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 Jackie Li, Director of Student Services, at You may always refer to the Silicon Valley Campus Guide or San Francisco Campus Guide for initial guidance about our campus.

New Student Welcome Guide

New Student Information

The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern University. Fall 2020 semester will begin on Wednesday, Sept 9 for the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the College of Engineering, and on Monday, Sept 14 for the College of Professional Studies. Please read the information on this page carefully and take any required steps. We look forward to meeting you at 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

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 (e.g. course registration, course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student email account. You are encouraged to start checking your student 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 student email account regularly. 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 more than one email account (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your student emails to your personal email address or vice versa. Note that your student 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 student email 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” and 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 an affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, please visit the NUSHP website. The website also contains information on how to waive NUSHP. Please note that there are strict deadlines to waive coverage.

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 August 17, 2020 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!

Your health and safety are our utmost priority. In light of local health guidance, we have moved our New Student Orientations online. All new students, regardless of their intention to take classes on-campus or remote, will participate in virtual Orientations.

There are three types of New Student Orientations:

  •  Campus Orientation (for all students)
  • College Orientation (for your specific program)
  • International Student Orientation (for all international students)

SF and Silicon Valley’s Campus Orientation will open on August 1, 2020 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from Jackie Li, Director of Student Services, with information about how to access this Orientation. All new students are expected to complete New Student Orientations before starting classes at Northeastern. If you have trouble accessing the online Orientation or have questions, please reach out to Jackie at

Khoury College’s College Orientation will open on August 24, 2020 and students will have until September 4 to complete all of the modules. During this two week period, there will also be various live, online events for Khoury students to meet their faculty, staff, and fellow students. You receive an email from your college advisor with more information.

College of Engineering’s College Orientation will open the week of August 17, 2020 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from your college advisor with information about how to access this Orientation. All new COE students are expected to complete this Orientation before starting classes at Northeastern.

The College of Professional Studies’ College Orientation will be conducted in a live, hybrid format on September 11th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time. Students will select whether they would like to participate in-person or attend virtually. This orientation will be comprised of information about Fall coursework and expectations, overall program/degree requirements, career preparation, and experiential learning (co-op, internship, and XN Projects). All CPS Silicon Valley students are required to attend, and further information will be sent via email in August about how to reserve an in-person seat or a virtual participation ticket.

International Student Orientation will open on August 17, 2020 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from Giscard Dimanche, International Student Advisor, with information about how to access this Orientation. F-1 students starting their degree program are required to attend International Student Orientation. This presentation will cover topics including immigration documents, how to maintain status throughout your program, the basics behind employment while on F-1 status, and more.

For U.S. visa holders who are studying on another visa classification other than F-1, you are not required to attend this Orientation but you are required to complete a form to confirm your visa documentation to the Office of Global Services (OGS), linked here.

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please reach out to Giscard at


Please make sure you have read the information in the lefthand column about your myNortheastern account, email, NUSHP, and Husky Student ID! You MUST upload your picture in order to receive a Husky ID, and you must have a Husky ID to access campus.

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 the 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!

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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

4 N. 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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.

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