Northeastern University

Northeastern University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Northeastern University Ranked?

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2022 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 737 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other rehabilitation and therapeutic professions.

Overall Quality

Northeastern is ranked #58 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Northeastern held the #81 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, Northeastern is ranked at #10.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Northeastern?

Acceptance Rate

Northeastern University has a very low acceptance rate of 27%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Northeastern just in case you don't make the cut.

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 75%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  75 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Northeastern University has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. 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  99 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Northeastern University.

Northeastern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,202 undergraduates at Northeastern with 14,156 being full-time and 46 being part-time.

How Much Does Northeastern University Cost?

The overall average net price of Northeastern is $31,093. 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 +
$10,239 $12,823 $17,692 $25,744 $43,383

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 2.2%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Northeastern Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Northeastern make about $67,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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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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, 4,147 received undergraduate degrees and 3,444 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 939 $60,700
Computer Information Systems 314 $85,800
Mechanical Engineering 250 $69,600
Communication & Media Studies 173 $45,400
Economics 159 $56,700
International Business 140 $65,600
Political Science & Government 130 $43,900
Health & Medical Administrative Services 129 $40,000
Chemical Engineering 128 $68,600
Nursing 121 $67,300

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

Online Learning at Northeastern

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 2,324 students took at least one online class at Northeastern University. This is an increase from the 2,011 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,324 209
2017-2018 2,011 173
2016-2017 1,692 249
2015-2016 1,636 240
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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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