Northeastern University

Northeastern University is continously recognized for its rigorous academics and high-performing administrative departments (Photo courtesy of ksparrow11 on flickr).

Northeastern University is continously recognized for its rigorous academics and high-performing administrative departments (Photo courtesy of ksparrow11 on flickr).

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has been in operation since 1898. Regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., the university offers degree programs that are 100% online and do not require applicants to complete the GRE, GMAT, or SAT to be accepted.

Degree Programs

Northeastern University currently offers over sixty degree programs 100% online at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Student can study to earn their Certificate, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and even a Doctoral degree online. Majors not often found in distance education, like an undergraduate in Music, or a graduate degree in Cinema Studies, can be completed solely through the online division.

Northeastern University’s interactive degree program table allows prospective students to narrow down their search based on degree level and/or interest. The table, when hovered over via the user’s mouse, provides access to in-depth information regarding the selected program, required courses and cost.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Online students at Northeastern University are eligible for the same financial assistance as on-campus students. While tuition appears to be relative to the area (Boston), actual prices are clearly posted on the university’s website and are broken down by degree level. In general, degree costs range from 17,000+ to 67,000+ based on level, major, and residency.


Northeastern University boasts a highly selective admission process, which results in rigorous studies throughout their degree programs. Before one can even access the online application, a suggested checklist is provided on the admission homepage:

Undergraduate Programs

  • Application
  • Transcripts

Graduate Programs

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statements
  • Professional Resume (some)

Specific deadlines and other requirements may vary based on intended program of study. More information is said to be provided on each college’s website and via the online application once it has been started.

Fun Facts

  • Interestingly enough, Northeastern University has received a great deal of media attention throughout its 100+ years in existence.
  • In 2010, the university’s guidance counselors were ranked 47th in the nation by US News and World Report
  • The Princeton Review ranked Northeastern University 1st for “Best Internships/Career Services” in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013-02-08
  • The College of Computer and Information Science was named one of the top 10 innovative “IT Schools to Watch” in 2008 by Computerworld magazine
  • US News and World Report ranked the Graduate School of Business Administration 56th on the list of “Best Business Graduate Schools” in both 2012 and 2013

Commencement Ceremonies and Speaker

The culmination of one’s academic achievement is the commencement ceremony. Northeastern University has had quite a number of interesting and motivational speakers in recent years. To name a few:

  • John F. Kennedy – U.S. Senator, future President of the United States (1956)
  • Coretta Scott King – Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1971)
  • Bill Clinton – President of the United States (1993)
  • Mikhail S. Gorbachev – former President of the Soviet Union (1998)
  • Stephen Breyer – United States Supreme Court Justice (2008 – Law)
  • Colin Powell – former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2012)

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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