The Accelerate: Pre-College Programs give talented high school students from around the world the opportunity to participate in immersive, experiential programs with acclaimed Northeastern faculty members right on our Boston Campus.

Information about upcoming residential programs will be posted soon.

Previous Programs Have Included:

Design Discovery

Explore design issues of composition and form, positive & negative space, color, shape, pattern and rhythm, as well as, using an archive, creating systems, and understanding the difference in properties of material. Students will better understand design and discover how one learns to become a designer, creating portfolio pieces which demonstrate the student’s ideas, skills, and craft, as well as confidence in the design process and in critical thinking.

Engineering Innovation and Design

Deepen your understanding of engineering disciplines and current engineering challenges. Learn the basics of engineering design principles in the context of several themes, then research and complete hands-on build projects under these themes using our newly redesigned college Makerspace.

Humanity in a Digital World

Study the relationships among technology and knowledge, society and ethics, and develop a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between the technological, artistic, informational, and social aspects of your world. 

Innovations In Health Professions

Explore the broad scope of careers in health professions with professionals well-established in these fields. Throughout the experience, students will participate in medical simulations, practice clinical skills, and complete a CPR certification program.



  • I was admitted to the residential program in 2020 and want to attend in 2021, what do I do?
    • Rising juniors that were admitted for the summer 2020 programs will receive automatic admission to our residential summer 2021 programs. Please keep an eye out for further messaging regarding this opportunity.
  • Will you be running residential programs for summer 2021?
    • At this time, we are planning to run our summer residential programs as we have in previous years. We’ll continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 to keep our community safe and healthy. Accelerate will make a final decision in early 2021 regarding summer programming.
  • 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?
    • The programs will be led by Northeastern faculty, with the support of other instructors or graduate students. Current Northeastern students will serve as teaching assistants.
  • How big will the programs be?
    • Enrollment varies by program. A typical size is 20-25 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. Keep an eye on our website for future opportunities for credit-bearing course.
  • 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.

Residential Life

  • What is the housing like?
    • In the past, students stayed in a double room with a bathroom attached that is shared with another double room (4 students of the same gender sharing a bathroom). Housing is located on-campus and includes air conditioning and 24/7 security proctor. We will continue to evaluate and modify housing based on COVID-19 protocols.
  • Is there an in-building curfew?
    • Yes, 10:00 p.m.
  • Are visitors allowed in the residence hall?
    • For security and COVID-19 precautions, visitors will not be allowed in the residence hall.


  • 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.), and then in group activities with staff supervision until curfew and on weekends.
    • Staff supervision includes the residential life staff (Resident Directors/ Resident Assistants) as well as the Pre-College Program Staff (On Site Manager and Ambassadors).
    • The Director of Pre-College Programs, Liz Quinn, oversees the programs.
  • What can I expect for meals?
    • Meals are included in the program as follows:
      • Meal dollars to cover a variety of on campus dining options, including all you can eat dining halls and grab-and-go options
      • Additional catered meals will be provided for particular lunch events, field trips and social outings
      • Please note that meals begin with dinner on the day of arrival through lunch on the day of departure
    • Students may choose to bring cash, a pre-paid debit card, or a credit card for snacks or dining at other eateries of their choice
    • Dietary restrictions will be accommodated
  • Will there be free time to explore Boston on our own?
    • Organized social activities will be arranged by Northeastern University staff so that students can enjoy the city of Boston during their time in the program. Students will be accompanied on all off-campus field trips and excursions.