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
- Submit your Foundation Year application online.
- Submit the following documents by fax or email. It is important for these documents to be addressed “Attention: Foundation Year.”
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
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.
|ENG 1105||College Writing 1||3|
|ENG 1106||Lab for ENG 1105||1|
|ENG 1107||College Writing 2||3|
|SOC 1220||Engaging Difference and Diversity||3|
|CMN 2310||Professional Speaking||3|
|Complete two of the following:||6|
|Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences|
Note: Students are placed into math courses based on proficiency.
|Liberal Arts Course Track|
|HST 2425||Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience||3|
|ART 1101||Introduction to Art||3|
|POL 1200||Comparative Politics||3|
|POL 1300||American Government||3|
|PHL 1100||Social and Political Philosophy||3|
|PSY 1100||Foundations of Psychology||3|
|Science Course Track|
|BIO 1100||Principles of Biology 1||3|
|BIO 1101||Lab for BIO 1100||1|
|PHY 1200||Physics 1||3|
|PHY 1201||Lab for PHY 1200||1|
|CHM 1100||General Chemistry 1||3|
|CHM 1101||Lab for CHM 1100||1|
|ESC 1250||The Environment and Society||3|
|Business Course Track|
|ECN 1100||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|ECN 1200||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|MKT 2100||Principles of Marketing||3|
|MGT 2100||Principles of Management||3|
|MGT 2330||Business Law||3|