Information provided below will guide you through the Northeastern admissions process. If you’re applying from high school, you should review information for Freshman Applicants. If you’re applying from a college or university, you should review information for Transfer Applicants. You should also review our International Applicants page if you’re an international student or U.S. Citizen who attends a high school or university which is outside of the United States.

Required Materials

You are considered a first-time freshman applicant if:

  • You are still in high school
  • You graduated from high school or earned your GED, but did not enroll in a degree-seeking program at a college or university

If you took college courses in high school, plan to attend a college summer session immediately after you graduate from high school, or are in a dual-enrollment program (receiving your high school diploma and an Associate’s degree at the same time), you would still apply as a freshman.

If you’re an international student or are applying from a high school located outside of the United States, you should also read the International Applicants page.

Application Requirements:

  • Your Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline, along with either the application fee ($75) or a fee waiver request.
  • Your Secondary School Report and Official High School Transcript must be submitted directly from your high school. Please review “Additional Required Materials” below for further information.
  • Standardized Testing:
    • If you’re applying from a high school in the United States: Northeastern requires either the SAT or ACT. Official score reports can be sent directly by either the College Board or ACT.
      • CEEB Code (SAT): 3667
      • ACT Code: 1880
    • If you’re applying from a high school outside of the United States: please read the International Applicants page
  • English Proficiency: All students, regardless of citizenship must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying to Northeastern. You can meet the requirement if:
    • English is your native language.
    • You have lived, and studied, at a high school for 4 consecutive academic years, in the United States or another majority native English speaking country.
    • You submit, along with your application, official test results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests:
    • Please see the International Applicants page for more information
  • Counselor Recommendation and Teacher Evaluation
  • If you are applying to the College of Arts, Media, and Design, you may be required to submit a creative portfolio through SlideRoom.
  • If you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or eligible noncitizen applying for need-based financial aid, you must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
  • If you are an international student, you must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF). Please read the International Applicants page for more information.
Freshman Applicants

Your Official High School Transcript must be submitted to Northeastern by your counselor or another school official. Transcripts should include any final grades from freshman, sophomore, and junior year; first trimester or first semester grades should be sent when they become available.

  • Your high school should submit the Mid-Year Report if you were deferred to Regular Decision.
  • You will need to provide an official translation for any transcripts which are not provided in English.
  • If you are applying from a high school with non-traditional grading policies or narrative evaluations instead of traditional grades, you are required to submit your narrative reports in order for your application to be complete.
  • If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you are still required to submit your most recent transcript.
  • If you earned your GED, you must submit an official GED score report, along with your high school transcript through the final year you completed.
Advanced Credits
  • Freshman are eligible to receive credit from Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, or from certain international maturity certificate examinations. Learn more here.
  • If you received credit for any courses completed at a college or university, you must request for an official college or university transcript to be sent directly to Northeastern.

You are considered a transfer applicant if:

  • You will have completed at least 12 semester hours of college-level coursework (after your high school graduation).
  • You have attempted at least one semester of full-time coursework and maintained enrollment through the add/drop period.
  • You already received your bachelor’s degree from another college or university but you are choosing to apply for a second bachelor’s degree.

If you are currently in a dual-enrollment program, earning your high school diploma and an Associate’s degree at the same time, you should apply as a freshman. Dual-enrollment courses can be considered for transfer credit.

If you’re an international student or are applying from a college or university located outside of the United States, you should also read the International Applicants page.

Application Requirements:

  • Your Common Application or Coalition Application
    • Your application must be submitted by the deadline, along with either the application fee ($75) or a fee waiver request.
  • Academic Records:
    • Your College Report must be submitted by the Registrar’s office or Dean’s office at your current or most recent college/university.
    • Your college or university transcripts must be submitted directly to Northeastern from all colleges and universities which you previously attended.
    • Your official final high school transcript must be sent directly from your high school.
    • Please review “Additional Required Materials” below for further information.
  • An Academic Evaluation must be sent by a college professor, academic advisor, or employer.
  • Standardized Testing: If you are required to provide standardized testing, official score reports must be sent directly from either the College Board or ACT.
    • CEEB Code (SAT): 3667
    • ACT Code: 188
    • Testing is not required if:
      • You completed 24 college credits or more following your high school graduation.
      • You graduated from high school more than 5 years ago.
      • You graduated from a high school located outside of the United States.
    • English Proficiency: All students, regardless of citizenship must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying to Northeastern. You can meet the requirement if:
      • English is your native language.
      • You have lived, and studied, at a high school, college or university for 4 consecutive academic years, in the United States or another majority native English speaking country.
      • You submit, along with your application, official test results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests:
      • Please see the International Applicants page for more information
  • If you are applying to the College of Arts, Media, and Design, you may be required to submit a creative portfolio through SlideRoom.
  • If you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or eligible noncitizen applying for need-based financial aid, you must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
  • If you are an international student, you must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF). Please read the International Applicants page for more information.

College transcripts must be sent officially from each institution you’ve attended.

  • If you are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student or are taking classes as a non-degree seeking student, you should either submit the Mid-Term Report available through the Common Application or Coalition Application, or upload a list of your current college courses through your App Status Check.
  • If you earned credits at an international institution, you will need to provide a certified transcript evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency, such as the Center for Educational Documentation.
  • Veterans or active duty military should submit either their Joint Services Transcript (JST), or a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.

A final high school transcript with a graduation date should be sent by your high school. Transcripts can be emailed from a verifiable school email address, mailed directly from your high school, or uploaded with the Final Report which is available through the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Original or officially certified copies of nationally recognized high school graduation examination results, such as the GCE Advanced Levels or the IB Diploma, must be sent directly to Northeastern from the examination board.

  • You will need to provide an official translation for any transcripts which are not provided in English.
  • If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you are still required to submit your most recent transcript.
  • If you earned your GED, you must submit an official GED score report, along with your high school transcript through the final year you completed.

At Northeastern, we understand that homeschool applicants come from a variety of academic backgrounds and structures, and carefully consider every element of the application through our holistic review. In order to best consider our homeschool applicants, we require additional documents that provide an in-depth look at your individual homeschool experience. Please see a list of these additional requirements below.

Forms:

  • Completed Homeschool Application Form
  • Academic portfolio and transcript consistent with state guidelines
    • Please provide grading rubric alongside transcript

Standardized Tests:

  • Two SAT subject tests are recommended, but not required
  • If you are a homeschooled applicant studying outside of the United States (and thus are not required to submit SAT scores), you may provide results from AP exams, IB exams (predicted or final), A-Levels, or another regionally or nationally accredited examination.

Guidance Counselor and Teacher Recommendations:

  • Your counselor recommendation may come from a parent or a primary instructor
  • Teacher recommendations may come from a tutor, online teacher, or teacher from a course taken outside the home. We are flexible based on the structure of your homeschool experience
  • An additional letter of recommendation is recommended, but not required.*
    • *if your teacher and counselor are the same person, an additional letter of recommendation is required.
    • Additional recommendations can come from an art teacher, an employer, a coach, etc.

If you have specific questions regarding the application process as a homeschooled student, please direct them to Assistant Directors of Admissions Ali Rogers (a.rogers@northeastern.edu), Katie Annis (k.annis@northeastern.edu), or Nils Leitz (n.leitz@northeastern.edu).

Mailing Instructions

We prefer most credentials are submitted online via The Common Application or the Coalition Application or to admissions@northeastern.edu. Credentials not submitted online should be mailed to the address below.

For:

• Application fees
• Application fee waiver requests (being sent separately from the application)
• FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages

Mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Kerr Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

For:

• Transcripts
• Recommendations (if not submitted online)

Mail to:

Northeastern University
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8210
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA

envelope

Apply Now

  1. Review our deadlines and required materials.
  2. Create a Common Application or Coalition Application account and select Northeastern.
  3. Submit your application!
Application Details

A top-tier education is an investment—and also one of the most important and rewarding decisions you and your family will ever make. At Northeastern, we work to keep the costs affordable, while offering the highest possible educational value.

Northeastern University
Early Decision I
Nov 01
Early Action
Nov 01
Early Decision II
Jan 01
Regular Decision
Jan 01