General Programmatic Questions

  • When do Accelerate programs run?
    • We will be offering programs all throughout the year, including a variety of virtual and on-campus programs. Complete the inquiry form to be the first to know when programs are announced. Applications are now open for our Summer 2022 Boston Campus programming.
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • What virtual programs will you be offering this year?
    • We do not anticipate offering virtual programs during Summer 2022. We plan to offer students the opportunity to apply to enroll in virtual and/or virtual credit-bearing courses through our undergraduate curriculum in the future. 
  • What is the anticipated format of future virtual and/or credit-bearing courses?
    • Admitted students will take class alongside our current Northeastern students for these courses. These 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. 
  • How do I make sure I hear when future programs are announced, and the application is open?
    • Please make sure you are on our mailing list by completing the inquiry form

Boston Campus Programs

General Program Questions

  • What is the program format/schedule?
    • Residential programs running for Summer 2022 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 around Boston taking place on evenings and weekends. Please note that exact hours may vary slightly by program.
  • 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.
  • May I attend more than one program?
    • Yes, as long as you are admitted to each program and the dates do not conflict. We will be able to provide housing for students from July 22 (move-out date of Session I) to July 24 (move-in date of Session II).
  • How big are the programs?
    • Enrollment varies by program. A typical size is 15-30 students per program.


Application Information

  • What are the application deadlines?
    • Applications to each of our programs remain open and decisions will be released on a rolling basis after mid-April.
  • What are the application requirements?
    • Students will need to complete an online application which includes a short essay. Students are also asked to submit an official high school transcript. Students have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation but it is not required.
  • 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 of $500 that is due by May 16. Programs will fill on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend depositing early.


Tuition, Financial Aid, and Discounts

  • How much does the program cost?
    • The program tuition for Boston residential programs in Summer 2022 is $6,195, 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. Parent/guardians will be asked to provide the following information: adjusted gross income from most recent federal tax return and the number of dependents in the household. Applicants will also need to indicate if their parent(s) are business owners and/or own any additional property. There is also an open-ended question where students can provide any additional information that may give context to financial need.
  • Is there a discount for children of Northeastern alumni?
    • Yes. Applicants may indicate this affiliation on their application. Admitted students will receive a discount of 25%.
  • Is there a discount for siblings of current Northeastern students?
    • Yes. Applicants may indicate this affiliation on their application. Admitted students will receive a discount of 25%.
  • If I apply for financial aid and I am also eligible for a sibling or alumni discount, is it possible to receive both a financial aid award and a discount of 25%?
    • Either a financial aid award or a discount will be applied to your tuition balance, whichever is greater.
  • When is the full tuition payment due?
    • Final payment is due June 1.
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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. 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?
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the program dates; the cost is included in the program fee. Meals will vary and may include dining hall options, grab-and-go totes, and catered events. Allergies and dietary restrictions will be accommodated whenever possible. We recommend students have personal funds available for additional snacks.
  • 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?
    • Social activities will be dependent on COVID-19 guidelines but will hopefully include activities such as exploring Boston landmarks, museums, Fenway Park, trivia nights, movie nights, etc.
  • Are there any exceptions where a student could commute to the program?
    • Students seeking an exception should contact the Pre-College team at [email protected].


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.
  • Is there a curfew?
    • Yes, students must be in their residence hall by 10:00 p.m. each evening.
  • 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.


COVID-19 Policies

  • What is the program cancellation policy?
    • In the case that programs are cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and concerns, students will be refunded.
  • Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for the programs?
    • To promote the health and well-being of the Northeastern community, beginning Summer 2022, participants attending Accelerate: Pre-College Programming on Northeastern University’ campuses are required to present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by move-in day. More information about this process, including protocols related to requesting medical or religious exemptions to this policy, and testing requirements, will be provided to admitted students. Northeastern’s policies related to COVID-19 may be modified or updated from time to time consistent with federal, state, and local guidance. For questions on Northeastern’s COVID-19 policies and protocols, please email [email protected].