General Programmatic Questions

  • When do Accelerate programs run?
    • We will be offering programs all throughout the year, including a variety of virtual, residential and day programs. Check out the tabs at the top of the page to see details on the different programs.
  • Will participating in an Accelerate program assist with a Northeastern University undergraduate application?
    • Participating in an Accelerate program will help boost your college application as admissions counselors are excited to see students to continue to engage in academic programming outside of their school offerings. This will not give you any special advantage within the Northeastern application review process, but will help enhance your application to our admissions team.
  • How competitive are Accelerate programs?
    • Each program varies in popularity and competitiveness. We keep our cohort sizes small for workshops and residential programs in order to allow students to have closer engagement with faculty and each other. Because the number of applicants depends on time of year, program subject, etc. we do not have a particular admit rate.
  • What grade level are Accelerate programs geared towards?
    • Accelerate programs are geared towards juniors and seniors in high school. We do make exceptions for some freshman and sophomores. If you have questions about your particular situation, we encourage you to email [email protected]

Boston Campus Programs

  • Will you be running residential programs for summer 2021?
    • As we monitor the situation around COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision to run on-campus programming for summer 2021 in a commuter format. Our sessions will be “day programs” without a residential component. 
  • COVID-19 Cancellation Policies
    • In the case that programs are cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and concerns, students will be refunded. Faculty will design a virtual experience in the topic area that students will have the opportunity to join at a reduced program fee.
  • What is the program tuition?
    • The program tuition is $1,995, which includes the tuition, course materials, lunch daily, and limited social activities as COVID policies allow
  • What can I expect for the day program format?
    • Day programs running in summer 2021 will take place on the Boston campus. Programs will be five days in length, running approximately 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from Monday-Friday. Exact hours may vary slightly by program.
  • Can students who live outside the Boston area apply?

    • Yes. Although we are unable to offer on-campus housing to students during our summer 2021 programs, we welcome all students to apply as long as they have or can secure their own housing.

  • May I attend more than one program?
    • Yes, as long as you are admitted to each program and the dates do not conflict.
  • Who teaches the programs?
    • Programs will be led by Northeastern faculty, with the support of other instructors or graduate students. Current Northeastern students will serve as teaching assistants. One program planned for summer 2021 has been uniquely designed to be facilitated by a faculty member in conjunction with leaders of the student organization WISE.
  • How big will the programs be?
    • Enrollment varies by program. A typical size is 15-25 students per program.
  • Is it credit-bearing?
    • There is no credit awarded or transcript upon completion of the program. Students will receive a Recognition of Completion signed by a faculty member.
  • Will I have homework outside of class time?
    • Accelerate programs are rigorous and are meant to give students a taste of college academics.  All students can expect some work outside of class hours, typically working with peers on group projects.
  • What staff supports the program?
    • Students will be with faculty and teaching assistants during the daytime on weekdays (approximately 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
    • The programs are managed by Director of Pre-College Programs, Liz Quinn, and Senior Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs, Alice Smith.
  • What can I expect for meals?
    • Students are provided with lunch each day of the program. Meals will vary and may include grab-and-go totes and catered events
  • If I enroll, what do I need to know about health insurance?
    • If a student has a medical situation occur while on campus, we will bring the student to an Urgent Care facility or an emergency room, depending on the severity of the situation. We recommend checking with your current healthcare provider to understand what they recommend, especially if you are traveling to the United States.
  • I was admitted to the residential program in 2020 and want to attend in 2021.
    • Rising juniors that were admitted for the summer 2020 programs will receive automatic admission to our summer 2021 programs. Please keep an eye out for further messaging regarding this opportunity.

COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols

  • What are the safety measures students and families can expect this summer for on-campus programs?
    • Students and families can expect the following safety and wellness measures to be in place: testing program, social distancing and mask policies in accordance with the university’s campus-wide policies, density considerations in classrooms, as well as contact tracing for any positive cases.
  • Is it a requirement for students to be tested before or during the program?
    • Yes. The testing procedure, subject to change, is currently planned as the following: students must receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the program start time (programs begin Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EDT) and will be tested again on Monday and Thursday of the program.
  • Is it a requirement for students to be vaccinated before the start of the program?
    • No. Note that students who have been vaccinated will still need to adhere to surveillance testing procedures.
  • Will the faculty and staff interacting with students be vaccinated before the start of the program?
    • We expect that the large majority of faculty and staff will be vaccinated prior to the start of the program but we cannot guarantee this.
  • What is the protocol if a student tests positive during the program?
    • A student who tests positive during the program will need to leave campus immediately and return home to quarantine. The contact tracing team will work with the student to determine any necessary further steps regarding faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Credit-Bearing Programs

  • What virtual programs will you be offering this year?
    • We are excited to be offering virtual, credit-bearing courses through our undergraduate curriculum. Admitted students will take class alongside our current Northeastern students for these courses.
  • What’s the format of these courses?
    • These courses are taught in a virtual, asynchronous format, allowing students to view pre-recorded lectures and complete assignments on their own time. Faculty will not have class at a set time, but will instead ask for students to complete and submit assignments on a designated timeline.
  • Will there be a chance to get to know my fellow pre-college classmates?
    • Yes, as part of the Accelerate: Pre-College offerings, students will have access to additional, optional programming outside of their coursework. This will include student panels, speakers and opportunities to chat with their classmates.
  • When will these courses run?
    • Courses will run July 6- August 24, in line with Northeastern University’s Summer II Term.
  • How many credits would a student receive from these courses?
    • Each course is worth four credit hours.
  • Can I take more than one course?
    • Due to enrollment capacity limitations, students will only be allowed to enroll into one credit-bearing course.
  • What courses will be offered?
    • The pre-college program is in the process of solidifying course offerings and will be releasing the information at the end of April. Students will be able to rank order the available courses in which they’d be interested in enrolling and the pre-college team will do their best to enroll them in one of their top choice courses.
  • Who is eligible to apply to credit-bearing courses?
    • These courses are meant for rising seniors only, given the rigor of the curriculum.
  • How do you apply for a virtual, credit-bearing courses?
    • Applications will be open in May. Rising seniors applying for the program will need to submit an unofficial high school transcript, a personal essay and an optional letter of recommendation. When selecting the course in which they wish to enroll, they will rank order the available courses and the pre-college team will work to assign them to their top choices.
  • How much is a credit-bearing course?
    • The final price has not yet been set, but will follow the university cost per credit with a small additional charge for special pre-college programming. Last academic year, a four-credit course was billed at $6,796.
  • How do I make sure I hear when the application is open?
    • Once the application is open and the class options are solidified, we will email all rising seniors who have indicated interest in our programs. Please make sure you’re on our mailing list by completing the inquiry form.

Virtual Programs

  • What virtual programs will you be offering this year?
    • After a successful summer of virtual offerings in 2020, we are excited to continue to offer programming online as faculty availability permits. We will continue to update this page with the new programs, dates and format.
  • What virtual programs did you offer in the past?
    • Summer 2020, we piloted our first virtual pre-college programs. Students were able to enroll into a variety of Academic Immersion sessions, which consisted of 3-4 hours of intensive academic material in their subject of interest. Students could enroll in one or up to all programs. Additionally, students were given access to Northeastern specific programming including student panels and information sessions on different aspects of university life, as well as social programming.
  • What is the cohort size of the virtual programs?
    • Cohort size will vary depending on the virtual option. Workshops will typically have a smaller cohort of between 10-30 students to allow for focused faculty attention and to help moderate the more hands on learning process. Master Classes will typically have larger classes, engaging more students in these lecture style experiences.
  • Who teaches the virtual programs?
    • The programs will be led by Northeastern faculty and may be supported by other instructors, graduate students, or teaching assistants. Each program creates their own teaching structure to best fit the program.
  • How do you apply for a virtual program?
    • Applications vary depending on the type of virtual option. Workshops will require an abbreviated application, while a Master Class will be a registration form with no application. We will update this section with more information about the application process soon.

Eligibility

  • What are the admission requirements?
    • Admissions requirements depend on the Accelerate program a student is applying into. While Master Classes will only require a registration form, Workshops will require an abbreviated application. Our residential application requires a high school transcript and personal statement/essay. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor is not required.
  • Is any specific experience or skill-set required for a certain program? (e.g. CAD experience for Engineering programs)
    • Any prerequisites for a program will be listed on the program page. If there are no prerequisites listed, then the program and faculty are prepared to work with students with varied level of experiences.
  • Is there an age requirement?
    • Students should have completed their sophomore year of high school and be 16 years of age by the start of any residential or day program. All other programs have no age requirements.
  • Do I have to be a resident of Massachusetts to apply?
    • No. We welcome applicants from around the US and the world! 
  • Is there a minimum GPA?
    • No, there is not a minimum GPA or test score required for admission. We will review academic achievements of applicants in the context of the entire application.

Application and Deadline

  • When do applications open?
    • Applications vary depending on the Accelerate program you are applying into.
  • When will I hear a response back?
    • Admission decisions will be released on a weekly basis for most programs. Keep an eye on your email after applying to receive explicit directions on the program you’ve applied into.
  • How do I apply?
  • Is my application binding?
    • No.
  • What are you looking for in an applicant?
    • We are looking for talented, highly motivated students who are passionate about the subject area, and who are ready for a rigorous program.
  • What are the instructions or guidelines for my personal statement?
    • The personal statement is your opportunity to share more about yourself and your interest in the program. You may choose your own style and format; there are no specific guidelines. In your statement you should describe your passion for the subject matter, your motivation for enrolling in this program, and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please limit to one page in length.

Admission Decisions

  • How will I know if I have been admitted?
    • You will receive an email with your admission decision. The email will contain information on your next steps to secure a place in your program, including a non-refundable deposit of $500.
  • Once I’ve been admitted, how do I secure my spot in the program?
    • Paying your deposit secures your spot in the program. Please note, interest is high and seats are limited, so we recommend depositing early.
  • I deposited—what’s next?
    • We will be contacting you by email regarding your program schedule, what to pack, required forms you’ll need to sign, how to submit final payment, and more.

International

  • Do I have to be a resident of the United States to apply?
    • No! We welcome applicants from around the US and the world. As a reminder, we are unable to offer on-campus housing for Summer 2021 programs. 
  • Do I need a Student Visa as an International Student? 
    • A Student Visa (F Visa) is not necessary for this program because it is a non-degree program that does not confer university credit. International students accepted into Accelerate: Pre-College Programs may need to secure a Tourist Visa (B Visa) for entry into the United States, depending on the student’s home country. International students admitted into the program will receive more information, as well as a letter that can be used as supporting documentation.
  • Am I eligible to receive need based financial aid?
    • Yes, all students who request to be reviewed for need-based financial aid will be considered.
  • Are English language test scores (e.g. TOEFL) required?
    • Students applying to Accelerate: Pre-College Programs are expected to be proficient in English, and should possess strong spoken and written skills, in order to be successful in an academically rigorous English-language environment. Proficiency becomes even more important as Accelerate students do not have access to English language support services. Exams such as the TOEFL or IELTS are not required, but students should ideally score above the following in order to be successful in Accelerate: 80 Composite Score and above on the TOEFL iBT, 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS Academic, or 845 Composite Score and above on the TOEFL Junior. If Accelerate evaluators feel it is necessary to have proof of English proficiency on file in order to fully evaluate the applicant, they may request so during the application review process. If you have further questions, please email [email protected].
  • What else do I need before arrival?
    • We require that you have a US phone number for our staff to be able to connect with you once you are on campus. You will need this phone number prior to arriving to campus.
    • Please download the GroupMe app prior to arrival, as this will be the main form of communication between you and the staff.
    • We will need a contact in your home country who speaks English in case of an emergency.

Costs and Financial Aid

  • Does Accelerate offer need-based financial aid or scholarships?
    • We do offer a limited amount of financial aid which is reserved for families of admitted students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. All students who request to be reviewed for need-based financial aid will be considered. If you are interested in learning more about financial aid, please email [email protected] for more information.
  • How do I apply for need-based financial aid?
    • There is a section of all applications you may complete to apply for financial aid.
  • How do I know if I will qualify for financial aid?
    • There are no set requirements for qualifying for financial aid, as it will vary from year to year depending on the students admitted into the programs.
  • When will I learn about my financial aid decision?
    • You will learn about your financial aid decision when you receive your offer of admission.
  • What is included in the cost of the programs?
    • This will vary from program to program:
      • Day  Programs:
        • Program tuition, class materials, lunch daily, guest speakers.
      • Residential:
        • Program tuition, class materials, housing, meals*, staff supervision, field trips, guest speakers, social activities.
      • Virtual:
        • Program tuition, class materials, optional programming, access to faculty members
  • My sibling is a current student/my parent is an alumnae. Are there any discounts available?
    • Yes! Though Northeastern’s Parent & Family Scholarship, which has been extended to our pre-college programs, a 25% discount off of tuition will be offered to students admitted into the program who have either a) a sibling who is a current undergraduate student at Northeastern, or b) at least one parent who is a Northeastern alumnae (undergraduate or graduate degree).