Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


How do I get to the Visitor Center?

A: The Visitor Center is located on the first floor of West Village F. For GPS driving instructions, please use 30 Leon Street, Boston, MA 02115, which will bring you directly to the West Village Parking Garage. Northeastern is also accessible by subway via the Green Line (the Northeastern stop on the E line) or the Orange Line (the Ruggles stop).

For directions via car, public transportation, or additional information about parking, see our Schedule A Visit page.

What will I see on a campus tour?

A: The campus tour, led by one of our student Husky Ambassadors, will show you academic and research areas, a first-year residence hall, and recreation centers.

Does Northeastern offer class or overnight visits?

A: We encourage students to visit campus. Class or overnight visits are not offered for prospective students. That said, students are welcome to participate in college information programs to learn more about different academic areas of study or grab a bite to eat in one of our dining halls to experience student life on campus. Schedule a visit.

Will Northeastern be visiting my area?

A: Northeastern staff members travel across the country, around the world, and within Boston’s own backyard to meet with prospective students and families at secondary schools. To see where we are traveling in the future, please visit NU In Your Area. You can also join our mailing list, so we can let you know if we are visiting your school.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

I will be applying for financial aid: What do I need to do?

A: Depending on your student type—whether an Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Transfer applicant—the financial aid deadline dates and requirements may vary. Student Financial Services has created an application checklist for each, which you can download here.

How do I qualify for a merit scholarship?

A: Students who are in the top 10-15 percent of our applicant pool are considered for competitive merit awards, including the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship.

The Dean’s Scholarship honors select students within the top 25 percent of freshmen admitted. Recipients are awarded between $10,000 and $25,000 annually. All fall freshman applicants for undergraduate admission to Northeastern are considered.

Are there scholarships students need to apply for?

A: The vast majority of merit and opportunity scholarships offered require no additional application. There are a few exceptions, however:

  • First-generation students who would like to be considered for the Torch Scholars Program need to be nominated. For more information, visit the Torch Scholars Program.

  • National Merit semi-finalists or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars have the opportunity to apply for the Northeastern National Scholar Award. If you have received one of these awards, you will be notified when you apply about the steps you need to take in order to be considered for the honor.

  • Students enrolled in a Boston Public High Schools are eligible for several special scholarships. Additional information can be found here.

Does Northeastern offer scholarships and/or aid for international students?

A: International students are fully eligible for Northeastern’s merit scholarships. All international students will be automatically considered for and offered merit scholarships, if applicable.

Financial need-based aid will be offered to students who are U.S. Citizens, as well as eligible noncitizens, upon completion of the necessary forms.

Are there any special opportunities for Boston students?

A: Northeastern is deeply committed to working with the City of Boston and our campus neighbors. There are several additional scholarship programs available to Boston students, including:

  • The Boston Public High School Scholarship

  • The Northeastern Boston Valedictorian Scholarship

  • The Boston Housing Authority Scholarship

  • Northeastern Neighborhood Scholarship

  • Balfour Academy Scholarship

  • Learn more about the Boston Public High School scholarship opportunities here.

The Application and Enrollment Process

How do I apply to Northeastern?

A: The process begins and ends with the Common Application or the Coalition Application (Northeastern accepts both). When you create an account, you will need to select Northeastern as one of the schools you are applying to. Then, complete and submit your application online through the Application portal.

What materials are required for my application?

A: A detailed list of what is necessary, whether you are a high school, transfer, or international student, can be found on our application information page.

What SAT or ACT tests do you require?

A: You are required to submit the SAT or ACT if:

  • You are a first-year student applying from a secondary school in the U.S., in the U.S. territories, or a Department of Defense School; or

  • You are a transfer student who has completed less than 24 credits of post-graduate, college-level coursework and graduated from a U.S. high school within the last five years.

It is recommended that you submit the SAT II Subject Tests if:

  • You are a homeschooled applicant.

You are not required to submit the SAT or ACT if:

  • You are a first year student applying from an international secondary school. If you submit the SAT or ACT, it will not be reviewed.

For more information, visit our application information page.

What is the last date to submit standardized tests?

A: 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 will be considered for Regular Decision candidates if received by February 15.

I want to apply Early Decision or Early Action, what should I know?

A: First, what each means:

  • Early Decision is ideal for students confident Northeastern is the right academic, social, and financial fit. It is a binding decision, so if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and withdrawing all applications from other institutions. Beginning with the 2017-2018 cycle, you will have two opportunities to apply for Early Decision consideration: Early Decision I and II. Early Decision II allows students who realize that Northeastern is their first choice later in the application process to still show their high level of interest.

  • Early Action is non-binding and ideal for students who want to put their best foot forward at an earlier date. The Admissions Committee will not see senior year grades or late fall standardized testing scores.

The deadline for all Early Decision and Early Action applications is November 1.

Are there specific course requirements for admission?

A: Students are required, at minimum, to complete four years of English, two years of history, two years of the same foreign language, three years of science, and three years of math. Our most competitive applicants will have completed four years of all five major subjects, or perhaps dropped one subject as a senior to double up on equally rigorous courses in another subject.

Applicants to the College of Engineering must have taken physics, chemistry, and precalculus.

What does an international student need to do to apply to Northeastern?

A: Students studying in international high schools have all the same requirements as domestic applicants, with one exception: SAT or ACT scores are not required or reviewed.

In lieu of SAT or ACT scores, we strongly encourage applicants to submit one of the following:

  • AP exam results

  • A full IB diploma

  • Three higher level IB exam scores

  • Results from nationally or regionally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education, which are required for entry into universities in international students’ home country and are administered by an independent organization other than the school

Do I need to take a TOEFL if I have lived in the U.S. for a number of years?

A: 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.

If you have questions about our English proficiency requirements, please contact your admissions counselor.

Can I apply undecided?

A: Northeastern has the Program for Undeclared Students which offers a wide range of academic options and opportunities, including advising support and exploratory programming.

Can I send in an art portfolio?

A: 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 majors in the College of Arts, Media and Design.

I am a Homeschool applicant, what do I need to submit?

A: Please see additional details for Homeschool applicants on our Application Information page under "Special Documents".

How do I know if my application has been received by Northeastern?

A: You will receive an email acknowledging your application was received within three days of submission. In that email, you will be given a Northeastern ID number and instructions for setting up your Application Status Check account.

How do I access my personal application information?

A: Once you have applied to Northeastern, you will receive an email with your Northeastern University ID number (NU ID) and instructions on how to set up your Application Status Check account. Through the Application Status Check, you will be able to verify your personal information, view the required materials, and check on deadlines.

What type of decisions could I receive?

A: You will receive one of the following admissions decisions: Admission for the fall semester, admission for The Program, waitlist, denied, or deferred.

When will I receive my admission decision?

A: Your notification time will vary depending on how you applied:

  • Early Decision I applicants will receive a decision online by December 15.

  • Early Action applicants will receive a decision online by February 1.

  • Early Decision II applicants will receive a decision online by February 15.

  • Regular Decision applicants will receive a decision online by April 1.

What is The Program?

A: The Program is an innovative and dynamic first-year program that reflects Northeastern’s core belief that students should be engaged citizens of the world. Very different from a traditional study abroad experience, The Program provides enrollment opportunities to roughly 500 talented candidates annually whom we were unable to accommodate in the fall because of the competitiveness of our applicant pool.

Not sure if The Program is for you? Read more.

Will I receive credit for any college courses or AP tests I have taken?

A: Transfer credits are available to students who complete AP or IB exams through high school or college-level courses at an accredited institution. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions facilitates the transfer credit evaluation in partnership with the Northeastern academic departments. An up-to-date list of transfer credit policies and equivalencies can be found here.

What are the GPA requirements in order to transfer?

A: While the most successful transfer applicants have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher, all applications are reviewed holistically. Our reviews take into account every aspect of an application, including academic performance, academic evaluations and recommendations, a personal statement, and performance on standardized tests (if applicable).

How do I withdraw?

A: To withdraw from Northeastern, log in to your myNEU account and submit the form called “Decline Admission,” which can be found under the Self-Service tab.

Are there separate housing and enrollment deposits?

A: Your deposit includes both your enrollment and housing deposit, there is no separate cost. Once your deposit has been submitted, you will be able to access your Residence Application and complete your Roommate Compatibility Survey via your myNEU Admitted Student portal.

How do I change my major?

A: Change of major requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To request a change, log in to your myNEU Admitted Student portal and select the “Self-Service” tab. Once there, select the “Change of Major Request” link under “Updates”.

Contacting Us

How can I receive more information?

A: You can fill out our Request Information form and receive updates, advice, and information about Northeastern.

What is Northeastern’s mailing address?

A: Transcripts and recommendations should be sent to:

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

Application fees, application fee waiver requests, FedEx, UPS, or Priority mail packages, and Declaration and Certification of Finances Forms should be sent to:

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

Test scores should be submitted electronically.

How do I get in touch with the admissions team?

A: Northeastern’s admissions staff can be found here. Please feel free to email a member of the domestic or international team, or someone from visitor services, with any questions.

How do I find my admissions counselor?

A: You can search for your admissions counselor here by entering in your country, state, and high school.

Life at Northeastern

Can I have a car on campus?

A: Full-time students are eligible to buy parking passes online on a semester basis. All fees will be charged to their tuition account.

Are students guaranteed housing?

A: Yes. Freshman and sophomore students are required to live on campus while taking classes. Upperclassmen are also guaranteed housing and can choose from one of our newer apartment complexes, many of which offer spectacular views of Boston.