Foundation Year

An innovative, first-year college program, Foundation Year supports City of Boston students as they develop the skills to be successful in their entire Northeastern experience. Launched in 2009, Foundation Year is designed for recent City of Boston high school graduates and GED/HiSET completers who desire and would benefit from a more structured learning environment during their first year of college. Featuring rigorous academics, extensive support services, real-world experience, and 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:

  • Transfer to another college at Northeastern if progression standards are met
  • Continue at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies in a bachelor’s completion program


To be considered for Foundation Year, students must be:

  • Boston residents
  • High school graduates or students holding GED/HiSET completion certificates
  • Motivated and willing to work hard to achieve their goals and earn a college degree


  1. Submit an application to Northeastern using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  2. Submit required materials.
  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 30–32 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

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

CDV 02201.2
CDV 02251.2
CMN 2310Professional Speaking3
ENG 1105College Writing 13
ENG 1106Lab for ENG 11051
ENG 1107College Writing 23
ENG 1108Lab for ENG 11071
SOC 1220Engaging Difference and Diversity3
Complete two of the following:6
College Algebra
Calculus 1
Business Statistics


Liberal Arts Course Track
HST 2425Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience3
PHL 1100Social and Political Philosophy3
POL 1300American Government3
PSY 1100Foundations of Psychology3
SOC 2240Death and Dying3
Science Course Track
BIO 1100Principles of Biology 13
BIO 1101Lab for BIO 11001
CHM 1100General Chemistry 13
CHM 1101Lab for CHM 11001
CHM 1200General Chemistry 23
CHM 1201Lab for CHM 12001
Business Course Track
ECN 1100Principles of Microeconomics3
ECN 1200Principles of Macroeconomics3
MGT 2100Principles of Management3
MGT 2330Business Law3