Northeastern University

Boston, MA 02115
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students21,489
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate97%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 6 107
Master's degree 8 15
Post-master's certificate 0 2
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2 2
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.5%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1370 to 1520
ACT32 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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $75
Graduates $75

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,518/credit
In State Students$1,518/credit
Out of State Students$1,518/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,463/credit
In State Students$1,463/credit
Out of State Students$1,463/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $68,310 $68,310 $68,310
ADN 70 $106,260 $106,260 $106,260
BSN 125 $189,750 $189,750 $189,750
FNP 50 $73,150 $73,150 $73,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 75% of Northeastern University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 15% $4,389
Other Federal Grant 11% $2,906
State Grant & Scholarships 4% $2,742
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 70% $33,312
Federal Student Loans 46% $6,025
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$12,340
$30,001 to $48,000$11,478
$48,001 to $75,000$18,810
$75,001 to $110,000$25,860
Over $110,000$41,694

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

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