Chances of getting into Northeastern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
19.3%
Admission Difficulty for Northeastern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Northeastern and can I get accepted? The school has a 19% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,042 out of 62,272 applicants were admitted making Northeastern a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 5 percent. Northeastern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Northeastern SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1360-1540
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1360
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 1450

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

Northeastern University typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 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 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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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 >29%
1450 to 1540 Avg + 19%-29%
1360 to 1450 Avg - 12%-19%
1270 to 1360 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 1270 Low <8%
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Northeastern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
45%
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

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 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northeastern University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northeastern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >29%
33 to 34 Avg + 19%-29%
32 to 33 Avg - 12%-19%
31 to 32 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 31 Low <8%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Northeastern University. 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 #6 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Northeastern is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

64% 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 64%
Top 25% of class 91%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Northeastern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 33,561 28,711 62,272
Accepted 6,606 5,436 12,042
Acceptance Rate 20% 19% 19%
Enrolled 1,440 1,306 2,746
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 24% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northeastern University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Northeastern University Admission 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

19% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1360 and 1540. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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