Application Information

Required Materials

Every avenue to Northeastern is unique. Please take a moment to find the required application documents and deadlines for your path.

You are considered a first-year applicant if:

  • You are still in high school
  • You graduated from high school or earned your GED, but did not enroll in a degree-seeking program at a college or university

If you took college courses in high school, plan to attend a college summer session immediately after you graduate from high school, or are in a dual-enrollment program (receiving your high school diploma and an Associate’s degree at the same time), you would still apply as a first-year.

Northeastern University has a long-standing commitment to the city of Boston, including Boston Public High School students and graduates. If you are a current Boston Public High School student or recent graduate, please view our Northeastern University and the City of Boston pamphlet for more information.

First-Year Application Requirements

  • Your Official High School Transcript must be submitted to Northeastern by your counselor or another school official. Transcripts should include any final grades from freshman, sophomore, and junior year; first trimester or first semester grades should be sent when they become available.

    • Your high school should submit the Mid-Year Report if you were deferred to Regular Decision.
    • You will need to provide an official translation for any transcripts which are not provided in English.
    • If you are applying from a high school with non-traditional grading policies or narrative evaluations instead of traditional grades, you are required to submit your narrative reports in order for your application to be complete.
    • If you have been out of high school for more than one year, you are still required to submit your most recent transcript.
    • If you earned your GED, you must submit an official GED score report, along with your high school transcript through the final year you completed.

    Advanced Credits

    • Freshman are eligible to receive credit from Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, or from certain international maturity certificate examinations. Learn more here.
    • If you received credit for any courses completed at a college or university, you must request for an official college or university transcript to be sent directly to Northeastern.
  • 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 for 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 US 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.
  • We require one teacher recommendation and one school counselor recommendation. If someone else has written on your behalf and offers a different viewpoint, you may submit 1-2 additional recommendations if you would like, but please know that due to the number of applications we receive we may not be able to consider all of them as part of our evaluation. Please ask your recommender to send their letter as a PDF to admissions@northeastern.edu.

  • 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 4 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:
    • Please see the International Applicants page for more information

You should review the information found below if:

  • You are a non-U.S. Citizen applying to Northeastern from a high school or university in any country around the world, even the U.S.
  • You are a U.S. Citizen applying from a high school or university outside of the U.S.

You will find application information under Applying, enrollment information under Admitted Students, and additional details about services available for students, under Support.

International application requirements

  • All first-year applicants will be expected (prior to enrolling) to complete a pre-university education program, earning a graduation certificate or diploma which will enable you to apply to university in your home country. Examples include your High School Diploma, IB Diploma, General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Levels (A-Levels), Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii, Baccalauréat, Bachillerato, General Secondary Education Certificate, Indian Standard XII Higher Secondary School Certificate, or West African Senior School Certificate.

    • All high school transcripts and academic records must be sent directly to Northeastern by your high school by the application deadline. Transcripts sent by you, your family or an independent educational consultant will not be accepted.
      • If you are deferred to Regular Decision from an earlier round, your high school should send the Mid-Year Report with an updated high school transcript.
      • If you’ve graduated from high school or will graduate before admissions decisions are released, your high school should send your final high school transcript.
    • If your education system does not issue transcripts, your high school must provide the academic records which detail the courses you’ve taken throughout high school, and the grades which you’ve received. Examples include internal grade reports, term or semester reports, mark sheets, or promotional or provisional examination results.

    If you are applying as a transfer student from an international university and wish to have courses evaluated for transfer credit after admittance, you will need to provide a certified transcript evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency, such as the Center for Educational Documentation (CED), SpanTranWorld Education Services (WES), or another recognized credentialing agency and the credentialed evaluation must include the following:

    • An indication that the institution is accredited in US terms
    • A course by course credit and grade conversion

    National Examinations

    • If you were required to complete any national examinations to progress into your pre-university education program, your high school must submit a copy of your results certificate. Examples include any GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O-Levels, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, Indian Standard X Secondary School Certificate, or Malaysian SPM exams.
    • If you are applying from an overseas high school and your secondary education culminates in national high school graduation examinations, the Admissions Committee highly recommends sending either predicted grades (if final results are not available until after the application deadline) or final results (if final results are available by the application deadline). Examples include any IB, GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U, French Baccalauréat, Indian Standard XII Higher Secondary School Certificate, Australian ATAR (and senior secondary certificate), CAPE, HKDSE, Malaysian STPM, or WASSCE exams.

    Predicted Grades

    While excluded from our standardized testing policy, the Admissions Committee highly recommends predicted grades for applicants from overseas high schools whose secondary education culminates in externally assessed high school graduation exams or university entrance exams.

    • If you will not receive your final results until after the application deadline, your high school can instead submit predicted grades.
    • If your final results are available before the application deadline, final results must instead be submitted by the examination board or your high school.
    • Furthermore, all enrolling students will be required to submit final exam results, even students who applied “test optional” to Northeastern, as final exams also serve as proof of high school graduation.
    • If you are applying from a high school in the United States, submitting predicted grades is not required but entirely optional. Instead, you are encouraged to submit your first semester or first trimester grades once they become available, and your mid-year grades if you applied for Regular Decision or were deferred to Regular Decision from an earlier round.

    Predicted results should be submitted with the High School Transcript, Secondary School Report, or Counselor Recommendation; or submitted by a designated school official from a verifiable school email address, using either Northeastern’s Predicted Grades Request Form or your high school’s own predicted grades form.

    If your final test scores are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results, Northeastern reserves the right to rescind any offers of admission.

    Application Requirements for Common International Education Systems

    American Patterned Education/American Overseas High Schools/DoDEA High Schools

    • High School Transcript with final grades for U.S. Grades 9, 10 and 11, and as much as is available for 12th Grade by the application deadline.

    International Baccalaureate

    • Requirements for U.S. Grades 9 and 10 will vary depending on the curriculum:
      • Typically, we require your transcript from 9th and 10th Grades.
      • If you were enrolled in an education system which required you to complete compulsory secondary school leaving examinations, such as any GCSE, IGCSE, or GCE O-Level exams, your high school should submit copies of your final results certificates.
    • High School Transcript for IB Year 1 (U.S. Grade 11), and as much as is available for IB Year 2 (12th Grade) by the application deadline.
    • Predicted or Final IB Results (sent by High School or Exam Board)

    British Patterned Education

    • Final GCSE, IGCSE, or GCE O-Level Results Certificate (sent by High School or Exam Board)
    • Final GCE AS-Level Results (if applicable)
    • Predicted or Final GCE A-Level or Cambridge Pre-U Results (sent by High School or Exam Board)

    Chinese National Curriculum

    • Senior Middle School Transcript with final grades for Year 1 and 2, and as much as is available for Year 3 by the application deadline.
    • In addition to providing the documents included above, please note the following:
      • If you are studying the British curriculum, you must also provide all documents which are required from students studying in British Patterned Education.
      • If you are studying the IB curriculum, you must also provide all documents which are required from students studying in International Baccalaureate.

    French Patterned Education

    • Final Brevet Results
    • Bulletins from each trimester in Seconde, Première, and as much as is available for Terminale by the application deadline.
    • Predicted or Final Bac Results (not Bac Blanc) for all subjects, on the 20-Point Scale (sent by High School or Exam Board)

    Indian National Curriculum

    • Final Standard X Exam Results Certificate (sent by High School or Exam Board)
    • Class XI and XII Marksheet (optional, if providing predicted or final Standard XII results; required, if not providing predicted or final Standard XII results)
    • Predicted or Final Standard XII Exam Results Certificate (sent by High School or Exam Board)
  • 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, please read the English Language Proficiency section below.
  • Northeastern students will be exposed to not only a rigorous academic environment but also a fast-paced experiential one. In order to be successful in both, all first-year and transfer applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission to Northeastern.

    Requirement

    Once your application is submitted, received, and processed, you will be able to access your Application Status Check. If you are required to provide further information regarding your proficiency in English, you will be able to complete the requirement in several ways, depending on your familiarity with English, and the frequency with which you use English each and every day:

    • Non-native English-speaking applicants will be required to submit official and valid results from one of the following English Language Tests:
    • However, based on your academic environment and the primary instructional language in either your high school or university, you may be eligible for a waiver. All waivers must be submitted through your Application Status Check. For additional information and to determine whether or not you are eligible for a waiver, please read the section below on waiving the English proficiency requirement.

    Please note: Northeastern’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency from any applicant, regardless of citizenship or first language, at any time during the evaluation process.

    English Language Testing

    If you are required to submit English Language Testing, you must submit results from one of the five tests listed below. Your results must be both valid (i.e. no more than 2 years old by the application deadline) and official (i.e. sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency). The ranges provided below represent the middle 50% score ranges for students who were admitted and enrolled as first-year students in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Please note: the scores provided below are not cut-off scores, but for estimating purposes, and in no way represent a promise or guarantee of admission.

    Additional Information
    • Results should be submitted to Northeastern by the application deadline. If you plan to take an English language test for the first or an additional time, once the application is submitted or the deadline has passed, please indicate planned future test dates on your application.
    • Results submitted to Northeastern after the application deadline will still be accepted, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to wait to receive your scores before making an admissions decision.
    • Northeastern will focus on your most recent English language test results. While some applicants may submit results from multiple English language tests across multiple test dates to provide additional context, Northeastern will not superscore results from English language testing or consider MyBest scores from applicants who choose to submit the TOEFL iBT.
    • If your English Language Testing indicates a need for additional study and support, but you otherwise meet the academic requirements for the degree-seeking program to which you applied, you may be considered for admission through NU Immerse, a one-year transitional acculturation and English language support program.

    Waiving Your English Proficiency Requirement

    Northeastern will waive the English proficiency requirement for applicants who not only complete 4 consecutive academic years in a high school or university where native English was the primary instructional language for all courses (except any foreign language courses) but also who meet one of the following criteria:
    • You achieved 4 or 5 on either AP English Language & Composition or AP English Language & Composition
    • Your either achieved or you are predicted to achieve any of the following International Baccalaureate (IB) results:
      • 5 or higher on English A: Language & Literature or English A: Literature (HL or SL)
      • 6 or 7 on HL English B
      • 7 on SL English B
    • You either achieved or you are predicted to achieve B or higher on GCE A-Level or AS-Level English Language or English Literature
    • You achieved B/6 or higher on GCSE English Language or English Literature
    • You achieved B/6 or higher on International GCSE or IGCSE English Language or English Literature (including First Language English, English A, English B, and Literature in English)
    • You achieved B or higher on GCE O-Level English Language
    • You were enrolled in the American or British Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) section and you achieved or you are predicted to achieve 12 or higher on English Language & Literature
    • For applicants whose high schools did not offer AP, IB, or A-Level courses: Northeastern will consider your waiver request if you completed your secondary education in a majority native English-speaking country, and you received no grades lower than a B (or the international equivalent) in any English language, literature or composition courses, including your high school’s standard 12th Grade English course (or higher).

    If you were enrolled in any courses or programs which were designed for English Language Learners, such as any English as a Second Language courses, during the 4 years immediately before enrolling at Northeastern, you are not eligible for a waiver unless you can provide final results from one of the exams indicated above (i.e. AP English, IB English, A-Level English, or (I)GCSE). If you cannot provide final results, you should plan to submit results from an approved English language test.

    If you meet the criteria for a waiver, you can submit a waiver request through your Application Status Check. Once submitted, if your application is otherwise complete, your request will be reviewed in 3-5 business days.

    Interviews

    Northeastern does not offer alumni or on-campus interviews, but Northeastern will consider and evaluate third-party, unscripted video interviews submitted through InitialView and Vericant, which will allow you to personally discuss your academic and personal background. Please note: neither will replace English language testing when testing is required.

    In order for the Admissions Committee to review your interview before any admissions decisions are finalized, your interview must be received by the following deadlines:

    • Early Decision I: November 15
    • Early Action: December 1
    • Early Decision II: January 15
    • Regular Decision: February 1
  • All international students applying to Northeastern are required to complete and submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF), which is designed to assist the Admissions Committee in obtaining complete and accurate information about each applicant’s anticipated financial support. Each applicant must verify your ability to fully finance your Northeastern education, including tuition and fees, room and board, and personal living expenses. Information is necessary as the financial support for international students at Northeastern is limited:

    • International students are not eligible for financial aid at Northeastern which includes both institutional need-based grants and federal student financial aid. Additional information for international students is available here.
    • International students are eligible for merit scholarships which range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. No additional application is necessary, as your application for admission serves as your scholarship application. Merit scholarships are extremely competitive, however, and do not cover the full cost of attendance.

    Once your application is submitted, and processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you will be given access to your Application Status Check. You can access the DCF through your Application Status Check. Instructions are provided here. You should also review our frequently asked questions document for additional information.

  • Documents should be submitted online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Documents not submitted through an application can be sent from a high school or university email address to admissions@northeastern.edu or mailed. Mailing instructions are also available below.

    • Test results must be sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency or examination board.
    • Transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or university.
    • Results from national examinations, which are only released to the student, can either be scanned and sent to Northeastern from a verifiable high school email address, or a certified copy can also be mailed to Northeastern.
    • Official English translations will be required for documents which are provided in languages other than English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation.

    You can send your application fee or fee waiver requests (if being sent separately from the application) as well as FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages to:

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    200 Kerr Hall
    Northeastern University
    360 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

     Transcripts and recommendations which were not submitted online can be mailed to:

    Northeastern University
    Application Processing Center
    P.O. Box 8210
    Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA

You are considered a transfer applicant if:

  • You will have completed at least 12 semester hours of college-level coursework (after your high school graduation).
  • You have attempted at least one semester of full-time coursework and maintained enrollment through the add/drop period.
  • You already received your bachelor’s degree from another college or university but you are choosing to apply for a second bachelor’s degree.

If you are currently in a dual-enrollment program, earning your high school diploma and an Associate’s degree at the same time, you should apply as a first-year student. Dual-enrollment courses can be considered for transfer credit.

If you’re an international student or are applying from a college or university located outside of the United States, you should also read the International Applicants page.

Transfer application requirements

    • Your College Report must be submitted by the Registrar’s office or Dean’s office at your current or most recent college/university.
    • Your college or university transcripts must be submitted directly to Northeastern from all colleges and universities which you previously attended.
    • Your official final high school transcript must be sent directly from your high school.
      • Transcripts can be emailed from a verifiable school email address, mailed directly from your high school, or uploaded with the Final Report which is available through the Common Application or Coalition Application.
    • If you are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student or are taking classes as a non-degree seeking student, you should either submit the Mid-Term Report available through the Common Application or Coalition Application, or upload a list of your current college courses through your App Status Check.
    • If you earned credits at an international institution, you will need to provide a certified transcript evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency, such as the Center for Educational Documentation
    • Veterans or active duty military should submit either their Joint Services Transcript (JST), or a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.
  • An Academic Evaluation must be sent by a college professor, academic advisor, or employer.

    • Optional Standardized Testing: For applicants applying for the 2022-2023 academic year, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission. Please review our Testing Policy tab for more information.
    • In recent years, Northeastern has required standardized testing from transfer applicants who have not completed more than one year of full-time college coursework (24 or more college credits) following high school graduation. Standardized testing was not required from transfer applicants who’ve either completed more than one year of full-time college coursework (24 or more college credits) following high school graduation or graduated from high school more than 5 years ago.
  • 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 4 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:
    • Please see the International Applicants page for more information

At Northeastern, we understand that homeschool applicants come from a variety of academic backgrounds and structures, and carefully consider every element of the application through our holistic review. In order to best consider our homeschool applicants, we require additional documents that provide an in-depth look at your individual homeschool experience. Please see a list of these additional requirements below.

If you have specific questions regarding the application process as a homeschooled student, please direct them to admissions@northeastern.edu.

    • Completed Homeschool Application Form
    • Academic portfolio and transcript consistent with state guidelines
      • Please provide grading rubric alongside transcript
  • 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.

    • Your counselor recommendation may come from a parent or a primary instructor
    • Teacher recommendations may come from a tutor, online teacher, or teacher from a course taken outside the home. We are flexible based on the structure of your homeschool experience
    • An additional letter of recommendation is recommended, but not required.*
      • *if your teacher and counselor are the same person, an additional letter of recommendation is required.
      • Additional recommendations can come from an art teacher, an employer, a coach, etc.

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.
  • 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 US 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 please visit the International Applicants page for our English Language Proficiency policy.

Please review frequently asked questions regarding our standardized testing policy.

  • No problem! The admissions committee superscores the SAT or ACT, and will always consider your best combined score. Do not worry about sending multiple or going back to clear out prior scores, we will look at the strongest score from each subject area.

  • If yes, choose to self-report your test scores through the Application Status Check. Remember—if you are admitted and decide to enroll, you’ll be required to submit the official scores directly from the testing agency next summer. 

  • Explore our Test-Optional FAQ or reach out to admissions@northeastern.edu. 

Early Decision I

Nov 1

Decisions released by December 15

Early Action

Nov 1

Decisions released by February 1

Early Decision II

Jan 1

Decisions released by February 15

Regular Decision

Jan 1

Decisions released by April 1

Mailing Instructions

We prefer most credentials are submitted online via The Common Application or the Coalition Application or to admissions@northeastern.edu. Credentials not submitted online should be mailed to the address below.

For:

  • Application fees
  • Application fee waiver requests (being sent separately from the application)
  • FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages

Mail to:

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Kerr Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

For:

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendations (if not submitted online)

 

Mail to:

Northeastern University
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8210
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA