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Freshmen Applicant Instructions

In addition to general application instructions, here are special instructions if you are applying as a freshman.

Should I apply as a freshman?

You are a freshman applicant if:

  • you currently attend high school, or
  • you have graduated from high school and have never attended a college, university or trade school, or
  • you have passed the GED and have never attended a college, university or trade school.

What paperwork do I need to get in order?

Here is what you will need and how you can get it:

  • High school transcript  → Contact your high school and have them send your transcript to Northeastern’s Admissions Office.
  • If you are younger than 21, please send ACT or SAT score reports → Scores can be requested through or sent from your high school counselor.
  • If did not graduate from high school, send your GED. → To order a copy of your GED score report, go to
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide immigration documents and other required documentation in the International Application Instructions, unless your status is not identified. (--> link)

Freshmen Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Northeastern one of the following needs to be true:

  • Graduated or will graduate from high school and rank in the top half of your graduating class; OR
  • ACT score of 19 or greater (composite) OR SAT score of 890 or greater (combined Verbal and Mathematics scores) OR
  • Passed the GED (meet requirements 2 or 3 if under 21).

In addition, you need to have studied in high school:

  • 4 years of English 3 years of Math/Computers Science
  • 3 years of Natural Sciences
  • 3 years of Social Sciences
  • 2 years of Fine Arts.

These are the minimum requirements for graduating from high school.

Academic Success Programs for Freshmen Applicants

If you do not meet the requirements above you may still be eligible to attend Northeastern by enrolling in one of two academic success programs: Project Success or Proyecto Pa’Lante. Through these programs you will be offered the support you need to succeed. It will be your job to actively participate in these programs and demonstrate academic success.

In addition to Project Success and Proyecto Pa’Lante, the Carruther's Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro locations have academic support programs to assist students who do not meet the general admission requirements.

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Project Success
Proyecto Pa'Lante
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Carruther's Center for Inner City Studies

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