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At Northeastern, our aim is to support our school counseling colleagues by providing a comprehensive, user-friendly resource guide that can be bookmarked and revisited as often as needed. The Admissions team can also assist with questions or comments at

Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. Experiential learning lies at the heart of academic life at Northeastern—this integration of study and professional experience enables students to put ideas into action through work, research, academics, and service in 148 countries around the world.

Undergraduates are empowered to chart their own academic path, through more than 280 majors and over 180 combined majors, across eight undergraduate colleges, schools, and university programs. Learn more:

2021-2022 Applicants

All admissions decisions for the Class of 2026 were released via Northeastern's Application Status Check, with the final release taking place on Wednesday, March 16. Applicants who were unable to login should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and request to have their password reset. Students can contact the admissions office via phone at (617) 373-2200 or via email at

Information for Counselors

Critical Updates for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

  • Test Optional: Northeastern will continue to be test optional through the 2025-2026 application cycle (for students who would enroll at Northeastern in Fall 2026), meaning that students can choose to apply with or without the SAT or ACT.
  • Early Decision: We expect to enroll roughly half of our entering class through Early Decision. For the class entering in Fall 2022, the ED admit rate was 34% compared to the overall 7% admit rate.
    • Students who have identified Northeastern as their unequivocal first choice and see Northeastern as a strong academic, personal, and financial fit should consider applying ED I or ED II.
    • Potential Early Decision applicants should visit our website to learn more about the benefits of early decision.
  • Prospective Student Programming: Northeastern’s Visitor Center is currently open. Information sessions and campus tours in Boston must be scheduled in advance through our website. We also continue to offer a robust selection of virtual information sessions and program offerings, all of which can be scheduled through our website.
  • Financial Aid Updates: In the 2020-2021 academic year, Northeastern awarded over $330 million in financial aid to enrolling students. 79% of students received some form of financial aid.
    • Northeastern continues to meet the full demonstrated need for each admitted student who is eligible for federal financial aid (including U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and eligible non-citizens).
    • Pell Grant Recipients: Undergraduate day students who qualify for a Federal Pell Grant had their full demonstrated need met through a combination of grants, scholarships, and work-study from federal, state, and institutional resources. Financial aid awards for eligible Pell Grant recipients did not include Federal Direct Loans, and students were instead awarded a Northeastern University Access Grant. Learn more about the financial support provided by Northeastern to Pell Grant recipients.

Class of 2026 Profile

At Northeastern, we review each application completely and holistically. Each student’s academic performance is considered alongside recommendations, extracurricular activities, and other qualitative measures of success. Our admissions process focuses on identifying dynamic applicants who will thrive at our large, urban, globally minded campus.

Below are some highlights from the current admissions cycle:

  • Northeastern received over 90,000 first year applications for Fall 2022, a 21% increase over Fall 2021. While many institutions experienced an increase in applications over the last two years, the degree to which Northeastern's applicant pool grew, especially over the last year, was particularly significant as growth outpaced many selective peer universities.
    • Largest applicant pool in university history
    • Most applied to private, not-for-profit university in New England, and second most applied to private, not-for-profit university in the United States
    • Largest one-year increase in applications at Northeastern in the last two decades
    • Growth experienced across each application plan - a 28% increase in Early Decision (both ED I and ED II), a 30% increase in Early Action with over 50,000 students applying, and a 10% increase in Regular Decision
  • All students were considered for Northeastern's three distinct first-year experiences:
    • First year on-campus in Boston
    • The Program (global fall semester with Northeastern cohort at a partner institution, followed by the spring semester on-campus in Boston)
    • NU Bound (immersive first year on another Northeastern campus in either the Bay Area or London, returning to Boston for the start of your second year)
    • Select students were also admitted to one of Northeastern's pathway programs: NU Immerse (for non-native English speakers) or Foundation Year (for select Boston residents).
  • Admission was particularly competitive. Across all rounds, only 6,100 students were admitted (7%) for the fall semester. As we anticipate enrolling half of the class through both Early Decision rounds, admission during Early Action and Regular Decision was particularly competitive. Northeastern's selectivity for Fall 2022 was also impacted by the classes we enrolled in Fall 2020 and Fall 2021, both of which were robust entering classes, and reasons why we need to be even more focused this year on enrolling the right-sized class.
  • Northeastern's waitlist for Fall 2022 is robust:
    • All students who wished to remain on the waitlist were asked to confirm their interest by April 1st.
    • Any student who remains on the waitlist should plan to deposit elsewhere by the May 1st national deposit deadline to ensure they have an enrollment option for the Fall.
    • Other than an updated high school transcript, no additional information is necessary, but students should respond to any email communications pertaining to the waitlist sent by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • Northeastern does not rank the students on the waitlist. All students on the waitlist will be considered for all three first-year programs including the first year in Boston, The Program and NU Bound. Should space become available, students will be contacted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • Northeastern will share all final decisions with waitlisted students by August 1st.
  • Academic scholarships and need-based financial aid awards (for those students who completed the financial aid application process, including the CSS Profile and FAFSA) were released simultaneously with admission decisions. We continue to meet full demonstrated need (based on FAFSA and CSS Profile) for all admitted students who are eligible for federal student financial aid. Should one of your applicants have a question about their need-based award, they should contact our Student Financial Services office at (617) 373-3190.
  • If you have any questions about the admissions cycle or any admissions decisions, please call us at (617) 373-2200, or send an email to

Visiting Campus

Please note that our Visitor Center is currently open and information sessions and campus tours in Boston can be scheduled in advance. We continue to offer a robust selection of virtual information sessions and program offerings, all of which can be scheduled through our website. Online registration can be found here:

Getting to Campus

The Northeastern Visitor Center is located on Northeastern’s main campus in Boston, on Centennial Common in the West Village Residential Complex (West Village F), directly across from Ruggles Station (Orange Line).

Please note: If you or your students plan to visit campus, please review Massachusetts’s current travel order and familiarize yourself with this information, as visitors are expected to be in compliance while on campus.


First-Year Application Process

All prospective first-year students must submit either the Common Application or Coalition Application by November 1 or January 1.

Application Plan Application Deadline Decision Release Deposit Deadline
Early Decision I * November 1 December 15 January 15
Early Action November 1 February 1 May 1
Early Decision II * January 1 February 15 March 1
Regular Decision January 1 April 1 May 1

* Early Decision I and Early Decision II are binding for fall admission.

Possible Admissions Decisions

  • Whether students apply through the Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision program, possible admissions decisions include: admitted to the fall semester in Boston, admitted to The Program, admitted to the NU Bound program, or denial of admission.
    • Applicants who apply in Early Decision should note that if admitted into The Program or the NU Bound program, they are released from the binding Early Decision Agreement and have until May 1 to submit their deposit
      Additional information on Early Decision is available here.
  • Applicants who apply in Early Decision or Early Action may also have their application deferred to Regular Decision. If deferred, students must confirm their continued interest or withdraw. Students who do not reply to the deferral will not receive a decision in Regular Decision. Any student whose application was deferred should plan to have their high school submit mid-year grades. Any new information from the student should be submitted through their Application Status Check portal.
  • Regular Decision applicants, or students who were deferred from Early Decision or Early Action, may also be admitted to Foundation Year or NU Immerse. More information is provided in the section below on first-year programs.
  • In addition, applicants who apply in Regular Decision may be offered a place on Northeastern’s waitlist. If waitlisted, students must confirm their continued interest or withdraw. Students who do not reply to the waitlist will not receive a final admissions decision from Northeastern. Any new information from the student should be submitted through their applicant portal.

First-Year Programs

All students who apply to Northeastern are considered for three distinct first-year programs, which provide flexible opportunities for undergraduate students to experience different campuses and partnerships around the globe. First-year programs include:

  • First year on-campus in Boston
  • The Program provides a global first semester experience, with a cohort of Northeastern students spending the fall semester studying with a partner institution in a global location, before coming to the Boston campus in the spring semester.
  • NU Bound provides students with an immersive first year experience, studying on another Northeastern campus, and engaging with local alumni and industry leaders, before coming to the Boston campus at the beginning of their second year.
  • Additionally, all non-native English-speaking applicants will be considered for admission through the NU Immerse program. All Boston residents will also be considered for admission through Foundation Year.

Important Links to Review

Submitting Documents

Documents not submitted through the Common Application or Coalition Application (or another college readiness platform) can either be emailed to (from an identifiable and verifiable school email address) or mailed to one of the two addresses below:

For application fees, application fee waiver requests (separate from any submitted with the application), or any FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
271 Huntington Ave
Office 276
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

For transcripts, academic records, and recommendations (if unable to submit online):

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

Financing Northeastern

All applicants are considered for merit scholarships. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible noncitizens are also considered for any need-based financial aid and federal student financial aid. Currently, 79% of undergraduate students are receiving aid. Northeastern has committed to meeting the full demonstrated need for all eligible admitted students. For information on tuition, cost of attendance, and additional expenses, please review the Tuition and Fees section on the Student Financial Services webpage.

  • Any student who is interested in being considered for need-based financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile by the appropriate deadline.
  • Any first-year applicants who submits all necessary documents by the application deadline will receive their financial aid offer in coordination with their offer of admission.
  • Merit scholarships are determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. No additional application is necessary, as the application for admissions also serves as the scholarship application. Any student who receives a merit scholarship will be notified about their scholarship when they are offered admission to Northeastern. Merit scholarships range from $10,000-28,000 per year.
  • International students seeking need-based scholarships and grants are recommended to apply for outside scholarships. For resources on outside scholarships, please review the International Students section on the Student Financial Services webpage.

CSS Profile

(NU code 3667) Students applying for institutional need-based aid must fill out a profile. Students seeking federal student aid only are not required to complete the CSS Profile Form.

The priority filing date for the CSS Profile depends upon admission application status:

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Action: December 1
  • Early Decision II:  January 15
  • Regular Decision: February 15
  • Fall Transfer: April 15


  • Despite our large applicant pool, students are able to stand out in our process through a combination of a multitiered file review process by our staff, as well as through visit and engagement with the university. Interested students should research and connect with the university through virtual offerings and by reaching out to their admission counselor.

    In our holistic review, we look for students who have challenged themselves academically by taking advantage of the curricular opportunities available to them; are engaged in activities outside of the classroom; and have demonstrated leadership and an interest in pursuing their passions.

    • Northeastern requires the secondary school report, high school transcript (including any predicted grades), counselor recommendation, and teacher evaluation from each applicant. All documents must be submitted to Northeastern directly from the high school or recommender.
    • Prospective students who applied in Early Decision II or Regular Decision, or who were deferred from Early Decision I and Early Action, are strongly encouraged to submit the Midyear Report by February 1 to provide additional insight into each applicant’s senior year performance.
    • Predicted grades are required for all applicants whose secondary education culminates in externally assessed high school graduation exams or university matriculation exams. Additional information on submitting predicted grades in available on the International Applicants page.
  • Yes. Northeastern is test optional for all students.

    Non-native English-speaking applicants are still required to submit official results from one of the following English Language Tests: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English); Duolingo English Test; IELTS Academic; PTE Academic; or TOEFL iBT. We will also consider results from the TOEFL iBT Home Edition and IELTS Indicator. Northeastern will not consider the TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

  • For fall 2021, approximately 32% of the enrolling class applied in Early Decision I or Early Decision II. For fall 2022, we anticipate enrolling approximately 50% of the incoming class through either Early Decision I or Early Decision II. For context, for fall 2022, the ED admit rate was 33% compared to the overall admit rate of 7%.

  • Your students can request a need-based fee waiver through either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Supporting documentation is not required from students, but if you are looking to submit documentation, such as the NACAC fee waiver request form, please email scanned copies to

  • All U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens who plan to apply for need-based financial aid from Northeastern or federal student financial aid, must submit both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the appropriate financial aid application deadlines.

    For additional information on the financial aid application process, please visit the Applying for Financial Aid page on our website.

  • All applicants are considered for merit scholarship when applying. Students who are in the top 10-15% of our applicant pool are considered for these awards, with strongest emphasis for scholarship selection being placed on academic achievement. Students invited to the Honors Program are offered an Honors scholarship.

    Northeastern offers a variety of other scholarships depending on specific student achievements or actions, including competitive scholarships for National Merit Finalists and College Board National Scholars. Additionally, students may pursue microscholarships through the RaiseMe program. Additional information can be found on our Scholarships page.

  • Students who are interested in being considered for need-based financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the CSS Profile. Please note:

    • Students whose biological parents are not married to each other are required to provide information about both parent households when completing the CSS Profile.
    • Students and families should also be prepared to submit copies of W-2s, signed personal federal tax returns, including all schedules, as well as business tax returns.
    • Should additional materials or other supporting documentation be needed, we will indicate this in writing.
  • All incoming students are encouraged to complete their financial aid application materials by the priority filing date to ensure consideration for all available need-based financial aid programs for which they are eligible. Additionally, all first-year applicants who meet the aid application deadline and submit all required financial aid documents will receive their financial aid offer in coordination with their offer of admission. Once the financial aid awarding process has begun, financial aid awards will continue to be released on a rolling basis for students who complete their aid application materials. First-year students may view their Offer of Financial Assistance through their Application Status Check or their myNortheastern portal.

  • At Northeastern, we believe in your future. We also believe that financing your education is a partnership that continues throughout your enrollment, not just for your first year. Our commitment is reflected in our unique Northeastern Promise. The Promise enables you to plan for the entire cost of your degree through supporting the following conditions*:

    • We are dedicated to meeting the full demonstrated need for each admitted student eligible for federal financial aid.
    • Northeastern University scholarship and grant funds will not be reduced during your undergraduate program (for up to eight in-class semesters).
    • Northeastern University need-based grant funds will be increased annually at the same percentage rate as the increase in tuition.
    • If your family experiences a substantial negative change in financial circumstances, we will reevaluate your aid package and make available all financial resources for which you qualify.

    *Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information regarding the terms and conditions of this commitment.

  • Approximately one-third of all financial aid applicants are selected by either the U.S. Department of Education or Northeastern’s Office of Student Financial Services to verify the information provided on the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. If a student has been selected for verification and are required to submit additional documents, they will be notified in writing. Financial aid offers for incoming students are tentative pending the completion of the verification process. Should the verified information differ significantly from the original information provided on the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile, there may be a change in a students financial aid eligibility.

  • The federally subsidized work-study program gives students the opportunity to work a qualifying part-time job to assist with their educational expenses. Eligible students must have submitted their FAFSA by the priority filing deadline and demonstrate financial need to qualify. If students are eligible for federal work-study, it will be reflected on their offer of financial assistance.

    Students must conduct their own job search if they choose to utilize their award. Available positions are limited, and employment is not guaranteed.

Contact Information

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