Northeastern University (officially NU, formerly NEU), is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern has eight colleges and offers 65 undergraduate majors. At the graduate level, the university offers more than 125 programs and awards masters, doctoral, and professional degrees.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university is the home of more than 35 specialized research and education centers. Northeastern is classified as a RU/H institution (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Northeastern’s faculty members have garnered international recognition for their achievements in teaching and research. Several Guggenheim Fellows are currently or have been previously associated with Northeastern. Among Northeastern’s other distinguished faculty are a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” winner, a former NASA Astronaut, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Northeastern’s cooperative education (co-op) program was one of the first of its kind in the world. Through the co-op program, students complete eight semesters of full-time study and up to three six-month terms of paid full-time work. The program has been regularly ranked as the best co-op program in the country. The university has a large selection of corporate and non-profit co-op partners both in the United States and abroad. Employers have included major newspapers, popular television shows, top ranked international law firms, banks, and corporations and many Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Procter & Gamble. Participating students typically receive their undergraduate degree in five years, however a four year option is also available for most majors with fewer co-ops. Northeastern was ranked #1 by the Princeton Review for “Best Internships/Career Services” 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Northeastern’s 73-acre (300,000 m2) award winning campus is located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston. In 2010 and 2011, US News & World Report rated Northeastern as the No. 2 “Best Up-and-coming” National University. Northeastern ranked No. 4 in Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Campuses.” The School of Architecture was ranked #12 by the Key Institute National Rankings.
In Northeastern’s eight colleges, you’ll find the sense of community that a small college provides, combined with the resources of a major university. Our colleges are close-knit academic communities, each with its own unique approaches and programs that offer a broad array of academic choices and interdisciplinary opportunities.
College of Arts, Media and Design
Offers programs in Art + Design, Architecture, Cinema Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Industries, Journalism, Music, and Theatre, all linked by an understanding of these fields as powerful catalysts for change.
College of Business Administration
Offers degree programs in business administration and international business, in any of eight concentrations, all with a focus on combining and challenging curriculum with the reality of today’s global economy.
College of Computer and Information Science
Offers bachelor’s degrees in computer science and information science, including combined major options with the College of Arts, Media, and Design, the College of Business Administration, College of Science, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
College of Engineering
Offers majors in six engineering disciplines with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research in areas of energy, the environment, health, and security.
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Offers five majors in three schools: health professions, nursing, and pharmacy, with an interdisciplinary emphasis which reflects today’s team approach to health care.
College of Professional Studies
Offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, with an emphasis on global options. Also, home to the School of Education.
College of Science
Offers programs devoted to the sciences and mathematics with interdisciplinary research and facilitation among faculty and students, fostering the connections that lead to innovation and entrepreneurship.
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Home to disciplines which explore the meaning of human differences, the accomplishments of human cultures and the threats to them, and how human beings can better shape the world we share.
Tuition, room and board, fees, and other expenses
To help plan for a Northeastern education, families should be aware tuition is charged when a student is taking classes/earning academic credit. No tuition is charged while a student is on co-op (although the student will pay room and board if he or she stays University housing while on co-op). Grants and loans from federal and state sources are distributed evenly throughout each academic year. Northeastern grants and scholarships are distributed in terms when tuition is charged. The total costs for students living in our residence halls and enrolled in the fifteen-meal plan are as follows:
|Room and board†||$12,310|
|Mandatory student fees‡||$762|
|Total annual cost||$49,452|
In addition to these expenses, families should plan on the normal costs that students incur for transportation, books, and personal expenses. These costs can vary widely, depending upon factors such as lifestyle and distance from home. In addition, Massachusetts state law requires that every student in a Massachusetts institution of higher learning participate in a Student Health Program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. Northeastern offers a comprehensive student health insurance plan which meets the qualifications outlined by the State of Massachusetts. Students with a comparable domestic insurance plan are given the opportunity to waive NUSHP the term if they meet the qualifications.
Northeastern University’s flexible, student-centered approach enables students to participate in up to three six-month co-op assignments. Typically, annual costs for full-time freshmen are based on two semesters in classes and summer on vacation. Since tuition is only charged when a student is taking classes and/or earning academic credit, annual costs for students in their second year and beyond vary based on the student’s academic program and the number of coop assignments he or she chooses to participate in. The number of semesters a transfer student spends in school depends on the curriculum of the student’s college.
* Standard curriculum (12-18 semester hours per term)
† Room rates vary depending on occupancy and assignment.
Board charge is based upon the 15 meal-per-week plan.
‡ Fees include the student center fee, student activity fee,
recreation fee, residence hall activity fee, and new student fee.