Application Information and Deadlines
All first-year and transfer applicants must apply with either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Please use the links below to acquire more information about the Common Application and Coalition Application.
On the application and any supporting documents, please use your name as it appears on your passport.
Northeastern expects all applicants to submit an application (essays, transcripts, test scores, etc.) that is in its entirety completed by the applicant. No part of the application can be completed by persons (including paid agents, admissions support agencies, or personnel) other than the student applying for admission. Use of such services violates Northeastern policies, and will lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.
Whether you’ll graduate with an American high school diploma, the IB Diploma, or another internationally recognized school leaving qualification, you will be expected (prior to enrolling) to complete a secondary education program which enables you to apply to university in your own country (e.g. British A-Levels, French Baccalauréat, or German Abitur). Predicted examination results should be sent with your grades by your high school.
- Your high school will need to provide Northeastern with official transcripts or academic records by the application deadline.
- Transcripts sent by an applicant or their families will not be accepted.
- If your educational system does not issue transcripts, your high school must provide the academic records which detail the courses you’ve taken throughout high school, and the grades which you’ve received. Examples include internal grade reports, term or semester reports, mark sheets, or promotional or provisional examination results.
- Results should also be provided from any lower secondary examinations, such as the GCSE, O-Levels, SPM, WASC, or Indian SSC.
If you are applying as a transfer student from an international university, you will need to provide a certified transcript evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency, such as the Center for Educational Documentation.
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 Wan 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 on the Application Information page for a complete list.
- Results can be submitted officially or self-reported through your Application Status Check portal. Please review the Testing Policy tab on the Application Information page for additional information.
- 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, please read the English Language Proficiency section below.
Traditionally, Northeastern has not required standardized testing from transfer applicants who completed more than one year of full-time college coursework (24 or more college credits) following high school graduation, or from any transfer applicants who graduated from high school more than 5 years ago.
English Language Proficiency
Strong English skills are necessary in order to be successful in an academically rigorous classroom environment and the experiential learning programs that Northeastern offers. All students, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying. You can meet Northeastern’s English Proficiency Requirement if:
- You are a native English speaker.
- You will complete four 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 2021-22 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.
Official results must be submitted by the application deadline. If a student plans to submit their application and then take an exam for a second, or third time, applicants must indicate planned future test dates on their application, to inform the Admissions Committee of any pending test results.
Northeastern’s Admissions Committee will consider not only your overall composite score, but also your individual subsection scores, to confirm your proficiency across all four language skills, which are needed to be successful at Northeastern. Our most competitive applicants will frequently achieve composite scores between: 99 and 107 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 and 8.0 on the IELTS Academic, 120 and 130 on the Duolingo English Test, 68 to 74 on the PTE Academic, and 185 to 204 on the Cambridge English Scale. All applications are fully evaluated and considered for admission.
- Applicants who would benefit from additional language study and support prior to beginning the full-time undergraduate program at Northeastern could be offered admission through NU Immerse, a one-year transitional, acculturation program. Upon successful completion of NU Immerse, you will be prepared to fully matriculate into your chosen degree program of study.
- In order to evaluate an applicant’s current proficiency with the English language, Northeastern will only consider your most recent English Language Test results. Some applicants will choose to submit multiple English Language Test results, from any approved exams, across multiple test dates if they feel that it provides additional context about their proficiency. Northeastern does not superscore results from your English Language Tests, nor do we consider MyBest scores for applicants submitting results from the TOEFL iBT.
Northeastern’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency from any applicant, regardless of citizenship or first language, at any time during the evaluation process.
Waiving the English Proficiency Requirement
If, prior to enrolling at Northeastern, you will have completed 4 consecutive years in a high school or university where academic English was the language of instruction for all courses (excluding foreign language acquisition courses), you may be eligible for a waiver, provided you have also demonstrated strength in your English language, literature and composition courses, and can provide Northeastern with either final or predicted results from externally assessed examinations, such as:
- AP English Language & Composition -OR- English Literature & Composition
- IB English A: Language & Literature (HL or SL)
- IB English A: Literature (HL or SL)
- IB English B (HL)
- GCE AS or A-Level English Language -OR- English Literature
- GCSE English Language -OR- English Literature
- GCE O-Level English Language
- International GCSE/IGCSE English A, English Language, English Literature, First Language English or Literature in English
Our Admissions Committee will typically waive the English Proficiency Requirement for the following scores: 4 or 5 on any AP exam; 6 or 7 on any IB English A exam, or 7 on any IB English B exam; B and above on any GCE AS or A-Level exam; and, 6 and above (or B and above) on any (I)GCSE or GCE O-Level exam. Furthermore, the Admissions Committee will also review your academic records and high school transcripts, focusing on your academic performance, as assessed by your internal marks and promotional or preliminary examinations, in courses which are discussion-based and writing-intensive.
- If you are predicted to achieve the required score, please read the “Predicted Grades” section.
- If you did not achieve or are not predicted to achieve the required score, you can still submit your waiver request, but are encouraged to submit English language testing.
- If you studied in a curriculum other than the AP, IB or British curricula, you may still be eligible for a waiver, and should submit your request through the same process. Students most successful in receiving a waiver will provide predicted or final results from any externally assessed English language, literature, or composition examinations, with grades equivalent to American As or high Bs.
- If you were enrolled in ESL courses for more than one year during the last four years you are not eligible for a waiver of this requirement.
You can submit your waiver request through the App Status Check at any time, following the submission and processing of your application. Your request will only be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after we receive your academic records. If a waiver is approved, your application requirements will be updated in the App Status Check.
Northeastern does not offer alumni or on-campus interviews, but Northeastern will consider and evaluate third-party, unscripted video interviews submitted through InitialView or Vericant, which will allow you to personally discuss your academic and personal background. Please note: neither InitialView or Vericant will replace English language proficiency testing, when required.
Applicants should complete their interviews by November 15 for Early Decision I, December 1 for Early Action, January 15 for Early Decision II, and February 1 for Regular Decision.
While excluded from our standardized testing policy, the Admissions Committee requires predicted grades for applicants who attend an overseas high school and whose secondary education culminates in externally assessed high school graduation exams or university matriculation exams.
- 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 are applying from a high school in the United States, submitting predicted grades is not required but entirely optional. You will however be required to submit your first trimester or first semester grades once they become available, and mid-year grades for any students 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.
Predicted grades will be reviewed alongside your internal marks, and any promotional or preliminary examinations. As predicted grades are updated, you are expected to send them to Northeastern. Updates include the predicted IB grades sent to the IBO in April, or GCE A-Level provisional results released in mid-August before your final certificate is issued in October or November. Final results must be submitted to Northeastern, once results become available, sent directly from the examination board or sent by your high school as a certified official copy of your final results certificate.
If your final test scores are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results, Northeastern reserves the right to rescind any offers of admission.
Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF)
All international students applying to Northeastern are required to complete and submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF), which is designed to assist the Admissions Committee in obtaining complete and accurate information about each applicant’s anticipated financial support. Each applicant must verify your ability to fully finance your Northeastern education, including tuition and fees, room and board, and personal living expenses. Information is necessary as the financial support for international students at Northeastern is limited:
- International students are not eligible for financial aid at Northeastern which includes both institutional need-based grants and federal student financial aid.
- International students are eligible for merit scholarships which range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. No additional application is necessary, as your application for admission serves as your scholarship application. Merit scholarships are extremely competitive, however, and do not cover the full cost of attendance.
Once your application is submitted, and processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you will be given access to your Application Status Check. You can access the DCF through your Application Status Check. Instructions are provided here. You should also review our frequently asked questions document for additional information.
Documents should be submitted online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Documents not submitted through an application can be sent from a high school or university email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed. Mailing instructions are also available below.
- Test results must be sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency or examination board.
- Transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or university.
- Results from national examinations, which are only released to the student, can either be scanned and sent to Northeastern from a verifiable high school email address, or a certified copy can also be mailed to Northeastern.
- Official English translations will be required for documents which are provided in languages other than English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation.
You can send your application fee or fee waiver requests (if being sent separately from the application) as well as FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages to:
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Kerr Hall
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA
Transcripts and recommendations which were not submitted online can be mailed to:
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8210
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA