Northeastern University (NU formerly NEU) is a private, research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. It is categorized as an RU/H Research University (high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to doctoral degrees on its main campus in the Fenway-Kenmore, Roxbury, South End, and Back Bay neighbourhoods, as well as advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington. It has roughly 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 8,000 graduate students.
Northeastern features a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents. In 2011, the university opened the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.
The university’s sports teams, the Northeastern Huskies, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 18 varsity sports. The men’s and women’s hockey teams compete in Hockey East, while the men’s and women’s rowing teams compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) and Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), respectively. In 2013, men’s basketball won its first CAA regular season championship, men’s soccer won the CAA title for the first time, and women’s ice hockey won a record 16th Beanpot championship.
Northeastern offers undergraduate majors in 65 departments. At the graduate level, there are more than 125 programs. Academics at Northeastern is grounded in the integration of classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities, including cooperative education, student research, service learning, and global experience. The university’s cooperative education program places about 5,000 students annually with more than 2,500 co-op employers in Boston, across the United States, and around the globe. In 2014, College Prowler gave Northeastern an “A+” rating for the quality of classes, professors, and overall academic environment.
Many of Northeastern’s 973 full-time and part-time faculty members have garnered national and international acclaim for their achievements in teaching and research, with particular strength in interdisciplinary scholarship. Northeastern faculty members direct more than 35 research and education centres, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centre, an NSF Nano manufacturing Centre, and two NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship programs.
The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Northeastern tied for 47th in the National Universities category and described it as “most selective.”
Notable alumni of Northeastern University include U.S. Senator Mo Cowan (JD), New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (JD), filmmaker Courtney Hunt (JD), Amin Khoury (MBA), President and Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp. Nikesh Arora (MBA), talk show host Wendy Williams (BA), and baseball player Carlos Peña.
Notable faculty of past and present include former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.