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Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University is a private not-for-profit institution. Boston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

$57,809 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
20% Acceptance Rate

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Northeastern University Rankings

We have ranked Northeastern as #61 out of 2,110 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 69 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #11.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Northeastern has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#51 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northeastern.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Taxation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Finance & Financial Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Northeastern has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best International Business Schools College Factual
#10 Best General Business/Commerce Schools College Factual
#23 Best Accounting Schools College Factual
#30 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#42 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools College Factual
#77 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Northeastern University?


Contact details for Northeastern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5005
Phone: 617-373-2000

How Do I Get Into Northeastern?

You can apply to Northeastern online at:

Admission Requirements for Northeastern

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Northeastern?

20% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 20%, Northeastern is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 21%, and the acceptance rate for women is 20%.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to Northeastern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 750. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern University  ( 690 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern University  ( 720 to 790 )
Northeastern received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Northeastern University  ( 33 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Northeastern University  ( 30 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Northeastern University?

$57,809 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Northeastern is $57,809. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Northeastern, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $8,697 a year. That adds up to $34,788 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northeastern is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northeastern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

15,131 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,156 undergraduate students at Northeastern, with 15,131 being full-time and 25 being part-time.


There are also 7,749 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,131 full-time undergraduates at Northeastern, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northeastern University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,629
Black or African American 621
Hispanic or Latino 1,375
White 6,796
International Students 2,426
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,284

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Northeastern University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 146 countries are represented at Northeastern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at Northeastern University

663 Took All Classes Online
11,053 Took At Least One Class Online
52.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 11,053 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northeastern has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Northeastern

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northeastern University was 52.8%. This is the #547 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northeastern regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northeastern University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Accounting 0
Research and Development Management 0
Entrepreneurship 0
Finance 0
General Business/Commerce 0
International Business/Trade/Commerce 0
Taxation 0
Development Economics & International Development 0
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 0
General Economics 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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