Welcome to Northeastern University-Seattle!
The Greater Seattle Metro Area is home to nearly 4 million people, with more than 600,000 living in the city of Seattle. Home to Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Zillow, and more, the region is a leading center for advanced technology in aerospace, computer software, bioinformatics, genomics, medical devices, and environmental engineering.
The region, known as The Emerald City, offers the Olympic and Cascades mountain ranges; lakes, rivers, and waterways to the Pacific Ocean; and the year-round greenery of pines and other coniferous forestry, inviting year-round outdoor activities.
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 the assistant director of student affairs at the Seattle Campus, Aaron Jorgensen.
New Student Information
The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern during the Winter 2020 quarter and Spring 2020 semester. Both semester and quarter terms begin classes January 6, 2020. 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 Seattle Campus New Student Orientation.
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, your 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. With that said, given that most people have at least two if not several email accounts (i.e. yahoo, hotmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your student email account to your personal email 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 in to your Husky Gmail account and look for a gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Click “Settings” and find the tab “Forwarding and POP/IMAP.” Click here to access your myNortheastern account.
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, and if you qualify, please visit the NUSHP website.
For students who will relocate: Before leaving your current city, consider visiting your doctor for your annual check-up and to refill prescriptions, and visit your dentist for a cleaning.
The State of Washington 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 ID) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services. You will have the opportunity to make your Husky ID during orientation week, alternatively, contact Evan Douglass at email@example.com.
Additional Fall 2020 New Student Orientation Offerings
The welcome center is meant to be a “drop-in” center, so you can come to campus once during any of the times listed. When you are here you can join a campus tour from a current student; get your student ID; pick-up your access badge; and more. The Welcome Center is stationed in the 225 building, on the first floor near the front desk. New students should plan to attend the Welcome Center prior to their first day of classes to ensure you have proper access to our community.
Days and hours will be announced a few weeks prior to the start of the fall term.
Fall 2020 New Student Orientation Series:
New student orientation activities will begin in late August or early September, with a Seattle Campus Orientation Session for students in all programs. You will receive specific information about the time of your specific orientation session, based on which program you are in, during August. More detailed information will be available in July 2020.
A variety of orientation sessions will be offered throughout the start of September for both semester-programs and quarter-programs to ensure you’re set up for success. For example, depending on what master’s program you are starting, if you are on an F-1 visa, or if you will be using NUSHP, you will select the sessions to join that fit your needs.
If you are in an online only program, your program will offer an online orientation. You are welcome, but not required, to attend the Seattle Campus orientation to learn more about what resources are available to you on campus.
Information for Students Who Cannot Attend Orientation
All newly admitted students to the Seattle campus should make every effort to attend orientation events. If you cannot attend for some reason or conflict, please contact the assistant director of student affairs Aaron Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an international student, visit the international student office website (OGS) or contact Angela MacDougall at email@example.com for instructions regarding the immigration clearance process.
Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources
What Are The Student Job Opportunities?
Due to the size of our campus, on-campus student jobs are limited. The two main positions which are available to students are ambassador positions and teaching assistants (TAs). In most cases, students must have been on the Seattle campus at least one term before they are eligible to apply to a role. The campus makes every effort to notify eligible students when a position is available.
What Are The Student Organizations at the Seattle Campus?
The campus supports student-led affinity groups. All students are eligible to propose and run a group, request funding, and host events on-campus space. Groups are supported via regular group fairs, campus-wide communication, and participation in campus events. In addition, the community host regular events on and off campus for the Seattle campus student body. Students are encouraged to share their ideas for events and activities with the campus ambassadors who make up the Student Leader Cohort and to apply to be a campus ambassador when applications open in the spring of each year.
What Are The Housing Options in Seattle?
The Seattle campus does not have dedicated housing available for students. We have identified some resources that have helped Seattle students in the past. For information about local housing options in Seattle, please visit our housing webpage.
For additional questions about relocating to Seattle, please visit Relocating to Seattle.
Northeastern’s Seattle campus has a multitude of resources you can use 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 Seattle area, please check out our Relocating to Seattle page.
Connect With Us on Facebook + Twitter
Northeastern University–Seattle has a Facebook group for all current and incoming students. To connect with current student and see what’s happening at the Seattle campus, join our student group!
Follow up and add your own photos via hashtags on the Seattle campus Twitter account.
Things To Do When You Arrive
Visit Seattle’s official website for tourists and residents alike for fun ideas and ways to learn more about Seattle: http://www.visitseattle.org
Settle into Seattle
Visit the Relocating to Seattle webpage for tips and resources to consider while you settle into the Seattle area.