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Northeastern Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Northeastern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
27.4%
Admission Difficulty for Northeastern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Northeastern and can I get accepted? The school has a 27% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,876 out of 54,209 applicants were admitted making Northeastern a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Northeastern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% 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
1420-1540
Applicants Submitting SAT
33%
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 780
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 requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 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 1360. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1480 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 33 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.

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 >39%
1480 to 1540 Avg + 27%-39%
1420 to 1480 Avg - 18%-27%
1360 to 1420 Reach 11%-18%
Less than 1360 Low <11%
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Northeastern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 30
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 #5 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 53 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 >39%
33 to 34 Avg + 27%-39%
32 to 33 Avg - 18%-27%
31 to 32 Reach 11%-18%
Less than 31 Low <11%
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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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Northeastern will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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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 29,216 24,993 54,209
Accepted 8,090 6,786 14,876
Acceptance Rate 28% 27% 27%
Enrolled 1,607 1,501 3,108
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 22% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
76

Applicants have 76 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Northeastern before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.