Nomination Process

Dates and Deadlines

Review the timeline below to learn more about the Torch nomination process.

January 1

  • Northeastern University Regular Decision Application Deadline 
    • All Torch applicants must complete the Common Application or Coalition Application.
      • We will waive the application fee for Torch nominees. To request a fee waiver,  you must select “Other” as the fee waiver type in the payment section when submitting the Common Application and Northeastern Supplement. We will grant the fee waiver after verifying that a student has been nominated for the Torch Scholars Program. If you have questions about having your application fee waived, please contact us at 617.373.7204 or
    • All application materials, including your nomination form, will be considered by the Torch Scholars Selection Committee.
  • Torch Scholars Nomination Deadline
    • The nomination is due January 1. To submit a nomination, nominators must first create an account, and once created they will be directed to the portal where they can submit nominations. If you have already created an account, you can access the portal directly via this link.
  • Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid
    • Students should complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile in order to be considered for the Torch Scholars program as well as other federal and institutional financial assistance.


  • Finalists will be notified and asked to complete a non-cognitive assessment and complete three additional essays prior to their interview day.


  • Finalists will participate in Interview Days, which will include an individual interview, group interview, math assessment, and faculty lecture.
  • Torch Scholars Program decisions are announced. Due to the unique nature of this program, students selected as Torch finalists will not receive their admissions decisions from Northeastern until after scholarship recipients are announced.