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Enrollment

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle; Silicon Valley; San Francisco; Toronto; Vancouver; London; Portland, Maine and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Full-time Undergraduate Admission, Fall 2020

64,459
Applications
13,199
Acceptances
20.50%
Acceptance rate
1,467
Mean SAT score, enrolled freshmen

+ Undergraduate applications and the average SAT score for the incoming freshman class have steadily risen since 2009.

Enrollment, Fall 2020

  Undergraduate
Full-Time | Co-op
Undergraduate
Part-Time
Total Graduate
Full-Time | Co-op
Graduate
Part-Time | Co-op
Total
College of Arts, Media and Design 1,247 | 206 0 1,453 218 | 21 33 | 0 272
Bouvé College of Health Sciences 1,624 | 280 0 1,904 1,254 | 41 197 | 0 1,492
D’Amore-McKim School of Business 3,625 | 731 0 4,356 368 | 47 839 | 1 1,255
College of Engineering 3,041 | 915 0 3,956 3,385 | 344 188 | 0 3,917
Khoury College of Computer Sciences 2,074 | 458 0 2,532 1,875 | 221 81 | 1 2,178
School of Law 0 | 0 0 0 492 | 207 0 | 0 699
College of Professional Studies 0 | 0 1,601 1,601 0 | 0 5,244 | 123 5,367
College of Science 2,445 | 582 0 3,027 770 | 61 150 | 2 983
College of Social Sciences and Humanities 1,505 | 265 0 1,770 518 | 24 52 | 0 594
University Programs 464 | 0 0 464 0 | 0 5 | 0 5
Totals 16,025 | 3,437 1,601 21,063 8,880 | 966 6,789 | 127 16,762

+ The “Co-op” column refers to the number of students in each college enrolled in our cooperative education program as of Fall 2020.

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

97%
Freshman retention (Fall 2019 freshmen)
89%
Six-year graduation rate (Fall 2014 cohort)

Costs, AY 2020–2021

$54,360
Tuition and fees
$17,480
Room and board

Source: northeastern.edu/admissions/cost

Experiential Learning

Northeastern integrates global experience into learning at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In addition to the university’s signature cooperative education program, experiential opportunities include research, service, global study, and clubs and activities.

270
Undergraduate Majors (Total)
99
Single Majors
171
Combined majors

Computer Science, Bioengineering, Computer Engineering/Computer Science

Highest-growth majors

Cooperative Education

2019–2020

9,008
Placements
2,901
Employers globally

+ 93% of the graduating class of 2019–20 participated in co-op.

Global Learning

2019–2020

  • 2,244 undergraduate students had a global experience, in one of 82 countries
  • 453 undergraduate students participated in co-op abroad in 69 countries
  • 143 countries are represented in Northeastern’s student body

Advanced learning

  • 35 research doctorate programs
  • 288 professional doctorate, masters, and certificate programs (in class, online, and in hybrid formats)

Campus Life Experiences

493
Student clubs and organizations
19
Varsity sports
64
Club sports

Degrees Conferred

2019–2020

176
PhD
200
Juris Doctor
741
Professional doctorate
6,000
Master’s degrees
4,742
Bachelor’s degrees
32
Post-master’s certificates

Student Diversity

Northeastern views diversity as a necessity for learning. Diversity offers the breadth and depth of ideas, experiences, and cultural backgrounds that make learning transformative.

Enrollment by gender and race/ethnicity, Fall 2020

  Undergraduate Graduate
  Female Male Total Female Male Total
International 1,653 1,717 3,370 3,656 4,784 8,440
Hispanic or Latino 1,033 865 1,898 454 238 692
American Indian or Alaska Native 7 4 11 3 2 5
Asian 1,853 1,518 3,371 605 401 1,006
Black or African American 691 346 1,037 430 263 693
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 1 2 3 2 5
White 4,679 4,733 9,412 2,658 1,965 4,623
Two or more races 617 472 1,089 172 95 267
Race and ethnicity unknown 426 428 854 581 433 1,014
Total 10,960 10,084 21,044 8,562 8,183 16,745

+ Note that 19 undergraduate students and 17 graduate students declined to report their gender.

Use-inspired Research

Northeastern’s research enterprise is strategically focused on building interdisciplinary teams to solve global challenges in health, security, and sustainability. Institutes in mission-critical fields fuel research partnerships with industry, government, and academia.

  • $180.2M in external research awards, 2019–2020
  • $158.3M in research expenditures, 2019–2020

Research Institutes

  • Barnett Institute for Chemical and Biological Analysis
  • Coastal Sustainability Institute
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute
  • Experiential AI Institute
  • Experiential Robotics Institute
  • Global Resilience Institute
  • Kostas Institute for Homeland Security
  • Network Science Institute
  • Chemical Imaging of Living Systems Institute
  • Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

+ Northeastern is an R1 research university, a designation by the Carnegie Classification system for U.S. universities with the highest level of research activity.

Human Resources

Fall 2020

3,049
Faculty
2,981
Staff
277
Research professionals

Community of Support

278,160
Alumni
177
Alumni countries
$180.3M
Total giving, FY 2020

Finances, FY 2019

$1.34B
Expenses, FY 2020
$1.09B
Endowment market value, FY 2020

+ Northeastern’s bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service is A1, with a “stable” outlook.

Leadership

President and Cabinet

Joseph E. Aoun

President

David Madigan

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Kenneth Henderson

Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning

Michael Armini

Senior Vice President for External Affairs

Diane MacGillivray

Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Ralph Martin

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Thomas Nedell

Senior Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Carla Brodley

Senior Advisor for Experiential AI

Madeleine Estabrook

Senior Advisor for Global Student Experience

Robert Jose

Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion

David Luzzi

Senior Advisor for Research

Deanna Raineri

Senior Advisor for Enterprise Learning Partnerships

College and School Deans

Gregory D. Abowd

College of Engineering

David Fields

College of Professional Studies (interim)

James Hackney

School of Law

Elizabeth Hudson

College of Arts, Media and Design

Alan Mislove

Khoury College of Computer Sciences (interim)

Uta Poiger

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Carmen Sceppa

Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Hazel Sive

College of Science

Emery Trahan

D’Amore-McKim School of Business (interim)