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Northeastern University (NU, formerly NEU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. It is categorized as an R1 institution (Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus in the Fenway-Kenmore, Roxbury, South End, and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston. The university has a satellite campus in Seattle, Washington. The university’s enrollment is approximately 18,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students.
Northeastern features a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents and a comprehensive study abroad program. In 2011, the university opened the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex will open in early 2017.
Northeastern is a large, highly residential university. Most students choose to live on campus but upperclassmen have the option to live off campus. More than 75% of Northeastern students receive some form of financial aid. In the 2015–16 school year, the university offered US$239 million in grant and scholarship assistance.
The university’s sports teams, the Northeastern Huskies, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 18 varsity sports. The men’s and women’s hockey teams compete in Hockey East, while the men’s and women’s rowing teams compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) and Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), respectively. Men’s Track and Field has won the CAA back to back years in 2015 and 2016. In 2013, men’s basketball won its first CAA regular season championship, men’s soccer won the CAA title for the first time, and women’s ice hockey won a record 16th Beanpot championship.
Location & Facilities
Northeastern is located in Boston’s Fenway, Roxbury and Back Bay neighborhoods adjacent to Huntington Avenue near the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. The area is also known as the Fenway Cultural District.
Although located in the heart of Boston, the NU campus is still filled with trees, flowers, and grassy quads. Since the late 1990s, Northeastern has been considered a model of design for urban universities and has twice won the “most beautiful new or renovated exterior space” award (presented by the American Institute of Architects) in 2001 and 2004. The site of the first baseball World Series is commemorated, in front of the university’s Churchill Hall, by a statue of Cy Young.
Opened in 1910 and widely known as the Boston Arena, Matthews Arena is the world’s oldest surviving indoor ice hockey arena. Located on the east edge of Northeastern University’s campus, it is home to the Northeastern Huskies men’s and women’s hockey teams, and men’s basketball team as well as the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s men’s hockey team. The arena is named after former Chair of the Board of Trustees George J. Matthews and his wife, the late Hope M. Matthews. The arena is the original home of the NHL Boston Bruins and the WHA New England Whalers (now the NHL Carolina Hurricanes). It was also the secondary home to the NBA Boston Celtics in the 1940s. It has hosted all or part of the America East Conference men’s basketball tournament a total of seven times and hosted the 1960 Frozen Four. The arena also served as the original home to the annual Beanpot tournament between Boston’s four major college hockey programs.
Marino Recreation Center
Named after Roger Marino, co-founder of EMC Corporation, the Marino Center features on its first floor an atrium with two cafés (Au Bon Pain and Boloco) and a food market (Wollaston’s). The second floor includes a student exercise area, a multipurpose room is used for aerobics classes and martial arts clubs. The gymnasium consists of three basketball courts. On the third floor, a state-of-the-art resistance training area and a fully equipped free weight room. A three-lane suspended track is available for either walking or jogging, and rowing ergometers are available.
The NU Libraries include the Snell Library, the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute Library, and the library at the NU Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts. The NU School of Law Library is separately administered by the NU School of Law.
Snell Library opened in 1990 at a cost of US$35 million and contains 1.3 million volumes. The Digital Media Design Studio within the library is a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environment for creating course-related multimedia presentations, projects and portfolios. The library is home to the Favat Collection, a current collection of children’s literature and K–12 curriculum resources, instructional materials, and related information to support courses offered by the School of Education. It contains three computer labs operated by NU Information Services. Two are available to all NU students, faculty, and staff; the other is a teaching lab.
The NU Libraries received federal depository designation in 1962. As a selective depository, the Libraries receive forty-five percent of the federal publication series available to depository libraries.
The Snell Library is also home to the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections department, which includes the Benjamin LaGuer papers collection. The Special Collections focus on records of Boston-area community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues.
Snell Library is also open 24 hours a day, allowing students to study at any given time.
Spiritual Life Center and Sacred Space
Within the urban environment that characterizes the campus as a whole, NU has carved out a quiet, peaceful space in the centrally located Ell Building for the Spiritual Life Center’s Sacred Space. The nondenominational Sacred Space, the Center’s main assembly hall, can be configured with carpets, mats or chairs. It has a distinctive ceiling consisting of 3 hanging domes made of overlapping aluminum tiles with an origami-like effect, warm wood floors and accents, and glass-panelled walls that lean outward slightly, their shape and material giving a sense of openness and volume to the space. Faucets for ablution are available in a flanking antechamber, and the Center also contains a smaller meeting space and library. The Sacred Space opened in 1998. The architects Office dA (Nader Tehrani & Monica Ponce de Leon) received the 2002 Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects for the design.
The West Village complex includes eight buildings serving mainly as residence halls and classrooms.
- Building A (opened 1999): Residence Hall (two sections, West Village A North and South).
- Building B (opened 2001): Residence Hall.
- Building C (opened 2001): Residence Hall (several floors for upperclassmen honors students) and one classroom.
- Building D – Behrakis Health Science Center (opened 2002): classrooms and laboratories
- Building E (opened 2002): Residence Hall.
- Building G (opened 2004): Residence Hall and several classrooms.
- Building H (opened 2004): Residence Hall. Open to students who are over the age of 21. Single rooms only. New home of the College of Computer and Information Science (several classrooms, offices and computer labs).
- Building F (opened 2006): Residence Hall for upper-class students, classrooms, John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, Admissions Visitors Center.
The plans for Building K, a 22-story high rise housing 600 beds, have been completed and will be rented to the university until they are able to buy it.
South Campus (Columbus Avenue) Northeastern University’s southernmost section of campus is located along Columbus Avenue in Roxbury, parallel to the Orange line. The University expanded south into Roxbury at the same time as they were building West Village. In 2001, Davenport Commons was opened, providing 585 students housing in two residence halls while 75 families representing a range of incomes have been able to purchase a condo or townhouse at or below Boston’s market value. Davenport Commons also created commercial space on Tremont Street. During the summer of 2006, Northeastern University proposed a new residence hall further away from the main campus, at the corner of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street.
Construction began in late February 2007. In the Spring of 2009, The complex was named International Village and opened later that Summer. Its nicknames include “IV” and “INV.” It consists of three interconnected residence halls, an office complex, administration building, and a gym. The residence halls house honors freshman and all levels of upperclassmen. A 400-seat dining hall is available to all members of the Northeastern community as well as the public. The following buildings make up the South Campus, :
- Davenport Commons A – 2000
- Davenport Commons B – 2000
- 780 Columbus Avenue – 2001 (converted lofts; formerly South End Auto Supply)
- 768 Columbus Avenue (faculty/graduate students)
- 10 Coventry – 2005
- International Village – 2009
- Columbus Place (716 Columbus Ave) – 1997
- Renaissance Park (1135 Tremont St)
- International Village Office Building – 2009
Badger and Rosen Facility (Squashbusters) – 2003
Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex
On February 21, 2014, Northeastern University had its groundbreaking ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex on Columbus Avenue. When the 220,000 square foot building is completed in 2017, it will provide research and educational space for students and faculty from the College of Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Computer and Information Science. The centerpiece of the complex will include a large atrium, a spiral staircase, and a 280-seat auditorium.
East Village is Northeastern’s newest dorm building for upperclassmen. The building is located on St. Botolph Street and opened in January 2015.
Dodge Hall is mainly used for Northeastern’s business programs (Before Snell Library opened in 1990, it served as the university’s main library). Dodge Hall has five floors. The basement houses a computer lab and is connected to the university’s large network of underground tunnels which connects many buildings.
Classrooms and a lounge area occupy the first floor. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business undergraduate office is on the second floor, and the graduate office is on the third floor. The School of Professional Accounting office is on the fourth floor.
Directly behind Dodge Hall is the YMCA where Northeastern was founded.
List of Departments
Colleges and Schools
College of Arts, Media and Design (BA, BFA, BS, MS, MA, MPA, PhD)
- School of Architecture
- School of Journalism
D’Amore-McKim School of Business (BSBA, BSIB, MBA, MS)
- School of Technological Entrepreneurship (MS)
College of Computer and Information Science (BA, BS, MS, PhD)
College of Engineering (BS, MS, PhD)
- Department of Bioengineering
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Bouvé College of Health Sciences (BS, MS, Pharm.D, PhD)
- The School of Nursing (BS, MS, MPH, DPT, Au.D)
- The School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D, MS, BS, PhD)
College of Professional Studies (AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, M.Ed, Ed.D., LP.D. and DLP)
- School of Education
- English Language Center
- Lowell Institute School
- World Languages Center
College of Science
- Department of Biology
- Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- Department of Psychology
College of Social Science and Humanities
- School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (BS, MS, PhD)
- School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
- Department of Economics
- Department of Law and Public Policy (MS, PhD)
School of Law (J.D.)
Accounting – CPS (ACC)
African-American Studies (AFAM)
African Studies (AFRS)
Air Force ROTC (AIRF)
American Sign Language (AMSL)
American Sign Language – CPS (ASL)
Analytics – CPS (ALY)
Anthropology – CPS (ANT)
Army ROTC (ARMY)
Art – CPS (ART)
Art – Design (ARTG)
Art – Fundamentals (ARTF)
Art – General (ARTE)
Art – History (ARTH)
Art – Media Arts (ARTD)
Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE)
Art – Studio (ARTS)
Asian Studies (ASNS)
Behavioral Neuroscience (BNSC)
Biology – CPS (BIO)
Biotechnology – CPS (BTC)
Business Administration (BUSN)
Business – CPS (BUS)
Business Law – CPS (BLW)
Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Science (EXSC)
Career Development – CPS (CDV)
Chemical Engineering (CHME)
Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CHEM)
Chemistry – CPS (CHM)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIVE)
Civil and Environmental Engineering – CPS (CIV)
Commerce and Economic Development – CPS (CED)
Communication Studies (COMM)
Communication Studies – CPS (CMN)
Computer Engineering Technology – CPS (CET)
Computer Engineering Technology – CPS (ETC)
Computer Science – CPS (COM)
Computer Science (CS)
Computer Systems Engineering (CSYE)
Construction Management – CPS (CMG)
Cooperative Education (COOP)
Cooperative Education – CPS (COP)
Co-op/Experiential Education (EXED)
Co-op/Experiential Education in Arts, Media, and Design
Co-op/Experiential Education in Science (EESC)
Co-op/Experiential Education in Social Sciences and Humanities (EESH)
Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology (CAEP)
Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Special Education – CPS (CRS)
Criminal Justice – CPS (CJS)
Criminal Justice (CRIM)
Culture – Literature (LITR)
Data Science (DS)
Deaf Studies (DEAF)
Digital Media – CPS (DGM)
Earth and Earth and Environmental Sciences – CPS (GEO)
Earth and Environmental Sciences (ENVR)
Earth Sciences – CPS (ESC)
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB)
Economics – CPS (ECN)
Education – CPS (EDU)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Electrical Engineering – CPS (ELE)
Electrical Engineering Technology – CPS (EET)
Emergency Medical Services – CPS (EMS)
Energy Systems (ENSY)
Engineering Cooperative Education (ENCP)
Engineering Interdisciplinary (ENGR)
Engineering Leadership (ENLR)
Engineering Management (EMGT)
English as Second Language – CPS (ESL)
English – CPS (ENG)
English Writing (ENGW)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTR)
Entrepreneurship Technological (TECE)
Environmental Studies – CPS (ENV)
Environmental Studies (ENVS)
Finance and Insurance (FINA)
Finance – CPS (FIN)
First-Year Seminar (FSEM)
Foreign Language (FLNG)
French – CPS (FRN)
Fund-Raising – CPS (FDR)
Game Design (GAME)
Game Science and Design (GSND)
General – CPS (GEN)
General Engineering (GE)
General Engineering Technology – CPS (GET)
General Studies – CPS (GNS)
General Studies (GENS)
Geographic Information Systems – CPS (GIS)
Global Studies – CPS (GST)
Graduate Engineering – CPS (GSE)
Health Informatics (HINF)
Health Information Administration – CPS (HIA)
Health Management – CPS (HMG)
Health Science – CPS (HSC)
Health Science (HSCI)
Health Science – Interdisciplinary (HLTH)
History – CPS (HST)
Homeland Security – CPS (HLS)
Honors Program (HONR)
Hospitality Administration – CPS (HPA)
Humanities – CPS (HUM)
Human Resources Management – CPS (HRM)
Human Resources Management (HRMG)
Human Services – CPS (HSV)
Human Services (HUSV)
Industrial Engineering (IE)
Information Assurance (IA)
Information Resources Management – CPS (IRM)
Information Science (IS)
Information Systems Program (INFO)
Information Technology – CPS (ITC)
Insurance – CPS (INS)
Intellectual Property – CPS (ITP)
Interdisciplinary Studies – CPS (INT)
Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts, Media, and Design (INAM)
Interdisciplinary Studies in Science (INSC)
Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities (INSH)
Interdisciplinary Studies – Office of the Provost (INPR)
International Affairs (INTL)
International Business (INTB)
Jewish Studies – CPS (JLS)
Jewish Studies (JWSS)
Journalism – CPS (JRN)
Knowledge Management – CPS (KMG)
Landscape Architecture (LARC)
Language – General (LANG)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Law and Policy – CPS (LWP)
Law and Public Policy (LPSC)
Law (for Non-Law School Students) (LW)
Leadership Studies – CPS (LDR)
Legal Studies (LS)
Liberal Studies – CPS (LST)
Management – CPS (MGT)
Management Information Systems – CPS (MIS)
Management Information Systems (MISM)
Management Science (MGSC)
Managerial Economics (MECN)
Marine Studies (MARS)
Marketing – CPS (MKT)
Materials Engineering (MATL)
Mathematics – CPS (MTH)
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MEIE)
Mechanical Engineering – CPS (MEG)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Mechanical Engineering Technology – CPS (MET)
Media and Screen Studies (MSCR)
Media – Cinema Studies (CINE)
Meeting Management – CPS (MTM)
Modern Languages – CPS (LNG)
Music – CPS (MUS)
Music Industry (MUSI)
Music Performance – NEC (MPNC)
Music Technology (MUST)
Navy ROTC (NAVY)
Network Science (NETS)
Nonprofit Management – CPS (NPM)
Nursing – CPS (NUR)
Nutrition – CPS (NTR)
Operations Research (OR)
Organizational Behavior (ORGB)
Organizational Change – CPS (OCM)
Paralegal Studies – CPS (PRL)
Payroll Administration – CPS (PAY)
Pharmaceutical Science (PHSC)
Pharmacy – Medicinal Chemistry – CPS (PMC)
Pharmacy Practice (PHMD)
Philosophy – CPS (PHL)
Philosophy – Religious Studies (RELS)
Physical Education – CPS (PHE)
Physical Therapy – CPS (PTH)
Physical Therapy (PT)
Physician Assistant (PA)
Physics – CPS (PHY)
Political Science – CPS (POL)
Political Science (POLS)
Portuguese – CPS (PRT)
Professional Development Programs – CPS (PDP)
Project Management – CPS (PJM)
Psychology – CPS (PSY)
Public Health (PHTH)
Public Policy and Urban Affairs (PPUA)
Public Relations – CPS (PBR)
Purchasing – CPS (PUR)
Regulatory Affairs – CPS (RGA)
Regulatory Affairs of Food – CPS (RFA)
Remote Sensing – CPS (RMS)
Respiratory Therapy – CPS (RPT)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)
Science – CPS (SCI)
Sociology – CPS (SOC)
Spanish – CPS (SPN)
Specialty Study in Arts, Media, and Design (SSAM)
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SLPA)
Study Abroad (ABRD)
Study Abroad – Business (ABRB)
Study Abroad – Law (ABRL)
Study Abroad – Science (ABRS)
Study Abroad – Social Sciences and Humanities (ABRH)
Study USA (ABRU)
Supply Chain Management (SCHM)
Sustainable Building Systems (SBSY)
Sustainable Urban Environments (SUEN)
Technical Communications – CPS (TCC)
Technology Commercialization – CPS (TCM)
Telecommunication Systems (TELE)
Urban Studies (URBS)
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WMNS)
Scholarships reward academic excellence. Northeastern has established several highly selective scholarship programs to reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement. You must apply by the regular deadline to be considered for these scholarships. No additional applications are necessary, as consideration for merit scholarships is automatic when the application is completed by the deadline.
National Merit Finalist and National Hispanic Scholar Scholarships
Award: Up to a $30,000 per year scholarship for admitted freshman applicants who are designated National Merit Finalists or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Students who are National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars must submit documentation to Northeastern by the posted deadline. National Merit Finalists must rank Northeastern as their school of choice by the posted listing deadline. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with the minimum 3.000 grade-point average, may renew the award for the full eight-semester program.
Eligibility: Admitted freshman applicants who are U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents and have been designated National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) and students identified as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.
Awards: Partial tuition scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew these awards.
Eligibility: The top 10 percent to 15 percent of freshman applicants may be considered for these highly selective awards.
University Scholars Program
Launched in fall 2012, the Northeastern University Scholars Program is a full tuition scholarship program offered to a limited number of students. Individuals invited to join this program have distinguished themselves academically; displayed an entrepreneurial approach to study, achievement, involvement, and life; and have demonstrated curiosity and creativity that extend far beyond the classroom to impact the world around them. The program is intended to meet the interests of students who demand to be challenged, are passionate about learning, and will innovate when given the freedom to explore. Students invited to join the University Scholars Program will be notified of their selection in their letter of admission. There is no separate application, and only students admitted to the fall semester are considered for this program. Scholars will also be expected to participate in Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program and complete 100 hours of community service each year.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
(Transfer Students Only)
Award: $5,000 grant. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew the award.
Eligibility: Applicants for fall transfer admission who have earned a 3.500 grade-point average in 32 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours or units of college-level course work. For eligibility, you must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident enrolling directly from a two-year institution of higher education.
Ujima Global Leaders Program
The Ujima Global Leaders Program is a scholarship program focused on developing leaders for tomorrow’s diverse and complex world. Ujima Global Leaders from all academic disciplines will work collaboratively to develop intercultural competence and awareness by engaging with communities on campus, throughout Boston, and the world. Working with staff and faculty, Global Leaders may choose to make an impact based on their interests and goals via community service involvement, experiential opportunities, and research and global experiences. Committed to excellence, academic achievement, service, and diversity, Global Leaders will be prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The Ujima Global Leaders Program seeks to enroll academically talented first-year students with demonstrated leadership skills, community involvement, and/or an interest in issues related to serving underrepresented and underserved populations. Scholars receive the Ujima Global Leadership Award, and those with demonstrated need will have their full need met. Scholars will also be expected to participate in Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program and complete fifty hours of community service each year.
The International Scholars Awards
Northeastern University does not offer need-based assistance to international students.
Awards: Merit-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. The scholarships reward the outstanding academic achievements of incoming freshman international students. They are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters as long as the student maintains a 3.000 grade-point average.
Eligibility: The top 10 percent to 15 percent of international freshman applicants may be considered for these awards.
Choose Early Decision if Northeastern is your number one choice and you are committed to attending if admitted. Early Decision is ideal for students who are confident that Northeastern is the right academic, social, and financial fit for them and their family.
Early Decision is binding—if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and withdrawing all applications from other institutions. You will be notified of your decision online by December 15.
Applicant deadline for Early Decision: November 1.
CSS profile deadline for Early Decision: November 15.
FAFSA deadline for Early Decision: February 15.
Deposit deadline: January 15.
Choose Early Action if Northeastern is a top choice—and you feel that you can put your best foot forward at this earlier date, since the Admissions Committee will not see your senior year grades or late fall standardized testing.
Early Action is non-binding—you will be notified of your decision online by December 31.
Applicant deadline for Early Action: November 1.
CSS profile deadline for Early Action: December 1.
FAFSA deadline for Early Action: February 15.
Deposit deadline: May 1.
Choose Regular Decision if you would like the Admissions Committee to review information from the first semester of your senior year, and to have additional time to put the finishing touches on your application.
Regular Decision is non-binding—you will be notified of your decision online by April 1.
Applicant deadline for Regular Decision: January 1.
CSS profile deadline for Regular Decision. February 15.
FAFSA deadline for Regular Decision: February 15.
Deposit deadline: May 1.