Northeastern University in Boston

Boston, MA

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Northeastern University offers 667-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 32%. The most popular test is SAT - 42% of students submitted it in comparison to 43% of students who submitted ACT. 50.5% are women, and 49.5% are men. 26% percents of international students. Northeastern University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northeastern University is 32715$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $46240 and $60290 per year. 82% of full-time Northeastern University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $61,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Northeastern University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Northeastern University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$18,240
$30,001 - $48,000$21,092
$48,001 - $75,000$24,435
$75,001 - $110,000$31,239

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8010

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


8826 of Northeastern University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 65 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northeastern University number 2 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Northeastern University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Northeastern University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Northeastern University graduation rate is above the national average.

82% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northeastern University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

18 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Northeastern University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 31%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so Northeastern University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 32%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Northeastern University full-time retention rate is 97% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northeastern University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1980 - 2240

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 660 - 740
Math: 680 - 770
Writing: 640 - 730

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northeastern University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
31 - 34

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 27 - 34
Math: 27 - 34
Writing: 7 - 9

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Northeastern University is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Northeastern University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northeastern University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Massachusetts.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 360 Huntington Ave address in Boston, Massachusetts.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Northeastern University with 0.25% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery.

The percentage of crimes on Seattle Campus

The campus located by 401 Terry Avenue N., Suite 103 address in Seattle, Washington.


Seattle Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Northeastern University with 0.01% of maximum crimes a year. The only type of crimes detected on Seattle Campus is burglary.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Northeastern University offers 667 programs in total: 267 are for Bachelor's degree, 252 - for Master's degree, 102 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 24 - for Post-master's certificate, and 1 are Associate's degree.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 37 universities in Suffolk county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Northeastern University is one of the few institutions in Suffolk that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance learning programs that are provided in the Northeastern University: 3 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Northeastern University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 16046 students with 513479 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3893 with 93421 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1080 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Northeastern University

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Overall Rating:

Went to the Graduate Open House there today, I have to say that I were impressed. Everything was well organized: the university tour, the application workshop, multiple aid desks to provide information on every aspect in a student life like financial aid, scholarships, a specific info about the differents college... One thing that I enjoyed most was the exposition on Cuba in Northeastern University Gallery. The students did a great job 👏🏾

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Overall Rating:

Float my boat. Was going for a note with my oat and found a boat. Slipped in with the float and made a moat. How many slopes? Hope.Ranger Rick slipped, Sat on a crab and made a slab. Too many labs. I found a bag.

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Too many beans in my socks. I ask of all of you, how? I know not how do, only how be. And be the beans.

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Overall Rating:

A great, reputed and an old, dependable Education hub even till today. Keep it up. Many people have taken great advantage of this prestigious University or Institution either by bits, parts or Fully acquired the knowledge and know how about their individual courses, group projects and courses. Group as well as individual workshops, projects, planning, execution and strong zest to earn and learn!! Keep this up, forever. It is indeed a very proud day for your Dear Parents Mr. Hoshedar Fali Bamji to see their Own Son Gradually Graduating from this spectacular university which indeed has the best amount of teachers, staff, workers, cleaners, etc. May Lord Ahura Mazda Bless this Institute and its University complex also. Aameen!!!!

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Overall Rating:

I got my both undergraduate and graduate here. To be honest, its undergraduate programs are nicer. I bet all the graduate programs are very similar though- big classmate population, online mixed on-ground, night classes, limited study schedule, teamwork in the small& smelly library. About its quality: too much about textbooks and never goes real world. I suggest who are considering taking your master program here to take your first week course seriously, if you realized someone just reads PPT but never dose a good teaching, just drop the course! To be fair, I wouldn't do it again if I could have a time machine, even though I had the double husky scholarship.But, the undergraduate study was pretty nice though. I really enjoyed it. Staff and professors are nicer, they did work with me step by step with patience. I didn't even feel the pressure because they helped a lot. Courses were well-designed, and meeting advisors was very easy.Again, the way this school teaches is old school, if you have a living place in Boston, enough time and dollars, or have a favor of chasing a high-rank school, this is the one for you. If you look for a very good cost-performance rate, go somewhere else.

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Location & Website

Address: 360 Huntington Ave

Place: Research Universities (high research activity)

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6173732000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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