About Us

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top-tier global research university and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We integrate classroom studies with opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 128 countries. The university’s use-inspired research enterprise is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select degrees at regional campuses in CharlotteSeattle, Bay Area, and Toronto.

Our Core Values


Northeastern seeks to contribute to the individual fulfillment of each member of the campus, to the welfare of the surrounding communities, and to solutions that will address global and societal needs.


The university celebrates diversity in all of its forms and fosters a culture of respect that affirms intergroup relations and builds community.


We pursue each of our activities and interactions with integrity, maintaining the highest ethical standards.


The university promotes active engagement in teaching and learning, in scholarship and research, in the life of urban communities, and with our alumni and friends.


Northeastern provides opportunities to those who strive to overcome disadvantages and show great promise for future success.

A Tradition of Leadership

Northeastern started with a new idea: that higher education would be enriched by integrating students’ coursework with opportunities for experience in their field of study; that a university could best serve its students and lead innovation by engaging directly with its community through partnerships with employers.

As the university has grown over the decades, so has the breadth of our community and our level of engagement. Today, co-op is the core of the world’s largest experiential learning program, which extends to more than 3,350+ employers in 128 countries.

Northeastern’s focus on experiential learning is the foundation of its leadership in developing global educational and research partnerships around the world—and the regional campuses in Seattle, Charlotte, Bay Area, and Toronto are the latest manifestation of that leadership. Just as in 1898, Northeastern is engaging with communities in partnerships devoted to advancing education and economic growth.