Northeastern University Overview
Northeastern University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The location of Northeastern is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.
What Is Northeastern University Known For?
- The student loan default rate at Northeastern is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
- The highest award offered at Northeastern is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Northeastern with a bachelor's degree make about $67,400 a year. That's 65% more than those who graduate from other schools.
Northeastern University Rankings
We have ranked Northeastern as #125 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #13.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Northeastern has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northeastern.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Northeastern has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Northeastern University?
Contact details for Northeastern are given below.
|Address:||360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5005|
How Do I Get Into Northeastern?
You can apply to Northeastern online at: https://www.commonapp.org/
Admission Requirements for Northeastern
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Northeastern?
Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 27%, and the acceptance rate for women is 28%.
Average Test Scores
About 33% of students accepted to Northeastern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 750. Math scores were between 690 and 770.
Can I Afford Northeastern University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Northeastern, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $6,792 a year. That adds up to $27,168 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Northeastern is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Northeastern University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 8,005 graduate students at the school.
Of the 14,156 full-time undergraduates at Northeastern, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northeastern University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||575|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,209|
Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Northeastern University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 146 countries are represented at Northeastern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Taiwan.
Online Learning at Northeastern University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northeastern has changed over the last few years.
Online Growth Rankings of Northeastern
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northeastern University was 2.2%. This is the #1,882 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northeastern regardless of major.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Northeastern University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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