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Northeastern University’s approach to education contains research, experiential learning, and active engagement. Students are...

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University’s approach to education contains research, experiential learning, and active engagement. Northeastern gives its students the tools they need to succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. Students are developed into hard-working leaders that recognize their duties to the global community.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
13,697 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
1,279 full-time faculty
403 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

98% of first-year students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

97% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

84% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 20%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 4%
White 48%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%

First Year Experience

Northeastern’s First Year Experience is meant to be a preparatory program. Students are welcomed to campus and introduced to the community. The FYE is both foundational and transformative. Students are given the tools they will need to succeed for the rest of their college careers. They are also expected to put those skills into practice and prepare for upcoming academic challenges. The FYE has four main pillars: Personal Development, Academic Success, Experiential Learning, and Community Development.

Service Learning

There are two components to service learning: coursework and community service. By coupling these two elements, students have the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the needs of the community. More than 41,000 hours of service are completed every year, and over 1,100 students get involved. Northeastern has developed over 80 partnerships, in 3 countries. On top of this, Northeastern offers 73 different service learning courses, affording students plenty of opportunity to get involved.

The Service Learning Advocacy Workshop allows students to act as lobbyist on specific social issues. Students can ignite their own reforms and develop a plan of action to see that change is made.

Global Experience

Northeastern’s experiential learning extends beyond campus to destinations across the globe. One aspect of global learning is study abroad. Study abroad is an amazing opportunity, and approximately 2,500 students participate each year. But Northeastern’s Global Experience is more than studying. In some cases, students conduct research or complete an international internship. Altogether, Northeastern students have completed global experiences in 128 different countries.

Student Research

Undergraduate research is alive and well at Northeastern, with over 100 students receiving awards each year and 500 pursuing research-style co-ops. Northeastern allows students to showcase their work at its annual Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo. This is an amazing experience for students, who get to share their hard work with the community. Most importantly, research demonstrates ingenuity and resourcefulness to employers, making Northeastern grads highly marketable.

Second Year Experience

The Second Year Experience (SYE) is a continuation of the foundations students learned in their first year. The goal of the SYE is to continue the navigation process for students so that they may successfully conquer their second year of studies. Northeastern is committed to providing students with all the resources they will need to lead accomplished college careers.

The Second Year Thematic Interest Community
There are two thematic interest communities available to second year students. These community options allow students to live and learn among peers that share similar interests.

Healthy You is one of the second year thematic interest communities. Participants of Healthy You explore several topic related to healthy living. Students learn about exercise, nutrition, and overall mental and physical well-being.

The second community option is Technology and Design. Students involved in this program share a passion for computer science, information, and design.

Living Learning Communities

Incoming freshman can pick from a dozen different living learning communities (LLCs). Students who have a specific passion are invited to explore the residence options. Chances are there’s an LLC that shares their passion.

First Year College Affiliated LLC’s:

The Bouvè Living Learning Community
Students enrolled in the Bouvè College of Health and Sciences have the option to join a living learning community (LLC). LLCs provide many benefits to participants. Students involved in the community enjoy academic support from both faculty and peers. There is also a structure to the community that balances out school work and social life. All participants of the Bouvè LLC are expected to engage with the course material and participate as an active member of the group.

College of Computer & Information Science
This community is a great option for students looking to further explore computer systems and how technology has shaped our world. Faculty work closely with students has they examine topics of innovation and tech development.

College of Engineering
The College of Engineering LLC is perfect for students that like math and science and have an interest in pursuing engineering. Students in this community have access to faculty support as well as weekly tutoring sessions. Members also have the added benefit of events tailored to their specific area of engineering. 

The Connections LLC is only open to female students interested in engineering. The Connections LLC is a warm community of self-sufficient, intellectual young women. This community is a unique opportunity for women. Because engineering is a male-dominated field, women may seek the support of their peers to pursue their dream. The Connections LLC is the perfect place to do just that.

College of Science
The College of Science LLC is referred to as inNUvate. Students involved in this community dive deep into the sciences and gain a better understanding of the challenges facing our world. As with all LLCs at Northeastern, participants benefit form close faculty interaction and academic support.

Global Visions
There are three different LLC options within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. All three communities offer similar benefits, including faculty collaboration, tailored programming, and peer support.

Corporate Explorers is great for students that are unsure of their concentration. Students that know they want to pursue business, but cannot pin down a specific path are called to join this LLC and explore their options.

International Business is for those students looking to gain knowledge on global business practices. In this LLC, students learn the proper etiquette of business abroad, as well as tools for developing global citizenship.

The Women in Business LLC is actually a co-ed community, but it is especially tailored to women. Participants in this LLC  have the chance to plan different events for women, as well as act as leaders in several different roles.

***Aside from First Year College Affiliated LLC’s, Northeastern offers several other living learning options

  1. First Year Interdisciplinary LLC’s include
    1. Honors
    2. NU Journeys (An LLC for undeclared majors)
    3. Pre-Health
  2. First Year Thematic LLC Options
    1. Community Service
    2. Creative Expression
    3. From Novel to Big Screen
    4. Musical Motifs
    5. Fusion
    6. Global Frontiers
    7. Leadership
    8. Healthy Living
    9. Living Green
    10. Political Engagement in the Urban Society
    11. Trailblazers


Co-Ops allow students to gain real world experience through the application of academic theories and concepts. In the 2013-2014 academic year, nearly 10,000 students participated in a co-op, many for the second or third time. This is directly associated with post-graduate placement rates. 90% of students are enrolled in grad school or employed full-time within 9 months of graduation. Northeastern believes that preparation is the root of success, and co-ops position students to accomplish great things once they have graduated.


Admissions Fall 2015

50,523 Total Applicants 
14,388 Total Admissions 
2,797 Total Freshman Enrollment

28.48% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 660 740
SAT Math 680 770
SAT Writing 640 730
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT Math 27 34
ACT English 27 34
ACT Writing 7 9




Tuition $44,620
Fees $910
Total $45,530
Room and Board (on campus) $15,000
Room Only $8,010
Board Only $6,990
Estimated Total On Campus $60,530


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

75% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
44% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$30,421 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,220 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates