360 Huntington Ave., 150 Richards Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-2200
$38,252 tuition and fees
January 15 application deadline
January 15 accepted
Northeastern University is a private institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,838, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 73 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northeastern University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 62. Its tuition and fees are $38,252 (2011-12).
At Northeastern University, students gain substantial work experience before receiving their diplomas. Nine in 10 Northeastern undergraduates complete at least one professional co-op during their college career, working for one of 2,380 employers around the world, such as GEICO and MTV. Students can choose to complete their degree in four years, with the potential for two co-ops, or five years, building in time for three co-ops. While students pay for eight semesters of tuition in either scenario, one in six students now opts to graduate in four years. Outside of the classroom and workplace, there are more than 250 clubs and organizations for students, including about 25 fraternities and sororities. The Northeastern Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. An additional 9,500 students compete at the club and intramural sport level. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though more than 95 percent choose to do so. Northeastern’s campus is spread out across 73 acres in the venerable college town of Boston. Northeastern has its own stop on Boston’s subway system, commonly called the T. The city, home to myriad colleges, is steeped in American history and full of activities for students.
The university receives hefty research grants each year from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, and Defense. Undergraduates and graduates alike can get involved in research, and many present projects in the annual Research and Scholarship Exposition. The university has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a leading educator of area CEOs. Notable alumni from other sectors include Napster founder Shawn Fanning and talk show host Wendy Williams.
School mission (as provided by the school):
Northeastern University's signature strengths are grounded in its character as an institution engaged with the world in unique ways that position our students and faculty for success in meeting 21st century challenges.
Northeastern students connect to the world through our renowned cooperative education program and other forms of experiential learning--student research, community service, and study abroad--that are fully integrated into our academic programs. Our students participate in these programs in 69 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica. As Northeastern's signature program, co-op is the heart of the university's globalization efforts. Over the past four years, international co-ops have increased more than threefold.
Engaging with the world is in Northeastern's institutional DNA, through our century-old tradition of forging partnerships with cooperative education employers around the world--nearly 2,400 today. Our global co-op employers include multinational corporations, high-technology start-ups, hospitals and research institutions, engineering firms, financial institutions, nonprofits and government agencies, museums and other cultural organizations, and arts and entertainment companies.
The same focus on engaging the world drives our faculty research. Faculty members of Northeastern, frequently working in collaboration through one of our dozens of interdisciplinary research centers, are motivated by the quest to develop applications that society will find useful. Our research and academic partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and universities around the world help us advance this agenda. We maximize the potential of fundamental research to translate abstract discoveries into innovative solutions.
In the same way, our experience-based programs maximize the potential of our students by empowering them to discover their professional passion and achieve their life goals by putting their aspirations into action while they are still in school. They leave Northeastern more confident and more sophisticated about the world, better prepared for leadership and more astute in navigating career paths, wherever they may lead.
School type - private, coed college
Year founded - 1898
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $521,185,884
Selectivity - more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 38%
Application deadline - January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - February 15
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 13:1
4-year graduation rate - N/A
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21% Engineering 12% Health Professions and Related Programs 11% Social Sciences 10% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%