Northeastern University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,100
4.6% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$35,827
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.589%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
6.8%
91,000 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
30,013
96.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
91.2%
2,436 Graduates

About

Northeastern University is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Northeastern University were General Business (957 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (483 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (275 degrees).

In 2022, 9,235 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northeastern University. 50.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,455 degrees), 3.17 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1,089 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northeastern University is $59,100, which is $28,950 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Northeastern University is $59,100, which is $28,950 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,827.

In 2022, 67% of undergraduate students attending Northeastern University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 29% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$59,100
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Northeastern University was $59,100. The cost of tuition at Northeastern University is $28,950 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$35,827
2022 Value
7.96%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Northeastern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,827. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Northeastern University grew by 7.96%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,810
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northeastern University was of $17,810 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.89% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
29%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Northeastern University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.69% with respect to 2021, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.589%
2019 Default Rate
26
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Northeastern University was 0.589%, which represents 26 out of the 4411 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Northeastern University received 91,000 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 20.9% annual growth. Out of those 91,000 applicants, 6,191 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 6.8% acceptance rate.

There were 30,013 students enrolled at Northeastern University in 2022. 33% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northeastern University has an overall enrollment yield of 40.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

6.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
6,191
Accepted Out of 91,000

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northeastern University was 6.8% (6,191 admissions from 91,000 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 18.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 20.9%, while admissions declined by −55.2%..

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SAT Scores

33%
Submission Percentage (2022)
827
Scores Submitted (2022)

33% of enrolled first-time students at Northeastern University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northeastern University had a total enrollment of 30,013 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Northeastern University is 28,848 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,165. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at Northeastern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northeastern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32.9% White, 13.6% Asian, 7.65% Hispanic or Latino, 4.27% Two or More Races, 4.19% Black or African American, 0.04% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0133% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northeastern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (23%), followed by White Male (19%) and Asian Female (11.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (10.9%), followed by White Male (8.16%) and Asian Female (3.67%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northeastern University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,013 students. The full-time enrollment at Northeastern University is 28,848 and the part-time enrollment is 1,165. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at Northeastern University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Northeastern University was 97%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Northeastern University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    9,865 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    4,092 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,296 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Northeastern University is 32.9% White, 13.6% Asian, 7.65% Hispanic or Latino, 4.27% Two or More Races, 4.19% Black or African American, 0.04% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0133% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 396 students (1.32%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 73 more women than men received degrees from Northeastern University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northeastern University is white (3,455 degrees awarded). There were 3.17 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1089 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northeastern University is General Business (957 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (483 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (275 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Northeastern University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (2,652 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,414 degrees), and Biology (676 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Software developers (1,023,060 people), Other managers (504,932 people), Physicians (428,104 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (383,205 people), and Civil engineers (288,865 people).

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University in 2022 are Engineering (2,652 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,414 degrees), Biology (676 degrees), Math & Statistics (173 degrees), and Legal (210 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Engineering (2,652 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,414 degrees), Biology (676 degrees), Math & Statistics (173 degrees), and Legal (210 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Computer Systems Design (1,083,621 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (576,851 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (550,929 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (489,318 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (363,173 people).

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Engineering (2,652 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,414 degrees), Biology (676 degrees), Math & Statistics (173 degrees), and Legal (210 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Northeastern University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 880 degrees awarded
  2. 415 degrees awarded
  3. 240 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northeastern University was General Business with 880 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,581
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,654
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 4,581 degrees were awarded to men at Northeastern University, which is 0.984 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,654).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 726 degrees were awarded to men at Northeastern University in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 1.78 times more than the 408 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 510 degrees were awarded to men at Northeastern University in General Business, which is 0.831 times less than the 614 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

0%
100% Completion Time
90%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 0% of students graduating from Northeastern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 90% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 91% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Northeastern University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.72% of graduates (115 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,455 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,089 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    555 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northeastern University is white (3,455 degrees awarded). There were 3.17 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1089 degrees).

2.13% of degree recipients (197 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,829 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,626 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    613 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northeastern University is white female (1,829 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1626 degrees).

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Operations

Northeastern University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.54B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−7.77%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Northeastern University had a total salary expenditure of 1.67B. Northeastern University employs 481 Professors, 478 Associate professors and 373 Assistant professors. Most academics at Northeastern University are Male Professor (313), Male Associate professor (278), and Female Associate professor (200).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northeastern University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 640 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 612 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 408 employees.

Endowment

$1.54B
2022 Endowment
4.91%
growth from 2021

Northeastern University has an endowment valued at about $1.54B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Northeastern University grew 4.91% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.17B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$687M
2022 Salaries
9.81%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Northeastern University paid a median of $687M in salaries, which represents 41.2% of their overall expenditure ($1.67B) and a 9.81% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$218M
Instructional Salaries
1,606
Number of Employees

In 2022, Northeastern University paid a total of $218M to 1,606 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
481 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
640 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northeastern University were Professor with 481 employees, Associate professor with 478 employees, and Assistant professor with 373 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northeastern University were Business and Financial Operations with 640 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 612 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 408 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northeastern University was Male Professor with 313 employees, Male Associate professor with 278 employees, and Female Associate professor with 200 employees.

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