Foundation Year

An innovative, first-year college program, Foundation Year supports City of Boston students as they develop the skills to be successful in any college setting. Launched in 2009, Foundation Year is designed for recent City of Boston high school graduates and GED completers who would benefit from a more structured learning environment. Featuring rigorous academics, extensive support services, real-world experience, and all the privileges that come with being a Northeastern University student, Foundation Year brings together the right resources for each student—maximizing the potential for success.

Accepted students are enrolled in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies where they may earn a full year of college credits upon graduation. To foster camaraderie and peer-to-peer learning, the program is built around the cohort model, in which Foundation Year students attend all classes and workshops together.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to:

  • Apply for admission to another college or university and transfer first-year credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree program
  • Continue at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies in a bachelor’s degree program
  • Apply to transfer to another college at Northeastern if admission criteria are met


To be considered for Foundation Year, students must be:

  • High school graduates and students holding GED completion certificates who live in Boston
  • Motivated and willing to work hard to achieve their goals and earn a college degree
  • Willing to commit to a full-time experience


  1. Submit your Foundation Year application online.
  2. Submit the following documents by fax or email. It is important for these documents to be addressed “Attention: Foundation Year.”
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

Contact information

Fax: 617.373.8574

Designed with the student in mind, Foundation Year’s intensive curriculum includes courses in English, sociology, mathematics, and history. Students can also focus their studies by choosing from electives in a business, science, or liberal arts track. Foundation Year students can earn 30 semester hours of credit—equivalent to one year of college credits.

To help facilitate learning, Foundation Year provides all students with textbooks and laptops to use for the entire school year.

Complete all courses below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Courses

ENG 1105College Writing 13
ENG 1106Lab for ENG 11051
ENG 1107College Writing 23
SOC 1220Engaging Difference and Diversity3
CMN 2310Professional Speaking3
MTH 01084
CDV 02201.2
CDV 02251.2
Complete two of the following:6
College Algebra
Calculus 1
Business Statistics
Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Note: Students are placed into math courses based on proficiency.


Liberal Arts Course Track
HST 2425Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience3
ART 1101Introduction to Art3
POL 1200Comparative Politics3
POL 1300American Government3
PHL 1100Social and Political Philosophy3
PSY 1100Foundations of Psychology3
Science Course Track
BIO 1100Principles of Biology 13
BIO 1101Lab for BIO 11001
PHY 1200Physics 13
PHY 1201Lab for PHY 12001
CHM 1100General Chemistry 13
CHM 1101Lab for CHM 11001
ESC 1250The Environment and Society3
Business Course Track
ECN 1100Principles of Microeconomics3
ECN 1200Principles of Macroeconomics3
MKT 2100Principles of Marketing3
MGT 2100Principles of Management3
MGT 2330Business Law3