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Admissions Information

Fall 2020 Admissions Timeline

Domestic students are defined as: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Dual Citizens, or Green Card holders.  Those students who hold an H4 or other non-immigrant visas are still considered international students and must abide by the international student deadlines. (If applying to Toronto or Vancouver campuses, domestic students are defined as Canadian citizens, etc as above.)

International students are defined as: any students who are not U.S. Citizens, U.S. Dual Citizens, or Green Card holders.  These students will usually require Northeastern University’s support to enter the U.S., though there are exceptions.  (If applying to Toronto or Vancouver campuses, international students are defined as non-Canadian citizens, etc as above.)

FALL 2020

  • October 1 – Application opens
  • April 15 – Final international application deadline
    • June 15 (tentative) – initial I-20 request deadline
    • July 15 (tentative) – transfer-in I-20 request deadline
  • August 15 – Final domestic application deadline

Decision Dates

Decisions will be released on the following dates.  Please allow 7-10 business days for your application to be processed by the admissions team.

  • December 20 (international & domestic)
  • March 5 (international & domestic)
  • May 1 (international & domestic)
  • Case by Case (domestic)

Students will have 2 weeks (10 business days) from receipt of their decision to enroll and submit their $100 deposit.


Align Admissions Requirements

General Requirements

COVID19 Update: While TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable due to ETS testing center closures, we will accept the Duolingo English test — with a minimum score of 123 — as proof of English proficiency.

  • GPA Minimums
    • 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • 8.0 on a 10.0 scale
    • 80 on a 100 scale
  • Test Score Minimums
    • English Proficiency Tests for international students
      • TOEFL = 100, or IELTS = 7.5
        • Note: We will not super-score the IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Essays
    • Align applicants are given three essay prompts in lieu of the statement of purpose. Two out of three are required. They are:
      • Essay 1 (250 words): Align students often cite the critical importance of perseverance – the capacity to keep iterating and working a problem. Tell us about a time you had to persevere? How has that shaped your career trajectory?
      • Essay 2 (250 words): Some of our students wish to take their passion and combine it with tech; others wish to leave their past experiences behind and dive head-first into the computer science world. What drives your transition into tech?
      • Optional (250 words): If you believe the above questions have not given you an opportunity to tell us enough about yourself, feel free to use this section to highlight something about yourself you think is essential to understanding who you are and what drives you.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • For students who are applying directly from undergrad, we recommend 2 academic and 1 professional reference.
    • For students who are applying from the workforce, we recommend 2 professional and 1 academic reference.

Materials Checklist

You cannot alter your application after you submit, so before you hit that submit button, please make sure you have included…

For all students:

  • PDF or scanned copies of unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts (official transcripts are only required after admission).  Please note that for international students, WES evaluation is not required.
  • Recent professional resume listing detailed position responsibilities (can include internships)
  • NOTE: You will be required to complete two out of three essay prompts given in the application portal—essay descriptions can be found in the Align Admissions Requirements section above.

For international students:

  • PDF or scanned copies of unofficial TOEFL or IELTS examination scores (official scores are only required after admission)*

*An exception can be made to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if the student has received a Bachelor’s degree or PhD in an English-speaking country (see here).  We do not accept Master’s degrees as TOEFL/IELTS waivers.

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