Northeastern University

country rank  93
world rank  167

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University Overview

Established in 1898, Northeastern University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Boston (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Massachusetts. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Burlington, Nahant, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Charlotte. Officially accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Northeastern University (NU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Northeastern University (NU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 124 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 10-20% making this US higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. NU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym NU
Founded 1898
Motto Lux, Veritas, Virtus
Light, Truth, Courage
Colours Northeastern red, warm gray and black

University Location

Address 360 Huntington Avenue
02115-5000 Massachusetts
United States
Tel +1 (617) 373 2000
Fax +1
Other locations Burlington, Nahant, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Charlotte

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 10-20%
Admission Office 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston 02115-5000
(617) 373 2200

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 25,000-29,999
Academic Staff 1,500-1,999
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Northeastern University's Library
Northeastern University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 527,386 physical volumes, 128,091 physical media, 123,499 digital/electronic medium and 397 licensed digital/electronic databases. Northeastern University's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
Northeastern University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 9,517 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Psychology Association (APA)
  • National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
  • Project Management Institute's Global-Accreditation-Center
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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