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Undergraduate Admissions employs a comprehensive and multi-level approach in the recruitment of students from underrepresented communities and urban centers. The recruitment strategy works to identify talented underrepresented populations and executes tactics to engage with students in their communities. Undergraduate Admissions look to Boston as well as urban and under-resourced neighborhoods across the country, and this strategy allows us to connect with students, parents, and the mentors that support them in accessing admission to Northeastern. From the student search process, to data driven recruitment travel, and ultimately, to the Admission Committee selection process, admissions sees value in growing diversity.

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  • As a Member Institution of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, The Office of Undergraduate Admission works with a diverse group of public and private institutions. The Coalition will be working to develop tools and processes that address the barriers that prevent low-income and first generation students from applying to college, attending college, or successfully earning a degree.Through this platform, we collaborate with other institutions as we seek to improve efforts that lead to communicating and connecting with under-resourced schools and students.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Admission and Office for Opportunity Scholarships and Office Programs have increased partnerships with national community based organizations (CBOs) including: Gates Millennium Scholars Program, I am First, College Advising Corps, Steppingstone Foundation, Jack Cooke Kent, and EMERGE Houston. These partnerships will assist the Office of Undergraduate Admission in the recruitment and enrollment of low income, first generation students and underrepresented populations.
  • As an Institutional Member of the Northeast Consortium Bridging Access to College, Northeastern is now working with other private Colleges and Universities in the Northeast region of the country to promote enrollment and retention of students of color. Through the support of Institutional Members, NECBAC also offers scholarship opportunities for students and works to execute community events throughout the year.
  • Northeastern works with Say Yes as a higher education partner to Say Yes’s partner school districts in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York as well as Greensboro, North Carolina. In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, Northeastern has agreed to ensure that students whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are typically eligible, at a minimum, to attend tuition-free provided that they successfully navigate Northeastern’s regular admission process.
  • Northeastern is a newly selected partner institution with College Horizons–the nation’s premier non-profit organization that supporting the higher education of Native American students through college and graduate admissions workshops. As a partner institution, Northeastern will send a Senior Admissions Officer to serve as faculty for the week-long summer program run by College Horizons to provide college admissions counseling and guidance to Native American students.
  • Northeastern is a new College Platinum Partner of Chicago Scholars. As a Platinum Partner, Northeastern will work to recruit, admit, and enroll this cohort of students from the city of Chicago, 90% of which are students of color. Northeastern has also pledged to support Platinum Scholars with financial support, strong academic advising, and leadership opportunities from the time Scholars arrive on campus until they graduate.
  • Admissions hosts the NU Experience Overnight, a fly-in program held annually in the spring for newly admitted students from underrepresented backgrounds from across the country. The two-day program includes admissions and financial aid information, campus tours, college academic programming, multicultural programming, and overnight hosting on-campus.Expenses are paid for by the university, and preference is given to those from underrepresented backgrounds, including first-generation college, low-income and Boston Public High School students.
  • Three EMSA staff members have been selected to present at this national conference which focuses on issues and trends affecting college admission specifically around diversity and multicultural recruitment. This is an opportunity for NU to share on a national stage best practices surrounding the recruitment and retention of unrepresented populations.