Summer 2020 Programs

For the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision that Accelerate: Pre-College will not operate our residential programs on our Boston campus as planned for Summer 2020. Our online program details are live now on the Summer 2020 page. We look forward to running these online programs this summer and residential programs in the future when it is safe to do so.

Summer 2020 Questions

General Summer 2020 Questions

How will Accelerate operate summer programs in 2020?
For the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision that Accelerate: Pre-College will not operate our residential programs on our Boston campus as planned for Summer 2020. We look forward to running online programs this summer and residential programs in the future when it is safe to do so.

What will the program look like?
This summer we will offer a series of Academic Exploration Sessions in which students will dive into the academics of a particular subject area. Sessions will take place from July 20-30 and will be scheduled so that students may participate in one, multiple, or all sessions. Students will also have access to Northeastern-hosted social activities and events to showcase Northeastern’s resources.

Will the sessions be synchronous or asynchronous?
All sessions and programming will be synchronous. This means that students and faculty will log on simultaneously for live academic sessions. We believe this will give the most impactful experience to students as it allows for dynamic lectures, interactive breakout groups, and real-time questions and feedback for the group.

When will the virtual Summer 2020 programs take place?
Academic sessions will take place from July 20-30 in the afternoons, Eastern Daylight Time.

What if the times don’t work well for my schedule or timezone?
We have selected the time to accommodate as many timezones as possible. We recognize that this still does not work best for all students and we’re disappointed that not all will be able to attend during based on this schedule. We are keeping this in mind and are aiming to create programming for fall and spring to directly connect with international time zones.

Will there be an adjustment in the price? How much will it cost?
Students may select from the following options for their academic experience. All options will include two weeks of social and Northeastern-specific content in which students may participate. Through these activities, students will be able to engage with each other and members of the Northeastern community in a meaningful way. For more information, please visit our Summer 2020 page.
One Academic Exploration Session: $500
Additional Academic Exploration Session: $200 each
Access to all Academic Exploration Sessions: $1,700

Admitted and Enrolled Students Summer 2020 Questions

I am an admitted/enrolled student. How do I enroll in the online programs?
Admitted or enrolled students will receive an email with information on the next steps. The email will contain a link to a form in their admitted student portal. Admitted and enrolled students can indicate their program(s) of choice on the form. Admitted students will be asked to pay a deposit. Enrolled students will have their deposit carried over to apply for the online program(s).

How do I see my financial statement and pay my bill?
Students should visit their admitted student portal page and click on the Financial Summary and Payment tabs.

Can I defer to next year?
Rising juniors that are admitted for the summer 2020 programs will receive automatic admission to our residential summer 2021 programs. Please keep an eye out for further messaging regarding this opportunity.

Can I receive a refund on my deposit?
While we hope you will participate in our summer 2020 online programming, if you choose not to and already submitted your deposit you may request a refund by emailing and attaching the electronic receipt you received from after you submitted payment.

Prospective Students Summer 2020 Questions

I have not applied yet. Can I still submit my application?
Yes, students that have not applied yet will be able to submit their application until June 15. Our application can be found here.

I just submitted an application, what happens now?
We will begin reviewing new applications and release decisions on a weekly basis. If admitted you will then pay your deposit to secure your place in the program.

General Programmatic Questions

  • Are all programs located at Northeastern’s campus in Boston?
    • Past programs have run on both our Boston Campus and Seattle Campus. Keep an eye on our programs page for updates, as we are always growing, and are excited to continue hosting programs at Northeastern University’s regional campuses!
  • Are all programs residential?
    • Yes, all programs are offered in a residential format with students living on campus for the duration of the program. We have found that this creates the best experience for students. For questions or to request a residential waiver please email
  • May I attend more than one program?
    • Yes, as long as you are admitted to each program and the dates do not conflict.
  • Who teaches the programs?
    • The programs will be led by Northeastern faculty, with the support of other instructors or graduate students. Current Northeastern students will serve as teaching assistants.
  • How big will the programs be?
    • Enrollment varies by  program. A typical size is 20-25 students per program.
  • Is it credit-bearing?
    • There is no transcript upon completion of the program. Students will receive a Recognition of Completion signed by a faculty member.
  • Will I have homework outside of class time?
    • Accelerate programs are rigorous and are meant to give students a taste of college academics.  All students can expect some work outside of class hours, typically working with peers on group projects.

Residential Life

  • What is the housing like?
    • Students can anticipate a double room with a bathroom attached that is shared with another double room (4 students of the same gender sharing a bathroom). Housing is located on-campus and includes air conditioning and 24/7 security proctor.
  • Can I have a single?
    • Requests for single rooms for medical reasons will be accommodated. Students who request singles for non-medical reasons may be accommodated based on availability, and would be subject to the increased cost of the room.
  • Is there an in-building curfew?
    • Yes, 10:00 p.m.
  • Are visitors allowed in the residence hall?
    • For security reasons, visitors will not be allowed in the residence hall.
  • Staffing
    • What staff supports the program?
      • Students will be with faculty and teaching assistants during the daytime on weekdays (approximately 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), and then in group activities with staff supervision until curfew and on weekends.
      • Staff supervision includes the residential life staff (Resident Directors/ Resident Assistants) as well as the Pre-College Program Staff (On Site Manager and Ambassadors).
      • The Director of Pre-College Programs, Liz Quinn, oversees the programs.
  • What can I expect for meals?
    • Meals are included in the program as follows:
      • Meal dollars to cover a variety of on campus dining options, including all you can eat dining halls and grab-and-go options
      • Additional catered meals will be provided for particular lunch events, field trips and social outings
      • Please note that meals begin with dinner on the day of arrival through lunch on the day of departure
    • Students may choose to bring cash, a pre-paid debit card, or a credit card for snacks or dining at other eateries of their choice
    • Dietary restrictions will be accommodated
  • Will there be free time to explore Boston on our own?
    • Organized social activities will be arranged by Northeastern University staff so that students can enjoy the city of Boston during their time in the program.  Students will be accompanied on all off-campus field trips and excursions.
  • If I enroll, what do I need to know about health insurance?
    • If a student has a medical situation occur while on campus, we will bring the student to an Urgent Care facility or an emergency room, depending on the severity of the situation. We recommend checking with your current healthcare provider to understand what they recommend, especially if you are traveling to the United States.


  • What are the admission requirements?
    • Generally, students can expect to submit a high school transcript and personal statement/essay; additionally, there will be a portfolio requirement for the Design Discovery program. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor is not required.
  • Is any specific experience or skill-set required for a certain program? (e.g. CAD experience for Engineering programs)
    • Any prerequisites for a program will be listed on the program page. If there are no prerequisites listed, then the program and faculty are prepared to work with students with varied level of experiences.
  • Is there an age requirement?
    • Students should have completed their sophomore year of high school and be 16 years of age by the start of the program. For questions or special considerations, please email
  • May current high school seniors apply?
  • Do I have to be a resident of Massachusetts to apply?
    • No. We welcome applicants from around the US and the world! Each program page has two application links—choose Domestic if you live in the United States, and International if you live anywhere else.
  • Is there a minimum GPA?
    • No, there is not a minimum GPA or test score required for admission. We will review academic achievements of applicants in the context of the entire application.

Application and Deadline

  • When do applications open?
    • Applications for 2020 programs open early December. Check back for details!
  • When are applications due?
    • Priority deadline is February 15, 2020. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15 will be eligible to receive $250 off of tuition once enrolled in the program. The final deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 15.
  • When will I hear a response back?
    • Admission decisions will be released on a weekly basis beginning February 27, 2020.
  • How do I apply?
  • Is my application binding?
    • No.
  • What are you looking for in an applicant?
    • We are looking for talented, highly motivated students who are passionate about the subject area, and who are ready for a rigorous program.
  • I am a homeschool applicant. What do I need to submit?
    • Homeschool applicants should submit the standard Pre-College application for their program of interest, found through the program pages of this website. When asked for GPA, you should enter “NA” for not applicable. When asked to upload a transcript, you should upload any document(s) you may have that demonstrate the courses you have studied and how you have performed. Finally, you will need to submit this Homeschool Applicant Form.
  • What are the instructions or guidelines for my personal statement?
    • The personal statement is your opportunity to share more about yourself and your interest in the program. You may choose your own style and format; there are no specific guidelines. In your statement you should describe your passion for the subject matter, your motivation for enrolling in this program, and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please limit to one page in length.

Admission Decisions

  • How will I know if I have been admitted?
    • You will receive an email with your admission decision. The email will contain information on your next steps to secure a place in your program, including a non-refundable deposit of $500.
  • Once I’ve been admitted, how do I secure my spot in the program?
    • Paying your deposit secures your spot in the program. Please note, interest is high and seats are limited, so we recommend depositing early.
  • I deposited—what’s next?
    • We will be contacting you by email regarding your program schedule, what to pack, required forms you’ll need to sign, how to submit final payment, and more.


  • Do I have to be a resident of the United States to apply?
    • No! We welcome applicants from around the US and the world. Each program page has two application links—choose International if you live outside of the US.
  • Do I need a Student Visa as an International Student? 
    • A Student Visa (F Visa) is not necessary for this program because it is a non-degree program that does not confer university credit. International students accepted into Accelerate: Pre-College Programs may need to secure a Tourist Visa (B Visa) for entry into the United States, depending on the student’s home country. International students admitted into the program will receive more information, as well as a letter that can be used as supporting documentation.
  • Am I eligible to receive need based financial aid?
    • Yes, all students who request to be reviewed for need-based financial aid will be considered.
  • Are English language test scores (e.g. TOEFL) required?
    • Students applying to Accelerate: Pre-College Programs are expected to be proficient in English, and should possess strong spoken and written skills, in order to be successful in an academically rigorous English-language environment. Proficiency becomes even more important as Accelerate students do not have access to English language support services. Exams such as the TOEFL or IELTS are not required, but students should ideally score above the following in order to be successful in Accelerate: 80 Composite Score and above on the TOEFL iBT, 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS Academic, or 845 Composite Score and above on the TOEFL Junior. If Accelerate evaluators feel it is necessary to have proof of English proficiency on file in order to fully evaluate the applicant, they may request so during the application review process. If you have further questions, please email
  • What else do I need before arrival?
    • We require that you have a US phone number for our staff to be able to connect with you once you are on campus. You will need this phone number prior to arriving to campus.
    • Please download the GroupMe app prior to arrival, as this will be the main form of communication between you and the staff.
    • We will need a contact in your home country who speaks English in case of an emergency.

Costs and Financial Aid

  • Does Accelerate offer need-based financial aid or scholarships?
    • We do offer a limited amount of financial aid which is reserved for families of admitted students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. All students who request to be reviewed for need-based financial aid will be considered. If you are interested in learning more about financial aid, please email for more information.
  • How do I apply for need-based financial aid?
    • There is a section of the application you may complete to apply for financial aid.
  • How do I know if I will qualify for financial aid?
    • There are no set requirements for qualifying for financial aid, as it will vary from year to year depending on the students admitted into the programs.
  • When will I learn about my financial aid decision?
    • You will learn about your financial aid decision when you receive your offer of admission.
  • What are the costs of the programs?
    • The program tuition is $5,895.
  • What is included in the cost of the programs?
    • Program tuition, class materials, housing, meals*, staff supervision, field trips, guest speakers, social activities.
      • *For more information on meals, please see FAQ “What can I expect for meals?”
  • My sibling is a current student/my parent is an alumnae. Are there any discounts available?
    • Yes! Though Northeastern’s Lifetime Learning Membership program, the Parent & Family Scholarship is being extended to our pre-college programs. A 25% discount off of tuition will be offered to students admitted into the program who have either a) a sibling who is a current undergraduate student at Northeastern, or b) at least one parent who is a Northeastern alumnae (undergraduate or graduate degree).