Merit Scholarships

Scholarships reward academic excellence. Northeastern has established several highly selective scholarship programs to reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement. You must apply by the regular deadline to be considered for these scholarships. No additional applications are necessary, as consideration for merit scholarships is automatic when the application is completed by the deadline.

National Merit Finalist and National Hispanic Scholar Scholarships

Award: Up to a $30,000 per year scholarship for admitted freshman applicants who are designated National Merit Finalists or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Students who are National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars must submit documentation to Northeastern by the posted deadline. National Merit Finalists must rank Northeastern as their school of choice by the posted listing deadline. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with the minimum 3.000 grade-point average, may renew the award for the full eight-semester program.

Eligibility: Admitted freshman applicants who are U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents and have been designated National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) and students identified as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

Merit Scholarships

Awards: Partial tuition scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew these awards.

Eligibility: The top 10 percent to 15 percent of freshman applicants may be considered for these highly selective awards.

Northeastern Honors Program

Each fall, the University Honors Program at Northeastern University invites a select group of domestic and international applicants to join. Those invited into the Honors Program are among our most highly accomplished and motivated admitted students. There is no separate application process for the Honors Program. Decisions are rendered based on the undergraduate admissions application submitted to the university. Students are considered for entry as part of the Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision processes. The invitation to join the University Honors Program will be included in the official admission letter. Additional details regarding scholarships and grants for Honors Program students may be found online

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
(Transfer Students Only)

Award: $5,000 grant. Recipients who maintain normal progress toward a degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.000, may renew the award.

Eligibility: Applicants for fall transfer admission who have earned a 3.500 grade-point average in 32 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours or units of college-level course work. For eligibility, you must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident enrolling directly from a two-year institution of higher education.

Ujima Global Leaders Program

The Ujima Global Leaders Program is a scholarship program focused on developing leaders for tomorrow’s diverse and complex world. Ujima Global Leaders from all academic disciplines will work collaboratively to develop intercultural competence and awareness by engaging with communities on campus, throughout Boston, and the world. Working with staff and faculty, Global Leaders may choose to make an impact based on their interests and goals via community service involvement, experiential opportunities, and research and global experiences. Committed to excellence, academic achievement, service, and diversity, Global Leaders will be prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The Ujima Global Leaders Program seeks to enroll academically talented first-year students with demonstrated leadership skills, community involvement, and/or an interest in issues related to serving underrepresented and underserved populations. Scholars receive the Ujima Global Leadership Award, and those with demonstrated need will have their full need met. Scholars will also be expected to participate in Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program and complete 50 hours of community service each year.

The International Scholars Awards

Northeastern University does not offer need-based assistance to international students.

Awards: Merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. The scholarships reward the outstanding academic achievements of incoming freshman international students. They are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters as long as the student maintains a 3.000 grade-point average.

Eligibility: The top 10 percent to 15 percent of international freshman applicants may be considered for these awards.

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if you have any questions about the application process.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

617.373.8780 (fax)

Credentials not being submitted online (transcripts and recommendations) should be mailed to our Application Processing Center. Please check the admissions website for the most current address.

Application fees; application fee waiver requests (being sent separate from the application); and FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages must be mailed to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Kerr Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

For more information, consult the admissions website.