Application Information

Early Decision Benefits

Applying Early Decision for Fall 2023

For students whose unequivocal first choice is Northeastern, we recommend you consider applying Early Decision.

To recognize that Early Decision students make a commitment to us, we’re making a commitment to you by offering additional benefits to those considering applying Early Decision and to those who are ultimately admitted through the Early Decision program.

What is Early Decision at Northeastern?

We understand that no two schools are quite the same, and it is important for you to understand what it means to apply Early Decision to Northeastern. The benefits we offer, even before you apply, will help you and your family determine if ED at Northeastern is a good fit for you. As you begin, we encourage you to watch this video from Tim Kelly, which provides an overview and key tips to help you navigate the application process.

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Early Decision Programming

Early Decision Visit Days

Early Decision Visit Days are an excellent opportunity to engage more deeply with Northeastern and other prospective students during the fall! Join us on campus, or virtually, to engage in a visit designed specifically for those considering applying Early Decision.


Your Early Decision Visit Day experience will include an information session giving you an in-depth look at Northeastern's unique approach to academics and the benefits of applying early decision, with time for Q+A. You will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of our Boston campus, attend a mock lecture taught by a distinguished faculty member, engage with our colleges and academic programs, and enjoy a complimentary lunch.


You have two opportunities to attend Early Decision Visit Day: Friday, October 7, or Monday, October 17. Click the button below to register for the day that is most convenient for you. (Please note: Capacity is limited, so we recommend registering soon!)


Early Decision 101

If you aren’t able to come to Boston on these days, or would prefer a virtual option, you are welcome to join us for Early Decision 101 on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT.

Apply Early

Students applying Early Decision have two deadlines to select from. Visit our How to Apply page for detailed next steps.

Early Decision I

Application Deadline: November 1
Decisions Released By: January 1

Early Decision II

Application Deadline: January 1
Decisions Released By: March 1

Early Decision Benefits

An Application Fee Waiver will be available for those who are applying Early Decision I or Early Decision II and are applying for Financial Aid.

Early Need-Based Financial Aid Reviews are offered in order to provide you and your family with a better understanding of your financial commitment when applying Early Decision. In order to receive yours, you must submit your CSS Profile, early review application, as well as any additional financial aid documents (such as federal tax returns) that may be required by Student Financial Services, no later than Friday, October 21. Please note that early reviews for merit scholarships are not possible, as these are tied to the admission review and selection process.

Specialized Early Decision Visit Programming; available both in person and virtually, this specialized programming will help you connect with us more deeply as you consider whether or not Northeastern is the right personal, academic, and financial fit for you.

Ability to earn credits through NU Accelerate Scholarship

Early Decision enrolling students can launch their Northeastern academic experience before they even graduate through remote, asynchronous coursework offered through NU Accelerate: Pre-College Programs. Leveraging coursework curated specifically for first-year students, Early Decision students will be awarded a scholarship to take up to two courses between the Spring and Summer terms. Early Decision I students will be eligible for the Spring and Summer terms; Early Decision II students will be eligible for Summer term only. Courses will span a wide range of academic areas, such as Writing, Calculus, Economics, Global Health, First Year Writing, Calculus, Business, Art, History, Psychology, and more. Additional information on NU Accelerate will be shared in the coming weeks.