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Northeastern University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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With an acceptance rate of 27.4%, Northeastern University aims at giving its students class apart education. The university has campuses in and beyond Boston and provides 435 professional programs for bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees. With a faculty over 2,500 in number, the university has over 2,711 staff and 220 research professionals.

The minimum GPA required for admissions at Northeastern University is 4.0. The AP and IB tests are considered important to show the ability to excel in academic challenges. Early Action/ Decision admission is offered at Northeastern University. With 20% international students, the student population represents around 122 nations. According to the survey conducted by the university, 98% of students found employment or proceeded with postgraduate studies after graduating.

  • Applications are available with online portals, Common application portal, and Coalition application portal.
  • For postgraduate international students, English language proficiency tests are required. 
  • The graduation rate of the university is 83.3%
  • Northeastern University graduates of MBA and MS programs have the highest median salary


University TypePrivate (nonprofit)
Application Portal Common application portal 
Coalition application portal 
Application Fee Graduation – 75 USD 
Post-graduation – 75-100 USD 
Payment Mode E-check, check, credit card, mail or in-person payments 
GPA Range4.0
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (Fall 2018)19.3%
SAT (reading and writing) 
SAT (math)
680 – 750 
690 – 770
ACT31 – 34
International Student population7,500+
Tuition 51,522 USD – Undergraduation 
24,309 USD – Graduation 
Academic CalendarSemester 
Financial aid Grants, loans, work earnings 

Northeastern University Admission Deadlines

UndergraduateEarly Decision I November 1
UndergraduateEarly Decision II January 1
UndergraduateEarly ActionNovember 1
UndergraduateRegular DecisionJanuary 1 
PostgraduateRegular DecisionVaries with each program

Northeast University International Admissions

International applicants are required to provide additional documents while applying with the Northeast university. 

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

For international students, following documents need to be provided while applying at Northeastern University:

  • Academic records – high school transcripts 
  • Results from any AP exams, IB diploma results, or at least three higher level course results 
  • English language efficiency test 
  • Interview for non-native English-speaking students 
  • Counselor recommendation and teacher evaluation
  • One to three letters of recommendations 
  • Updated curriculum vitae 
  • Official GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores, as required by some departments. 
  • Personal statement of purpose 

EnglishLanguage Requirements

The minimum test scores required are mentioned below: 

PTE academic 68 
TOEFL (internet-based) 100 
IELTS 7.0 

Other ways to demonstrate English proficiency: 

AP exam 4-5 
IB English A Exam 6-7 
IB English B Exam 

Visa requirements for international students

  • After being accepted by the college, the applicants will be able to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. The university will issue I-20. 
  • Submit a supporting bank letter/ Certification of Finances, a copy of Passport or national ID to obtain Form I-20 from the University.
  • Apply for F-1 Visa
  • Schedule visa interview

Northeast University Undergraduate Admission

In fall 2018, Northeastern University received 62,272 applications out of which 12,042 applicants were accepted. With an acceptance rate of 19.3%, the university offers 92 undergraduate majors and 142 combined majors. Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Bioengineering are some of the majors offered by Northeastern University which have the highest growth.

Where to apply: Common application portal and Coalition application portal.

Application fee: 75 USD

Admission Requirements: 

  • High school transcripts. 
  • Scores of exams like GCSE, O-Levels, SPM, WASC, or Indian SSC. 
  • Official transcripts filled in and completed by the applicant. 
  •  English language proficiency test 
  • Predicted grades in the absence of result. 

Northeast University Graduate Courses Admissions

With more than 200 different programs available in-class, online, and hybrid graduate degrees across 20 areas of study, Northeastern University graduate admissions have varying processes and requirements. 

Application fee: Ranges from 75 USD to 100 USD depending on the program

General Application Requirements: Different programs may need to provide additional requirements. International applicants seeking admission in Northeastern University requires following documents while applying:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Proof of English proficiency as per the minimum requirement for that course
  • Personal statement describing applicant's interest in the program
  • One to three LOR
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Required standardized test scores (LSAT,GRE,GMAT)

Currently, Northeastern University graduates starting median salary is 54,100 USD while graduates pursuing MBA go as high as 139,200 USD annually.

The requirements and admission deadlines for some of the courses are tabulated below. 

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MS Artificial IntelligenceUniversity Graduate Admissions PortalFall: May 1;
Spring: Oct 15
75 USDTranscripts, SOP, Resume, LOR, GRE score(59147V/152Q/3.5AW),, GPA-3.0.TOEFL- 100 total;
IELTS- 7.5
MS Computer ScienceUniversity graduate admissions portalFall: April 15;
Spring: Oct 26
75 USDTranscripts, SOP, Resume, 5 LOR, GRE score, GPA-3.0TOEFL score IBT: 100;
IELTS score: 7.5
MS, Data Analytics EngineeringUniversity graduate admissions portalEarly action: Jan 15;
Fall: May 15;
Spring Priority: September 15
75 USDPersonal statement, Transcripts, 2 LOR, GRE scores (except for students who are affiliated from ABET), GPA-3.0TOEFL iBT- 79
IELTS- 6.5
MS BioengineeringUniversity graduate admissions portalEarly action: January 15;
Fall: May 15;
Spring Priority: September 15
75 USDPersonal statement, Transcripts, 2 LOR, GRE scores , GPA-3.0TOEFL iBT- 79
IELTS- 6.5
MA Political ScienceUniversity graduate admissions portalFall: June 15;
Spring: October 1
75 USD3 LOR, SOP, Resume, Unofficial transcripts, Writing sample, GRE(applicants with less than 3 years of work experience) GPA-3.0TOEFL iBT- 100;

Admission decisions for early decision I are made by December 15, early decision II are made by February 15, early action are made by February 1, and regular decision are made by April 1. International applicants intending to avail scholarships and financial aid need to apply by the specified deadlines.

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