Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade A+
- Valuegrade A
- Diversitygrade A+
- Campusgrade A minus
- Athleticsgrade B+
- Party Scenegrade A minus
- Professorsgrade A+
- Locationgrade A+
- Dormsgrade B
- Campus Foodgrade B+
- Student Lifegrade A+
- Safetygrade 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 18%. Popular majors include Business, Economics, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 89% of students, Northeastern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,400.
NCAA Division I (without football)
Colonial Athletic Association
Northeastern University Rankings
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High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Will You Get In?
$36,479 / year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,094 / year
Students Receiving Financial Aid
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 192 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 236 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 237 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Business874 Graduates
- Economics222 Graduates
- Mechanical Engineering221 Graduates
- Information Science182 Graduates
- Communications180 Graduates
- Political Science and Government155 Graduates
- Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences129 Graduates
- Chemical Engineering122 Graduates
- Research and Experimental Psychology120 Graduates
- Neuroscience and Neurobiology119 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 147 responses
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 266 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 322 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 162 responses
- Academically strong13%
- Work hard, play hard.3%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$67,400 / year
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 125 responses
Colleges like Northeastern University
- grade A+Boston College
- 4 Year
- Chestnut Hill, MA
- Rating 3.63 out of 5 1,500 reviews
- grade A+Tufts University
- 4 Year
- Medford, MA
- Rating 3.65 out of 5 1,015 reviews
- grade A+Boston University
- 4 Year
- Boston, MA
- Rating 3.65 out of 5 3,405 reviews
- grade AUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst
- 4 Year
- Amherst, MA
- Rating 3.71 out of 5 3,565 reviews
Northeastern University Reviews
Rating 3.71 out of 5 3,477 reviews
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Overall, the Northeastern experience gives a good return on investment with the Co-op program, which gave me the opportunity to dip my toes into jobs and industries I was interested in. It helped me understand what I wanted to pursue and what I did not enjoy about work life. The quality of education is great overall, and challenging for most. Being in a city is a great opportunity for connection and to have experiences others may not have. There is also a thriving international community that is inviting. I would generally recommend the school, despite it not having a 'community' feeling. If you are independent, this is a great school for you. But if you need more support, this is still a great school for you. Athletics are not its strong suit but there are many opportunities for D1 athletes. Would recommend!
I love how there are programs within Northeastern focused on the community impact of the university on the Boston area. Instead of just focusing on student and campus life, the community at Northeastern is encouraged to participate in Service-Learning and co-op experiences in the greater Boston area. The emphasis on experiential learning is what drew me to the school and it is why I stayed despite the expensive bill. I can't wait to experience more of the university's many resources!
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.