Northeastern University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$46,720

4.71% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$29,998

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.48%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

28.9%

51,063 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

20,381

95.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

86.2%

2,436 Graduates

About

Northeastern University is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northeastern University were General Business (889 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (219 degrees), and Registered Nursing (216 degrees).

In 2016, 6,692 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northeastern University. 49.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,034 degrees), 5.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (525 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northeastern University is $46,720, which is $20,864 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northeastern University is $46,720, which is $20,864 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,998.

In 2016, 63% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$46,720

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Northeastern University was $46,720. The cost of tuition at Northeastern University is $20,864 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$29,998

2016 Value

0.735%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Northeastern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,998. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Northeastern University grew by 0.735%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,470

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northeastern University was of $14,470 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 2.99% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

39%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

63% of undergraduate students at Northeastern University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.08% with respect to 2015, when 65% 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.

2.48%

2015 Default Rate

132

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Northeastern University was 2.48%, which represents 132 out of the 5330 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Northeastern University received 51,063 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.07% annual growth. Out of those 51,063 applicants, 14,747 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 28.9% acceptance rate.

There were 20,381 students enrolled at Northeastern University in 2016, and 40% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northeastern University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

28.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

14,747

Accepted Out of 51,063

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northeastern University was 28.9% (14,747 admissions from 51,063 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 28.5%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 1.07%, while admissions grew by 2.5%.

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SAT Scores

40%

Submission Percentage

1,064

Scores Submitted

40% of enrolled first-time students at Northeastern University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northeastern University has a total enrollment of 20,381 students. The full-time enrollment at Northeastern University is 19,497 students and the part-time enrollment is 884. This means that 95.7% of students enrolled at Northeastern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northeastern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 40.3% White, 9.78% Asian, 5.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Black or African American, 3.17% Two or More Races, 0.0638% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0196% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northeastern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (23.7%), followed by White Female (22.7%) and Asian Female (6.94%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (13.8%), followed by White Male (9.75%) and Asian Female (2.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northeastern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 20,381 students. The full-time enrollment at Northeastern University is 19,497 and the part-time enrollment is 884. This means that 95.7% of students enrolled at Northeastern University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%

2016 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 (83%), Northeastern University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,218

  2. Asian

    1,994

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,160

The enrolled student population at Northeastern University is 40.3% White, 9.78% Asian, 5.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Black or African American, 3.17% Two or More Races, 0.0638% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0196% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 1,179 students (5.78%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 42 fewer women than men received degrees from Northeastern University. The majority of degree recipients at Northeastern University are white (3,034 degrees awarded). There were 5.78 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (525 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northeastern University is General Business (889 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (219 degrees) and Registered Nursing (216 degrees).

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 (1,493 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (125 degrees), and Legal (212 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Software developers, applications & systems software (759,696 people), Miscellaneous managers (585,913 people), Physicians & surgeons (418,887 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (324,806 people), and Civil engineers (238,211 people).

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Engineering (1,493 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (125 degrees), Legal (212 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (462 degrees), and Biology (370 degrees).

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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 Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Engineering (1,493 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (125 degrees), Legal (212 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (462 degrees), and Biology (370 degrees).

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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 (872,167 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (568,447 people), Hospitals (555,827 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (435,086 people), and Construction (302,352 people).

The most specialized majors at Northeastern University are Engineering (1,493 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (125 degrees), Legal (212 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (462 degrees), and Biology (370 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 889 degrees awarded

  2. 219 degrees awarded

  3. 216 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northeastern University was General Business with 889 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,367

  2. 3,325

In 2016, 3,367 degrees were awarded to men at Northeastern University, which is 1.01 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,325).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 672 degrees were awarded to men at Northeastern University in General Business, which is 1.46 times more than the 460 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 460 degrees were awarded to women at Northeastern University in General Business, which is 0.685 times less than the 672 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

0%

100% Completion Time

82%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 0% of students graduating from Northeastern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 83% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (92%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northeastern University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (92% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 10.4% of graduates (254 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,034 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    525 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    454 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northeastern University is white (3,034 degrees awarded). There were 5.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (525 degrees).

6.78% of degree recipients (454 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,589 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,445 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    285 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northeastern University is white female (1,589 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,445 degrees).

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Operations

Northeastern University has an endowment valued at nearly $743M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $19.3M (2.6%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Northeastern University had a total expenditure of $996M. Of that $996M, they spent $442M on salaries and $996M on benefits.

Northeastern University employs 328 Professors, 312 Instructors, and 270 Associate professors. Most academics at Northeastern University are Male Professors (243), Female Instructors(165), and Male Associate professors (164).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northeastern University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 500 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 443 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 423 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$743M

2015 Endowment

1.92%

growth from 2014

Northeastern University has an endowment valued at about $743M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Northeastern University grew 1.92% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $472M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $87.5M - Federal

  2. $2.33M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Northeastern University received $87.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.33M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$442M

Salary Expenditure

$996M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Northeastern University had a total expenditure of $996M. Of that $996M, they spent $442M on salaries and $996M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Northeastern University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$442M

2015 Salaries

6.79%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Northeastern University paid a median of $442M in salaries, which represents 44.4% of their overall expenditure ($996M) and a 6.79% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.32% growth from 2013 and a 7.8% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$142M

Instructional Salaries

1,235

Number of Employees

In 2015, Northeastern University paid a total of $142M to 1,235 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

328 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

500 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northeastern University were Professor with 328 employees; Instructor with 312 employees; and Instructor with 270 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northeastern University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 500 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 443 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 423 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Instructor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northeastern University was Male Professor with 243 employees, Female Instructor with 165 employees, and Male Associate professor with 164 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Northeastern University.

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