New Students

Welcome to Northeastern University–San Francisco Bay Area!

The San Franciso Bay Area is home to more than 7 million people, with about 1 million living in the city of San Jose. Home to Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Tesla, and more, the region is a leading high-tech center for innovation and development.

We hope you find this initial information helpful as you prepare to begin your graduate studies. If you have any further questions or concerns after reading this information, please contact Dawn Girardelli, Associate Dean, at You may always refer to the Silicon Valley Campus Guide or San Francisco Campus Guide for initial guidance about our campus.

New Student Information

The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern University. Spring 2020 semester and Winter 2020 quarter classes start January 6th. Please read this information carefully and take any appropriate action (if needed).  Otherwise, we hope that your plans to attend are coming along smoothly and we look forward to meeting you at your New Student Orientation.

Khoury College of Computer Sciences 
– MS in Computer Science
– MS in Computer Science Align

COE: College of Engineering
– MS in Information Systems
– MS in Cyber-Physical Systems

COS: College of Science
– MS in Biotechnology
– MS in Bioinformatics

CPS: College of Professional Studies
– MPS in Analytics
– MS in Project Management

Set Up Your myNortheastern Account

Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at Northeastern (i.e., course registration, course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student Husky email account (hosted by Gmail). You are encouraged to start checking your Husky email regularly.

Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications

It is important that you get into the habit of logging into your myNortheastern account to check your new Husky email account. After logging in, look for the Gmail icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You may find that there are already important emails waiting in your account.

If you have two or several email accounts (i.e., Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your student emails to your personal email address or vice versa. Note that your Husky email account can be configured to automatically forward incoming mail to another address if desired. To learn the steps to do this, log into your Husky Gmail account and look for a gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Next, click “Settings” and find the tab “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” — follow the provided instructions. Click here to access your myNortheastern account.

Health Insurance

Northeastern University’s student health plan (NUSHP), administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, provides comprehensive health benefits at a very affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, please visit the NUSHP website. The website also contains information on how to waive NUSHP.

Immunization Records

The State of California does not require graduate students to provide their immunization report.

Husky Student ID card

All students will be required to carry their student ID card (Husky Card) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services at the Silicon Valley campus. Please follow the below instructions to obtain your Husky Card.

  • Log on to myNortheastern.
  • In the Services & Links area, search for or click on Husky Card Preferences.
  • Select Submit ID Photo from the menu on the left.
    • Please check the photo guidelines *here* before you submit a picture or your photo may not be accepted.
  • Upload your photo by Friday, November 29 for your Husky Card to arrive before the program start date.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, your Husky ID will be mailed to either the Silicon Valley campus or the San Francisco campus depending on which campus you attend.


Welcome New Students!

Northeastern University’s Spring 2020 semester and Winter 2020 quarter begins on Monday, January 6th. Please plan to participate in the orientations to learn more about campus and university resources. Additionally, check your email for more detailed information about your specific requirements.


Northeastern University-San Francisco Bay Area New Student Orientations and all program orientations will take place on either the Silicon Valley Campus or the San Francisco Campus.


Saturday, January 4th | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Friday, January 3 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


San Francisco Campus | Wednesday, January 8th – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Silicon Valley Campus | Thursday, January 9th – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Friday, January 3rd  | Silicon Valley – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Monday, January 6th | Silicon Valley – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – MS in Information Systems program orientation
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – MS in Computer System Engineering with a concentration in the Internet of Things program orientation
  • Lunch included


  • International Student Orientation (San Francisco)
    • F-1 Students starting their degree program this term will need to attend a mandatory international student orientation on Thursday, January 16th from 3:30PM to 5PM in Room 20-A in the San Francisco Campus. Please refer to the attached campus map for reference.
    • This presentation will cover topics including learning about important immigration documents, how to maintain status while throughout your program, the basics behind employment while on F-1 status and more!
    • This session will also have time to provide travel signatures to all students on your current I-20 who have completed the immigration clearance form, so please bring your I-20 and have the immigration clearance e-form completed before attending this session!
      • Travel Signatures are required for re-entry into the U.S., valid for 1 year from the date of signing as well as for multiple travels. If you have plans to leave the U.S. after your program start date, this would be a good idea to be cleared for this ahead of time!

For international orientation questions, contact Giscard Dimanche at

Guidance for Students Who Cannot Attend Orientation

All newly admitted students to the San Francisco Bay Area campuses should make every effort to attend the orientation. If you cannot attend for some reason or conflict, please contact Dawn Girardelli, Associate Dean, at  If you are an international student, visit the Office of Global Services website or contact Giscard Dimanche, International Student Advisor, at instructions regarding the immigration clearance process.

Information Archive

Explore Northeastern University’s Silicon Valley Webinar | July 18, 2018

With prospective and incoming students joining us virtually all over the world, this webinar covered the culture and uniqueness of the Silicon Valley area and what to expect at a regional campus. Other topics addressed were co-ops, housing, transportation, student visas, etc. You can view the following link for the Webinar Recording.

COE MS Information Systems at SV Campus Webinar | June 6, 2018

This webinar provided a broad overview of the MS in Information Systems program at the Silicon Valley campus and the campus and the region of Silicon Valley itself, as well as a student perspective by a graduate student ambassador and next steps regarding enrollment and I-20 process. You can view the following link for the Webinar Recording.

Khoury College Silicon Valley Webinar | May 24, 2017

The “Northeastern in Silicon Valley: MSCS/CS-ALIGN Webinar for Fall 2017” was hosted by Sarah Gale (admissions coordinator, Khoury College of Computer Sciences), Meg Barry (associate director of Graduate Student Services, Khoury College of Computer Sciences), and Christina Dang. You can view the following links for the PowerPoint Slide Deck and the Webinar Recording.

COE Virtual Information Session | May 22, 2017

The “Virtual Information Session–MS in Information Systems offered via Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus” was hosted by Jeffrey Hengel (director of admissions, College of Engineering), Professor Kal Bugrara (program director & faculty member, COE), and Christina Dang. You can view the following links for the PowerPoint Slide Deck and the Webinar Recording.

New Student Orientation | Jan. 9, 2017

Click the following link to view a comprehensive explanation of “Academic Integrity” and why it matters to you as a Northeastern student: PowerPoint Slide Deck.

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources

What are the student job opportunities?

Student job opportunities for students at the San Francisco Bay Area campuses are mainly teaching assistants and student ambassadors.

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is identical for all Northeastern students and at any of our campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, or Toronto. Since Northeastern is a private university, there is no in-state or out-of-state tuition variance, nor is there a tuition difference for international students. However, F-1 visa holders do pay a one-time fee of $250 to the university for visa processing and support by the Office of Global Services. For 2018-2019 tuition rates, please visit the Student Financial Services Tuition and Fees page.

What are the housing options in the Bay Area?

The San Francisco Bay Area campuses do not have dedicated housing available for students. For information about local housing options and general questions about relocating to the Bay Area area, please visit our Relocating to Silicon Valley page or our Relocating to San Francisco page.

Campus Resources

Northeastern University’s San Francisco Bay Area campuses have a number of resources you can leverage as an enrolled student. To find a comprehensive list, please visit the Current Students page. Additionally, for those of you who will be new to the San Jose, CA area, please check out our Relocating to Silicon Valley or Relocating to San Francisco page.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

Follow our Facebook page to start connecting with one another and see what’s happening at the Silicon Valley campus!

Follow us on Twitter @NU_BayArea


Things To Do When You Arrive

Visit the Campus

We realize many new students are eager to come to the campus before orientation begins. In order to ensure that we have people available to show you around and answer your questions, we request visitors email us at to schedule a visit.

Tour the Bay Area

Visit the below websites for fun ideas and ways to learn more about the Bay Area:

Northeastern University—San Francisco Bay Area

Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus Address

6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
Our campus is co-located with Renesas in the South San Jose area, off Highway 101 and between Piercy Road and Fontanoso Way.

Northeastern University San Francisco Campus Address

600 California Street. 20th floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Our campus is co-located with WeWork in the Financial District.

Would you like more information or are you interested in visiting our campuses? Click here.