Northeastern welcomes Spring ’21 students to our global community
Explore the sections and links below to learn more about Northeastern and our Hybrid NUflex learning modality, connect with our community, and qualify for scholarship opportunities along the way.
Exclusive Scholarship Offerings
Northeastern University offers admitted students a variety of ways to connect and engage with student ambassadors, admissions counselors, college representatives, and more.
Below are two ways for you to begin earning scholarships: The Husky Ambassador Portal and the Global Reach Mentor Program.
Please bookmark this page and check back often as we add more opportunities.
Husky Ambassador Portal
The Husky Ambassador Portal is filled with exclusive content specifically curated to help kickstart your learning journey. You’ll have opportunities to earn micro-scholarships as you participate in hosted online events, attend valuable sessions/webinars, read our blog posts and chat in real time with students and staff – all designed to help you better navigate life as a Northeastern Husky.
- When you register for the Husky Ambassador Portal, you’ll earn your very first micro-scholarship.
- Upcoming Events
Events are being added to the Husky Ambassador Portal all the time, including hosted sessions for general university guidance, college-specific information, regional campus highlights, and more. Some events currently planned are:
- November 16th: Graduate Student Clubs and Organizations
- November 18th: Off-campus housing in Boston
- December 1st: Canvas 101
Global Reach Mentor Program
The Global Reach Mentor Program lets current students connect with a friend from their home country who may be interested in studying at Northeastern. Your mentor can tell you about life at Northeastern, their experiences, and all of the possibilities in store for you. When you submit your graduate studies application, you can enter your mentor’s NU id into your application, and if accepted, the two of you will be become a Global Reach Mentorship pair. When your mentorship program is complete, you will both receive a one-time grant of $1,000.
Our Response to Covid-19
As we learn to adjust to studying under COVID-19, we’ve dedicated resources and technology to safely and thoroughly give you the learning experience you’ve come to expect from Northeastern.
Hybrid NUflex is a hybrid-flexible teaching modality that allows you to study from your home country, a classroom, or your home—whichever is best for you. We’re scheduling as many classes as possible to occur during times that work for students worldwide, so you can complete your studies alongside your classmates. If classes are not held at a time that works for you, you’ll still be able to participate on your schedule. Hybrid NUflex is designed to give you the same learning experience—with the same faculty—you’d receive if you were in the classroom. To learn more, click here.
Health & Safety Measures
The testing protocol for students and faculty
Boston testing protocols
An extensive COVID-19 viral testing and contact tracing program has been in place since the beginning of the fall semester and will continue through the 2020-2021 academic year. All students, faculty, and staff on the Boston campus are required to undergo viral testing regularly.
Boston testing requirements
All off-campus students from exempt or non-exempt states, domestic or international, should arrange to be tested at the Cabot testing center on the day of their arrival. All students will need to be tested on day one (arrival) and on days three and five afterward.
Our testing facilities
To promote the safety of the Northeastern community—while maintaining a comprehensive view of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—we have created a separate testing facility for students who exhibit symptoms of the illness.
The Huntington Testing Center, located at 369 Huntington Avenue, is outfitted to be the “gold standard” of indoor, symptomatic testing, according to Amaura Kemmerer, associate dean for wellness at Northeastern.
What is daily testing like?
When it comes to testing the Northeastern community, David Luzzi, senior vice provost for research and vice president of Northeastern’s Innovation Campus, cites two priorities:
- Provide quick results that will help limit the transmission rate of COVID-19
- Scale the tests to account for one-fifth of the Northeastern community every five days.
Streamlining the process is crucial to its success. “We don’t want you to lose a big chunk of your day to being tested,” Luzzi says. “We want to be executing this process at a very rapid speed, which is why we have so many stations.”
About the Life Sciences Testing Center
In addition to training new scientists joining the lab, supervisory scientists oversee a complex operation that relies on several critical steps. They first need to extract the coronavirus’ genetic material from the dry cotton swab samples. Then they conduct molecular analysis to spot viral infection.
The Life Sciences Testing Center includes more than 1,000 square feet, where scientists prepare and analyze samples. The facilities also rely on an adjacent warehouse full of parts, supplies, chemical solutions, and personal protective equipment and disinfectants. Having an abundance of these supplies at the ready is essential to sustain an operation of this magnitude.
The lab has been running at full capacity since Aug. 17, completing more than 300,000 tests. Some of those results were processed by the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The tests scientists perform every day in the lab have an accuracy of more than 99 percent thanks to a specialized method that detects the virus’ RNA, which is similar to DNA in humans, to spot infection.
You can view our testing dashboard for our most up-to-date results.
How we promote a safe environment
Contact tracing (in Boston)
Contact tracing—the process used to identify those who come into contact with people who have tested positive for a contagious disease—is a long-standing practice that has been used to control illnesses such as tuberculosis or sexually transmitted diseases. It is a crucial tool in reining in the spread of COVID-19.
Testing (in Boston)
By screening everyone regularly and rapidly, Northeastern’s testing operation can identify cases even before they show symptoms of being sick.
Dining (in Boston)
Outdoor seating, healthy distancing, and constant cleaning are just a few of the safety measures Northeastern’s dining services are taking. Northeastern’s 30 dining facilities on the Boston campus served 20,000 meals daily before the pandemic.
Those facilities have been adapted to meet public health guidelines per the CDC and promote a safe environment for Northeastern’s community to grab meals and socialize.
Air circulation and ventilation in classrooms, labs, and residence halls have been upgraded to meet or exceed public health guidelines. Thousands of touchless hand sanitizers and towel dispensers have been installed, with more on the way.
Plus, an around-the-clock team of hundreds of cleaners are spraying and scrubbing public spaces as often as three times a day, including overnight. Every night, much of Northeastern undergoes a complete hygienic scrub, down to the doorknobs.
Our protocols have been developed based on guidance from the CDC and OSHA, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and outlines daily personal hygiene, cleaning, and sanitizing expectations while on campus. This protocol is subject to modification and updating based upon evolving federal, state, and local health and safety guidance. These expectations extend to employees, students, vendors, and visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, vendors and visitors must be approved for presence on campus.
Please click any of the links if you’d like to learn more about our health and safety expectations, safety tips, and current restrictions for on-campus living and dining.
You can also see how regional campus’ responses by clicking their link below:
- Charlotte, NC
- Portland, Maine
- San Francisco and Silicon Valley
- Note: Testing is only available in Boston and the Roux Institute in Maine.