General Programmatic Questions

  • When do Accelerate programs run?
    • We will be offering programs all throughout the year, including a variety of virtual, residential and commuter programs. Check out the tabs at the top of the page to see details on the different programs.
  • Will participating in an Accelerate program assist with a Northeastern University undergraduate application?
    • Participating in an Accelerate program will help boost your college application as admissions counselors are excited to see students to continue to engage in academic programming outside of their school offerings. This will not give you any special advantage within the Northeastern application review process, but will help enhance your application to our admissions team.
  • How competitive are Accelerate programs?
    • Each program varies in popularity and competitiveness. We keep our cohort sizes small for workshops and residential programs in order to allow students to have closer engagement with faculty and each other. Because the number of applicants depends on time of year, program subject, etc. we do not have a particular admit rate.
  • What grade level are Accelerate programs geared towards?
    • Accelerate programs are geared towards juniors and seniors in high school. We do make exceptions for some freshman and sophomores. If you have questions about your particular situation, we encourage you to email precollegeprograms@northeastern.edu

Residential Summer

  • I was admitted to the residential program in 2020 and want to attend in 2021.
    • Rising juniors that were 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.
  • Will you be running residential programs for summer 2021?
    • At this time, we are planning to run our summer residential programs as we have in previous years. We’ll continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 to keep our community safe and healthy. Accelerate will make a final decision in early 2021 regarding summer programming.
  • 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 as well as international campuses!
  • 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 credit awarded or transcript upon completion of the program. Students will receive a Recognition of Completion signed by a faculty member. Keep an eye on our website for future opportunities for credit-bearing course.
  • 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.
  • What is the housing like?
    • In the past, students stayed in 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. We will continue to evaluate and modify housing based on COVID-19 protocols.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Virtual Programs

  • What virtual programs will you be offering this year?
    • After a successful summer of virtual offerings in 2020, we are excited to continue to offer programming online throughout the academic year and into next summer. We will continue to update this page with the new programs, dates and format.
  • What virtual programs did you offer in the past?
    • Summer 2020, we piloted our first virtual pre-college programs. Students were able to enroll into a variety of Academic Immersion sessions, which consisted of 3-4 hours of intensive academic material in their subject of interest. Students could enroll in one or up to all programs. Additionally, students were given access to Northeastern specific programming including student panels and information sessions on different aspects of university life, as well as social programming.
  • What is the cohort size of the virtual programs?
    • Cohort size will vary depending on the virtual option. Workshops will typically have a smaller cohort of between 10-30 students to allow for focused faculty attention and to help moderate the more hands on learning process. Master Classes will typically have larger classes, engaging more students in these lecture style experiences.
  • Who teaches the virtual programs?
    • The programs will be led by Northeastern faculty and may be supported by other instructors, graduate students, or TAs. Each program creates their own teaching structure to best fit the program.
  • Will you continue to offer virtual programs in the coming years?
    • Yes, Accelerate has always aimed to bring content online to connect with more students around the globe throughout the academic year. We’re excited by these current initiatives and to expand in the future.
  • How do you apply for a virtual program?
    • Applications vary depending on the type of virtual option. Workshops will require an abbreviated application, while a Master Class will be a registration form with no application. We will update this section with more information about the application process soon.
  • Will the residential programs be online for summer 2021?
    • At this time, we are planning to run our summer residential programs as we have in previous years. We’ll continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 to keep our community safe and healthy. Accelerate will make a final decision in early 2021 regarding summer programming.

Eligibility

  • What are the admission requirements?
    • Admissions requirements depend on the Accelerate program a student is applying into. While Master Classes will only require a registration form, Workshops will require an abbreviated application. Our residential application requires 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 any residential program. All other programs have no age requirements.
  • 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 vary depending on the Accelerate program you are applying into.
  • When will I hear a response back?
    • Admission decisions will be released on a weekly basis for most programs. Keep an eye on your email after applying to receive explicit directions on the program you’ve applied into.
      • How do I apply?
    • Visit the Application page.
  • 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.
  • 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.

International

  • 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 precollegeprograms@northeastern.edu.
  • 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 precollegeprograms@northeastern.edu for more information.
  • How do I apply for need-based financial aid?
    • There is a section of all applications 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 is included in the cost of the programs?
    • This will vary from program to program:
      • Residential:
        • Program tuition, class materials, housing, meals*, staff supervision, field trips, guest speakers, social activities.
      • Virtual:
        • Program tuition, class materials, optional programming, access to faculty members
    • *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 Parent & Family Scholarship, which has been 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).