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Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (22), Grades (15), Sports/Extracurriculars (13), College Essay (11)
Avg. SAT scores are on the rise [high 1200s]Feb 07 2007Political Science
Avg. SAT scores are on the rise [high 1200s]. Volunteer work, etc. is a plus but what NU is looking for is a STRONG high school performance in tough classes.
ACT: 27 SAT: 1240 Male
Admissions:Jan 02 2007Unknown

Getting into Northeastern is harder than ever. I heard that the university received over 8500 EA applications this year (up from 6500 last year). The university expects to receive over 30,000 total applications this year (up from 27,100 last year) for the 2800 seats in the frosh class. In the past five years the number of people applying to this school has more than doubled and the average SAT has gone up by more 200 points. The acceptance rate is currently a low 44% but I expect that it will be even lower this year. The most successful applicants are those who not only have excellent stats but have "shown interest" in the university. How do you show interest? Here are a few tips:

1.Apply Early Action (non-binding)

2.Visit the school and take a guided tour (yes, the admissions office keeps track of this info). If you cannot go on a tour make sure that you e-mail the admissions office and explain why this is not possible for you;

3.Speak to professors in the major that you are interested and attend open houses;

4.Explain somewhere in your essay why you want to attend Northeastern and how you would benefit from the co-op program and studying in Boston.

5.If you have a parent or relative who is an alum, make this known to the admissions office; and

6.If you have a friend who is a current Northeastern student, make this known as well.

Good luck! Getting in is no easy task.

I had experience in my field even before comingDec 17 2006Computer Science
I had experience in my field even before coming to college, and I'm quite certain that it helped a great deal. And extracurriculars, of course. My GPA was not stellar and my SATs were good (not great), but it was the extracurriculars that really got me in, I believe.
SAT: 2070 Male
Take the hardest classes possible (AP, honors, etcOct 26 2006Mechanical Engineering
Take the hardest classes possible (AP, honors, etc..) even if you'd get a lower grade.
SAT: 1320 Male
I got waitlisted so I said yes to another schoolJun 29 2006Nursing
I got waitlisted so I said yes to another school. Weeks later I recieved an e-mail saying that I had gotten off the waiting list. There was no phone call or letter, just an e-mail. I actually mistook it for SPAM and deleted it before realizing that I should read it! They gave me two days to decide if I want to go to NU. I made the right decision because I love being at Northeastern. Just because you get waitlisted doesn't mean you won't go there!
SAT: 1120 Female
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