Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

#35 National Colleges

18.05% Admission Rate
Very Selective

14,034 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Northeastern University (NU or NEU) is a private research university with its main campus in Boston. Established in 1898, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus in Boston as well as satellite campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; Oakland, California; Portland, Maine; and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. In 2019, Northeastern purchased the New College of the Humanities in London, England. The university's enrollment is approximately 19,000 undergraduate students and 8,600 graduate students. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". Northeastern faculty and alumni include Nobel Prize laureates, Rhodes, Truman, and Marshall scholars. Undergraduate admission to the university is categorized as "most selective."Northeastern features a cooperative education program, more commonly known as "co-op," that integrates classroom study with professional experience and includes over 3,100 partners across all seven continents. The program has been a key part of Northeastern's curriculum of experiential learning for more than a hundred years and is one of the largest co-op/internship programs in the world. While not required for all academic disciplines, participation is nearly universal among undergraduate students. Northeastern also has a comprehensive study abroad program that spans more than 170 universities and colleges.

Northeastern is a large, highly residential university. Most undergraduate students choose to live on campus but third-years and above have the option to live off campus. Seventy-eight percent of Northeastern students receive some form of financial aid. In the 2020–21 school year, the university has committed $355 million in grant and scholarship assistance. In 2019, Northeastern's six-year graduation rate was 89 percent.

The university's sports teams, the Northeastern Huskies, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 18 varsity sports. The men's and women's hockey teams compete in Hockey East, while the men's and women's rowing teams compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) and Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), respectively. Men's Track and Field has won the CAA back to back years in 2015 and 2016. In 2013, men's basketball won its first CAA regular season championship, men's soccer won the CAA title for the first time, and women's ice hockey won a record 16th Beanpot championship. The Northeastern men's hockey team won the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Beanpot, defeating Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard.

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Boston, Massachusetts

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 24.5%
Engineering 19.7%
Health Professions And Related Programs 10.4%
Social Sciences 10.1%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 8.9%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 6.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.5%
Psychology 3.1%
Visual And Performing Arts 3.1%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.0%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.6%
Physical Sciences 1.4%
Architecture And Related Services 1.2%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 1.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 0.6%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.5%
History 0.4%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.1%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.1%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1478 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 790 750 710
Verbal 750 715 680

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 33 30
English 35 34 33