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Rank: 135

Northeastern University

Northeastern University emphasizes work experience and experiential learning, with about 90% of undergraduates completing at least one cooperative education internship -- called a co-op -- during their college years. Students integrate classroom experience with periods of full-time employment with various startups, nongovernmental organizations, and research institutions. Both undergraduate and graduate students pursue research, with many presenting projects at the annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo. Northeastern offers more than 175 majors, with programs in game development, landscape architecture, and more. The graduation rate is 87%, but don't let that high number fool you -- students enjoy themselves, too. Northeastern's Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. The school also boasts more than 300 clubs, including an Indonesian Student Association, a craft club, and a student-run record label. Northeastern students also enjoy easy access to Boston, where the school has its own stop on the subway system known as the T. Upon graduation, students in the early stages of their career earn $61,200, according to PayScale.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,200
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,900
Average price for low-income students
$12,340
admissions
Acceptance rate
27%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1450/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
13,666
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
86%
% of students who get merit* grants
27%
Average merit grant
$15,221
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$61,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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