Welcome to Northeastern University-Seattle!
The Greater Seattle Metro Area is home to nearly 4 million people, with more than 600,000 living in the city of Seattle. Home to Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Zillow, and more, the region is a leading center for advanced technology in aerospace, computer software, bioinformatics, genomics, medical devices, and environmental engineering.
The region, known as The Emerald City, offers the Olympic and Cascades mountain ranges; lakes, rivers, and waterways to the Pacific Ocean; and the year-round greenery of pines and other coniferous forestry, inviting year-round outdoor activities.
We hope you find this initial information helpful as you prepare to begin your graduate studies. If you have any further questions or concerns after reading this information, please contact the assistant director of student affairs at the Seattle Campus, Aaron Jorgensen. If you would like to connect with a current student you may also reach out to the current Campus Ambassador, a student employee with extensive knowledge about the campus experience.
New Student Welcome Guide
New Student Information
The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern during the Winter 2021 quarter or Spring 2021 semester. All programs begin on January 19, 2021. Please read this information carefully and take any appropriate action (if needed). Otherwise, we hope that your plans to attend are coming along smoothly, and we look forward to meeting you on the Seattle campus.
Set Up Your myNortheastern Account
Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at Northeastern (i.e. course registration, your course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student email account, powered by Office 365. You are encouraged to start checking your Northeastern email regularly.
Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications
It is important that you get into the habit of logging into your myNortheastern account to check your new Northeastern provided email account. Official communications from the university will always be delivered to your Northeastern email address. In addition to the Outlook platform, your Northeastern email is connected to Office 365 which provides you a whole host of powerful collaboration tools including Teams, OneDrive, Sharepoint, and many more.
Northeastern University’s Student Health Plan (NUSHP), administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, provides comprehensive health benefits at a very affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, and if you qualify, please visit the NUSHP website.
For students who will relocate: Before leaving your current city, consider visiting your doctor for your annual check-up and to refill prescriptions, and visit your dentist for a cleaning.
The State of Washington does not require graduate students to provide their full immunization reports. Therefore, Seattle students do not need to complete the “University Health Report” that is managed through the University Health and Counseling Services. Beginning Fall 2021, Northeastern will require students to provide documentation of vaccination for COVID-19. For more information about this policy please the University’s COVID-19 Resource page. Students may request religious and medical exemptions to the policy. Details on how to request an exemption and how to submit your proof of vaccination will be announced in due course.
Husky Student ID Card
All students will be required to carry their student ID card (Husky ID) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services. You will be able to send in a photo to have a card created for you when you arrive on campus. For questions regarding Husky IDs, please email [email protected].
International Student Services
The Office of Global Services is committed to being an active resource to the university’s community of international students, scholars, and their families. We provide professional expertise and support from the time of admission to beyond graduation.
OGS at the Seattle campus supports and advises students on F-1 student status, I-20 requests, and other related questions or concerns. In addition to the resources provided at https://international.northeastern.edu/ogs/, you can email the team your specific questions at [email protected].
January New Student Orientation Series:
New student orientation activities will begin online in December with a Seattle Campus Orientation asynchronous online course for students in all programs. You will receive specific information about accessing this online module in mid December. The Seattle campus is also planning on hosting Welcome Days on campus for you to get familiar with the physical space.
A variety of orientation sessions will be offered throughout the start of January for both semester-programs and quarter-programs to ensure you’re set up for success. For example, depending on what master’s program you are starting, if you are on an F-1 visa, or if you will be using NUSHP, you will be able to participate in a variety of virtual options.
In early January, you will be able to make a Welcome Days reservation to help you get physically oriented to the campus. Campus Ambassadors will be available to answer questions from the student perspective. During your reservation, you will be able to retrieve essential campus access items, including your Husky ID. Students are required to wear their Husky ID at all times when on campus, so you must pick it up before you attend your first on-ground class. You will receive information on how to submit your Husky ID photo soon. Days and hours for Welcome Days will be announced a few weeks prior to the start of the term.
Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources
What Are The Student Job Opportunities?
Due to the size of our campus, on-campus student jobs are limited. The two main positions which are available to students are ambassador positions and teaching assistants (TAs). In most cases, students must have been on the Seattle campus at least one term before they are eligible to apply to a role. The campus makes every effort to notify eligible students when a position is available.
What Are The Student Organizations at the Seattle Campus?
The campus supports student-led affinity groups. All students are eligible to propose and run a group, request funding, and host events on campus. Groups are supported via regular group fairs, campus-wide communication, and participation in campus events. In addition, the community host regular events on and off campus for the Seattle campus student body. Students are encouraged to share their ideas for events and activities with the campus ambassadors who make up the Student Leader Cohort and to apply to be a campus ambassador when applications open in the spring of each year.
What Are The Housing Options in Seattle?
The Seattle campus does not have dedicated housing available for students. We have identified some resources that have helped Seattle students in the past. For information about local housing options in Seattle, please visit our housing webpage.
For additional questions about relocating to Seattle, please visit Relocating to Seattle.
Northeastern’s Seattle campus has a multitude of resources you can use as an enrolled student. To find a comprehensive list, please visit the Current Students page. Additionally, for those of you who will be new to the Seattle area, please check out our Relocating to Seattle page.
Connect With Us on Facebook + Twitter
Northeastern University–Seattle has a Facebook group for all current and incoming students. To connect with current student and see what’s happening at the Seattle campus, join our student group!
Follow up and add your own photos via hashtags on the Seattle campus Twitter account.
Things To Do When You Arrive
Visit Seattle’s official website for tourists and residents alike for fun ideas and ways to learn more about Seattle: http://www.visitseattle.org
Settle into Seattle
Visit the Relocating to Seattle webpage for tips and resources to consider while you settle into the Seattle area.