New Students

Welcome to Northeastern University—San Francisco Bay Area!

The Silicon Valley and South Bay Area is home to nearly 4 million people, with about 1 million living in the city of San Jose. Home to Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Tesla, and more, the region is a leading high-tech center for innovation and development.

We hope you find this initial information helpful as you prepare to begin your graduate studies. If you have any further questions or concerns after reading this information, please contact Lily Ma, Administrative Coordinator. You may always refer to the Silicon Valley Campus Guide (Jan. 2019) or San Francisco Campus Guide (April. 2019) for initial guidance about our hubs.

New Student Information

The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern University this Spring 2019 semester and Winter 2019 quarter. All classes, both online and on-ground, begin on January 7, 2019 for both semester and quarter terms. Please read this information carefully and take any appropriate action (if needed).  Otherwise, we hope that your plans to attend are coming along smoothly, and we look forward to meeting you at your Silicon Valley Campus New Student Orientation.

Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences 
– MS in Computer Science
– MS in Computer Science Align

COE: College of Engineering
– MS in Information Systems

COS: College of Science
– MS in Biotechnology

CPS: College of Professional Studies
– MPS in Analytics
– MS in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices

Set Up Your myNortheastern Account

Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at Northeastern (i.e. course registration, your course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student “Husky email” account (hosted by Gmail). You are encouraged to start checking your Husky email regularly.

Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications

It is important that you get into the habit of logging into your myNortheastern account to check your new Husky email account. After logging in, look for the Gmail icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You may find that there are already important emails waiting in your account.

If you have two or several email accounts (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your student emails to your personal email address or vice versa. Note that your Husky email account can be configured to automatically forward incoming mail to another address if desired. To learn the steps to do this, log into your Husky Gmail account, and look for a gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Next, click “Settings” and find the tab “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” — follow the provided instructions. Click here to access your myNortheastern account.

Health Insurance

Northeastern University’s student health plan (NUSHP), administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, provides comprehensive health benefits at a very affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, please visit the NUSHP website. The website also contains a paper waiver form if a waiver is requested. (Please refrain from using the online health plan waiver through myNortheastern as it will not work for regional campus students.)

Immunization Records

The State of California does not require graduate students to provide their immunization report.

Husky Student ID card

All students will be required to carry their student ID card (Husky Card) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services. Please follow the below instructions to obtain your Husky Card.

  • Log on to myNortheastern.
  • In the Services & Links area, search for or click on Husky Card Preferences.
  • Select Submit ID Photo from the menu on the left.
    • Please check the photo guidelines *here* before you submit a picture OR ELSE your photo may not be accepted.
  • Upload your photo by Monday, December 17th for your Husky Card to arrive before the program start date.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, your Husky ID will be mailed to the Silicon Valley campus.


Welcome New Students!

Northeastern’s Spring 2019 semester and Winter 2019 quarter both begin on Monday, January 7, 2019. Please plan to join our orientation to learn more about campus and university resources! Additionally, check your email for more detailed information about your specific requirements.


SV New Student and ALL Program Orientations will take place on campus.


Friday, January 4 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – SV Orientation for ALL STUDENTS
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Q&A + Lunch


Monday, January 7 | CS Align: 8:00 a.m. | CS: 8:00 a.m.

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – CS Align Program and Co-op Overview + Q&A
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – CS Program and Co-op Overview + Q&A


Monday, January 7 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – IS Program and Co-op Overview + Q&A


Thursday, January 10 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:0 p.m.

  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – BIOT/BINF Program and Co-op Overview + Q&A
    *Food will be included during the session.


Saturday, January 5 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – ALY  Program and Co-op Overview
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Q&A + Lunch



Guidance for Students Who Cannot Attend Orientation

All newly admitted students to the Silicon Valley campus should make every effort to attend the orientation. If you cannot attend for some reason or conflict, please contact Giscard Dimanche, International Student Advisor, at If you are an international student, visit the Office of Global Services (OGS) website or contact Christina Dang for instructions regarding the immigration clearance process.

Information Archive

Explore Northeastern University’s Silicon Valley Webinar | July 18, 2018

With prospective and incoming students joining us virtually all over the world, this webinar covered the culture and uniqueness of the Silicon Valley area and what to expect at a regional campus. Other topics addressed were co-ops, housing, transportation, student visas, etc. You can view the following link for the Webinar Recording.

COE MS Information Systems at SV Campus Webinar | June 6, 2018

This webinar provides a broad overview of the M.S. in Information Systems program at the Silicon Valley campus and the campus and the region of Silicon Valley itself, as well as a student perspective by a Graduate Student Ambassador and next steps regarding enrollment and I-20 process. You can view the following link for the Webinar Recording.

Khoury College Silicon Valley Webinar | May 24, 2017

The “Northeastern in Silicon Valley: MSCS/CS-ALIGN Webinar for Fall 2017” was hosted by Sarah Gale (Admissions Coordinator, Khoury College of Computer and Information Science), Meg Barry (Associate Director of Graduate Student Services, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences), and Christina Dang. You can view the following links for the PowerPoint Slide Deck and the Webinar Recording.

COE Virtual Information Session | May 22, 2017

The “Virtual Information Session–MS in Information Systems offered via Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus” was hosted by Jeffrey Hengel (Director of Admissions, College of Engineering), Professor Kal Bugrara (Program Director & Faculty Member, COE), and Christina Dang. You can view the following links for the PowerPoint Slide Deck and the Webinar Recording.

New Student Orientation | Jan. 9, 2017

Click the following link to view a comprehensive explanation of “Academic Integrity” and why it matters to you as a Northeastern student: PowerPoint Slide Deck.

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources

What are the student job opportunities?

Student job opportunities at the Silicon Valley campus are mainly teaching assistants and student ambassadors.

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is identical for all Northeastern students and at any of our campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, or Toronto. Since Northeastern is a private university, there is no in-state or out-of-state tuition variance, nor is there a tuition difference for international students. However, F-1 visa holders do pay a one-time fee of $250 to the University for visa processing and support by the Office of Global Services (OGS). For 2018-2019 tuition rates, please visit the Student Financial Services Tuition & Fees page.

What are the housing options in Silicon Valley?

The Silicon Valley campus does not have dedicated housing available for students. For information about local housing options and general questions about relocating to San Jose and the greater Santa Clara county area, please visit our Relocating to Silicon Valley page.

Campus Resources

Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus has a number of resources you can leverage as an enrolled student. To find a comprehensive list, please visit the Current Students page. Additionally, for those of you who will be new to the San Jose, CA area, please check out our Relocating to Silicon Valley page.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

Join our Facebook group to start connecting with one another and see what’s happening at the Silicon Valley campus!

Follow us on Twitter @NUSiliconValley and tag us or hashtag #NUSiliconValley in your posts and photos!

Things To Do When You Arrive

Visit the Campus

We realize many new students are eager to come to the campus before orientation begins.  In order to ensure that we have people available to show you around and answer your questions, we request visitors email us at to schedule a visit.

The Silicon Valley campus operating hours can be found here.

Tour Silicon Valley

Visit the below websites for fun ideas and ways to learn more about the Silicon Valley and South Bay Area:

Northeastern University—San Francisco Bay Area

Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus Address

6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
Our campus is co-located with Integrated Device Technology (IDT) in the “South San Jose” area, off Highway 101 and between Piercy Rd and Fontanoso Way.

Information to visit the Silicon Valley campus can be found here.