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#13 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Northeastern Admission Requirements

Boston, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Northeastern University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
20%
Admission Difficulty for Northeastern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Northeastern and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Northeastern is 20%.  It ranks #8 in Massachusetts and #53 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Northeastern is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 13,199 out of 64,459 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 3 percent (SAT 1410/1540 ACT 33/35). Northeastern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.91. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Northeastern application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Northeastern University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Northeastern SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1410-1540
Applicants Submitting SAT 
39%
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1410
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1540
Average SAT Score 1480

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northeastern University?

Northeastern University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1410 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1340. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1480 out of 1600. Northeastern ranks #5 in Massachusetts and #23 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northeastern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1540 and Above Good >32%
1475 to 1540 Avg + 20%-32%
1410 to 1475 Avg - 12%-20%
1345 to 1410 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1345 Low <6%
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Northeastern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
45%
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Northeastern?

Admission data indicates that Northeastern regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Massachusetts and #10 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northeastern University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northeastern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >32%
34 to 35 Avg + 20%-32%
33 to 34 Avg - 12%-20%
32 to 33 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 32 Low <6%
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Northeastern GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.91*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Northeastern University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Northeastern. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northeastern University was 3.91 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Northeastern is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.91 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

76% of Northeastern University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northeastern University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 76%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northeastern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 34,927 29,532 64,459
Accepted 7,052 6,147 13,199
Acceptance Rate 20% 21% 20%
Enrolled 1,656 1,472 3,128
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 24% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northeastern University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northeastern University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northeastern University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northeastern University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167358 IPEDS survey data for Northeastern University.

FAQs

Does Northeastern University prefer SAT or ACT?

39% of students submit their SAT scores to Northeastern. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northeastern University?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to Northeastern. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northeastern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1410 and 1540. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northeastern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.