Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to all your questions about the Accelerate Program, the application process, tuition, student life, and more.

Residential Programs

General Program Questions

What is the program format/schedule?

All residential programs for Summer 2024 will be twelve days in length. Move-in is on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with move-out taking place the following Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Academic programs run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with social activities on campus and off campus taking place on evenings and weekends. Please note that exact hours may vary slightly by program and location. 

Can international students attend the program?

Yes. Although we do not sponsor student visas for non-credit programs, we welcome all international students to apply as long as they have the ability to be present during the program. International students are considered for need-based aid and other applicable discounts. 

How big are the programs?

Enrollment varies by program. A typical size is 15-30 students per program.

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Students should be rising juniors or rising seniors who have not graduated from high school. Students should also be between the ages of 16 and 18 by the start of any residential program.

Application Information

What are the application deadlines?

Important dates and deadlines are listed on our Apply page. The Priority application deadline is January 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST; the Regular application deadline is February 28, 2024, EST at 11:59 p.m. EST; and the Late application deadline is March 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

What are the application requirements?

Application requirements include: 

  • Application: Online Application 
  • Transcript: An unofficial high school transcript or report cards 
  • Personal statement: a short statement (maximum of 600 words) describing your passion for the subject matter, your motivation for enrolling in the program, and what you hope to gain from the experience 
  • Reference/Recommendation: Within the application, there is an option for students to submit the name and contact information of a teacher or counselor as a reference, this is not required.  

More information on the application process including important dates and deadlines can be found here

How do I accept my offer of admission and enroll in the program?

Students who are offered a place in the program will receive an email which will contain information on next steps to secure a place in the program, including a non-refundable deposit equal to 10% of tuition (after financial aid/discounts). Programs will fill on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend depositing early. Families experiencing any financial concerns regarding deposits are encouraged to reach out to

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Discounts

How much does the program cost?

The program tuition for Boston residential programs in Summer 2024 is $6,695, which includes the program tuition, course materials, housing, meals, and social activities.

Is there financial aid?

Yes, students can apply to be considered for financial aid within the application. Accelerate Pre-College Programs strives to work with families to make our programs financially accessible. Accelerate’s financial aid awards are typically either in the form of scholarships or program discounts. All admitted students will be considered for need-based aid. Students will receive their financial aid award information with their program admissions decision.

When is the full tuition payment due?

Final payment is due by May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Do you offer payment plans? 

There is no formal payment plan but if you have a need for additional time to submit the final payment, please contact

Can I use my 529 fund to pay for this program?

Yes, please contact your plan provider to check on their requirements, but families in the past have been able to do this.


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.

Are these programs 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.

Is a laptop or other materials required in order to participate in the program?

Admitted students will be provided with any required materials and a packing list for the program. Please note that some MacBook models may not be compatible with some of the software and applications used in some of the academic programs, and iPads cannot replace laptops for most programs. Students in need of support acquiring these materials (e.g. borrowing a laptop) will work with Pre-College program staff prior to the start of the program.

Residential and Student Life

What can I expect for meals?

Each student will be assigned a Husky Card. This Husky Card will allow students to access meals at the dining hall as well as eateries across campus. More information on how to use the Husky Card as well as specifics on campus eateries will be provided to enrolled students prior to the start of the program. In the program form, enrolled students will have the opportunity to disclose any dietary allergies, restrictions, and preferences. Accelerate staff work closely with NU Dining to ensure, to the best of their ability, that each student’s dining restrictions and preferences are met. 

Where do the students stay?

Students are housed in a residence hall on Northeastern’s campus. More information about the residence hall will be shared with admitted students.

My friend is also attending the program. May I request a roommate?

Admitted students will have the option to request a roommate through their program forms. Both roommates must request each other through that form.

What types of activities occur on the evenings and weekends?

Previous social activities have included on-campus events such as arts and crafts, stuff-a-husky, and giant board games. Off-campus activities have included exploring the local neighborhoods surrounding our campuses (e.g., a cannoli tour of the North End, thrift shopping in Cambridge, touring around San Francisco). 

Are there any exceptions where a student could commute to the program?

All of our Summer 2024 Boston Campus programs are residential. Students seeking an exception should contact the Pre-College team at

Safety and Supervision

What staff supports the program?

The programs are overseen by the Accelerate: Pre-College team, led by Director of Pre-College Programs, Liz Quinn. Students will be with faculty and teaching assistants during the daytime on weekdays (from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Residential life staff live in housing with the students and manage residential life and social activities.

Do students need health insurance to participate in the program?

Yes, students will need to provide proof of health or travel health insurance in order to participate in the program.

What happens if a student needs medical attention while participating in the program?

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.