Northeastern University (NU formerly NEU) is a private, research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. It is categorized as a 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 neighborhoods, 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 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.
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.”
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.