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Required Materials

  • Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Guidance counselor and teacher recommendations
  • Secondary school transcripts with final junior year grades. First-semester or first-trimester grades should be submitted when they are available; first-quarter grades are not required. If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you must send the most up to date version of your transcript. Transcripts should be evaluated by a recognized credentialing agency (For transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international institution, please visit The Center for Educational Documentation).
  • Early Action and Early Decision candidates should send their first-term grades as soon as they are available.
  • Official SAT or ACT (with writing) results. Northeastern’s CEEB College Code is 3667 / ACT College Code is 1880. Test scores must be sent to Northeastern directly from the testing agency. November test scores will be considered for early action candidates if received by December 1; January test scores for regular decision candidates if received by February 15.*
  • Portfolios are required for music technology, studio art, and are encouraged for majors within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Additionally, all portfolio submissions will be considered for the Creative Leaders Program. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio Art, Music Technology, and Creative Leaders.
High School Students
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients should provide their official GED score reports and their most complete high school transcript.
  • Home-schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines. This should include grades for each course. They must also provide proof that they will have met by the end of May of the year of graduation all requirements for an official high school diploma and submit an official final transcript, a GED, or a certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation. Home-schooled students must submit either the SAT exam or the ACT with writing exam. In addition to the ACT or SAT, two SAT subject tests, including mathematics and an additional subject test of the student’s choice, are required. Students who are applying for majors in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the College of Computer and Information Science, or the College of Science should take a science subject test as their second exam. Applicants to the College of Engineering should take the physics subject test unless they are applying for chemical engineering, in which case the chemistry subject test is required.
  • Non-traditional grading policies: Students who attend schools where narrative evaluations are used instead of traditional letter grades are required to submit the narratives to complete their applications.
  • English proficiency: Northeastern seeks to enroll the most talented and academically qualified students. Even if your English proficiency falls below our recommendations, we have the expertise and necessary academic infrastructure to support students who need to improve their English skills. Our support system includes many on-campus resources and a dedicated pre-matriculation program called American Classroom. We require students’ English proficiency score are a 92 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (reading sub score 22, listening sub score 22, speaking sub score 24, and writing sub score 22), 6.5 on the IELTS exam (no band below 6.0), or a 62 on the PTE exam (no band below 62). Only students with these scores and above will be eligible for merit scholarship considerations.

*For applicants applying from outside the United States, SAT or ACT scores are not required and will not be considered for admission if submitted. Applicants are encouraged to submit results from nationally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education and are required for entry into universities in their home country. Applicants who attend a high school in the U.S., or student athletes who must meet NCAA eligibility requirements, are required to submit their official SAT or ACT results.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service.

  • Completed Transfer Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official college transcript(s) for all institutions you have attended
  • College Report to be completed by the Registrar Office or Dean of your current/previous school (form available through the Common Application)
  • Academic Evaluation from an academic advisor, professor, or employer (online submission through the Common Application)
  • Final high school transcript or GED and SAT/ACT scores for students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (after high school graduation) at the time of the application deadline. This is not required for students who have been out of high school for more than five years. Standardized test scores are not required for students who did not complete high school in the U.S.
  • SMART/Military transcript (if you are a veteran)
  • English proficiency: Northeastern seeks to enroll the most talented and academically qualified students. Even if your English proficiency falls below our recommendations, we have the expertise and necessary academic infrastructure to support students who need to improve their English skills. Our support system includes many on-campus resources and a dedicated pre-matriculation program called American Classroom. We require students’ English proficiency score are a 92 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (reading sub score 22, listening sub score 22, speaking sub score 24, and writing sub score 22), 6.5 on the IELTS exam (no band below 6.0), or a 62 on the PTE exam (no band below 62). Only students with these scores and above will be eligible for merit scholarship considerations.
  • Portfolio: Portfolios are recommended for majors within the Department of Art and Design and required for music technology and studio art applicants. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio Art and Music Technology.

Additional Information

Download a copy of the Transfer Application Checklist for a comprehensive list of required information. Please reference this Recommended Coursework page for additional information.

Transfer credit policies and course equivalencies listed here.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service.

International high school students will need all of the high school required materials plus the following:

Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy – Students Studying Outside the U.S: For students applying from secondary schools located outside of the U.S., the SAT and ACT are not required. However, for applicants interested in presenting the most competitive application, Northeastern University strongly encourages applicants to submit one of the following: AP exam results, a full IB diploma, three higher level IB exam scores, or the results from nationally or regionally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education, are required for entry into universities in their home country and are administered by an independent organization other than the school. National and regional exams that would further strengthen an application are listed here. If an exam is not listed, please contact internationaladmissions@neu.edu.

Standardized Testing Policy – Students Studying Inside the U.S., U.S. Territories, and DOD Schools: Applicants attending/graduating from a Department of Defense school located outside of the United States and international students (non-US citizens/non-US permanent residents) studying/graduating from schools in the United States and U.S. territories are excluded from this policy and are required to submit SAT or ACT (with writing) score results. Northeastern’s SAT CEEB code is 3667 and ACT College Code is 1880.

Proof of English Proficiency

For students whose native language is not English – REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE STUDYING – proof of English proficiency is required. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Applicants should submit results of one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or Person Test of English (PTE) exam. The minimum passing requirements are as follows: TOEFL 92 (reading sub score 22, listening sub score 22, speaking sub score 24, writing sub score 22; IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0); PTE 62 (no band below 62); CAE 58. In the rare instances when a student is admitted with scores below these minimums, that student will be required to take an additional Northeastern University-based English language assessment prior to enrollment. The results of that assessment may require a student to take supplemental English instruction in the first semester of the freshman year. Additionally, individual applicants may, through the application review process, be identified as students for whom we need additional information regarding English proficiency. These students will also be required to take the additional assessment and will be notified prior to May 1 if that is the case.

Northeastern University expects all applicants to submit an application (essays, transcripts, test scores, etc.) that is in its entirely their own work. No part of the application can have been completed partially or completely, or significantly enhanced partially or completely, by persons (including paid agents, admissions support agencies or personnel) other than the student.
The use of such services violates Northeastern University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.

International transfer students will need all of the transfer student required materials plus:

  •  Students must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam to satisfy the proof of English proficiency requirement. Please note that college level English Composition/Writing from your institution does not satisfy this requirement. Our strongly recommended minimum scores are:
  • TOEFL: 92 (Reading sub score 22, Listening sub score 22, Speaking sub score 24, Writing sub score 22)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • PTE: 62 (no band below 62)
  • Certified English translations of all transcripts by a recognized credentialing agency. For transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international institution, transcripts should be evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation.

Transfer credit policies and course equivalencies listed here.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service and that all transcripts are official.

Candidates applying for admission to the studio art and music technology programs are required to submit a portfolio for review by a faculty committee. Portfolios are recommended for majors within the Department of Art and Design. You can find a list of all art and design majors here.

The deadlines to submit required portfolios are as follows:

  • Early Action applicants: November 9
  • Early Decision applicants: November 9
  • Regular Decision applicants: January 19
  • Transfer applicants: April 11 (Fall 2016 admission) or October 7 (Spring 2017 admission)

All portfolios should be submitted through our online portfolio submission portal, SlideRoom. Please be aware that SlideRoom charges a $10 fee.

Art + Design and Studio Art

Candidates applying to the studio art major (in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) are required to submit a portfolio in order to be considered for admission. Students applying for admission to any major or combined major within the Department of Art and Design are strongly recommended to submit a portfolio. You can find instructions on how to produce a portfolio on the CAMD website.

Music Technology Portfolio

Candidates applying to the music composition and technology major and the combined computer science and music technology major are required to submit a portfolio in order to be considered for admission. Portfolios must include:

  • Three representative examples of your creative work in a form that best represents the project, including lead sheets of original songs or printed scores of original compositions or arrangements. Digital formats may include MIDI or digital audio files or URLs for websites that include original music or sounds. Audio recordings of compositions are highly recommended. Video recordings of live performances of your music are also acceptable.
  • A short statement explaining your involvement in the creation of the work. The statement should note whether you are the sole creator or a collaborator; the composer, arranger, or remixer; and whether you are performing the work on the recording(s).
  • A separate one-page statement describing your musical background, influences, and goals as well as why you think the music technology program is right for you.

Please visit the music technology’s website for more information.

 

Note: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions holds the right to rescind any offer of admission, or refer the student to further university disciplinary proceedings if it is discovered that all required academic transcripts were not submitted, or if the work submitted is not their own, factually true and honestly presented.

Mailing Instructions

We prefer most credentials are submitted online via The Common Application or the Coalition Application or to admissions@neu.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
• Declaration and Certification of Finances form (DCF)

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

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Deadline for Prospective Students

Early Decision
Nov 01
Early Action
Nov 01
Regular Decision
Jan 01
Fall Transfers
Apr 01
Spring Transfers
Oct 01