Prospective Student Resources
We've gathered together all of our top tips and resources for prospective Northeastern students in one place.
Want a taste of life at Northeastern?
Interested in learning more about Northeastern? Sign up for a visit to experience our campus life, classrooms, and community firsthand a at our Boston, Oakland, or London campus. Campus visits are offered year-round. Registration for visits opens 2-3 months in advance.
We also offer a wide range of interactive virtual events and programming.
Early Decision is ideal for students who are confident that Northeastern is the right fit academically, socially, and financially. Early Decision is binding—if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and required to withdraw all applications from other institutions.
Early Decision I
Decisions released by January 1
Decisions released by February 15
Early Decision II
Decisions released by March 1
Decisions released by April 1
How to Apply
Determining where to spend the next few years of your life is no easy task. Below are the necessary steps to ensure that your application is ready for review and in the right hands.
Create your application through The Common Application or the Coalition Application (both are accepted). Once you have created your application, please select Northeastern University to directly submit your application to us.Apply via the Common Application Apply via the Coalition Application
Make sure that you have submitted all required materials. Even if your application has been submitted, we cannot begin reviewing your file until all of your required materials have been received.Review Required Materials
To ensure all of the necessary documents have been submitted, and for updates or information about your application, visit your application status check.Check your application status
Help at every step
Get the details for every step of the admissions process– from application through the financial aid process.
Standardized Testing Policy
For the 2023-2024 application cycle, Northeastern is test-optional, meaning students have a choice of applying without standardized testing or with SAT or ACT scores. Evaluating each application holistically is something Northeastern takes pride in—we focus on the rigor of coursework and academic performance, but no less critical are your self-expression and passions. We consider each applicants' entire profile, including leadership positions, extracurricular involvement, entrepreneurial pursuits, and personal qualities.
Financial Aid Information
A top-tier education is an investment, and one of the most important and rewarding decisions you and your family will ever make. At Northeastern, we work to keep the costs affordable while offering the highest possible educational value.
Resources and Guides for Prospective Students
View our resources to see how Northeastern can help put your future in motion.
Prospective Student Brochure
Learn how a top-tier education is only the beginning.
NU At A Glance
View a snapshot of NU, our first year opportunities, and application deadlines.
Financial Aid Brochure
Find out how Northeastern helps you fund your college dream.
Boston High School Students
Explore scholarships and programs that pave your future.
The Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative endeavor that provides students with the opportunity to explore their passions and expand their global horizons.
Pre-college programs are designed for talented high school students in the U.S. and around the world who want to give themselves an edge.