Specialized Entry Programs

Northeastern University provides innovative admission and enrollment programs and opportunities that advance the university’s mission and help meet students’ needs. Students who apply for admission to Northeastern, based on their credentials, may be automatically offered direct entry into some of these programs and, in some cases, may be referred for consideration into other programs. Northeastern is continually assessing our specialized entry programs and opportunities, and additional programs and opportunities may become available while existing programs and opportunities may be modified. For a complete list of our specialized programs and opportunities, visit the specialized programs webpage

The N.U.in Program

Northeastern enrolls selected new students in the spring semester through The N.U.in Program. During the fall semester, N.U.in participants study abroad at a partner institution earning transfer credits that will be valid at Northeastern and enroll in classes as part of the Northeastern community in the spring. These transfer credits earned may only be valid at Northeastern. Other institutions may not accept these credits. Participants have studied at partner institutions located in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Greece, Ireland, and Spain in past years.

General Studies Program

General Studies is a first-year program designed to help Northeastern students find academic success in their freshman year and beyond. General Studies students spend their freshman year immersed in a combination of first-year requirements, NUpath courses, and introductory courses for their intended major. See additional information.

Foundation Year

This innovative first-year college program is designed for recent high school graduates and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completers from the City of Boston who would like to pursue a college education and would benefit from a more structured and supportive first year in order to be successful in the rest of their college career. Foundation Year offers students rigorous academic and career preparation as well as wraparound support services that include advising, tutoring, mentoring, social networking, and work-ready skills.

Torch Scholars Program

The Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative support program for first-generation college students. Torch Scholars are granted admission to the university and awarded a full-tuition, fees, and room-and-board scholarship for our Summer Immersion Program and eight subsequent semesters of undergraduate study.

The American Classroom Program

The American Classroom is an academic English-language program for motivated students who are interested in matriculating into an undergraduate degree program at Northeastern. Students in the program take classes to improve their English-language skills while also participating in credit-bearing academic courses offered through the College of Professional Studies. Service-learning is a defining characteristic of the American Classroom curriculum. Students in the program engage in weekly community service work, giving them an opportunity to engage in the Boston community, connect their studies to the real world, build experience for their resumé, and exercise their English-language skills. Students may apply directly to the program or they may be referred to the program through the undergraduate admission process. Students who are referred to the American Classroom Program have usually met all the necessary requirements for undergraduate admission but have not yet achieved sufficient English-language proficiency. The referral entails placement in one of two phases of the American Classroom Program and a conditional offer of admission to Northeastern upon successful completion of the program.

U.S. Pathways Program

The U.S. Pathways Program (USPP) is a collaboration of the Consortium of North American Universities (CNAU) designed to offer academically qualified students from China and Nigeria an opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies in the United States. In addition to completing the fall and spring terms at USPP sites in China and Nigeria, successful students participate in a U.S.-based Summer Bridge program. Students successfully meeting all academic progression requirements and admissions criteria of their preferred consortium institution may enroll in an undergraduate degree program at one of the CNAU institutions.