Northeastern University (NEU)

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NEU can be found in Boston, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at NEU number about 30,000 each year, and is one of the largest schools in the state.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT exam scores to NEU. A score between 1940 to 2200 on the SAT exam, or 30 to 33 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the NEU average GPA ranges from 3.75 to 3.96 for accepted students. Approximately 30% of all students which applied were accepted at NEU, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 19% continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected NEU acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 34%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NEU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Northeastern University was reported as 32.3% in Fall 2013 with over 47,400 college applications submitted to NEU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NEU SAT Scores: 1940 - 2200
  • NEU ACT Scores: 30 - 33
  • NEU Average GPA: 3.75 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Northeastern University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Northeastern University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northeastern University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 41.0%
  • 2010-2011: 37.9%
  • 2011-2012: 34.5%
  • 2012-2013: 31.9%
  • 2013-2014: 32.3%
  • Projected NEU Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 33.8%

How Does NEU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northeastern University is seventy-two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Boston University45.6%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology8.2%
Harvard University5.8%
University of Massachusetts-Boston71.4%
Boston College32.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NEU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading640 - 730
Math660 - 750
Writing640 - 720
Total Score1940 - 2200
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score30 - 33
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