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 23,000 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 1390 to 1540 on the SAT exam, or 32 to 35 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 3.90 to 4 for accepted students. Only 18% of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected NEU acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 20%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NEU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northeastern University was reported as 18.1% in Fall 2020 with over 62,300 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 ACT Scores: 32 - 35
  • NEU Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

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 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for NEU has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 28.9%
  • 2017-2018: 27.4%
  • 2018-2019: 19.3%
  • 2019-2020: 18.1%
  • Projected NEU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 20.0%

How Does NEU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northeastern University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Boston University18.9%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology6.7%
Harvard University4.6%
University of Massachusetts-Boston76.1%
Boston College27.2%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NEU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading680 - 750
Math710 - 790
Total Score1390 - 1540
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math30 - 35
Composite Score32 - 35
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