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Facts and Figures 2021

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 2021

75,244
Applications
13,829
Acceptances
18.38%
Acceptance rate
1,484
Mean SAT score, enrolled freshmen

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

Enrollment, Fall 2021

  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 1,217 | 297 0 | 0 1,514 269 | 9 27 | 0 305
Bouvé College of Health Sciences 1,911 | 223 0 | 0 2,134 1,297 | 89 191 | 0 1,577
D’Amore-McKim School of Business 3,449 | 1,000 0 | 0 4,449 749 | 49 800 | 0 1,598
College of Engineering 2,879 | 1,079 0 | 0 3,958 4,149 | 240 197 | 1 4,587
Khoury College of Computer Sciences 2,304 | 634 0 | 0 2,938 2,700 | 177 104 | 0 2,981
School of Law 0 | 0 0 | 0 0 570 | 196 15 | 0 781
College of Professional Studies 0 | 0 1,468 | 8 1,476 0 | 0 5,585 | 118 5,703
College of Science 2,646 | 728 0 | 0 3,374 933 | 122 177 | 5 1,237
College of Social Sciences and Humanities 1,498 | 362 0 | 0 1,860 666 | 25 65 | 0 756
University Programs 610 | 1 0 | 0 611 0 | 0 3 | 0 3
Totals 16,514 | 4,324 1,468 | 8 22,314 11,333 | 907 7,164 | 124 19,528

+ The “Co-op” column refers to the number of students in each college enrolled in our cooperative education program as of Fall 2021.

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

97%
Freshman retention (Fall 2020 freshmen)
91%
Six-year graduation rate (Fall 2014 cohort)

Costs, AY 2021–2021

$56,500
Tuition and fees
$17,810
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.

318
Undergraduate Majors (Total)
110
Single Majors
208
Combined majors

Computer Science, Bioengineering, Business Administration/Communication Studies

Highest-growth majors

Cooperative Education

2020–2021

7,764
Placements
2,935
Employers globally

+ 95% of the graduating class of 2020-21 participated in co-op.

Global Learning

2020–2021

  • 1,019 undergraduate students had a global experience, in one of 53 countries
  • 413 undergraduate students participated in co-op abroad in 65 countries
  • 135 countries are represented in Northeastern’s student body

Advanced learning

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

Campus Life Experiences

523
Student clubs and organizations
19
Varsity sports
64
Club sports

Degrees Conferred

2020–2021

196
Doctorate–PhD
193
Juris Doctor
353
Professional doctorate
5,854
Master’s degrees
4,897
Bachelor’s degrees
28
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 2021

  Undergraduate Graduate
  Female Male Other or
Unknown
Total Female Male Other or
Unknown
Total
International 1,571 1,630 2 3,203 4,658 5,990 5 10,653
Hispanic or Latino 1,367 1,001 2 2,370 496 276 1 773
American Indian or Alaska Native 6 6 0 12 2 3 0 5
Asian 2,181 1,650 2 3,833 679 460 3 1,142
Black or African American 915 430 0 1,345 458 275 1 734
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2 1 0 3 1 3 0 4
White 5,020 4,738 20 9,778 2,961 1,999 14 4,974
Two or more races 737 564 2 1,303 207 109 2 318
Race and ethnicity unknown 231 233 3 467 523 395 7 925
Total 12,030 10,253 31 22,314 9,985 9,510 33 19,528

+ Note: UG and GR Fall Enrollment excludes non-degree seeking students.

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.

  • $181.2M in external research awards, 2020–2021
  • $166.4M in research expenditures, 2020–2021

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 2021

3,359
Faculty
3,036
Staff
346
Research professionals

Community of Support

282,143
Alumni
179
Alumni countries
$194.4M
Total giving, FY 2021

Finances, FY 2021

$1.435B
Expenses, FY 2021
$1.47B
Endowment market value, FY 2021

+ 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

Mary Ludden

Senior Vice Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Thomas Nedell

Senior Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Karl Reid

Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer

Mary B. Strother

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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

Elizabeth Mynatt

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

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)