New Student Information
Congratulations on your acceptance to the College of Engineering!
As an incoming student for Fall 2020, there is a lot of helpful information available to you to assist you with beginning your graduate program with us. We ask that you attend one of the live Graduate School of Engineering Graduate Student Services Live orientation sessions, in addition to your Department/Program Specific orientation session. You can find the current orientation schedule here. If your Department/Program specific orientation information is not yet available, please continue to check back.
Read below for information regarding your admission to the Graduate School of Engineering. You can also visit the Graduate Admissions Support Center for more information.
The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate engineering program at Northeastern University. Otherwise, we hope that your plans to attend are coming along smoothly, and we look forward to meeting you at the new engineering student orientation program. Details regarding orientation will be sent to you via email.
If you are not from the Boston area, finding housing is an important and sometimes challenging task. Most graduate students live off campus. Students may search for housing, sublets, and roommates by using NEU’s Off-Campus Student Services.
from Logan Airport
You can travel from Logan International Airport (BOS) to Boston, Northeastern, and surrounding areas utilizing a number of different options.
Northeastern University does not usually arrange or provide for transportation from the airport. The Office of Global Services (OGS) may run a shuttle service for one specific day generally about a week before classes start.
Taxis are readily available from any terminal at Logan. Follow the signs in the airport terminal directing you to ground transport and taxi services. Taxi pick-up areas are usually located near baggage claim. The airport advises you to only utilize properly-licensed taxi services.
You should expect to pay $40 to $60 for a one-way trip into downtown Boston or surrounding areas, inclusive of tolls and fees. Taxis licensed by the City of Boston are required to accept credit cards as a form of payment. Taxis licensed by other cities in Massachusetts do not necessarily have to accept credit cards.
Shuttle Service (Private)
A number of private shuttle services operate from Logan and offer drop-offs to an address you specify. Shuttles may be more economical than shuttles if you transporting a large group of people. Shuttles generally require advance reservation and payment.
- Go Boston Shuttle
- Note: This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement by Northeastern University, of any of the products, services, or companies mentioned. This list is presented alphabetically and is not intended to be exhaustive.
Public Transit (MBTA)
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offers a number of options to travel from the airport to the Greater Boston area. MBTA subway service, often referred to as the “T”, runs along multiple lines (Blue, Green, Orange, Red…the Silver Line is actually a bus line), some of which may include multiple branches. MBTA bus service covers most of the Boston metropolitan area.
Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take an “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop, the first stop above ground. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station. Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station.
It may be helpful to familiarize yourself with a map of the T (subway lines and major bus routes). Please note that the map is intended to enhance readability and is neither drawn to scale nor a perfect representation of geography.
Most students will want to take either the free Blue Line bus shuttle to Airport Station (if your final destination is near a Blue or Orange Line stop) or the free Silver Line bus shuttle to South Station (if your final destination is a Red or Green Line stop).
Fare machines are available in baggage claim in all terminals. A one-way trip on the MBTA will generally cost between $2.10 to $4.20, depending on whether or not you use a CharlieCard (recommended) and whether or not you transfer from subway to bus (or vice-versa). Daily, weekly, and monthly passes are also available. Discounted semester passes may also be available through Northeastern University after you start your classes.
While it is possible to bring luggage onto buses and subway cars, it is best to limit yourself to no more than two pieces of luggage and to avoid traveling during peak weekday hours (7am to 10am, 4pm to 7pm) or during large events like a Boston Red Sox game when you are traveling with your luggage. The subway lines and buses can become very crowded during these times, and it can become very difficult to maneuver your luggage.
Please note that the MBTA usually closes shortly after midnight and does not reopen until around 5am, so please plan accordingly.
Visitors to the University are expected to park in the Renaissance Park Garage or the Gainsborough Garage. The fee is based on an hourly rate structure. Prior to the start of each academic year or semester/quarter, students can apply for a parking permit via myNortheastern. All vehicles being used by students must display a valid parking permit in order to park on University property. Please refer to the University’s Parking website for more information on where to park, fees, and other frequently asked questions.
Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at NU (i.e. your courses, your student account, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Under the myNortheastern Central and Community tabs, you will find information on upcoming events. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your Husky g-mail account. You are encouraged to start checking your Husky email regularly. If you have not set up your myNortheastern account, login to your electronic application to find the instructions to do so. Refer to How do I claim my student account if you have any problems.
Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications
It is important that you get into the habit of logging into your myNortheastern account to check your new Husky Gmail account. After logging in, look for the Gmail icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You may find that there are already important emails waiting in your account. With that said, given that most people have at least two if not several email accounts (i.e. yahoo, gmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your personal email to your Husky Gmail account or vice versa. Note that your Husky Gmail account can be configured to automatically forward incoming mail to another address if desired. To learn the steps to do this, login to your Husky Gmail account, and look for a gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the page to begin the process. Go to my.northeastern.edu to access your myNortheastern account.
Most academic departments request that new students not register for courses until on or after the new student orientation program. If your department/program of acceptance would like you to register, you will receive a separate email with instructions. Meanwhile, in preparation to register for courses, please take a look at the Registration Overview on the Registrar’s website. Here you will find helpful information to prepare you on topics such as how to search for classes, register using your myNortheastern student account which links to NEU’s student records and registration system, otherwise known as Banner, and how to navigate registration errors and waitlists.
Many of our programs request that new students not register for courses until on or after the new student orientation. If your department/program of acceptance would like you to register early, the name of your program with a link to course registration guidance will appear here.
Status and Eligibility Guidance for Registration
The following is an unofficial guide regarding student status and course eligibility. Northeastern’s Office of Global Services provides official information for all international students.
- Int’l Student Planning to be Outside of the U.S.
- If you are a new international student outside of the U.S. and do not plan to enter the U.S. for the fall term, you can enroll in 1 or 2 courses in any modality (e.g. designated as either Traditional or Online Instructional Method).
- Int’l Student Planning to be Inside the U.S. before Sept. 22
- If you are a new international student and have an active F-1 status and plan to be in the U.S. by Sept. 22, you are required to be full-time enrolled in a program of study. Such students should enroll in 2 courses (at least 8 credits) where at least 1 of the 2 courses is a Hybrid NUflex course. All NUflex courses have an on-ground component. Within the course registration system, note that any course that is designated as a Traditional Instructional Method course is a Hybrid NUflex course.
- Domestic or Other Student
- If you do not fit into one of the above categories, you can take 1 or 2 courses in any modality (e.g. designated as either Traditional or Online Instructional Method).
- However, to be eligible for the NUSHP student health insurance plan, you must enroll in at least one course that is considered to be on ground, such as a Traditional Instructional Method course. If you are a full-time student, you must also be enrolled in at least 7 semester hours to be eligible for NUSHP. If you are a part-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours to be eligible for NUSHP.
- Bioengineering MS course registration
- Bioengineering PhD course registration
- Chemical Engineering MS course registration
- Chemical Engineering PhD course registration
- Civil & Environmental Engineering course registration
- Computer Systems Engineering course registration
- Cyber-Physical Systems course registration for Boston
- Cyber-Physical Systems with Internet of Things concentration course registration for Silicon Valley
- Data Analytics Engineering course registration for Boston
- Data Architecture Management course registration
- Electrical & Computer Engineering MS course registration
- Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD course registration
- Energy Systems course registration
- Energy Systems Academic Link course registration
- Engineering Management course registration
- Human Factors course registration
- Industrial Engineering MS course registration
- Industrial Engineering funded PhD course registration
- Industrial Engineering unfunded PhD course registration
- Information Systems course registration for Boston
- Information Systems course registration for Silicon Valley
- Information Systems Bridge course registration for Silicon Valley
- Mechanical Engineering MS course registration
- Mechanical Engineering funded PhD course registration
- Mechanical Engineering unfunded PhD course registration
- Operations Research course registration
- Robotics course registration
- Telecommunication Networks course registration
Will I get a bill by registering for courses? Your first e-bill is generated when you register for your courses. You will receive an e-bill from the university with instructions on how to pay the e-bill. If you have questions about the mode of payment or billing, then please contact the Student Financial Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact faculty members or the registrar’s office regarding tuition payment or billing.
For Students Supported on an SGA
If you are being supported on a Stipended Graduate Assistantship (Research Assistantship; Teaching Assistantship; Dean’s Fellowship; Distinguished Dean’s Fellowship; Chair’s Fellowship), the tuition and health insurance waiver are administered by the Office of Student Financial Services, graduate financial aid division. While your tuition waiver will usually be credited to your student account within the first 5 weeks of the semester, it can sometimes take up to 8 weeks.
Please note: You are responsible to pay the portion of your bill which is not covered by your SGA by the due date listed on the bill. Your SGA covers tuition up to 12 semester hours and pays the Northeastern University Student Health Plan health insurance fee. The University Health and Counseling fee is not covered by your SGA. See here for a list of fees. To avoid incurring late fees, do not wait for your SGA tuition waiver to be reflected on your student account before you pay your fees. If you have any questions about which portion of your bill you should pay, please contact Student Financial Services at email@example.com.
You will receive more detailed information about your Stipended Graduate Assistantship stipend payments from the Graduate School via email, soon.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all students who are matriculating, carry a course load of nine credits or more or are enrolled in a full-time program have hospital insurance. Students who are covered under comparable insurance may request to waive the health insurance fee. The University Health and Counseling Services Center, Northeastern’s student health services, coordinates care for all students enrolled in the health insurance plan. Graduate students who have waived participation in the insurance are eligible for services if they have paid the student health fee. Please refer to the University Health and Counseling Services Center‘s web site for further information. We are sorry, but the Graduate School of Engineering cannot answer questions related to health insurance. Visit the NEU Student Health Plan for more information.
Regarding NEU’s immunization requirements, please go to the following link, direct questions to the University Health and Counseling Services office (617-373-2772), and complete the health form according to their instructions. Return the completed form by mail, email (UHCS@neu.edu) or fax (617-373-2601).
If you have not done so already, arrange to complete your official admissions file by submitting official transcripts and degrees. Students can either mail or submit in person the final, official university transcripts or certificate of completion that evidences all university-level courses, credits, and grades (or marks) from any and all colleges or universities that you have ever attended. If documents are in a language other than English, please arrange to submit official translations. Please review what is considered official proof of degree or transcript.
We are accepting electronic transcripts which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have the original copy of your proof of degree and/or transcript, you may submit these documents in person to 130 Snell Engineering. Please note we are unable to return any documents that you submit. Therefore, if you need to keep the original copies of your documents, please make photocopies of them. Bring both the original and copies to 130 Snell Engineering; we will verify the copies and keep that version.
Information for Students Who Cannot Attend Orientation
While all upcoming orientations will be virtual, if you fit into one of the following categories, it is not necessary for you to attend the new student orientation program: (1) regional campus students (i.e. Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area); (2) part-time, working students; (3) students who have attended a GSE new student orientation in the past; and (4) international students who have special permission to arrive late for the upcoming term. All other newly admitted students should make every effort to attend the orientation. If you cannot attend for some other reason or conflict, please do not worry. Shortly after, we will make the power point slides from the orientation session available on this page. Otherwise, the most important thing to do when you arrive is to contact the person named on your admission letter as your initial academic point of contact regarding your program of acceptance (and if you are an international student, visit the (Office of Global Services (OGS) website) and look for instructions regarding the immigration clearance process).
Late Arrivals – For International Students Only
International students on a J-1 or F-1 visa are required to arrive at campus no later than the date published on the I-20. However, students who are coming from abroad sometimes have to arrive a bit later because of the unavailability of international flights or because of visa administrative processing delays. If you cannot arrive by on or before the date published on your I-20, send an email to COE-GradAdmissions@northeastern.edu for guidance.
Each year many graduate engineering students compete for available Graduate Cooperative Education (Co-op) positions to gain industrial experience. Please note that the process is competitive, positions are not guaranteed, and requirements apply. You will hear more about the Co-op program at the orientation program. You are encouraged to read about our Co-op program ahead of time if interested. Learn more about Graduate Co-op and especially read the sections on Eligibility and Requirements.
One of the most important priorities that a new graduate student can make is a commitment to high academic performance, honesty, and integrity. We expect you to study hard, to get good grades, and to graduate successfully. And most of our graduate students do. But each year some run into academic difficulties. Please read about the below topics to know what is expected.
Academic Policies & Procedures: Note that all graduate students are subject to the University policy regarding Minimum Cumulative Grade-Point Average. Graduate students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher each term to remain in good academic standing and to progress toward graduation. Students falling below a cumulative GPA of 3.000 are placed on academic probation for each academic term in which the cumulative GPA is below 3.000.
Academic Honesty & Integrity: A commitment to the principles of academic integrity is essential to the mission of Northeastern University. To this end, the University has established an Academic Integrity Policy to which all students are subject. Suspected incidences of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Cheating, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration, facilitating academic dishonesty, participation in dishonesty, multiple submissions, and all forms of plagiarism are considered violations which may result in immediate dismissal from the Graduate School and the University.
Refer to the University Graduate Catalog to access Northeastern University’s primary statements about student academic life, conduct, and the responsibilities of students and the University to one another.
The University has a smoke-free policy, prohibiting tobacco smoking anywhere on campus – inside and outside. Questions associated with this policy can be sent to: Smokefreeinitiative@northeastern.edu.
When you arrive on campus, one of the first things you’ll do is obtain a Husky ID Card. Along with identification, the Husky Card is also used for building/residence hall access, parking, laundry, printing, vending, dining services, library book check-out, discounts and more. The Husky Card can also be used as a debit card. When you add money to your Husky Dollar account, you will be able to pay for food and services at many locations in and around the University.
To obtain a Husky ID card, you will visit the Husky Card Office in Speare Commons and bring a government issued photo identification. A passport if you are an international student; a Driver’s License, or other government issued photo ID card, if you are a domestic student.
For more information, visit http://www.northeastern.edu/huskycard/.