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Northeastern Admission Requirements

Boston, Massachusetts

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Your chances of getting into Northeastern University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Northeastern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Northeastern is 18%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Massachusetts and the 55th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Northeastern and can you get accepted?

Northeastern is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 13,829 out of the 75,244 who applied were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1430/1550 ACT 33/35). Northeastern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.91. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Northeastern University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.91 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1490 on the SAT
  • Score 34 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Northeastern University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

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 700
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1430
SAT Scores for Northeastern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1490

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Students who get into Northeastern University score in the top 3 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1430-1550 and the average score is 1490.  Northeastern ranks #5 in the state of Massachusetts and #27 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1490 or above to be competitive with most other applicants. Northeastern regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1430 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students may be accepted with SAT's as low as 1370. 28 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1490, you have around a 18% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 29% chance of getting in.

Northeastern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1550 and Above Good >29%
1490 to 1550 Avg + 18%-29%
1430 to 1490 Avg - 10%-18%
1370 to 1430 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1370 Low <6%
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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 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 33
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 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Northeastern?

Northeastern regularly accepts students who score 33 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 2 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 33-35. We estimate the school accepting a minimum ACT composite score around 32 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 #3 in Massachusetts and #10 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 14 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northeastern University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 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 >29%
34 to 35 Avg + 18%-29%
33 to 34 Avg - 10%-18%
32 to 33 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 32 Low <6%
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Northeastern GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Northeastern University?

You are required to have 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. This indicates that primarily A- average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as Northeastern is a very selective school.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an AI algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.91 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

71% 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 71%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Northeastern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 42,709 32,535 75,244
Accepted 8,478 5,351 13,829
Acceptance Rate 20% 16% 18%
Enrolled 2,727 1,777 4,504
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 33% 33%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Northeastern University Application 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

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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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?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to Northeastern. 14% 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 1430 and 1550. 28% 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 33 and 35. 14% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.