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.

We understand the uniquely challenging circumstances our applicants are facing in the spring of 2020. Northeastern is committed to partnering with you, your family, and your school to support your individual needs.

Required Materials for Applicants

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.
  • Optional Standardized Testing: For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission.
    • Under the new policy, whether graduating from a U.S. institution or an international institution, you will be able to choose whether to submit standardized testing or not. If you do not submit standardized testing, you will not be penalized or disadvantaged. All applicants will be fully considered for admission to Northeastern, including the University Honors Program, and for any merit scholarships.
    • If you choose to submit standardized testing, you should submit results from the test, or tests, which best capture your academic preparation and abilities in the classroom. While there is no advantage in submitting results from more than one test, all results provided will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and factored into your admissions decision. Northeastern will consider results from any of the following:
      • SAT (CEEB Code 3667) or ACT (College Code 1880)
      • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Higher Level Exams (if you are not a Diploma candidate)
      • AP Exams or SAT Subject Tests
      • GCE Advanced Levels
      • Northeastern will also consider results from over 100 national exams. Please review the Testing Policy Tab for a complete list.
    • All students must share the scores they would like considered in their application through the Application Status Check. This allows students the most control over the tests that are attached to their file. Students who indicated they would like to be test optional may not self-report, though you may control your Test Optional status through your Application Status Check. Please review the Testing Policy Tab for additional information.
    • Students may change their Test Optional choice (I would like testing to be considered in my application OR I would not like testing to be considered in my application) through the following dates. After these dates, Test Optional preference will be locked in for that round of admission consideration.
      • ED I: November 10
      • EA: December 1
      • ED II: January 10
      • RD: February 1
    • Non-native English-speaking applicants must continue to submit official results from an approved English Language Test or request a waiver through the Application Status Check. For additional information, continue reading or visit the International Applicants page for our English Language Proficiency policy.
  • 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
    • 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

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.
  • Optional Standardized Testing: For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission. Under the new policy, whether graduating from a U.S. or an international institution, you will be able to choose whether to submit standardized testing or not. If you do not submit standardized testing, you will not be penalized or disadvantaged. All applicants will be fully considered for admission to Northeastern. For additional information on Northeastern’s test-optional policy, a complete list of tests which Northeastern will consider, and information on submitting your results to Northeastern, please review our Testing Policy.
    • In recent years, Northeastern has required standardized testing from transfer applicants who have not completed more than one year of full-time college coursework (24 or more college credits) following high school graduation. Standardized testing was not required from transfer applicants who’ve either completed more than one year of full-time college coursework (24 or more college credits) following high school graduation or graduated from high school more than 5 years ago.
  • 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:
    • Please see 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:

  • SAT/ACT Testing: 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.

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 Shelby Phelan (s.phelan@northeastern.edu), Stefanie Kane (st.kane@northeastern.edu), or Nils Leitz (n.leitz@northeastern.edu).

For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission.

  • Under the new policy, whether graduating from a U.S. institution or an international institution, you will be able to choose whether to submit standardized testing or not. If you do not submit standardized testing, you will not be penalized or disadvantaged. All applicants will be fully considered for admission to Northeastern, including the University Honors Program, and for any merit scholarships.
  • If you choose to submit standardized testing, you should submit results from the test, or tests, which best capture your academic preparation and abilities in the classroom. While there is no advantage in submitting results from more than one test, all results provided will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and factored into your admissions decision. Northeastern will consider results from any of the following:
    • SAT (CEEB Code 3667)
    • ACT (College Code 1880)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    • AP Exams
    • IB Higher Level Exams (if you are not a Diploma candidate)
    • SAT Subject Tests
    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Levels (A-Levels)
    • Northeastern will also consider results from nationally recognized high school graduation or university entrance exam. You can review the complete list here.
  • Results can be submitted through your Application Status Check portal. For additional information, please read the “Submitting Results” section below.
  • You may control your Test Optional status through your Application Status Check. Your test optional preference will default to what you indicated in the application, and you have until the following dates to finalize your choice. Your test optional status will be locked in after that date.
    • Early Decision I by November 10
    • Early Action by December 1
    • Early Decision II by January 10
    • Regular Decision by February 1
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants must continue to submit official results from an approved English Language Test or request a waiver through the Application Status Check. For additional information, continue reading or please visit the International Applicants page for our English Language Proficiency policy.

Please review frequently asked questions regarding our standardized testing policy.

Submitting Results to Northeastern

All students must share the scores they would like considered in their application through the Application Status Check. This allows students the most control over the tests that are attached to their file. Students who indicated they would like to be test optional may not self-report, though you may control your Test Optional status through your Application Status Check. Self-reported results will be considered when your application is reviewed for admission to the university. Upon choosing to enroll, all self-reported results must be verified by sending official results from the testing agency or examination board.

For students who have submitted official scores, you must also self-report. As there can be a delay between request and receipt of official scores, we want students to be able to share their testing information with us as soon as they have access to it, if they choose to do so. Additionally, self-reporting allows students the ability to decide if they would like to be considered with testing or not.

Official Results

For admitted students, upon choosing to enroll, all self-reported results must be verified by sending official results from either the testing agency or examination board. If your official results do not match your self-reported results, Northeastern reserves the right to rescind your offer of admission. Northeastern will consider official results sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency or examination board for any of the following tests:

  • SAT, SAT Subject Tests or AP Exams from the College Board (CEEB Code 3667)
  • ACT from the ACT (College Code 1880)
  • IB Diploma or IB Higher Level Exams from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • Final examination results certificates or score reports from any national or international examinations, including the GCE Advanced Levels, which were sent by the testing agency, examination board, or as a certified copy of the original sent directly to Northeastern by a designated school official, from a verifiable school email address.

Predicted Results

For Northeastern’s optional standardized testing policy, we will only consider final results, which are official or self-reported. While excluded from our standardized testing policy, the Admissions Committee requires predicted grades for applicants studying at an overseas high school whose secondary education culminates in externally-assessed national high school graduation exams or university matriculation exams, which includes but is not limited to the IB Diploma, GCE Advanced Levels, Indian Standard XII, and French Baccalauréat.

  • If you will not receive your final results until after the application deadline, your high school must submit predicted grades.
  • If your final results are available before the application deadline, final results must instead be submitted by your high school
  • Furthermore, all enrolling students will be required to submit final exam results, even students who applied “test optional” to Northeastern, as final exams also serve as proof of high school graduation.
  • If you’re applying from a high school in the United States, submitting predicted grades is not required. Regardless of if your predicted grades are submitted, we strongly encourage you to submit your first trimester or first semester grades once they become available, as well as mid-year grades for any students who apply to or who were deferred to Regular Decision. 

Predicted results should be submitted with the High School Transcript, Secondary School Report, or Counselor Recommendation; or submitted by a designated school official from a verifiable school email address, using either Northeastern’s Predicted Grades Request Form or your high school’s own predicted grades form.

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:

The 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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If Northeastern is your number one college choice, and you are committed to attending if admitted, Early Decision is the admissions program that is right for you. Please note, Early Decision is binding.

Applying Early Decision this year comes with some clear and tangible benefits for those who consider Northeastern to be their number one choice. We expect to enroll up to half of our entering class through Early Decision—to calibrate, for the class entering Fall 2020, the ED admit rate was 32% compared to the overall admit rate of 20%.

Your next steps are:

  1. Review our deadlines and updated required materials. For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission.
  2. Create a Common Application or Coalition Application account and select Northeastern.
  3. Submit your application.
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