North­eastern Uni­ver­sity received a record 51,014 under­grad­uate appli­ca­tions for 2,800 seats in the fall 2016 freshman class—a 1 per­cent increase over last year and a ratio of more than 18 appli­cants per seat. Aca­d­emic achieve­ment and geo­graphic diver­sity con­tinue to high­light the university’s appli­cant pool.

The number of National Merit final­ists and semi­fi­nal­ists who applied to the uni­ver­sity (1,259) rose 15 per­cent from last year, and appli­cants scoring 1500 or better on the math and crit­ical reading por­tions of the SAT increased 37 per­cent over last year’s appli­cant pool.

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Growing interest in STEM fields among women

North­eastern is also attracting more stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly women, who are inter­ested in STEM fields. For example, the number of appli­cants to the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence increased 18 per­cent overall and 33 per­cent among female stu­dents. And the number of appli­cants to the Col­lege of Engi­neering increased 9 per­cent overall and 20 per­cent among women.

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Diver­sity across the board

North­eastern is attracting an increas­ingly diverse and global group of stu­dents. The number of African Amer­ican and Asian Amer­ican stu­dents who applied to the uni­ver­sity both increased by 8 per­cent this year, and 19 per­cent of appli­cants were inter­na­tional stu­dents. North­eastern received nearly 9,500 appli­ca­tions from inter­na­tional stu­dents this year, com­pared with 1,128 in 2006—a 742 per­cent increase.

This year’s appli­cants come from more than 8,000 dif­ferent high schools—5,754 in the U.S. and 2,404 abroad. Among domestic appli­cants, 65 per­cent were from out­side New Eng­land, com­pared to 49 per­cent in 2006. Mean­while, inter­na­tional appli­cants hail from 153 dif­ferent countries.

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Expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion and research at the heart of success

The con­sis­tent rise in both the quan­tity and quality of appli­cants to North­eastern exem­pli­fies the unprece­dented demand for a North­eastern education.

Stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in expe­ri­en­tial learning—including Northeastern’s sig­na­ture co-​​op program—in 131 coun­tries since 2006. North­eastern placed stu­dents in 10,395 co-​​op posi­tions in 2014–15—a 65 per­cent increase since 2006–07—and more than 3,200 stu­dents had a global learning expe­ri­ence in 2014–15.

North­eastern has also hired more than 500 tenured or tenure-​​track fac­ulty since 2006, many of whom hold joint appoint­ments across col­leges. Ear­lier this month, the uni­ver­sity ascended into the top tier for research activity among higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions, according to the Carnegie Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Insti­tu­tions of Higher Edu­ca­tion, a leading clas­si­fi­ca­tion used to dis­tin­guish U.S. col­leges and universities.