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On Site: Northeastern University

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

At a Glance

City, State: Boston, MA

Undergraduate Students: 18,980

Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Acceptance Rate: 20%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Freshman Retention Rate: 97%

Notable Programs: business, marketing, health sciences, social sciences

The Feel

  • Northeastern is the place to be if you want to be in and among the city. The 74 acre campus includes a number of high rise buildings, some of which are examples of extraordinary architecture.

  • Northeastern has attracted one of the largest populations of international students for schools in the U.S.

  • NU has over 400 clubs and organizations, 70 available sports for students to participate in, and 27 dining options.

  • Along with an impressive 270 majors, Northeastern offers 170 combined majors, which are essentially hybrids of two different areas of study.

  • There are 100 service based learning courses available in which students can benefit an area of need while learning their subject.

Standout Points

  • Northeastern is considered the top school in the world for cooperative education, or “co-ops.” A majority of students will work a year or more, full time, for a company and earn a handsome salary and gain invaluable experience, all before graduating.

  • Prior to completing a co-op, students must take a class to prepare them for the experience. They also work with designated co-op advisers who have connections with over 3,000 companies who work with Northeastern students.

  • Students can choose between a 6 months, 12 months or even 18 months of co-op time, which will determine whether or not they graduate in 4 years or 5 years.

  • First year students have the unique option of participating in, where students spend the first semester in an experiential learning capacity abroad before arriving on campus in the spring, or NUBound, where they spend the first year at one of their other campuses in London or the Bay Area. Global learning is a priority for N.U. and all students will have the opportunity to study abroad or complete a co-op overseas.

Fun Fact

  • All first-years students live in a Living Learning Community, which is essentially a themed residential life experience. One example is Exploring Boston, where students take multiple local trips around the greater Boston area.

Bottom Line Fit: For the high achieving student who chooses not to wait until graduating before starting a salaried job, and who thrives off experiential learning and globe-trotting in order to do so.

Learn more about Northeastern!

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