Specialized Entry Programs
Make your first year at Northeastern memorable.
The N.U.in Program
The N.U.in Program is a first-semester global experience rooted in Northeastern’s core belief that students should be engaged citizens of the world. N.U.in students begin their studies as a cohort either overseas or in Boston, before transitioning to the Boston campus in January for the second semester.
The N.U.in Program provides a truly transformative experience for students. N.U.in alumni are adventurous, bold, ambitious, intellectually curious, reflective, and independent individuals who engage in their own learning. They share a passion for the world and thrive in their community.
N.U.in students are well prepared for translating their knowledge into marketable assets throughout college and in the future. N.U.in students have their own N.U.in Orientation program in the summer months to prepare them for their experience. After a semester in The N.U.in Program, they then attend New Student Orientation in January before continuing their studies on the Northeastern University campus.
General Studies Program
General Studies is a freshman year program designed to help you find academic success in your freshman year and beyond. It is a small program (approximately 180 students). As a General Studies student, you’ll spend your freshman year immersed in a combination of first-year requirements, NU core courses, and introductory courses for your intended major. If you’re unsure of what you would like to major in, we will help you define your search and reach your goals. Most General Studies students take five courses, equaling 17 credit hours, each semester.
NU Bound harnesses the power of place through living and learning in a distinctive location with a cohort of other Northeastern students. Together NU Bound students will study at a program location in their first year—with eligibility based on major, age, and location capacity. During the second year and beyond, students will study at Northeastern’s Boston campus as they continue to explore global program offerings. Throughout the NU Bound experience, students will have the support of the larger Northeastern community, including a network of faculty, staff, advisors, and peers ready to support them.
NU Immerse is a transitional experience for non-native English-speaking students, offering advanced English language preparation and an introduction to college culture through a year-long program in Boston or London. This immersive program is an excellent start to your university studies and provides a comprehensive academic and cultural experience designed to help you succeed at Northeastern University and improve your English language skills.
For the highly motivated student—NU Immerse is your opportunity to jump into the flow of college life while exposing you to an environment that will enable you to develop your academic skills, strengthen your résumé, and prepare you for a successful transition to Northeastern. Throughout your time in NU Immerse, you will benefit from support every step of the way
Foundation Year integrates rigorous academics with student support services to create an environment where you can be successful for your entire Northeastern college experience. Students who successfully complete Foundation Year will matriculate into a degree program at Northeastern through one of two pathways: through Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) or through one of Northeastern’s seven undergraduate day colleges by meeting academic standards.
Students who successfully complete Foundation Year and matriculate into a degree program at Northeastern either through CPS or one of the seven undergraduate day colleges will now be eligible for the NU Promise, giving committed grant funds to fill the gap between your demonstrated need and cost of attendance.