Vision Driven

Institutional Accomplishments 2014

  • Our Mission


    To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment

    To create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs

  • A University For The 21st Century

    Milestones exist to be passed and records are meant to be broken. By quantifiable measures, 2014 was the most impressive year in Northeastern's history.

    Our university's success is attributable to our unique experiential model. Northeastern delivers an education that is:

    • Customized
    • Individualized
    • Employer-focused
    • Entrepreneurial
    • In tune with the world
    • Global

    Likewise, our research enterprise is grounded in the imperative to solve our planet's most pressing problems and improve people's lives. The need for such use-inspired research has never been more urgent, and our world-class faculty colleagues are leading the charge with their path-breaking advances, both within their fields and across disciplinary boundaries.

    In short, Northeastern is the university that the world demands right now.

    While the successes noted in these pages may be concrete, they are rooted in something unquantifiable. They never could have occurred without the diligence, creativity, and ardor of the entire Northeastern community. Our progress comes from the passion of an outstanding faculty and student body supported by a devoted global alumni network and dedicated staff. You made this happen. Thank you.


    Joseph Aoun

    Joseph Aoun

  • Students

    Northeastern's diverse community of accomplished, highly engaged students builds on the university's rich array of learning opportunities to create an education that meets their career and life goals.

  • Real-World Advantage


    co-op placements in 2013-2014


    co-op employers in the U.S. and around the world


    increase in global co-ops since 2006-2007

  • Real-World Advantage

    Matt Baddour

    “Co-op taught me a lot about myself. I feel that I can do pretty much anything right now if I work hard enough.”

    — Matt Baddour, SSH'14, an English major who translated his ability in literary analysis to conduct financial analysis on co-op with Bose, ultimately transforming his career path

  • Real-World Advantage


    undergraduates presented their research at Northeastern's 2014 Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo, an increase of 45% since 2012


    number of active student and alumni ventures in the IDEA Venture Accelerator's 2013-2014 portfolio, up from 125 in 2012-2013.

  • Real-World Advantage

    Rachel Tompa

    “The coolest part of my work at NASA was knowing that things I was working on eventually would be on the International Space Station.”

    — Rachael Tompa, E/S'14, on her research co-op at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; she is entering the doctoral program in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University

  • Real-World Advantage


    number of countries where Northeastern has placed students in experiential learning opportunities, 2006-2014


    undergraduates had a global learning experience in 2013-2014


    increase since 2006 in countries where Northeastern has offered experiential learning opportunities

  • Strength in Our Numbers


    increase since 2008 in the PhD admissions yield rate–the proportion of accepted doctoral candidates enrolling in Northeastern's programs


    National Merit and National Achievement Finalists in the incoming fall 2014 class, up from three in the 2006 class

    Rise in undergraduate fall applications, fall 2007-fall 2014

    graph showing increase in Northeastern's applications

  • Strength in Our Numbers

    Mean two-part SAT scores for incoming freshmen, 2006 through 2014:

    graph showing mean two-part SAT scores for entering freshmen, 2006 through 2014

    Percentage of incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class





  • Wider Reach


    increase in Northeastern financial aid since 2006


    in university grant aid—not loans—awarded to undergraduates

    Annual investment in undergraduate financial aid since 2006

    graph showing increase in Northeastern's applications

  • Wider Reach

    Comparison of Fall 2014 incoming class with Fall 2006 incoming class


    increase in students of color


    increase in enrollment from outside New England and Mid-Atlantic states


    increase in international students

  • Wider Reach

    Carlos Villalobos

    “I chose Northeastern for its diverse student body. Being in an urban setting means we can explore and immerse ourselves in a wide array of cultures and experiences.”

    — Carlos Villalobos, DMSB'15, a finance major from El Salvador

  • A Campus That's All In


    students participated in more than 320 campus organizations


    number of Living Learning Communities—themed on-campus residences—offered to freshmen. Themes range from science and sustainability to globalization and creative expression


    community service hours performed by students since 2006

  • A Campus That's All In

    • Northeastern had the fifth-most 2014 Winter Olympic participants of any NCAA institution.
    • Women's soccer upset top-seeded James Madison University in the CAA championship game to earn the program's second conference title.
    • Women's rowing captured its fourth CAA title in the last six years by sweeping the conference championship regatta.
    • Men's ice hockey posted the fourth-largest turnaround in the NCAA in 2013–2014 with a 10-win improvement.
    • Men's rowing finished fifth in overall team points at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.


    varsity student-athletes who made the Dean's List with a GPA of at least 3.5 in 2013–2014


    varsity student-athletes who were named "Top Dogs," with GPAs of 3.8 or higher


    percentage of varsity student-athletes in the Class of 2014 who graduated with honors

  • Results Oriented


    of our graduates from 2006 through 2013 were employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation


    of 2013 graduates received a job offer from a previous co-op employer


    of 2013 graduates who are employed full time are doing work related to their major


    of graduates say they would recommend a co-op education to a friend

  • Results Oriented

    Stanislas Phanord

    “Northeastern was perfect because it gave me the international experience I needed to get into diplomacy.”

    — Stanislas Phanord, SSH'14, whose Fulbright award and Rangel Graduate Fellowship— key preparation for the Foreign Service— grew out of his global experiences in Switzerland, Morocco, France, and Senegal

  • Results Oriented


    percentage of 2013–2014 PhD graduates who secured full-time positions in academia, industry, and other sectors


    Northeastern's six-year graduation rate in 2013, up 18 percentage points since 2006


    PhDs awarded in 2013–2014, an increase of 71% since 2008–2009

  • Faculty

    A strategic initiative to add more than 400 new faculty members over the past eight years—in established and emerging fields—has energized and elevated Northeastern's educational and research enterprise.

  • Knowledge Explosion


    new tenured/tenure-track faculty hires since 2006, including


    for 2014–2015

  • Knowledge Explosion

    Thomas Webster

    “We are developing two approaches to repairing joint and muscle damage based on nanomedicine, and with both we see indications of healing times that are three to four times faster than current practices.”

    — Thomas Webster, professor and chair of chemical engineering, and recently named president of the U.S. Society for Biomaterials, the largest worldwide body focused on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of biomaterials

  • Knowledge Explosion


    new deans since 2010, bringing creative vision and innovative thinking to their schools and colleges

    • Carla Brodley, College of Computer and Information Science (August 2014)
    • Uta Poiger, College of Social Sciences and Humanities (July 2013)
    • Nadine Aubry, College of Engineering (September 2012)
    • Jeremy Paul, School of Law (August 2012)
    • Hugh Courtney, D'Amore-McKim School of Business (July 2012)
    • Terry Fulmer, Bouvé College of Health Sciences (October 2011)
    • J. Murray Gibson, College of Science (October 2010)
    • John LaBrie, College of Professional Studies (May 2010)
  • Knowledge Explosion

    Northeastern faculty members are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in emerging fields that include:


    • Affective Science
    • Digital Humanities
    • Nanomanufacturing
    • Network Science
    • Personalized Medicine
    • Resilience
    • Security Informatics
    • Urban Coastal Sustainability
  • Knowledge Explosion

    Many of the


    faculty members who joined the university over the past eight years have joint appointments in fields that intersect across colleges and disciplines.

    Idea Incubators

  • Thought Leaders

    Four professors were recognized with National Science Foundation CAREER awards, the NSF's top award for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar:

    • Swastik Kar, assistant professor of physics
    • Marilyn Minus, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering
    • Matteo Rinaldi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
    • Paul Whitford, assistant professor of physics

    President Joseph E. Aoun was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

    Carla Brodley, dean of the College of Computer and Information Science, was elected a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence for significant contributions to machine learning and for increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science.

    Terry Fulmer, dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences, was selected to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association.

    Barry Karger, the James L. Waters Chair in Analytical Chemistry, received the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in electrodriven separation techniques.

    Yiannis Levendis, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' George Westinghouse Gold Medal for eminent achievement in the power field of mechanical engineering.

    Hope Lewis, professor of law, was awarded the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award by the Society of American Law Teachers in recognition of her work on behalf of social justice.

    John Proakis, emeritus professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the James H. Mulligan Jr. Education Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for outstanding contributions to education in the field.

  • Thought Leaders


    increase since 2006 in number of patent applications filed by faculty and students


    patent applications filed in 2013–2014 by faculty and students


    invention disclosures formally identifying a new approach to a problem, 2013–2014; up from 108 in 2012–2013

  • Thought Leaders

    marilyn Minus

    “My lab's research involving collagen molecules could provide an invaluable materials platform for understanding how tissues work, shedding light on the origins of diseases, and even testing drugs.”

    — Marilyn Minus, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, whose research explores a variety of applications for nano-carbons with polymers and biological molecules

  • Thought Leaders

    Margaret Burnham

    “This work sharpens all the skills our students will need to be effective advocates ... and [extends] the understanding that legal systems are human systems and therefore are fragile and can easily break.”

    — Margaret Burnham, professor of law and director of the law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, which seeks redress for unsolved killings and other injustices during the Civil Rights era

  • Research And Innovation

    Northeastern is at the forefront of expanding experiential learning and entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary programs, while creating new partner-based models for collaborative research and online graduate studies.

    The university broke ground last February for the new 220,000-square-foot interdisciplinary science and engineering complex.
  • Higher Ed Reimagined

    In Northeastern's third annual national survey on higher education issues, 96% of C-suite executives said that innovation in higher education is crucial to global competitiveness.


    interdisciplinary PhD programs created in emerging fields since 2009, including bioengineering; ecology, evolution, and marine biology; information assurance; network science; personal health informatics; and population health


    hybrid and online advanced degree programs offered at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington

  • Higher Ed Reimagined

    Susan Ambrose

    “We've been banking on our belief that Northeastern students are far better equipped ... But we'd like to document that—not just does co-op give our students an advantage, but how much of one?”

    — Susan Ambrose, senior vice provost for undergraduate education and experiential learning, on developing an evidence-based understanding of how and why co-op works

  • Higher Ed Reimagined


    new undergraduate interdisciplinary majors added since 2006


    new graduate degree programs established since 2006

  • Higher Ed Reimagined

    David Wlash

    “Our device tracks the effectiveness of treatments for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and it does so at a tiny fraction of the cost of the current diagnostic protocol.”

    — David Walsh, doctoral candidate in chemical engineering, on his invention to improve monitoring and treatment of diseases of the eye. Walsh recently earned an NSF grant to perform related research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

  • Impact Zone


    external research awards of $1 million or more since 2006


    increase in annual external research funding since 2006


    in external research funding, 2013–2014

  • Impact Zone

    Kim Lewis

    “I concentrate on finding the ideal solution, even if it seems dissociated from reality. That mindset helps you battle your common sense, which prevents you from inventing new things.”

    — Kim Lewis, University Distinguished Professor of Biology, whose persistence led to a recent breakthrough that could cure MSRA, the "superbug" that kills more than 10,000 Americans each year

  • Impact Zone

    External research awards received in millions of dollars, each year since 2006

    Research Awards Graph


    research expenditures in 2013–2014, an increase of 82% since 2006


    technology start-ups formed by faculty and students in the past five years, including seven in 2013–2014

  • Impact Zone

    Lisa Feldman

    “My model comes down to how people experience the situation. Every time you measure an emotion, depending on the context, you might see a different physical response.”

    — Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, on why her work is reframing the field of emotion psychology

  • Impact Zone

    • Marine and environmental sciences professors Mark Patterson and Brian Helmuth led Northeastern faculty and students on Mission 31, a month-long expedition in Aquarius, the only underwater research station in the world.
    • Matthias Ruth, professor of public policy and urban affairs and civil and environmental engineering, was a co-author on the recent Third National Climate Assessment, released by the White House in May.
    • Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, and David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, published an influential Big Data paper in Science questioning Google Flu Trends' accuracy in estimating flu activity around the world.
    • Sociology professor Liza Weinstein and political science professor Tom Vicino won Fulbright awards to pursue their research on urban issues in India and Brazil, respectively.
  • Alumni and Support

    With Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern University in full swing, alumni, parents, and friends are making remarkable investments that are reshaping education and research for generations to come.

  • Empower Surge


    in private gifts raised by the Empower campaign through June 2014, including $71.9 million raised in 2013-2014

    The Empower campaign logo

    The Empower campaign aims to raise $500 million in private gifts and $500 million in government and foundation funding to support students and financial aid, faculty advancement and expansion, and innovation in education and research.

  • Empower Surge

    Diane N. MacGillivray

    “What has impressed me during the Empower campaign is how much the community of support for Northeastern resembles our student body. Our donors are smart, entrepreneurial, and innovative, and I'm truly grateful for their remarkable efforts.”

    — Diane N. MacGillivray, senior vice president for university advancement

  • Empower Surge

    Selected recent gifts supporting students

    • Spencer Fung
      Fung Scholarship for International Co-op
    • James Healy
      James W. Healy Scholars Fund
    • William Lowell
      Lowell Institute School
    • Phi Gamma Pi Fraternity
      Phi Gamma Pi Veterans Scholarship


    number of individual donors to the Empower campaign since its launch, in addition to nearly 3,000 organizational donors

    Selected recent gifts supporting faculty

    • Edmond J. and Maureen J. English
      D'Amore-McKim School of Business Dean's Fund
    • Mark and Karen Vachon
      Mark L. and Karen D. Vachon Faculty Fellow Fund

    Selected recent gifts supporting research and innovation

    • Bernard Gordon
      Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
    • Daniel McCarthy and Jeff McCarthy
      Venture Mentoring Network
    • Brian Wenzinger
      Larry Finkelstein Innovative Computing Education Endowment
  • Empower Surge


    growth rate in giving to Northeastern between FY2008 and FY2013, more than double the average for all of U.S. higher education over the same period


    participation rate for the Class of 2014 Senior Gift Drive, more than triple the 17.6% participation rate for the Class of 2006 gift drive


    number of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who have attended campaign kickoffs in London; Paris; San Francisco; New York; Hong Kong; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C.

  • Empower Surge

    Rich D'Amore

    “The success of the Empower campaign simply reflects the core values of Northeastern: pragmatism and hard work. I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

    — Rich D'Amore, DMSB'76, Empower campaign co-chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees 

  • Empower Surge

    Spencer Fung

    “If you look at the global sourcing landscape, you have to be nimble, fast, and flexible. Increasing opportunities for Northeastern students to go overseas will prepare them to thrive in the global marketplace.”

    — Spencer Fung, MS/MBA'96, member of the Board of Trustees and donor of the Fung Scholarship for International Co-op

  • Empower Surge

    Bernard Gordon

    “The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership was created to prepare engineers to lead engineering teams to invent, innovate, and, most of all, implement technology that efficiently delivers products to market. This program builds their character and attitude in addition to their knowledge and skills.”

    — Bernard M. Gordon, engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and long-time Northeastern benefactor

  • Empower Surge

    William Lowell

    “My gift to enhance the Lowell Institute School enables working adults to move into high-demand science, technology, engineering, and math careers that strengthen the economy.”

    — William Lowell, member of the Corporation and donor to the Lowell Institute School

  • Empower Surge

    Alan McKim

    “This campaign has illustrated how so many people care deeply about Northeastern. I hope others join us in helping the university continue as such a wonderful place to be part of.”

    — Alan McKim, DMSB'88, Empower campaign co-chair and member of the Board of Trustees

  • A Global Community


    increase in alumni chapters since 2006

    14 to 33

  • A Global Community

    25 Domestic

    8 International

  • A Global Community


    alumni events in 2013-2014, compared to 150 in 2006


    alumni, students, and parents attended at least one event in 2013-2014

  • A Global Community

    Select alumni events and programs in 2013-2014

    • Chapter launch in Puerto Rico
    • DC alumni reception on Capitol Hill
    • Evening at Arader Galleries in New York City
    • Frozen Fenway
    • Golden Graduates Weekend
    • Homecoming 2013
    • Huskies vs. Red Sox in Florida
    • Lead Dog mentoring luncheon at Brown Brothers Harriman
    • New Venture Bootcamp
    • Northeastern POPS
    • Presidential events in Jakarta, Indonesia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Saudi Arabia
    • Regional co-op welcome receptions
  • Recognition

    Northeastern's unprecedented momentum, marked by leadership in global educational innovation and use-inspired research, has been recognized by numerous external organizations.

  • Rising On Merit


    Northeastern ranked No. 1 in America and No. 3 worldwide in the University of Indonesia's fourth annual GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, which focuses on campus sustainability and environmentally friendly university management.


    The Princeton Review ranked Northeastern's career services No. 1 in the nation. That makes seven consecutive years that our career services have ranked in the top four in the United States, including four years at No. 1.


    Our national ranking in undergraduate entrepreneurship education by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

  • Rising On Merit

    Increase in media coverage of Northeastern's faculty research, based on number of media "mentions" per fiscal year.

    Media mentions graph

    Over the past eight years, Northeastern has maintained its upward trajectory in the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

    U.S. News and World Report rankings graph

  • Policy Leadership

    Led by President Aoun, Northeastern has used its annual Innovation Summit series and national opinion surveys to focus the national conversation on the need for higher education to be more responsive to changing societal needs and a steadily evolving population of students.

    In public speeches, private discussions with government officials, and op-ed peices in the education and business press, President Aoun has addressed topics such as:

    • the rise of nontraditional learners and the implications for national education policy;
    • innovations in teaching and learning that can help resolve challenges to higher education, including rising costs; and
    • the educational ingredients that go into preparing students for fulfilled lives.
  • Policy Leadership

    Joseph Aoun

    “The global labor market's continued demand for employees with the most advanced education and skills compels all of us to seek new opportunities to improve college attainment, completion, postgraduate employment, and affordability.”

    — President Joseph Aoun, excerpted from his June 2014 op-ed in the United Kingdom-based education journal Times Higher Education