About Foundation Year
12 intense months. A lifetime of rewards.
Launched in 2009, Foundation Year is designed for recent City of Boston high school graduates and GED completers who would benefit from a more structured learning environment. Featuring rigorous academics, extensive support services, real-world experience, and all the privileges that come with being a Northeastern University student, Foundation Year brings together the right resources for each student—maximizing the potential for success.
Accepted students are enrolled in Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies where they can earn a full year of college credits upon graduation. To foster camaraderie and peer-to-peer learning, the program is built around the cohort model, in which Foundation Year students attend all classes and workshops together.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to:
- Apply for admission to another college or university and transfer first-year credits towards an associate or bachelor's degree program
- Continue at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies in an associate or bachelor's degree program
- Apply to transfer to another college at Northeastern if admission criteria is met