Application Information

First-Year Applicants

We’re excited to have you join the Northeastern community. If you’re looking to apply, you can see all the information you’ll need to provide. If you’ve been accepted, you can see your next steps and requirements.

Application

School counselor and teacher recommendations

One teacher recommendation letter is required, but you can send another recommendation letter if you choose.

Transcripts

  • Secondary school transcripts with final junior year grades.
  • First-semester or first-trimester grades should be submitted when they are available; first-quarter grades are not required.
  • If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you must send the most up to date version of your transcript.
  • Early Action and Early Decision candidates should send their first-term grades as soon as they are available.

Optional Standardized Testing

For the 2022-2023 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require applicants to submit standardized testing to be considered for admission.

  • All complete applications will be fully considered for admission to Northeastern, invitation to the University Honors Program, and any merit scholarships
  • If you choose to apply without standardized testing, you will not be penalized or disadvantaged.
  • If you choose to submit standardized testing, you may submit the SAT(CEEB Code 3667), ACT (College Code 1880), or both. Northeastern super-scores and will only consider your best score between the two types of tests.
  • All applicants from U.S. and international high schools will be able to choose to submit standardized testing (SAT or ACT) or not.
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants must continue to submit official results from an approved English Language Test or request a waiver through the Application Status Check. For additional information, continue reading or visit the International Applicants page for our English Language Proficiency policy.

English Proficiency

All students, regardless of citizenship must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying to Northeastern. You can satisfy the requirement in the following ways:

  • You are a native English speaker.
  • You will complete four consecutive academic years before enrolling at Northeastern in a high school or university where native English was the primary instructional language -AND- you submit an English Proficiency Waiver Request through your Application Status Check.
  • You submit, along with your application, official test results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests:

Additional Required Materials

Portfolios

Portfolios are required for Studio Art, and are encouraged for majors within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Northeastern uses SlideRoom for online portfolio submissions. Visit these pages to learn more about details regarding the portfolio requirements for Studio Art and portfolio guidelines for all other CAMD majors.

Declaration and Certification of Finances

Non-U.S. citizen applicants are required to submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form for their application to be considered complete. The Certification of Finances is designed to assist colleges and universities in obtaining complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants. As Northeastern is unable to offer state or federally-funded financial support to international applicants, the process of verifying the financial resources of students is essential.

GED

General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients should provide their official GED score reports and their most complete high school transcript.

Non-traditional grading policies

Students who attend schools where narrative evaluations are used instead of traditional letter grades are required to submit the narratives to complete their applications.

Home-schooled applicants

See requirements for homeschooled applicants on our Required Materials page

Enrollment Checklist

Please view your Application Status Check to view your enrollment checklist and next steps/important dates to note in order to enroll at Northeastern.

Next Steps

You will receive a number of communications in the coming months, including information on financial planning, registering for spring admitted student events, registering for New Student Orientation, housing and roommate assignments, and moving in, among other items. Please be sure to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if your email address changes. In addition, make sure to check your Application Status Check and your myNortheastern Admitted Student Portal for the most up-to-date information.

What to expect, and when

Here’s what admitted students can expect, and when.

  1. Offer of Financial Assistance: Available At Time Of Admission Decision
  2. New Student Orientation Information: In April, After Deposit Is Received
  3. Health Report Form: In April
  4. Information On Financial Planning, Billing, And Loans: May–July
  5. Housing Assignment: Beginning In Mid-June
  6. Information About the Mandatory Office of Global Services Sessions Scheduled For International Students With F-1 Visa: Beginning In Mid-June
  7. Move-In Instructions and Campus Information: 
Beginning In Mid-August
  8. First Billing Statement: Four To Six Weeks Before Start of Term
  9. Health Insurance and Waiver Information: Four To Six weeks before Start Of Term, along with First Billing Statement
  10. Student Employment Registration Information: During Orientation