New Students

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 fall 2019 term. Semester classes begin September 4, 2019; quarter classes begin September 16, 2019.  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.

Health Insurance

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.

Immunization Records

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

Additional Fall 2019 New Student Orientation Offerings 

Welcome Center

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.

Friday, August 30 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, September 3 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 4 – Friday, September 6 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 12 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, September 13 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Saturday, September 14 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Supplemental Orientation Sessions

Health Care in the United States

September 10, 2019 and September 24, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 225 Building | Rm 409 – Strawberry
Health care in the United States can be difficult to navigate! All students are invited to this session to discuss common health care terms and concepts, learn how to find a doctor, and know-how to get help if you are sick. Information about the Northeastern University Student Health Plan will also be provided.

Library Services Orientation with special guests from the Seattle Public Library

September 19, 2019

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 225 Building | Rm 402 – San Juan
This online orientation is for new and returning students, faculty, and staff at our Seattle campus who want to learn how to access and use online library resources. Learn more and register here.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | 225 – 3rd Floor Foyer – The Research Hub
Drop by this tabling event with the Seattle Public Library to learn all about the resources available to students at the many different branches of the public library. Bring your Husky ID to this event so you may sign up for your free library card.

Farewell to Summer Social

September 20, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 225  Building | 1st-floor Event Space and Courtyard
Celebrate the end of the orientation season by getting to know both new and returning students from all colleges and programs. Light refreshments and games will be provided. Open to all current students.

Fall 2019 New Student Orientation Series: 

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 the student health plan, you will select the sessions to join that fit your needs. All students will receive a detailed Orientation schedule to their Husky email in August outlining exactly which orientations they are expected to attend.

If you are in an online-only program, your program will offer an online orientation. You are welcome, but not required, to attend an in-person orientation to learn more about what resources are available to you on campus.

Seattle Campus Orientations

The Seattle Campus Orientation is relevant to students in all programs and covers important topics about the campus as well as resources available to students both in Seattle and remotely from Boston.

College of Engineering and Global Pathways

September 3, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 401 Building | Rm 106

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

September 3, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 401 Building | Rm 106

College of Professional Studies

September 13, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 401 Building | Rm 106
*This Orientation is open to online students in the Seattle area as well. Online students are not required to attend a campus orientation.

College Specific Orientations

In addition to an orientation for the Seattle Campus, new students need to attend their college’s orientation session.

College of Engineering

Information Systems

September 3, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 225 Building, Rm 402 – San Juan

Data Analytics Engineering

September 4, 2019 | 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Location: 401 Building, Rm 106

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

MSCS, Direct

September 9, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 401 Building, Rm 106


September 6, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 401 Building, Rm 106

College of Professional Studies

All On-Ground Programs 

September 13, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 401 Building | Rm 106

Global Pathways

August 29 and 30, 2019
Location: 401 Building | Rm 143 – Pearl

International Student Orientations

International students will attend one of the following orientations depending on their college.

College of Engineering

Information Systems: September 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Building 225 – San Juan, Rm 402
Data Analytics Engineering: September 13, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Building 225 – San Juan, Rm 402

College of Professional Studies

All On-Ground Programs: September 20, 2019 |1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Building 225 – San Juan, Rm 402

Khoury College

MSCS, ALIGN: September 6, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Building 225 – San Juan, Rm 402
MSCS Direct: September 9, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Building 225 – San Juan, Rm 402

Global Pathways

Necessary information for international students will be covered during your Global Pathways Orientation on August 29 and 30.

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  If you are an international student, visit the international student office website (OGS) or contact Angela MacDougall at 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?

While the campus does not have any formal student clubs or organization, 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.

Campus Resources

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

Tour Seattle

Visit Seattle’s official website for tourists and residents alike for fun ideas and ways to learn more about Seattle:

Settle into Seattle

Visit the Relocating to Seattle webpage for tips and resources to consider while you settle into the Seattle area.

Northeastern University-Seattle Address

401 Terry Avenue North
Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98109
We’re located in the South Lake Union neighborhood on the corner of Terry Avenue North and Republican Street.
Information to visit the Seattle campus can be found here.