Information for New Graduate Students

We are excited to begin another semester and we would like to welcome all our new graduate students to the Department. Please refer to our Registrar’s Office for the start date of classes and the official date you can begin registration.  As you begin your coursework here at Northeastern, we hope that you find the following information helpful.  The following is a list of tasks that might be applicable to you (please note it is not exhaustive)!

Set-up your MyNEU account

You will want to create and activate your MyNEU account as soon after you have paid your enrollment confirmation fee as possible.  Your MyNEU account will be how you register, see financial aid and billing information, look for student employment, access online courses, etc.  The process can be done by linking to  If you have any problems with creating or accessing the account please contact Information Services at or 617-373-4357.


Make sure to check the Registrar’s Office website for important dates on when registration opens for new students.  It is usually in May for the Fall semester and November for the Spring.

All students are required to register online using their MyNEU accounts. Full-time students in our graduate programs typically register for 3 courses per semester (sometimes 4) and part-time students register for 1 or 2 courses per semester. Some new international students will not be cleared to register until the International Student and Scholar Institute Orientation.

For a course schedule for this coming term see our Graduate Course Schedule.  You can refer to your respective programs curriculum page for information on what courses you will need to take.

Financial Aid and Billing

U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who will be enrolling in degree programs are eligible to apply for federally sponsored financial aid administered by Northeastern University. If you have not done so already we strongly encourage you to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

You will receive an e-bill shortly after you register for classes. If you have an assistantship or scholarship, please pay the balance of what is not covered by your award.  Both your billing and financial aid information should be available to you through your MyNEU accounts.  However if you have specific questions or concerns contact Student Financial Services.

Official Transcripts

If you did not supply official transcripts in the application process and/or you were finishing courses in a prior degree you will want to be sure to send official transcripts to

The Graduate School- College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Contact them at if you have any questions about that process.

Housing (on-campus and off-campus)

Making sure you have housing for your time in graduate school in Boston is a process you want to handle early.  To help you with this process Northeastern offers assistance with both On-Campus or Off-campus housing.

On-campus graduate housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Northeastern University Housing & Residential Life
4 Speare Commons
Phone: (617) 373-2814
Fax: (617) 373-8794

Off-Campus Student Services provides resources to assist you in your search for off-campus housing, advocacy for your off-campus needs, off-campus housing support, and educational and social programs.

Off-Campus Student Services
226 Curry Student Center
Phone: (617) 373-8480

Address Changes

If your address changes, please update it through the myNEU portal and notify us and the Graduate School.  If your local address is likely to be temporary we encourage you to update it as your local address and maintain a more permanent address if possible in the system.

Health Services- Immunization and Health Insurance

Massachusetts state law requires all students to submit a health report form to the University before beginning their studies. This report must include documentation of a physical exam within the last 12 months, documentation of a tuberculosis test within the last 10 years, and proof of immunity to tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella.  Please download the form from the University Health and Counseling Services’ website. The form must be returned no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes.  If you do not submit the form, Health Services will block you from registering for your second semester at Northeastern. If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact University Health and Counseling Services.

Most graduate students are automatically charged for the health plan. If you have comparable Massachusetts required insurance, you must waive the NUSHP through your MyNEU account by the deadline established by Student Accounts. Please contact Student Accounts if you have any questions.

E-Mail Accounts

Every student at Northeastern will be provided with a  email account that can be accessed through your MyNEU accounts.  It is essential you either check this account on a regular basis or set it to forward emails to another account.   If you have any problems with your email account please contact Information Services at or 617-373-4357.

Husky Cards

On-Campus students may obtain a Husky Card at The Office of the Registrar, 120 Hayden Hall, after registration and just before the semester begins.  Due to the large number of students joining the University each fall, special times and locations for processing your Husky Card will be provided by the Registrar’s Office.

Parking Permits and MBTA Passes

Student Financial Services in 354 Richards Hall issues parking permits for Northeastern students who wish to commute by car. To obtain a parking sticker, students must complete the on-line parking permit application.  Discounted MBTA passes are also offered to students through Student Financial Services at specific times through the year.

New Student Orientation

All new on-campus students should attend orientation.  It typically takes place the day before or the first day of courses. At this meeting we will go over course requirements and some strategies on how to make the best of your time at Northeastern. Any students who cannot make the orientation should familiarize themselves with the information on this website and ask us to email or mail them a new program guide in August or September.

In addition to the above, you may also be required to attend orientation meetings and training sessions for offices at Northeastern and there are several welcome week events and receptions that might be of interest to you.(ie. International Student and Scholars Institute, Teaching Assistantship training,and Welcome Week!) .