Prospective Scholars

For information on the Welcome Event for prospective Scholars on March 22 and 23, 2015, please click here.

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the University Scholars Program and Northeastern University!

The Northeastern University Scholars Program is one of the most intellectually bold and distinguished undergraduate scholarship programs in the country. Each year, a small cohort of exceptional students is selected from the top of our freshman applicants, who hail from around the world.  Prospective University Scholars are invited to join this highly accomplished group of future leaders and innovators based upon their demonstrated:

• Outstanding academic achievement (top 1-2% of applicant pool)
Creativity inside and outside the classroom
Energy, ideas, and ambition to innovate
• Interdisciplinary curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit
Vision, confidence, maturity and resourcefulness
Passion to make a positive difference in this world and a strong character

We are looking, in other words, for students who have taken full advantage of the opportunities presented to them, in school and beyond. Our University Scholars are independent and collaborative thinkers with the power and drive to create meaningful lives for themselves and a better world for others.

From an initial cohort of 42, the University Scholars Program is now over 280 students strong, with Scholars hailing from 34 states and 37 countries. The most recent class, which entered in Fall 2014, counts amongst its members 20 captains of team sports; 59 performers in dance, theater, or music; 10 students who have earned either the Eagle Scout or Gold Award designation; 71 students who completed university coursework prior to NU; 71 students who also performed community service; and 11 valedictorians. Scholars' accomplishments and impact include national and international recognition in music, art, math and science competitions, debate, and Model United Nations; founding nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurship ventures; health, science and technology research alongside graduate students and in industry; and proficiency in numerous languages. They each exemplify intellectual and interdisciplinary curiosity and maturity, and are talented, high caliber students whom will have many choices for college and university enrollment.

To learn more about the elements of the University Scholars, visit The Program portion of our site.