Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Northeastern University is a private university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is known as NEU or NU, and was established in 1898. The university is popular for its co-op (Cooperative education) program. NEU is set on approximately 67 acres of land. It offers undergraduate majors in more than 60 departments. NEU offers over 125 educational programs. The university has the following schools and colleges under it:

  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Technological Entrepreneurship

Northeastern University's sports teams are known as the name of Huskies. The university mascot is Paws, and its colors are black and red.

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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston , MA 02115-5000
General Phone: (617) 373-2000

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Northeastern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,320business, business management, purchasing and contract management, logistics, operations management, non-profit management, electronic commerce, transportation management, business administration, ...
Liberal Arts634African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, ...
Therapy and Counseling553psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, school psychology, physical therapy
Engineering514engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, ...
Computer Science and Engineering310computer and info science, information technology, computer and info science courses, computer programming, data processing tech, information science, web design, computer networking, computer security, ...
Media244communication studies, mass communication, journalism, organizational communications
Medicine233neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, pharmaceutical chemistry, drug development, clinical/hospital pharmacy, health professions
Security and Law Enforcement231corrections, criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science, criminal justice and police, security and loss prevention, corrections and criminal justice
Nursing and Emergency Medicine227EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist, mental health nursing, community nurse, critical care nursing, various nursing
Law213law, legal professions
Science209biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, toxicology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, marine biology, chemistry, ...
Medical Support and Technology156health service and sciences, audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist, perfusion tech, respiratory care tech, radiographer, physician assistant, ...
Education and Teaching133education, curriculum and instruction, higher education administration, educational statistics, special ed, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Architecture and Planning91architecture
Engineering Technician80electronics tech, telecommunications tech, environmental control tech, manufacturing tech, aerospace engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech, computer engineering tech, computer tech courses ...
Family and Social Work55human services, public administration, public policy analysis, social service professions
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Fine Arts32art history and criticism
Design32design and visual communication, graphic design
Mathematics29mathematics, applied mathematics
Medical Administration18medical records admin, health and medical administrative, pharmacy courses
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
Art Studies10art studies
Photography and Commercial Art8film studies, cinematography
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Real Estate and Construction Management0real estate
Science and Laboratory Technician0chemical tech
Hospitality0hotel management

Number of programs and degrees for Northeastern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,32698
Master's degree1,51499
Post-master's certificate4730
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years1912
Doctor's degree20927
Postbaccalaureate certificate1410
Associate's degree6034
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years02
First-professional degree3052

Northeastern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northeastern had a total enrollment of 24,434 students (21,484 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 28%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 6%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 18%
20-21 25%
22-24 26%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Northeastern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Northeastern Room and Board (2007)

Northeastern offers campus housing for 7,425 of its 21,484 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Northeastern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580660
SAT Math610690
SAT Writing580670
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT29%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northeastern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,721
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,721
Room and board $ 11,940
Room charge $ 6,340
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,600
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Northeastern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 219900)

Northeastern Faculty

Northeastern has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9071
Non-tenured and not on tenure track137162

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year22$167,1154$131,200
Associate professorcalendar year14$116,0259$103,207
Assistant professorcalendar year11$67,3293$77,933
No academic rankcalendar year38$75,05774$65,573
All faculty totalcalendar year85$104,63190$72,665

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year199$140,43753$131,201
Associate professoracademic year137$96,58668$96,586
Assistant professoracademic year87$86,44065$81,402
Lectureracademic year37$59,18819$45,776
No academic rankacademic year36$76,95464$63,090
All faculty totalacademic year496$108,185269$88,179

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northeastern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports55127182

Northeastern Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Operations Management and Supervision
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Geotechnical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Structural Engineering
Transportation and Highway Engineering

Engineering Technician
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Sign Language (ASL)
American Sign Language, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Organizational Communication, General

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Hematology Technology/Technician
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist
Physician Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Clinical and Industrial Drug Development (MS, PhD)
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy (MS, PhD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Critical Care Nursing
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Security and Loss Prevention Services

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology

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% of degrees in engineering
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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