Transfer Admissions

As a valued member of the Northeastern community, you will have the opportunity to be submersed into a diverse, global, and thriving environment. You will explore new opportunities and chart your own path to degree. We are excited to have you join us and look forward to the strengths and experience you bring with you.

Please note that the following academic colleges will not be accepting transfer applications for the Fall 2018 term:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Explore (Undeclared)

Application Materials

  • Completed Transfer Common Application or Coalition Application.
    • Fall 2018 Applicants: To ensure that your application is reviewed for admission, your application and all required documents should be received by the April 1, 2018 deadline.
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official college transcript(s) for all institutions you have attended
  • College Report (form available through the Common Application and Coalition 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 or Coalition Application)
  • Final high school transcript or GED/HISET 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)/Community College of the Air Force transcript for veterans or active duty military
  • Certified Transcript Evaluation by a recognized credentialing agency (highly recommended). For transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international institution, an evaluation is required to process transfer credits after admission to Northeastern. Transcripts should be evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation or another recognized credentialing agency.
Application Info
  • 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+)

Northeastern’s English Proficiency Requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee if you will have spent at least 4 academic years studying at institutions (high schools, colleges or universities) where English was the primary language of instruction, and was studied at an academic level as opposed to being studied as a second or additional language. Students attending a high school or university outside of the United States, regardless of citizenship, should review information in the International Student Admissions page.

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 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.

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.

Program Requirements/Recommendations

The courses below outline recommended and required courses for transfer admission Northeastern University. Courses listed as required must be completed or in-progress to be considered for the specific college/program. All other courses are recommended. You may visit our Transfer Equivalency Database to find out if the courses you have taken have been previously evaluated for transfer credit.

For those applying into one of our 95+ combined majors, please review the course information for each individual college or program involved in the combined major. (For example, if you choose to apply to the combined major of Biology and English, please review the transfer requirements for both the College of Science and the College of Social Science and Humanities). To learn more about our combined majors, please click here.

College of Arts, Media and Design and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Mathematical thinking (equivalent to MATH 1215) or Calculus
  • Foreign Language (BA students)

College of Science

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Calculus or higher
  • Natural Science with lab

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Business Statistics
  • Calculus at the college level (strongly recommended)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Language (Intermediate level strongly recommended for BSIB)

College of Engineering

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Calculus I (required – level should be for Engineering/Science majors
  • Physics I (strongly recommended – level should be calculus based)
  • Chemistry I (strongly recommended) 

College of Computer and Information Science

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Calculus I (required)
  • Natural Science with lab

é College of Health Sciences*

School of Nursing (all courses strongly recommended)

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I, II with lab
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Precalculus or higher (required)
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Nutrition

Pharmacy (PharmD)**

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Chemistry I and Biology I with labs (required)
  • Chemistry II and Biology II with labs (strongly recommended)
  • Calculus or higher
  • Foundations of Psychology

Health Science

  • College Writing (equivalent to ENGW 1111)
  • Biology I, II with lab
  • Chemistry I, II with lab
  • Calculus or higher
  • Foundations of Psychology

*Please note that Nursing and Pharmacy (PharmD) students must complete all recommended coursework in order to progress into year 2 of the program’s course sequence
**Visit the School of Pharmacy website for more information about the early assurance pathway for incoming freshman and transfer applicants

Enrollment Checklist

Please view your Application Status Check to view your enrollment checklist and next steps/important dates to note in order to enroll at Northeastern.


  • Submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit by the date indicated on your terms of admission.
  • Pay your enrollment deposit online through your myNortheasetern Admitted Student Portal—look for the “Pay my deposit” link on the Self-Service tab
  • All students should be registered for New Student Orientation within a week of enrollment. You can register for the mandatory New Student Orientation, submit your housing application (if available) and send your final records via your myNortheasetern Admitted Student Portal.
  • If housing is available and you plan to live on campus, you must also submit your non-refundable housing deposit by the date indicated on your letter of admission.

Transfer Credit/MyPaws

  • Your transfer credit evaluation will be made available to you within the next couple of weeks.
  • To ensure we have the most up to date information you should forward an updated college transcript with final semester grades
  • If you have completed an AP, IB or GCE examinations, request that the results be sent to Northeastern.
  • Participation in dual enrollment program while in high school may also be considered for transfer credit. You must submit the official college transcript from the institution that hosted courses.

Enrollment Info

NU Transfer Organization (NUTSO)

NUTSO provides transfer students with an opportunity to meet one another and participate in social activities while transitioning to Northeastern. If you have questions about transfer and the Northeastern community, you can reach out to NUTSO via their Facebook page.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all transfer students enrolling at Northeastern. During the daylong New Student Orientation you will meet with your academic advisor to choose classes, as well as other departments such as the Financial Aid, Housing, and Campus Safety departments, who are vital to your success at Northeastern. New Student Orientation information is sent via your Husky email account once you deposit.


We honor and value your service to the country and look forward to welcoming you to the Northeastern community. Northeastern participates in the Yellow Ribbon and Post 9/11 GI Bill. Members of the Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) are able to assist you through the eligibility process. You may contact them at

Our Student Veteran Organization (SVO) was named 2013 Chapter of the year by Veterans of America. The SVO is an excellent resource for camaraderie, support, and volunteer opportunities.


  • Housing is not guaranteed. Housing assignments are made on a first come first serve basis.
  • Housing is optional for transfer students.
  • Housing deposit is due by the date indicated on your terms of admission.
  • If you are planning to live off campus, check out the Off Campus Student Services website.
Additional Info

Mailing Instructions

We prefer most credentials are submitted online via The Common Application or The Coalition Application or Credentials not submitted online should be mailed to the address below.

-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 Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

-Recommendations (if not submitted online)

Mail to:
Northeastern University
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8210
Portsmouth, NH 03802, USA