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2019 Northeastern University Acceptance Rate: Class of 2023

So, you’re thinking about applying to Northeastern University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. There are a lot of factors in the admissions process. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 29%, admission to Northeastern University is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1550, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Northeastern admission statistics.


2019 Northeastern Admissions Statistics: Class of 2023

Northeastern 2019 Admission Statistics
 Acceptance Rate  29%
 Total Applicants  51,063
 Total Admissions  14,747
 Average GPA  4.3

Northeastern ACT Average Score and Percentile Scores

ACT Average Score / Percentile Scores
 ACT Average Score  34
 25th Percentile Score  33
 75th Percentile Score  35


Northeastern SAT Average Score and Percentile Scores

SAT Average Score / Percentile Scores
 SAT Average Score  1510
 25th Percentile Score  1470
 75th Percentile Score  1550


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Northeastern is very competitive. Even if Northeastern is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have:

  • Three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores)
  • Three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores)
  • Three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores)

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Northeastern’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


2019 Northeastern Application Requirements: Class of 2023

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

Northeastern Application Requirements
Fill out the Common Application or Coalition Application
Pay the $75 application fee
Submit your SAT or ACT Score Report
Send your secondary school transcripts with final junior year grades
Submit your guidance counselor and teacher recommendations

2019 Northeastern Application Deadlines: Class of 2023

Here are the deadlines that you should be aware of:

Application Type Deadline
 Early Action  November 1st
 Regular Decision  January 1st

Have you been admitted to Northeastern? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


2019 Northeastern Admitted Students Profile: Class of 2023

If you matriculate at Northeastern, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 49% are male and 51% are female
  • 20% of students are international

Northeastern has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 20%
  • Underrepresented minority: 6.6%
  • Two or more races: 5.2%
  • White: 59%
  • Asian American: 16%
  • Hispanic: 10%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Northeastern offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Biomedical Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Northeastern Tuition Figures

At $65,503, Northeastern’s cost of attendance is astronomical. Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $27,534.

Here’s a fuller look at Northeastern tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $65,503
  • Average financial aid package: $27,534
  • The average student debt of a Northeastern graduate is $32,493

Now, what is life like at Northeastern? Let’s take a look.


Northeastern Location

Northeastern’s main campus is located in Boston, Massachusetts, about ten miles outside of Los Angeles.

The school is known for its various satellite campuses also in Massachusetts and in Charlotte, San Jose, and Seattle.

Remember, you’re going to Northeastern for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Northeastern Academics

Northeastern has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Northeastern.


Student Life at Northeastern

Northeastern has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and political interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Northeastern’s student activities:

  • Acting Out
  • Bull and Bear Club
  • Cosplay and Costuming Club of Northeastern University
  • Distilled Harmony A Cappella
  • Elite Heat
  • Fiction Addiction Book Club
  • G-Power Dance Crew
  • Human Service Organization
  • Irish Dance Club of Northeastern University
  • Japanese Cultural Club
  • Kinematix Dance Troupe
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Makers Club of Northeastern University
  • Net Impact of Northeastern University
  • Peace through Play
  • Roxbury Robotics of Northeastern University
  • Secular Humanist Society

Are you an athlete? Northeastern’s got plenty of options for you.


Northeastern Athletics

Northeastern offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. 

Northeastern’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Rowing
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Who might you become with a Northeastern degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Northeastern has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • US Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis
  • Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone
  • Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning
  • Singer JoJo
  • Actress Jane Curtin
  • NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson
  • Billionaire James Pallotta
  • SoftBank COO Nikesh Arora
  • Radio and TV host Wendy Williams
  • Film director Courtney Hunt

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Northeastern is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no.

If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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