Our staff has been hard at work reading a record-high number of applications and finalizing decisions. We received close to 38,000 applications this year, and now I am excited to announce that we released final admission decisions on March 11, welcoming Northeastern’s 113th incoming class. To our new admits - Congratulations!
We began releasing decisions at 3:00pm yesterday (March 11) by geographic locations in an effort to not overload the Application Status Check. If you applied regular decision, you should have received an email by now announcing that your decision was available and with instructions on how to view your official decision letter through the Application Status Check. (If you did not receive an email telling you that your decision was available, please call our office at 617.373.2200).
We released four types of decisions to regular decision applicants: Admission for Fall, Admission for the Jan-Start Program, Waitlist for Fall, and Deny. For specific details about each decision, please continue reading.
Admission for Fall 2010
Students will be offered admission into their academic major program, based on their academic achievement and personal characteristic ratings in our review. In addition, a limited number of students will also be offered admission into general studies, a one year transitional program, which prepares students to begin their major at the start of the sophomore year. It’s important to note both the major and college you have been admitted to, which might reflect one of three new colleges - College of Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and College of Arts, Media and Design. The College of Criminal Justice will become a school within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Please log onto your Admitted Student Portal for more information about Northeastern and invitations to special events, including your Welcome Day. Welcome Days are college specific and are a great way to learn what it’s really like to be a Northeastern student. Remember to register for your Welcome Day and that tuition and housing deposits are due by May 1.
Admission for the Jan-Start Program
We have space to accommodate over 500 new students each Spring Semester, and we are once again offering admission into our January 2011 class to well qualified students who applied for Fall 2010 admission. By enrolling at Northeastern in the Jan-Start program, you have a number of options for the Fall semester, including work, community services, attending classes at a local college or travel. For those of you interested in a study abroad, we offer our Jan-Start admitted students the opportunity to participate in the popular NUin Fall Semester Program or the new NUin Full Year Program. Whatever option you choose, please visit our Jan-Start Program website for more details and advice on enrollment options.
Waitlist for Fall 2009
A number of students who are well qualified for admission to Northeastern may be offered a position on our waitlist. Since most high school students are admitted to four or five colleges, it is difficult for colleges and universities to predict how many of their admitted students will ultimately decide to enroll - so many other factors like finances, location, fit and personal preference contribute to a student’s final enrollment decision. At Northeastern, we use the waitlist in this very traditional manner. Students who are placed on our waitlist have until May 1 to accept or decline a spot; although we encourage students who are genuinely interested in Northeastern to accept their place on the waitlist as soon as possible. We generally know whether or not we will have space to admit students from the waitlist just after May 1. Stay tuned for more information as I will provide regular updates about our waitlist process throughout the spring.
Given the volume of applications we received this year, we will deny admissions to a number of students. We understand that a denial decision may be very difficult for most students and their families. Please keep in mind that at selective institutions, like Northeastern, a denial is most often a reflection of the space limitations and has very little to do with whether or not a student is prepared to be successful in college. The admissions team at Northeastern is always willing to assist denied students who really want to attend Northeastern understand our transfer process. We are able to enroll over 500 transfer students each year.
I hope all of this information helps you and your family understands more about the decisions we released. Thank you for your interest in Northeastern and we look forwarding to the arrival of our new students in September and January.
Until next time...