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Northeastern University is a private institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,913, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 73 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northeastern University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 56. Its tuition and fees are $39,736 (2012-13).
At Northeastern University, students gain substantial work experience before receiving their diplomas. Nine in 10 Northeastern undergraduates complete at least one professional co-op during their college career, working for one of 2,380 employers around the world, such as GEICO and MTV. Students can choose to complete their degree in four years, with the potential for two co-ops, or five years, building in time for three co-ops. While students pay for eight semesters of tuition in either scenario, one in six students now opts to graduate in four years. Outside of the classroom and workplace, there are more than 250 clubs and organizations for students, including about 25 fraternities and sororities. The Northeastern Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. An additional 9,500 students compete at the club and intramural sport level. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though more than 95 percent choose to do so. Northeastern’s campus is spread out across 73 acres in the venerable college town of Boston. Northeastern has its own stop on Boston’s subway system, commonly called the T. The city, home to myriad colleges, is steeped in American history and full of activities for students.
The university receives hefty research grants each year from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, and Defense. Undergraduates and graduates alike can get involved in research, and many present projects in the annual Research and Scholarship Exposition. The university has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a leading educator of area CEOs. Notable alumni from other sectors include Napster founder Shawn Fanning and talk show host Wendy Williams.
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Northeastern University's signature strengths are grounded in its character as an institution engaged with the world in unique ways that position our students and faculty for success in meeting 21st century challenges.
Northeastern students connect to the world through our renowned cooperative education program and other forms of experiential learning--student research, community service, and study abroad--that are fully integrated into our academic programs. Our students participate in these programs in 69 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica. As Northeastern's signature program, co-op is the heart of the university's globalization efforts. Over the past four years, international co-ops have increased more than threefold.
Engaging with the world is in Northeastern's institutional DNA, through our century-old tradition of forging partnerships with cooperative education employers around the world--nearly 2,400 today. Our global co-op employers include multinational corporations, high-technology start-ups, hospitals and research institutions, engineering firms, financial institutions, nonprofits and government agencies, museums and other cultural organizations, and arts and entertainment companies.
The same focus on engaging the world drives our faculty research. Faculty members of Northeastern, frequently working in collaboration through one of our dozens of interdisciplinary research centers, are motivated by the quest to develop applications that society will find useful. Our research and academic partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and universities around the world help us advance this agenda. We maximize the potential of fundamental research to translate abstract discoveries into innovative solutions.
In the same way, our experience-based programs maximize the potential of our students by empowering them to discover their professional passion and achieve their life goals by putting their aspirations into action while they are still in school. They leave Northeastern more confident and more sophisticated about the world, better prepared for leadership and more astute in navigating career paths, wherever they may lead.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Northeastern University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Northeastern University is $75. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 34.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||34.5%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Northeastern University is 13:1, and the school has 63.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northeastern University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.0 percent.
Northeastern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,913, with a gender distribution of 49.4 percent male students and 50.6 percent female students. At this school, 53.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47.0 percent of students live off campus. Northeastern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Northeastern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Northeastern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Northeastern University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Northeastern University, 46.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,760.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,736 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$13,620 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data