Northeastern University is one of the tier 1 universities in the US. This status was accorded by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
According to New York Times and other organizations which use a four-tier system to designate university type, tier 1 schools represent schools where they accept under 10% of applicants. The tier system is based on the level of difficulty in getting admitted into schools in the US.
Tier 1 is comprised of major private research universities, including MIT, UChicago, Stanford, John Hopkins, Northwestern, California Institute of Technology, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Rice (amongst many others). The campuses are likely to be quite large and include graduate schools and a medium-large student population.
From the above information, Northwestern University is a bit hard to get into due to its acceptance rate which is below 10% for 2022-2023 academic year.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Ranks NEU 168th in Best Universities in the world by 2022, and 86th in the US ranking. Also, US News Ranks NEU 177th in Best Global Universities Ranking and 49th in National Universities.
According to a report, Northeastern University admissions is competitive and selective; and half the applicants admitted to the school have an SAT score between 1410 and 1540 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. However, 25% of admitted applicants achieved scores above 1410 and 1540 for SAT and 33 and 35 for ACT. In the same vein, 25% of applicants scored below these ranges.
In addition, NEU typically accepts and attracts “A-” average high school students with an average GPA of around 3.91.
NU was established in 1898 and is a private research university with its main campus in Boston. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus as well as satellite campuses.
Northeastern University Acceptance Rate
It is important to let you know that undergraduate applications and the average SAT score for the incoming freshman class have steadily risen since 2009. In view of the rise in undergraduate applications and average SAT score, the acceptance rate has dropped from 18% to 6.7%.
According to the information obtained from the school website for the Full-time undergraduate admission, Fall 2021, the school received 75,244 applications and 13,829 were admitted. This makes the NU acceptance rate to be 18.38%. Also, the mean SAT score of enrolled freshmen for Fall 2021 admission is 1,484.
For the class of 2026, the school spokesman, Shannon Nargi, said of the record-large pool of 90,989 applicants, only 6,179 were admitted. This implies about 6.7% acceptance rate for the 2022 academic year.
The reason for the drop in the acceptance rate was the concern of overcrowding and over-enrollment. However, this drop attracted both positive and negative outlooks. Some are excited that Northeastern is becoming a more competitive school.
Northeastern Transfer Acceptance Rate
According to NU, transfer applicants are students who have completed at least 12 semester hours of college-level coursework (after high school graduation) OR have attempted at least one semester of full-time coursework and maintained enrollment through the add/drop period (after high school graduation).
The transfer acceptance rate also depends on the target enrollment for the class of 2026. For 2019 academic year, the acceptance rate for transfer students at Northeastern University is estimated to be about 32%.