Northeastern University

Northeastern University is located on 73 acres in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. The enclosed, private campus is a welcome surprise, especially considering it is right in the middle of the city, just around the corner from Fenway Park and close to the shops and restaurants of fashionable Newbury Street. Northeastern, with an undergraduate enrollment just over 17,500, is known for its experiential learning philosophy where students participate in multiple co-op programs; integrating real life work experience in over 100 countries during extended semesters away from campus.


Stay: Westin | Breakfast: Flour Bakery

Lunch: Amelia's  | Dinner: Sweet Cheeks


Visitor Information: Tour Northeastern

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Transportation: The closest airport to Northeastern is Logan International Airport. From the terminal, take a taxi, Uber or the Silver Line bus to South Station. Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. If you are traveling by train, take Amtrak to the Back Bay train station.

Stay: Closest to Northeastern, within a half a mile, check in to the Sheraton Boston, Westin Copley Place or the Boston Back Bay Hilton. The Eliot is a charming brownstone hotel located in Back Bay just a mile from the university. Also in Back Bay, The Hotel Commonwealth is an excellent base for touring, with newly refurbished rooms, and a central location just a mile from campus. Other good options within a mile include The Courtyard by Marriott Copley Square, and the trendy Verb Hotel.  Looking to splurge, book a room at The Taj, The Mandarin Oriental, The Four Seasons, or the boutique Fifteen Beacon, all just a short drive from Northeastern. For detailed lodging information and for a full list of hotels that offer special Northeastern rates click here.

Coffee: We love Pavement Coffeehouse , one of Boston’s most popular mini-chains with six storefronts throughout the city. The branch on Gainsborough Street is right across from campus, a good place to grab a coffee, iced tea, and a homemade bagel before your tour. There are also two Dunkin Donuts on campus in either Shillman or Hayden Hall and a Starbucks in the Curry Center. (See campus map here.)

Breakfast: Enjoy a diner style breakfast at everyone’s favorite, Thornton’s, directly across from the Prudential Shopping Mall. Serving breakfast all day in their café, Trident Booksellers and Café is a popular choice over on Newbury Street; browse through the books and magazines after your meal. We are big fans of Flour Bakery and Tatte Bakery and Café both with multiple locations throughout Boston and Cambridge. Conveniently across from the main campus in the Marino Center (Northeastern’s state of the art fitness center) have a quick bite at Au Bon Pain.

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On-Campus Dining: In the Curry Student Center there is an array of fast food options such as pizzas and burgers. The center serves as a meeting place and is a great place to observe students interacting. Northeastern is known for its quality dining halls--head to International Village's Café Crossing or Stetson East.

Lunch: Ask most students where they eat on a regular basis, and their first answer will be Amelia’s, a counter service Mexican eatery where you customize your burritos or tacos; it’s quick, inexpensive, delicious and right near campus on Huntington Avenue. Nearby in the newly trendy South End, tiny Blunch serves the best gourmet sandwiches; try the “Bird” a pressed sandwich that Guy Fieri devoured during the filming of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Myers and Chang, a short drive away, is always packed, and deservedly so, for their creative Asian small plates. The Salty Pig showcases a creative menu with an emphasis on “salty pig products”, stone grilled pizzas and homemade pasta. One resident Northeastern “foodie” recommended in Nearby Cambridge The Little Donkey for global small plates or tiny hole in the wall Venezuelan Orinoco



Casual: Over in Fenway, a quick drive from campus, Bravo’s Top Chef Tiffani Faison has two hot restaurants. For Texas BBQ, served at family style long tables, head to Sweet Cheeks. Order the biscuit doused in honey butter before moving on to excellent pulled pork or chicken platters with all the sides. Faison’s Asian restaurant, Tiger Mama, a few doors down the street is another popular spot for killer cocktails and flavorful Southeast Asian fare. Other hot Asian tables include Hojoko, a Japanese Izayaka in the Verb Hotel, Ruka for Peruvian Japanese and Banyan Bar for fusion. If Boston brings out your seafood cravings, this is New England after all, head to Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, Select or Island Creek Oyster Bar. A drool worthy menu of Italian small plates awaits you at Coppa, while their sister restaurant Toro serves the best tapas in town. For tasty Mexican fare in Back Bay, head to buzzy, funky Lolita. Bostonians happily line up for dinner at Giacomo's, serving some of the best Italian dishes around.


A Step Up: Yvonne’s is perfect for a celebration or just a stylish, fun night out -- a combination of speakeasy and supper club with an eclectic menu. Terra located on the top floor of Eataly, a gourmet Italian food emporium like no other, is a sky lite jewel with a wood grill as a centerpiece. Locals love Lucca Back Bay for Italian cuisine served late night till 1 am. Also serving top-notch Italian fare is SRV.  It’s worth the quick 15-minute ride to Oleana in Cambridge, where on a recent visit we shared an assortment of delicious Middle Eastern mezze including a standout spinach falafel and fatteh. For a gourmet eating experience try and snag one of the tables at tiny O Ya, located off the beaten path in the leather district. This is omakase on another level, served artfully and inventively, a meal you’ll remember for a long time.

SweetsJ.P. Licks has legions of fans for homemade ice cream with flavors ranging from Wild Blueberry Sorbet to Chunky Peanut Butter. 

Local Attractions: It would be a shame to visit Northeastern without spending some time exploring some of Boston’s treasures. Right in Northeastern’s backyard take a tour of Fenway Park, one of the most famous U.S. baseball stadiums, home to the Boston Red Sox. Faneuil Hall, Chinatown, and the theater district are all close by. Walk the Freedom Trail, or browse the shops on Newbury Street. You need an afternoon to see the extensive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest museums in the country. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is another must see, with a wing built in the style of a 15th century Venetian palazzo to hold her impressive art collection. A short drive from downtown the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is a must for history buffs.




— Quotes From Campus —

To me, Northeastern is the perfect combination of big city and college life. The city is right outside my door, yet we have the real feel of a college campus—it’s the best of both worlds!
— Matt
There is always something to do—Northeastern has tons of clubs and organizations, over 20 frats and sororities, plus the whole city of Boston—the best college town in the country.
— Caroline
Throughout the last three years I have gained substantial work experience through the co-op program. I truly feel that I will have an advantage when I graduate next year. A Northeastern education is so much more than typical classroom studies. I have gotten a jump-start on my career, making job connections and contacts and getting to see the world at the same time!
— Ava

Students Northeastern Wants






Paws, Northeastern University King Husky

School Colors

Black, Red & Warm Grey

Acceptance Rate

28% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision



Average - 1480


Average - 32




Large - 17,506 Undergraduates



New England

Admissions Office

200 Kerr Hall 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

(p) (617) 373-2000
(f) (617) 373-8780

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Carlos Pena
Wendy Williams

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