Specialized Entry Programs
Northeastern University offers admission and enrollment programs and opportunities that advance the university’s mission and help meet students’ needs. Students who apply for admission to Northeastern may be automatically offered direct entry into some of these programs or, in some cases, may be referred for consideration into other programs. These selections are based on a holistic review of student credentials. 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.
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 credit and enroll in classes as part of the Northeastern community in Boston in the spring. These transfer credits earned are guaranteed to be valid at Northeastern but might not be accepted by other institutions. Participants have studied at partner institutions located in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, and Italy in recent years.
General Studies Program
General Studies is a first-year program designed to help students build skills for 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.
This first-year college program is designed for recent high school graduates and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completers from the city of Boston who 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 skill development.
Torch Scholars Program
The Torch Scholars Program is a comprehensive support program for first-generation college students who have already succeeded against the odds but who have not yet reached their full academic potential. After a holistic review and thorough interview process, selected 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.
N.U. Bound is a first-year college program for non–U.S. citizens that provides rigorous academics and acculturation support to ensure a smooth transition to Northeastern in the student’s second year. The fall and spring academic terms are delivered in the city of Suzhou, China, through a partnership with the China Institute, while the final phase of N.U. Bound is a two-week prematriculation program delivered at Northeastern University’s Boston campus. Please note, N.U. Bound provides a conditional offer of admission to Northeastern upon successful completion of the program.
N.U. Immerse is a transitional experience for students who require English-language preparation and are looking to earn credit while gaining an introduction to the American education system and college culture. Students will improve language and academic skills through a specially designed two-semester curriculum. N.U. Immerse offers conditional admission to undergraduate degree programs upon successful completion of the program.
ContiNUe is a yearlong academic program for first-year students, many of whom are continuing their family legacy at Northeastern. With a focus on preparing our students to be leaders, ContiNUe teaches students transferable skills such as problem solving, decision making, and the game-changer mindset. ContiNUe students complete two semesters of first-year courses through the College of Professional Studies. Students then participate in NUterm before beginning their second full year. ContiNUe provides a conditional offer of admission to Northeastern upon successful completion of the program.
The American Classroom Program
Please note that beginning in fall 2018, students may only apply directly to the American Classroom program. Students will no longer be referred to the program through the undergraduate admission process.