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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.
  • English Proficiency: If your first language and/or language spoken at home is not English, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting valid results directly from the testing agency for one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL iBT (Composite 92+; Reading, Writing, and Listening subscores 22+; and, Speaking 24+)
    • IELTS Academic (6.5 Overall Band Score, with no subscore band below 6.0)
    • PTE Academic (62+)
    • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English Scale 176+)

    While neither citizenship nor the country in which your high school is located will exempt you from Northeastern’s English language proficiency requirement, the Admissions Committee will waive the requirement for students who will graduate with at least 4 years of study in a high school where the primary language is academic English, as opposed to English as a second language. (Students enrolled in high schools outside of the United States, regardless of citizenship, should review information in the “International Students” section.)

  • Testing: Please note, it is your responsibility to ensure that any test scores are submitted directly to Northeastern University by the testing service.
    • High Schools in the US: Official SAT or ACT 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.
    • High Schools outside of the US: 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.
High School Students
  • Portfolios are required for Studio Art, and are encouraged for majors within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Beginning in Spring 2018, a portfolio is no longer required for Music Technology applicants. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more about details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio Art and portfolio guidelines for all other CAMD majors.
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients should provide their official GED score reports and their most complete high school transcript.
  • Non-U.S. citizen applicants are required to submit the Certification of Finances form for their application to be considered complete. The Certification of Finances is designed to assist colleges and universities in obtaining complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants. As Northeastern is unable to offer state or federally-funded financial support to international applicants, the process of verifying the financial resources of students is essential.
  • Home-schooled applicants: See Special Documents tab.
  • 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.

  • Completed Transfer Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official college transcript(s) for all institutions you have attended
  • College Report (form available through the Common Application) to be completed by the Registrar Office or Dean of your current/previous school. All sections must be completed in order for your application to be reviewed.
  • Academic Evaluation from an academic advisor, professor, or employer (online submission through the Common Application)
  • Final high school transcript or GED score report
  • SAT/ACT scores for applicants who have completed less than one year of full-time college coursework (less than 24 college credits after secondary school graduation) as of the application deadline. This is not required for students who have been out of high school for more than five years or for students who did not complete high school in the U.S.
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST) for veterans or active duty military
  • 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.
  • English proficiency: If your first language and/or language spoken at home is not English, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting valid results directly from the testing agency for one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL iBT (Composite 92+; Reading, Writing, and Listening subscores 22+; and, Speaking 24+)
    • IELTS Academic (6.5 Overall Band Score, with no subscore band below 6.0)
    • PTE Academic (62+)
    • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English Scale 176+)

    While neither citizenship nor the country in which your school is located will exempt you from Northeastern’s English language proficiency requirement, the admissions committee will waive the requirement for students who spent the last 4 years of study in a school (high school, college, university) where the primary language is academic English, as opposed to English as a second language.

Only students with these scores and above will be eligible for merit scholarship considerations.

  • Non-U.S. citizen applicants are required to submit the Certification of Finances form for their application to be considered complete. The Certification of Finances is designed to assist colleges and universities in obtaining complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants. As Northeastern is unable to offer state or federally-funded financial support to international applicants, the process of verifying the financial resources of students is essential.
  • Portfolios are required for Studio Art, and are encouraged for majors within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Beginning in Spring 2018, a portfolio is no longer required for Music Technology applicants. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more about details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio Art and portfolio guidelines for all other CAMD majors.

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.

English Language Proficiency

If your first language and/or language spoken at home is not English, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, by submitting valid results directly from the testing agency for one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL iBT (Composite 92+; Reading, Writing, and Listening subscores 22+; and, Speaking 24+)
  • IELTS Academic (6.5 Overall Band Score, with no subscore band below 6.0)
  • PTE Academic (62+)
  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English Scale 176+)

While neither citizenship or country in which your high school is located will exempt you from Northeastern’s English language proficiency requirement, the admissions committee will waive the requirement for students who will graduate with at least 4 years of study in a high school where the primary language is academic English, as opposed to English as a second language. 

Highly motivated international students looking to improve English skills before beginning an undergraduate program at Northeastern may directly apply or considered by Undergraduate Admissions for the American Classroom Program, in Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies.

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:

  • 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.
  • Non-U.S. citizen applicants are required to submit the Certification of Finances form for their application to be considered complete. The Certification of Finances is designed to assist colleges and universities in obtaining complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants. As Northeastern is unable to offer state or federally-funded financial support to international applicants, the process of verifying the financial resources of students is essential.

Transfer credit policies and course equivalencies listed here.

Homeschool Applicants

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

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 Alice Smith (ali.smith@northeastern.edu) or Katie Annis (k.annis@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
• 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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  1. Review our deadlines and required materials.
  2. Create a Common Application or Coalition Application account and select Northeastern.
  3. Submit your application!
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