Northeastern University

Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University (NU) is a private university in Boston. It was established in 1808 as the Evening Institute for Younger Men and was housed in the Huntington Avenue YMCA in Boston. In 1916, the institute became Northeastern College. After the college began offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, the name was changed to Northeastern University. It is tied for 40th place in the National Universities category in the 2018 edition of the US News & World Report university rankings. It was also ranked as the top school for internships by the Princeton Review in 2017 and 2018 and the 6th most innovative school. 

Nursing students have several paths to earn a BSN. Available programs include a BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN program. The university also offers MSN, RN to MSN, accelerated MSN, and several DNP and PhD programs, which all have current accreditation by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program is intensive and typically takes five years to complete. The accelerated BSN program is for students that already possess a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, and takes about 16 months to complete. Both the traditional and accelerated BSN programs include clinical placements at Boston-area hospitals and prepare students to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. 


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate97%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated MSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD, BSN to PhD)
  5. RN to BSN
  6. Accelerated BSN
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 216
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 56
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 20
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 4
Nurse Anesthetist Post-master's certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 6
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - professional practice 0
Nurse Anesthetist Doctor's degree - professional practice 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Northeastern University

Simmons College
0.57 miles away
MCPHS University
0.65 miles away
Emmanuel College
0.73 miles away
Boston University
0.87 miles away
Fisher College
1.29 miles away
Emerson College
1.3 miles away
MGH Institute of Health Professions
2.85 miles away
Boston College
4.22 miles away
Laboure College
5.63 miles away
Curry College
6.98 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1940 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/22/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
05/01/1962 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading650 to 740
SAT: Math680 to 770
SAT: Writing640 to 730
ACT Composite31 to 34
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,047
30k to 48k$14,879
48k to 75k$17,573
75k to 110k$25,770
Over 110k$40,453
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,460.00 $1,460.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,415.00 $1,415.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

MARILN Professional Scholarship Award

Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They [...]

Massachusetts Long Term Care Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.

Northeastern University - Part-Time Grant

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Part-Time Grant, an applicant must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year; be a U.S. [...]

American Legion-Massachusetts Scholarship

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.

Northeastern University - One Family Scholarship Program

The program assists heads of households in achieving their academic goals. Recipients of this scholarship receive an integrated network of services through the non-profit organization, One [...]

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

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