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Northeastern Admission Requirements

Boston, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Northeastern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Northeastern University
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into Northeastern and can I get accepted? The school has a 18% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 11,240 out of 62,263 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 4 percent. Northeastern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northeastern SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1390
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 1470

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 5 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1390 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >27%
1465 to 1540 Avg + 18%-27%
1390 to 1465 Avg - 11%-18%
1315 to 1390 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1315 Low <7%
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Northeastern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Northeastern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
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 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
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 30 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 #4 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northeastern University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >31%
33 to 35 Avg + 18%-31%
32 to 33 Avg - 13%-18%
31 to 32 Reach 10%-13%
Less than 31 Low <10%
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Northeastern GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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 #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.

 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

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Northeastern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 33,527 28,736 62,263
Accepted 5,967 5,273 11,240
Acceptance Rate 18% 18% 18%
Enrolled 1,530 1,466 2,996
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 28% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 101 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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


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?

18% 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 1390 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 32 and 35. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.