Northeastern University


Northeastern University is a private, secular, coeducational research university, with more than 35 specialized research and education centers. In 2012, 44,189 applications coming from the world compete for the 2,800 seats of the fall freshman class, which set another record high among all private universities in the United States.

Founded in 1898, the university is located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

The University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 92% and high graduation rate mainly concentrates on 6-year graduation.

The mission of Northeastern University is:

To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.


The university is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and it is also accredited by the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Northeastern University comprises eight colleges and one school:

  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Law

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Engineering
  3. Health Professions and Related Programs
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

According to the U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 62th in national universities.

With 61.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a high rate in full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree which accounts for 92% and no classes are taught by graduate assistants.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with writing test is required as well. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered except class rank, others should be payed attention to.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 38,252. Students spend USD 1,000 for books and USD 13,220 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $15,619, 52.4 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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