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New Students

Create myNortheastern account

Your very first step is to set up your myNortheastern account, which will be your portal for all things Northeastern.

  • You can find instructions on setting up your myNortheastern account here.
  • You will need your NUID and your PKID/International Student ID, which you can find in the email that led you to this site.
  • If you are an international student, please use the zip code of 02115.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You should wait at least 24 hours after you submit your enrollment deposit to set up your myNorthesatern account. Attempting otherwise will result in an error, and your account will not be created.

If you encounter problems related to setting up your account, you can contact

Financial Aid

Align students finance their education through a combination of loans and work on/off campus. There are some scholarships – based on financial need and/or diversity – to help offset the cost of the first semester. If you are a domestic student who is looking to take out a loan or be considered for a need-based scholarship, the first step is to complete the FAFSA and submit it to Student Financial Services. You can find more information about the FAFSA process here.

Once submitted, we recommend that you reach out to Student Financial Services to find out if they require any additional documentation to complete your FAFSA. You can find their website and contact info here. This will help ensure that you are don’t miss out on being eligible for a loan and or being considered for a need-based scholarship due to an incomplete FAFSA.

All scholarships are made possible by corporate and philanthropic donors, and are awarded to students who meet the criteria set forth by the donor. No additional application is needed to be considered for these, and students who are awarded them will be notified before the start of the semester.

Course Registration

During your first semester in the program you will take two courses:

  • CS 5001/5003: Intensive Foundations of CS and Recitation
  • CS 5002 Discrete and Data Structures

Once you have set up your myNortheastern account you can go ahead and register for classes beginning on May 8. Please make sure you pick the section that is at your location (Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle).  Please follow the registration step by step laid out here.

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 4. You can find the full academic calendar for the University here.

If you are interested to read about courses you will or might take in future semesters, the Office of the Registrar keeps an updated and searchable that can be found here course catalog.

Align Bridge Course Waivers

If you are entering the program with some computer science experience through a course taken prior to joining Align or through professional training you may apply for a course waiver. Align students will be considered for a maximum of two course waivers and these waivers are limited to one theory and one programming course. Bridge course waivers must be submitted by the first week of classes to be considered.  Please note that if you are an international student or a domestic student utilizing federal aid you must be full-time in the program.  If you waive a bridge course and cannot move on to the next course in the sequence you may not be able to go full-time.

Please utilize this form to submit your waiver request. Any questions about bridge course waivers can be directed to Meg Barry (

OGS and I-20s

International students should pay particular attention to this link to the Office of Global Student Services. They will be your resource for policies on how to maintain your status in the U.S. and take advantage of work experience within your program. Please note: once on campus, you will need to complete an Online International Student Check-In and attend an international student orientation. OGS will be emailing information about this process in the days leading up to the start of the semester.

You must submit financial and biographical information and documents to request an I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student, or you must submit your current study eligible visa classification if you will not request an I-20 and choose to remain in your current status.

Please note that some academic programs at Northeastern University have experiential learning requirements (e.g., co-op or study abroad). Immigration statuses other than F-1 may not allow for participation in such activities. If you are currently in another visa status and choose not to switch to an F-1 status, you may impact your ability to study full-time or engage in authorized employment/training, such as an internship, co-op or practicum. Should you have any questions on applying for a change of status to F-1, please contact the Office of Global Student Services at

If you want to request an I-20, please go here to access instructions on how to request an I-20 online. For a link to just the PDF itself, please go here.


If you have decided not to request an I-20, then you must click here and login with your myNortheastern username and password to complete the Data Form for Non-NEU Sponsored Students.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot log into myOGS until up to 24 hours AFTER you set up your myNortheastern account. You will log in to myOGS using your myNortheastern username and password. Failure to complete either form can inhibit your ability to access essential resources on campus.

Once you have completed the proper form and submitted it, your request will be reviewed by the university. You will receive email updates on the status of your submission at your Northeastern University student email account.

Align Orientation

Once it becomes available (about two months before the start of classes), the date for your orientation at your location will be shown below. Attendance is mandatory – follow the link that is specific to your location to RSVP. At orientation, you will meet your peers, members of the faculty and staff, receive an overview of the curriculum and co-curricular initiatives, and receive a training on academic integrity.


Date, time and location is TBD.

San Francisco

Date, time and location is TBD.

Silicon Valley

Date, time and location is TBD.


Date, time and location is TBD.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all students – domestic and international.

By default, all graduate students are automatically enrolled in the Northeastern University Student Health Plan (NUSHP), an affordable option that allows graduate students without coverage to obtain care. Graduate students may waive NUSHP by showing proof of comparable coverage, per the guidelines found here.

Students in Boston who waive coverage may pay an annual fee for their unlimited primary care at Northeastern’s University Health and Counseling Center (UHCC). You can read more information here. You can also email or call the University Healthcare Services insurance coordinator at 617- 373-8007.

If you are planning to waive NUSHP, please be aware that Gallagher Student Health will be reviewing each individual waiver to ensure that the healthcare plan submitted is fully compliant with the Affordable Care Act and that meets Massachusetts State requirements. Short term medical plans and travel insurance plans are not comparable, and CANNOT be used to waive NUSHP. The purpose behind this review is to ensure that each student has the access to care they need during their time at Northeastern University. If you need assistance comparing your current plan to the University’s plan, please use this checklist as a guideline and visit our site for more information on our plan,

Please email us at if you have questions.

Health Report

In Boston, all full-time or international graduate students taking courses on campus must submit a Health Report Form prior to enrolling at Northeastern University. This form needs to be returned to UHCC—not the graduate office. For more information, please email

Paying Your Bill

At any time, you can view your live account and any bills that have been posted by logging in through your myNortheastern portal. Bills are posted to your account starting in July (for fall semester) and November (for spring semester). Each bill specifies a due by date and any late fees associated with not paying the bill by that date.

If you have any questions on your account or your bill, you can contact Student Financial Services at or 617.373.2270.


On-Campus Housing

On-campus graduate housing is extremely limited and available only in Boston. If you are interested, complete the Graduate Housing Application. For more information, please contact Housing and Residential Life at or 617.373.2814.

Off-Campus Housing

Most new students live in off-campus housing. You can see the resources to help with off-campus housing at each of our locations:


Off Campus Student Services can offer a lot of guidance, including information about temporary housing and community resources, plus an Apartment Search database of listings. For more information about off-campus housing, please email or call 617.373.8480.

San Francisco


Silicon Valley



The Boston public transportation system is called the MBTA, or simply the T. It can be a little confusing at first. Northeastern is accessible by two different subway lines—Orange and Green “E” train—as well as several bus routes. The MBTA provides information about routes, fares, and rider tools to help map out your trip. If you’re flying into Boston, check out the MBTA’s tips on taking the T to and from Logan Airport.

San Francisco


Silicon Valley