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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Northeastern is a highly rated private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 13,864 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Northeastern acceptance rate is 19%. Popular majors include Business, Economics, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 88% of students, Northeastern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,400.
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association

Northeastern University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

NU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
19%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1360-1540
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$34,245/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$33,662/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.192 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.233 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.234 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    9%
  • On Campus
    91%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,864Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
45
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 143 responses
  • Ambitious
    32%
  • Busy
    27%
  • Involved
    25%
  • Foreign
    6%
  • Enthusiastic
    3%
  • Entitled/elitist
    3%
  • Inquisitive
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
49%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.263 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.319 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 159 responses
  • Co-op
    67%
  • Academically strong
    13%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Work hard, play hard.
    3%
  • International
    2%
  • Activities
    1%
  • Aoun
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$67,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.125 responses
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So far, I have enjoyed my experience at Northeastern University. I began in the NU.in program in Ireland which was an unforgettable experience I will always carry with me. Due to coronavirus, I only got to spend two months on the Boston campus. The workload definitely picked up in my transition; however, everything else went very smoothly. As an engineering major, the first year engineering tutoring center was a savior and second home to me. I found that the professors assigned a lot of homework on top of the hours of studying. However, if I managed my time well, there was still time and ways to have fun! Being in Boston, there's plenty of fun things to do all around. There is also the perk of being around a ton of other schools with endless new people to meet and parties to go to. Overall, I love Northeastern! Really, my only complaint would have to be the cost.
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There’s always something to do since we’re in the city. The academic rigor is challenging, usually in a good way. However, some professors care more about their own professional goals than actually teaching which can make digesting material rather difficult. So, take advantage of the multitude of resources and opportunities on campus! Have study sessions with friends and discuss topics and go to tutoring! Don't reduce your character or your college life to a single number. You will waste the printing dollars. Save your past notes. They love their engineering students more than CAMD so you may feel under-appreciated. Be wary of fake friends who just want to network. Balance between schoolwork and partying. Join clubs - find people who enjoy the same things as you do! Those are friends who will help you continue to cultivate your passions into something productive. Also, everyone will always seem so much busier, smarter, etc. than you. They're not. They're just different.
Northeastern University has a beautiful campus and is right in the heart of the city. Its co-op opportunity creates an opportunistic work environment. Everybody who attends the school is diverse, yet like-minded in their drive for success! They have put a lot of effort into making the campus a rapidly beautiful and exciting place for students to be. Classes are always taught by professors who are experts in their field and genuinely care about their students. There is always something to do at Northeastern and it is worth while for anybody who is interested in investing long-term in a great school.