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.
- 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.
- Northeastern has a standardized test-optional policy for students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year. Under the new policy, applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores, but have the option to do so if they choose. All applicants will continue to be fully considered for admission, selection for the University Honors Program, and merit scholarships.
- This policy applies to all applicants—whether graduating from a U.S. high school or a non-U.S. high school, meaning all students have the choice of whether or not to submit standardized testing for review as part of the admission process.
- For students who choose to submit the SAT or ACT:
- Official results can be sent using Northeastern’s CEEB College Code SAT 3667 / ACT College Code 1880.
- Self-reported results may be submitted directly through the Application Status Check. Upon choosing to enroll, all self-reported SAT or ACT results must be verified by sending official scores through the testing service.
- Applicants are welcome to submit other standardized testing scores for review (e.g., AP exam scores, IB exam scores, the GCE Advanced Levels, French Baccalauréat, or the Indian Higher Secondary School Certificate).
- Non-native English-speaking students will still be required to submit results from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Cambridge English or Duolingo) or request a waiver after they have applied (please see below).
- English Proficiency: All students, regardless of citizenship must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying to Northeastern. You can satisfy the requirement in the following ways:
- You are a native English speaker.
- You will complete 4 consecutive academic years before enrolling at Northeastern in a high school or university where native English was the primary instructional language -AND- you submit an English Proficiency Waiver Request through your Application Status Check portal.
- You submit, along with your application, official test results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests
- For prospective students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern will also consider results from the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. Results from the TOEFL ITP Plus for China will not be accepted.
- 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.
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.
- 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.