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Overall Score: 71.48

Northeastern University

Northeastern University emphasizes work experience and experiential learning, with 96% of undergraduates completing at least one cooperative education internship, also known as a co-op, during their college years. With co-ops, 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 over 190 majors, with unique programs in game development, landscape architecture and more. NU students tend to have great outcomes, with over 93% finding employment or enrolling in graduate school within 9 months of graduating, according to the university. But students know how to enjoy themselves, too. Northeastern's Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. The school also boasts nearly 500 clubs and organizations, 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$77,900
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$39,900
Average price for low-income students
$10,240

Admissions

Acceptance rate
18%
Median SAT/ACT score
1470/34
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
14,030

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit grants
28%
Average merit grant
$14,800

Student Success

Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
5.7 years
Median student debt
$24,500
Early career earnings
$79,790
% earning more than a high school grad
85%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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