Northeastern University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Northeastern University
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Northeastern University has an acceptance rate of just 29 percent, making it a selective school. Students will need strong SAT/ACT scores, high grades, and a solid application to be accepted.  The university accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application, and holistic measures such as application essays, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and recommendation letters all play an important role in the admissions process.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Northeastern University Acceptance Rate: 29%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Northeastern
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 650 / 740
    • SAT Math: 680 / 770
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
    • ACT English: 31 / 35
    • ACT Math: 29 / 34
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Northeastern University Description

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a highly-ranked, large, private university located in Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts. The area has a remarkably high density of college students, and the campuses of MITHarvardBoston UniversitySimmons, and many other schools are nearby (see all Boston area colleges).

Undergraduates can choose from 65 major programs among the university's six colleges. Business, engineering and health fields are some of the most popular among undergraduates. Northeastern's curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, and the school has a strong internship and co-op program that has often received national attention.

High achieving students should check out the Northeastern Honors Program for special academic and living opportunities. In athletics, the Northeastern Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 20,381 (13,473 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,653
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,050
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $65,503

Northeastern University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 73%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $32,793
    • Loans: $6,248

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Economics, Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, rowing, soccer, track & field
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, rowing, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, volleyball

    Data Source

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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