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. If you additional questions about NU Accelerate after reviewing the site, please contact us at
[email protected]. 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 your 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 four (4) courses, earning up to sixteen (16) 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 19) and Summer Terms (Summer I and Full Summer begin May 10, and Summer II begins July 6).
  • ED II students will choose from coursework offered in Summer Terms (Summer I and Full Summer begin May 10, and Summer II begins July 6).

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. NU Accelerate course titles, codes and descriptions can be found in the Summer Terms 2021 Course Catalog. This website gives you access to the NU Accelerate Course Selection Recommendation Guide, which will help you in identifying your Accelerate course preferences for the Summer I, Summer II, and Full Summer 2021 Terms. In the guide you’ll find information about the NU Accelerate courses offered, as well as Northeastern University core curriculum and advanced credit policy information.

Key Dates and Summer Terms Academic Calendar

Please review the key dates below along with the NU Accelerate Course Catalog and NU Accelerate Course Selection Recommendation Guide to learn about NU Accelerate offerings for Summer I, Summer II, and Full Summer 2021 Terms. Consider your personal obligations, as that should factor into your decision to enroll in NU Accelerate coursework.

  • February 11 at 5:00 p.m. EST: NU Accelerate Digital Event. Visit your Application Status Check to register! Join Liz Quinn, Director of Pre-College Programs, and Alice Smith, Senior Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs, to discuss this NU Accelerate opportunity for Early Decision enrolling students. We will review the coursework available, details of the online academic experience, and key dates to keep in mind. There will be time for a live Q&A, so come prepared with questions!
  • February 15: Deadline for ED students admitted for Fall 2021 to complete NU Accelerate hand raiser in their Application Status Check
  • February 17: Students who will enroll in NU Accelerate will receive the Course Preference Form. This form will ask you:
    • To indicate how many Summer I, Summer II, and/or Full Summer 2021 courses you would like to take
    • To rank your preferred courses
    • To disclose advanced credit you anticipate receiving
  • March 1: Deadline for ED students admitted for the N.U.in Program to complete NU Accelerate hand raiser in their Application Status Check
    March 15: Deadline to submit the Course Preference Form
  • May 3: Students will be informed of their class schedule
    May 6: NU Accelerate Summer I and Full Summer Terms Kick-Off
  • May 10: Summer I and Full Summer 2021 Terms Begin
  • May 23: Last day to drop a course without a “W”* for Summer I Term
  • May 30: Last day to drop a course without a “W”* for Full Summer Term
  • July 1: NU Accelerate Summer II Term Kick-Off
  • July 6: Summer II 2021 Term Begins
  • July 18: Last day to drop a course without a “W”* for Summer II Term

*NU Accelerate follows the academic calendar, including add/drop/withdrawal dates, as determined by the university’s Registrar office. May 12 and July 8 are the last days for students to add a course for the Summer I and Summer II Terms. May 23 and July 19 are the last days for students to drop a course without a “W”, for withdrawal, on their transcript. Beginning May 24 and July 20, if a student drops a course, that course title will remain on the transcript with a “W.” There are no extensions for these dates.

Summer 2021 Courses

The full list of key dates and course offerings for Summer I, Summer II and Full Summer Terms can be found in the NU Accelerate Course Selection Recommendation Guide and NU Accelerate Course Catalog. Summer courses will begin on May 10. Check back for additional information around Summer 2021!

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

Please register for these events in your Application Status Check

  • February 11: NU Accelerate Digital Event
  • May 6: NU Accelerate Summer I and Full Summer Terms Kick-Off
  • July 1: NU Accelerate Summer II Term Kick-Off

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 four courses across the Spring and Summer Terms but may not exceed a total of four courses under any circumstances.
  • 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 four 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 four courses total under any circumstances. Below are just a few examples of how you use your scholarship:
      • 2 courses in the Spring Term and 2 in the Summer Term
      • 4 in the Spring Term and 0 in the Summer Term
      • 1 course in the Spring Term and 1 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 is permitted. The process for any senior year scheduling changes is for you to contact your admissions counselor at Northeastern to make them aware of your change so that they can verify that your senior year schedule carries equivalent academic rigor as your schedule when you were admitted to the university.
    • 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 four 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 $1,699 per credit hour (i.e. a four credit course will be billed at $6,796).
  • Is the scholarship renewable or transferable? If I take less than four 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 less than four 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.

Course Credit and Transcript

  • How many credits are the courses?
    • Each course is four (4) credits. Note: The one exception to this rule is CS 1800, which includes 1802 as a required seminar section. This course will equal 5 credits and therefore students opting to take this course will have the opportunity to earn up to seventeen (17) total credits.
  • 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. NU Accelerate adheres to Northeastern University’s policies and calendar regarding a student adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a course:
      • Dropping a class: For the Summer I Term, the last day to drop a class is May 23; For the Full Summer Term, the last day to drop a class is May 20; For the Summer II Term, the last day to drop a class is July 19. Students who drop a class by those dates will not have a permanent notation (W) on their transcript.
      • Withdrawing* from a class: For the Summer I Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is June 27; For the Full Summer Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is August 15; For the Summer II Term, the last day to withdraw from a course with a W is August 22. 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 2021 after matriculation.

Selecting NU Accelerate Course Preferences

  • When do I select my course preferences?
    • After you confirm your intent to enroll in Summer 2021 coursework in your Application Status Check, you will receive the Course Preference Form by email. Please note the deadline to confirm intent to enroll is February 15 for Fall Admits and March 1 for N.U.in Admits.
  • What is the purpose of the Course Preference Form?
    • The purpose of the form is to assist the university in planning for Summer 2021 course sections. The form will collect three pieces of information from you:
      • The number of courses you want to take for Summer 2021 Term
      • The ranked order of your course preferences (only rank the courses you would want to be enrolled in!)
      • Your anticipated advanced credit information, if applicable
  • Am I guaranteed my top preferences?
    • Students will not be guaranteed to be registered for every course they submit on the Course Preference Form. We will accommodate students as best we can based on the scheduled sections for each term. Courses have a maximum capacity to ensure a high-quality experience and will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • When and how will I learn which courses I am registered for?
    • You will receive an email on May 3 for Summer I and Full Summer Terms, and on June 29 for Summer II Term, to check Canvas. Faculty will “Publish” their courses in Canvas when they’re complete. This can be up until the day courses begin. As a reminder, Summer I and Full Summer Terms start on May 10, and Summer II Term starts on July 6.