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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?

4,127 Undergraduate Awards
$55,189 Avg Cost After Aid
27% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#53 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northeastern.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Environmental Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Architectural History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Chemistry Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Northeastern has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#31 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#43 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Northeastern University?

Location of Northeastern University

Contact details for Northeastern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5005
Phone: 617-373-2000
Website: www.northeastern.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/northeastern
Twitter: https://twitter.com/northeastern

How Do I Get Into Northeastern?

You can apply to Northeastern online at: https://www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for Northeastern

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Northeastern?

27% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Northeastern, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 27%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern University  ( 680 to 750 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern University  ( 690 to 770 )
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800
Northeastern received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 34. Composite scores were between 32 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Northeastern University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Northeastern University  ( 30 to 34 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern University  ( 32 to 34 )
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36

Can I Afford Northeastern University?

$55,189 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Northeastern is $55,189. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

14,156 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,202 undergraduate students at Northeastern, with 14,156 being full-time and 46 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Northeastern

There are also 8,005 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,156 full-time undergraduates at Northeastern, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Northeastern

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northeastern University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Northeastern Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,030
Black or African American 575
Hispanic or Latino 1,209
White 6,244
International Students 2,531
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,567

Geographic Diversity

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

173 Took All Classes Online
2,011 Took At Least One Class Online
2.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,011 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northeastern has changed over the last few years.

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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.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Business/Commerce 900 0 150 0 1,050
Computer Information Systems 248 0 310 9 567
Computer Engineering 97 0 349 10 456
Mechanical Engineering 222 0 126 16 364
General Engineering 0 0 315 3 318
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 121 0 36 132 289
Economics 203 0 49 5 257
Electrical Engineering 85 0 141 18 244
Chemical Engineering 154 0 65 14 233
Nursing 105 8 102 3 218
Law 0 0 0 213 213
Other Engineering 77 0 97 8 182
Industrial Engineering 91 0 81 5 177
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 74 0 0 97 171
Civil Engineering 80 0 80 8 168
Communication & Media Studies 152 0 0 0 152
General Biology 134 0 7 8 149
Child Development & Psychology 128 0 6 4 138
Political Science & Government 122 0 10 5 137
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 134 0 0 0 134
Accounting 0 0 121 0 121
Health & Medical Administrative Services 109 0 0 0 109
International Business 101 0 4 0 105
Mathematics 90 0 4 6 100
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 87 0 87
International Relations & National Security 78 0 5 0 83
Criminal Justice & Corrections 44 0 24 6 74
Chemistry 40 0 12 18 70
Design & Applied Arts 55 0 14 0 69
General Architecture 32 0 33 0 65
Natural Resources Conservation 64 0 0 0 64
Journalism 34 0 29 0 63
Systems Engineering 0 0 62 0 62
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 56 0 0 0 56
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 53 0 53
Music 41 0 12 0 53
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 21 28 3 52
General English Literature 26 0 6 7 39
History 18 0 14 4 36
Sociology 25 0 4 6 35
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 10 0 17 6 33
Physics 17 0 5 10 32
Legal Research 0 0 30 0 30
Operations Research 0 0 27 0 27
Computer Software & Applications 6 0 20 0 26
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 24 0 0 0 24
Applied Mathematics 0 0 23 0 23
Communication Sciences 14 0 0 8 22
Human Services 22 0 0 0 22
General Visual & Performing Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Information Science 8 0 5 4 17
Graphic Communications 0 0 16 0 16
Architectural History 11 0 0 0 11
Taxation 0 0 10 0 10
Student Counseling 0 0 10 0 10
Philosophy 10 0 0 0 10
Public Administration 0 0 10 0 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 6 3 9
Environmental Design 0 0 8 0 8
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 8 0 8
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8 0 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 3 0 7
Public Health 3 0 0 3 6
Health & Physical Education 0 0 6 0 6
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 3 2 5
Public Policy 0 0 5 0 5
Landscape Architecture 4 0 0 0 4
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 4 0 0 0 4
American Sign Language 4 0 0 0 4
Information Technology 0 0 3 0 3
Romance Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Mental & Social Health Services 0 2 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Other Social Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Area Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Systems Theory 0 0 1 0 1
Anthropology 1 0 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,127 31 2,652 644 7,454

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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