New Students

Welcome to Northeastern University in San Francisco and San Jose

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 Hing Potter, Assistant Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

New Student Welcome Guide

Read through the New Student Guide for important information for both the San Jose and San Francisco campuses.

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New Student Information

The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern University. Please read the information on this page carefully and take any required steps. We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation!

Relocating to San Jose
Relocating to San Francisco

Set Up Your myNortheastern Account

Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at Northeastern (e.g. course registration, course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student email account. You are encouraged to start checking your student email regularly.

Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications

It is important that you get into the habit of checking your student email account regularly. You can access your email by logging into your myNortheastern account or going to You may find that there are already important emails waiting for you.

Health Insurance

Northeastern University’s student health plan (NUSHP), administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, provides comprehensive health benefits at an affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, please visit the NUSHP website. The website also contains information on how to waive NUSHP. Please note that there are strict deadlines to waive coverage.

Immunization Records

Beginning in the fall academic term, students attending or visiting Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Students should complete the Vaccine Verification form to submit their proof of immunization.

These COVID-19 protocols and requirements may be revised, and we will continue to update the community as Northeastern continues to meet the needs of the global university. Please also check Northeastern’s Coronavirus Guide for frequently asked questions.

Husky Student ID Card

All students will be required to carry their student ID card (Husky Card) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services at the San Jose campus. All new students must complete this form in order to obtain their Husky Cards. The deadline for submitting this form is August 21, 2022.

New Student Orientations

Welcome New Students!

Orientations help you get ready to make the most of your graduate school experience at Northeastern in San Francisco and San Jose. All students are required to complete the orientations that pertain to them. These sessions are delivered virtually and are designed to help new students learn about both the San Francisco and San Jose campuses, university resources, and other pertinent information.

There are three types of New Student Orientations:

  • Campus Orientation (for all students)
  • College Orientation (for your specific program)
  • International Student Orientation (for all international students)

SF and Silicon Valley’s Campus Orientationwill open on Monday, August 1, 2022 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from Hing Potter, Assistant Director of Student Services, with information about how to access this orientation. All new students are expected to complete orientation before starting classes at Northeastern. If you have trouble accessing the online orientation or have questions, please reach out to Hing at [email protected].

San Jose Campus In-Person Orientation | Wednesday, September 7 (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Students should arrive to campus and check in at the Welcome Center, located on the first floor of 75 East Santa Clara Street. Please note that the best entrance is from the walkway between 75 East Santa Clara and 4 N 2nd Street, which runs between N 2nd and N 1st Streets. We will have staff on campus to greet you and guide you to the right place. At orientation, you will pick up your NUID card and campus access card. Email Hing at [email protected] if you have any questions.

San Francisco Campus In-Person Orientation | Thursday, September 8 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Please enter through the first floor lobby at the corner of California Street and Kearny Street (across from Starbucks). A staff member will guide you to the right place.

  • San Francisco WeWork access card pickup is also available on Wednesday, September 7 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If your classes begin on Sept. 7, please visit the WeWork front desk on the 11th floor during this time. Bring a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc).
  • NUID cards will be available for pickup during campus orientation on September 8.
  • Email Hing at [email protected] if you have any questions.

College Orientation
The College of Engineering, College of Professional Studies, and Khoury College of Computer Sciences each host their own college-specific orientation with specific information on classes, advising, and resources. Contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

The date for International Student Orientation is still being determined. You will receive an email from [email protected] with information about how to access this Orientation. F-1 students starting their degree program are required to attend International Student Orientation. This presentation will cover topics including immigration documents, how to maintain status throughout your program, the basics behind employment while on F-1 status, and more.

For U.S. visa holders who are studying on another visa classification other than F-1, you are not required to attend this Orientation but you are required to complete a form to confirm your visa documentation to the Office of Global Services (OGS), linked here.

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please email [email protected].


Please make sure you have read the information in the lefthand column about your myNortheastern account, email, NUSHP, and Husky Student ID! You MUST upload your picture in order to receive a Husky ID, and you must have a Husky ID to access campus.

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources

What is the cost of tuition?

For tuition rates and fees, please visit the Student Financial Services Tuition and Fees page.

What are the housing options in the Bay Area?

The San Francisco Bay Area campuses do not have university-sponsored housing available for students. For information about local housing options and general questions about relocating to the Bay Area area, please visit our Relocating to San Jose page or our Relocating to San Francisco page.

Campus Resources

Northeastern University’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses have a number of resources you can leverage as an enrolled student. To find a comprehensive list, please visit the Student Life page.

Connect with us on Yammer and Instagram

Join our Yammer community pages for San Francisco and San Jose to start connecting with one another, join conversations, and see updates and announcements.

Follow us on Instagram at @NULifeSFBA to see a slice of Student Life, hear about upcoming events, and learn more about our community.



Things To Do When You Arrive

Visit the Campus

We realize many new students are eager to come to the campus before orientation begins. In order to ensure that we have people available to show you around and answer your questions, we request visitors email us at [email protected] to schedule a visit.

Northeastern University in San Francisco and San Jose

Northeastern University in San Jose Campus Address

4 N. 2nd Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

75 E. Santa Clara Street
Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95113

Northeastern University in San Francisco Campus Address

600 California Street, 20th floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

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