Next Steps

Below you will find important information about NU Accelerate including course options, guidance on selecting your course preferences, key dates, and an FAQ. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions after reviewing the site. We encourage you to read through this information carefully and send in your questions early—the sooner the better!

About the NU Accelerate Scholarship

The NU Accelerate Scholarship allows Early Decision students to jumpstart their Northeastern academic experience through remote, asynchronous coursework offered by the NU Accelerate: Pre-College Programs. Leveraging coursework curated specifically for first-year Northeastern students taking remote courses, you will have the opportunity to enroll in as many as two (2) courses, earning up to eight (8) credits prior to matriculating; the non-renewable NU Accelerate scholarship will cover the full tuition cost of all courses taken. Please note that the scholarship does not cover course material expenses, such as textbooks or software. Eligibility for enrolling in spring and summer terms is as follows:

  • ED I students will choose from coursework offered in Spring Term (begins January 18) and Summer Terms (Summer 1 and Full Summer begin May 9, and Summer 2 begins July 5).
  • ED II students will choose from coursework offered in Summer Terms (Summer 1 and Full Summer begin May 9, and Summer 2 begins July 5).

These courses, selected specifically for our ED students, will secure credits that can contribute to your graduation—through required coursework for your major or minor, NUpath requirements within the core curriculum, or elective credit. Courses will span a wide range of academic areas, such as Writing, Calculus, Economics, Global Health, First Year Writing, Calculus, Business, Art, History, Psychology, and more. Additional information to help you identify your Accelerate course preferences for the spring and summer terms, as well as information on how to register, can be found below. 

Spring Term Resources 

Summer Term Resources 

Key Dates and Academic Calendar

Below you will find the key dates of NU Accelerate for the spring and summer terms. Consider your own high school and other personal obligations, as that should factor into your decision to enroll in NU Accelerate coursework. 

Spring Term

  • December 20: Deadline for ED students admitted for Fall 2022 to complete NU Accelerate hand raiser in their Application Status Check
  • January 3: Deadline for ED students admitted for N.U.in and NU Bound to complete NU Accelerate hand raiser in their Application Status Check
  • January 10: Registration begins for NU Accelerate-be sure to review our NU Accelerate Course Registration Guide 
  • January 13: NU Accelerate Spring Term Virtual Kick-Off and NU Accelerate Spring Checklist
  • January 18: Spring term begins
  • February 7: Last day to drop a course without a “W”* for Spring term
  • April 28: Last day to drop a course with a “W”* for Spring Term

Summer Term

  • February 10: NU Accelerate Introduction Virtual Event. Click here to access the recording. 
  • March 1: Deadline for ED students to complete NU Accelerate hand raiser in their Application Status Check
  • March 14: Registration beings for NU Accelerate students – be sure to review our NU Accelerate Course Registration Guide
  • May 5: NU Accelerate Summer Term Virtual Kick-off. Click here to access the recording.
  • May 9: Summer 1 and Full Summer terms begin
  • May 11: Last day to add a course for Summer 1
  • May 17: Last day to add a course for Full Summer
  • May 22: Last day to drop a course without a W for Summer 1
  • May 29: Last day to drop a course without a W for Full Summer
  • June 28: Last day of final exams for Summer 1
  • June 30: NU Accelerate Summer 2 Term Kick-off. Click here to register for the virtual event, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. EDT. 
  • July 5: Summer 2 term begins
  • July 7: Last day to add a course for Summer 2
  • July 18: Last day to drop a course without a W for Summer 2
  • August 18: Last day of final exams for Full Summer
  • August 23: Last day of final exams for Summer 2

NU Accelerate follows the academic calendar, including add/drop/withdrawal dates, as determined by the university’s Registrar office. Please mark your calendar for these important add/drop/withdrawal dates for the Summer 1, Full Summer, and Summer 2 terms. There are no extensions for these dates. The FAQ below contains information regarding the difference between “drop” and “withdrawal” and the impact on the student transcript. As always, reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Summer 2022 Courses

Courses will span a wide range of academic areas, such as Writing, Calculus, Economics, Global Health, First Year Writing, Calculus, Business, Art, History, Psychology, and more. View our Summer 2022 NU Accelerate course catalog here.

Recommendation Guide

We recognize there are many factors for you to weigh as you consider NU Accelerate—your senior year courses and commitments, anticipated advanced credit, and academic path at Northeastern. We encourage you to review this guide to help you navigate the process. As always, reach out to us at [email protected] with questions.

Events

See below to register for one of our upcoming virtual events or rewatch a previous event: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding NU Accelerate Courses

  • NU Accelerate courses are “remote, asynchronous coursework.” What does that mean, and how do I know if it’s a good fit for me?
    • NU Accelerate courses are fully online and accessible through the learning platform Canvas. The asynchronous format means you can access your coursework at the time most convenient to you, offering students maximum flexibility. There is no set meeting time where all students sign on simultaneously. This modality is the best fit for students who are strong independent learners with excellent time management skills.
  • Who teaches the courses?
    • NU Accelerate courses are taught by faculty members of Northeastern University. Faculty members create pre-recorded lectures and students can meet with them at virtual office hours.
  • What can I expect from my interaction with my fellow students?
    • Students will connect through dynamic interactive tools on Canvas, such as discussion boards, as well as through group projects.
  • How many courses can I take?
    • You may enroll in up to two courses across the Spring and Summer Terms but may not exceed a total of two courses under any circumstances. Please note that required recitations or seminars (such as CS 1802, ARCH 1311, ARTF 1123) do not count toward the maximum of two courses. Early Decision I admitted students can partake in the spring and/or summer terms. Early Decision II admitted students can partake in summer terms only.
  • If I do not take spring coursework can I still take courses in the summer?
    • Yes. Declining to participate in the Spring Term has no impact on your ability to take courses in the Summer Term. You will receive information on signing up for Summer Term in mid-February.
  • Are there any limitations on how I choose to split up my two courses between the spring and summer?
    • You choose when to take your courses and how many you will take—as long as you do not take more than two courses total under any circumstances. Below are just a few examples of how you use your scholarship:
      • 1 course in the Spring Term and 1 in the Summer Term
      • 2 courses in the Spring Term and 0 in the Summer Term
      • 0 courses in the Spring Term and 2 in the Summer Term
  • Can I take a NU Accelerate course for dual enrollment, dropping one of my HS senior year courses to take a NU Accelerate course?
    • NU Accelerate is not meant to be a formal dual enrollment program. Rather, it is meant as an opportunity for students who have additional bandwidth in their senior spring and summer to take courses to jumpstart their Northeastern education.
    • If you are interested in dropping a class that is required for your high school graduation in order to take a NU Accelerate course—this is not permitted. The purpose of this program is not to have students drop required high school coursework- doing could present a risk to students.
    • If you are interested in dropping a class that is not required for your high school graduation in order to take a NU Accelerate course—this may be permitted. The process for any senior year scheduling changes is for you to contact NU Accelerate at [email protected] so that we can verify that your senior year schedule carries equivalent academic rigor as your schedule when you were admitted to the university. NU Accelerate courses are not intended as replacements to your current high school curriculum but rather as additional coursework.
    • Note the following: Understanding and fulfilling high school graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. All students must complete high school graduation requirements and present a final transcript to Northeastern in order to matriculate.

NU Accelerate Scholarship

  • Do I need to pay for these courses?
    • You may take up to two courses between the Spring and Summer Terms and the cost of tuition is fully covered by the NU Accelerate Scholarship. You will not be billed for these courses unless you do not matriculate to Northeastern University; in that case you will receive an invoice for the tuition and will not be eligible to receive a transcript for your courses until the balance is paid in full.
  • If I take NU Accelerate courses and do not matriculate to Northeastern, am I responsible for the cost of the courses?
    • Yes. If you take NU Accelerate courses and do not matriculate you will be responsible for a tuition bill at the cost of $1,766 per credit hour (i.e. a four credit course will be billed at $7,064).
  • Is the scholarship renewable or transferable? If I take fewer than two courses can I use the tuition credit for my upcoming Fall Term?
    • The NU Accelerate Scholarship is non-renewable and non-transferable. If you enroll in fewer than two courses for NU Accelerate you will not be able to transfer the scholarship to a future term.
  • Does this scholarship cover textbooks or resources that may be needed for the course?
    • The scholarship covers tuition only. Therefore, students are responsible for purchasing any additional required course materials. If you have concerns about course materials purchasing please email [email protected].

Course Credit and Transcript

  • How many credits are the courses?
    • Each course is four (4) credits. Note: some courses have required recitations or seminars that range which may be 0-credit or 1-credit.
  • Do I receive a transcript for NU Accelerate courses? Is it the same transcript as my undergraduate one?
    • Your NU Accelerate courses will appear with grades on a pre-matriculant transcript. Once you matriculate as a fulltime student, the courses in which you earn a C or better will carry through to your undergraduate transcript showing the course name and credit earned (note: the letter grade will not appear, and it will not factor into your undergraduate GPA). As both documents are official university transcripts, you will need to include them as requested when applying to medical school, law school, or other graduate programs.
  • What if I receive a grade lower than a C?
    • If you receive a grade lower than a C the course will not carry over to your undergraduate transcript, but it will remain on your pre-matriculant transcript, which serves as an official university transcript.
  • Can I drop or withdraw from a course that I begin enrollment in? What are the key dates I need to know?
    • Yes. If you wish to drop or withdraw from a course, you are responsible for doing this online by following these instructions. NU Accelerate adheres to Northeastern University’s policies and calendar regarding a student adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a course: 
      • Dropping a class: Dropping a course means that there is no record on your transcript of you having enrolled in the course. Please note the drop dates for the various terms: For the Spring Term, the last day to drop a class is February 7; For the Summer 1 Term, the last day to drop a class is May 22; For the Full Summer Term, the last day to drop a class is May 29; For the Summer 2 Term, the last day to drop a class is July 18. Students who drop a class by those dates will not have the course title, credits, or a permanent notation (W) on their transcript.
      • Withdrawing* from a class: For the Spring Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is April 28. For the Summer I Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is June 26; For the Full Summer Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is August 14; For the Summer II Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is August 21. After these dates, students will receive the letter grade assigned by the faculty member.
        • *If you withdraw from a course with a W grade the course will not carry over to your undergraduate transcript but it will remain on your pre-matriculant transcript, which serves as an official university transcript. As you choose NU Accelerate coursework, we encourage you to carefully consider the time commitment of the course(s), your own senior year obligations, and other personal factors.
  • When will my official transcript be available?
    • Students will have access to their official transcript for Spring and Summer coursework in September 2022 after matriculation.

NU Accelerate Course Selection

  • What are the steps for participating in NU Accelerate?
    • Check your email regularly! Actions, deadlines and reminders are sent regularly to the email address associated with your application.
    • Complete the step in Application Status Check to indicate your intention to participate in NU Accelerate for the given term.
    • Review the summer Course Catalog, Course Selection Recommendation Guide and Course Registration Guide (an e-guide to explain the process for registering for courses online, as well as the steps to add, drop or withdraw from a course).
    • Register for your course(s) as soon as March 14! 
  • Am I guaranteed the course(s) I want to register for?
    • Students are not guaranteed to be able to register for their top course choices. Courses have a maximum capacity to ensure a high-quality experience and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. While registering online for the courses students will be able to see if a course has filled to capacity.
  • How do I see when exactly my class meets?
    • As a reminder, the courses are asynchronous and do not have a set meeting date and time when the class meets live. It is your responsibility to log in often during the term and keep up with assignments and assessments on your own schedule.
  • When will I see my courses and syllabi in Canvas?
    • Faculty will “publish” their courses in Canvas when they’re complete. This can be up until the day courses begin.