Northeastern University

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360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 373-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. National Universities

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Northeastern University is a private institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,107, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 73 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northeastern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 49. Its tuition and fees are $41,686 (2013-14).

At Northeastern University, students gain substantial work experience before receiving their diplomas. About 90 percent of Northeastern undergraduates complete at least one professional co-op during their college career, working for one of more than 2,000 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. Outside of the classroom and workplace, there are more than 300 clubs and organizations for students, including about 25 fraternities and sororities. The Northeastern Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. More than 3,000 students compete at the club and intramural sport level. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. 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, Innovation and Scholarship Expo. Notable alumni include talk show host Wendy Williams and astronaut Albert Sacco. Napster founder Shawn Fanning attended but did not graduate from Northeastern.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Northeastern University???s century-old tradition of partnership and engagement creates a distinctive approach to education and research built on the values of experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

As the recognized leader in cooperative education and other forms of experiential learning, the university offers students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global study in 93 countries???programs that are fully integrated into every undergraduate major and a number of graduate programs.

In co-op alone, Northeastern???s partners include more than 2,900 employers around the world, from multinational corporations and major financial institutions, to nonprofit arts organizations and high-technology start-ups.

The integration of study and experience maximizes the potential of Northeastern students, empowering them to discover their professional passion 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 their career paths.

The same spirit of real-world engagement drives a use-inspired research enterprise that is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. The university???s advances in affective science, cybersecurity, drug discovery and delivery, energy, healthcare management and policy, health informatics, nanotechnology, network science, and urban sustainability are characterized by global collaborations with industry, government, and other academic institutions. Northeastern, which is home to more than 30 federally funded research centers, has seen external funding for research more than double since 2006.

The university offers more than 90 undergraduate programs and more than 150 graduate programs in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1898
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $578,340,000


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 most selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.9%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northeastern University is 13:1, and the school has 62.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northeastern University include: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 13%

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Student Life

Northeastern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,107, with a gender distribution of 49.6 percent male students and 50.4 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Northeastern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,447
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At Northeastern University, 43.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,575.

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 $41,686 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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