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Northeastern is top destination for Boston Public Schools’ valedictorians

Eleven of the 41 Boston Public Schools valedictorians have chosen to attend Northeastern University in the fall.

The number of Boston valedictorians selecting Northeastern is nearly three times as many as any other college in the Boston area.

And it’s not the first time.

Just two years ago, in 2020, the incoming freshman class also included 11 valedictorians of Boston public high schools.

This fall, there will be 64 Boston Public Schools students in the incoming class of 2,620. More than 91,000 high school students from across the globe applied to the university.

“One of the main reasons I chose Northeastern is because of the co-op program. I’m very excited to be part of that,” says Ergina Agastra of West Roxbury, the valedictorian of Excel High School who plans to major in behavioral neuroscience. “I’ll be able to explore career options, expand my network and gain new skills.”

Agastra said she received her acceptance letter to Northeastern in April and accepted right away.

“Northeastern was always one of my top schools. So I was pretty excited when I was accepted,” Agastra says.

Most of the Boston valedictorians are awarded the Northeastern Boston Valedictorian Scholarship, which provides full tuition, room, board and fees covering eight academic semesters. All 11 will be supported with full scholarships and institutional grants.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu says she is looking forward to seeing what the students can accomplish at Northeastern.

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