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Want the scoop on Northeastern University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Northeastern offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Northeastern University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Northeastern University was awarded 213 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Northeastern is ranked #81 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Northeastern also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Northeastern?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 27%, Northeastern is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 33% 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 680 and 750. Math scores were between 690 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern University  ( 680 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern University  ( 690 to 770 )
Northeastern received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern University  ( 32 to 34 )

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Northeastern University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Northeastern University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northeastern University is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Northeastern University has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Northeastern

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,909 undergraduates at Northeastern with 13,864 being full-time and 45 being part-time.

Northeastern Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.20 out of 100, Northeastern is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.20 out of 100
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How Much Does Northeastern University Cost?

The overall average net price of Northeastern is $31,855. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Northeastern

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,168 $14,186 $18,627 $27,272 $44,248

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Northeastern, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Northeastern, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $6,792 a year. That adds up to $27,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northeastern is 2.0%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Northeastern Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Northeastern make around $67,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Northeastern students since it is 69% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Northeastern University make the most money.

Location of Northeastern University

Northeastern University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The location of Northeastern is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Northeastern University

Contact details for Northeastern are given below.

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

Northeastern University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from Northeastern University. Of these students, 4,127 received undergraduate degrees and 3,296 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 900 $60,700
Computer Information Systems 248 $85,800
Mechanical Engineering 222 $69,600
Economics 203 $56,700
Chemical Engineering 154 $68,600
Communication & Media Studies 152 $45,400
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 134 $37,600
General Biology 134 $38,100
Child Development & Psychology 128 $37,500
Political Science & Government 122 $43,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Northeastern University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Northeastern

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 2,011 students took at least one online class at Northeastern University. This is an increase from the 1,692 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,011 173
2016-2017 1,692 249
2015-2016 1,636 240
2014-2015 1,425 206
2013-2014 1,488 173

Learn more about online learning at Northeastern University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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