by 47 per­cent since launch. Over the past two years, appli­ca­tions from North Car­olina and Wash­ington state increased by 25 per­cent and 31 per­cent, respectively.

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 have been placed in experiential-​​learning opportunities—including study abroad, research, and the university’s sig­na­ture co-​​op program—in 114 coun­tries between 2006-​​07 and 2012–13. There were also nearly 8,000 co-​​op place­ments in the 2012–13 aca­d­emic year, and global co-​​op place­ments have increased 345 per­cent since 2006-​​07.

Fur­ther­more, 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.