Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Classification and Definition

Students from other countries who carry a valid visa or are applying to the university as an international student.

International Students with an F1 Visa are eligible for admissions to degree programs only, with exception that they may apply as an undergraduate student at-large for the Summer session only, provided they submit a copy of their I-20, I-94, visa letter from the Designated School Official (DSO) of their home school giving permission to attend and affirming the home school will take responsibility in making sure the student stays in status. J Visa holders must submit a copy of their DS-2019, I-94 and visa and may attend one semester only during the summer.

NOTE: Students must complete their files by the published deadline for the term in which the student is applying to ensure proper processing of I-20 forms. An I-20 will not be issued until the student has received notification of admission from Northeastern’s Office of Admissions. At no time will any student on an F or J visa be eligible for resident tuition assessment.

Requirements For Admission

Students with J visas must apply as a student-at-large unless they intend to become a full-time degree seeking student and must then apply as an international student.

Students who are out-of-status will not be considered for admission.

You must meet the admission requirements for freshmen, transfer or master's students, whichever is applicable.

You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550)  or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213)  or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.

You must file a Northeastern Financial Statement that indicates your sponsor has sufficient finances to support you for the duration of your stay in the United States.

How to Apply for Admission

  1. Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.

  2. Submit official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

  3. Arrange to have official TOEFL scores sent to the Admissions Office.

  4. Submit complete and notarized Northeastern Financial Statement. Submit sponsor’s bank and/or employment letter. All financial statements and supporting documents must be in exact U.S. dollar amounts. Bank certification letters must reflect savings or Certificates of Deposit.

  5. If applicant is currently in the United States, a copy of the I-94 must also be submitted.

  6. You must indicate your home country address on the application form. Additional information may be requested by the Office of International Programs such as transfer release forms, proof of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and additional financial statements.

  7. Masters applicants must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, statement of goals and objectives, and any additional documents required by the program. Please refer to Graduate Students section for more information.