3,252 undergraduates had a global learning experience in 2014–2015
6,301 in 2006–2007
3,165in the U.S. and around the world
70% of incoming freshmen were ranked in the top 10% of their class in 2015, up from 38% in 2006
Mean two-part SAT scores for incoming freshmen, 2006 through 2015
97%increase in Northeastern financial aid since 2006
48%increase in students of color, fall 2015 freshmen vs. fall 2006 freshmen
353%increase in international students, fall 2015 freshmen vs. fall 2006 freshmen
"There are so many people I’ve met here, from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and other places. Northeastern is a warm and welcoming place for everyone from all over the world.”
16,530participated in at least one of more than 350 campus organizations
1.4M+hours of student community service since 2006
52varsity student-athletes earned “Top Dog” accolades, with spring semester GPAs of 3.8 or higher
111varsity student-athletes made the Dean’s List with GPAs of at least 3.5 in the 2015 spring semester
» The men’s basketball team reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991, winning 23 games and the CAA tournament title.
» The university captured seven CAA championships in all, the most since the Huskies joined the conference in 2005–2006.
» Four student-athletes were named All-Americans: Kendall Coyne, Paul Duffey, Emma Lamison, and Kevin Roy.
» Men’s rowing advanced to the Grand Final of the 2015 IRA Championships for the second time in three seasons. Women’s rowing captured its second straight CAA championship and advanced to the NCAA championships.
90% of our graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation
89%of 2014 graduates who are employed full time are doing work related to their major
50%of 2014 graduates received a job offer from a previous co-op employer
84%Northeastern’s six-year graduation rate in 2014, up 19 percentage points since 2006
502tenured and tenure-track faculty hires since 2006
Our deans bring creative vision and innovative thinking to their schools and colleges.
College of Engineering
College of Computer and Information Science
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
College of Arts, Media and Design
College of Professional Studies
School of Law
College of Social Studies and Humanities
(Interim) Bouvé College of Health Sciences
(Interim) College of Science
"Northeastern is an outstanding institution that is willing to break down academia’s traditional dichotomies and really look at what higher education will need to be in the future."
Many of the 502 faculty who have joined Northeastern over the past nine years have joint appointments across multiple colleges—advancing the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning.
126undergraduate and graduate areas of study in emerging fields added since 2006
"Our research is uncovering mechanisms by which the blood vessel wall coating, called glycocalyx, promotes vascular health. That understanding can help us develop new tools to deal with vascular disease.”
» Michael B. Silevitch, the Robert D. Black Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Simon Pitts, director of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Institute, received the 2015 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Education from the National Academy of Engineering.
» Casper Harteveld, assistant professor of game design, was selected for a National Science Foundation-funded fellowship program, Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers.
» Professor of Nursing Barbara Guthrie was honored with the Association of Black Nursing Faculty’s Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award.
» Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law Karl E. Klare received an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Pretoria in recognition of his preeminent scholarship in critical legal theory.
» Neal Lerner, associate professor of English and the Writing Program director, accepted the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication on behalf of the university’s writing program.
» Amy Briesch, associate professor of counseling and applied psychology, received the Lightner Witmer Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s School Psychology Division.
» Associate Professor Yun Raymond Fu, who holds joint appointments in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Computational Intelligence Society.
» Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mehrdad Sasani was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
» Associate Professor of Physics Latika Menon, an expert in experimental nanophysics, was named a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
A record number of Northeastern professors were recognized with National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, the NSF’s top award for junior faculty.
» Amal Ahmed , assistant professor of computer science
» Kaushik Chowdhury , associate professor of electrical and computer engineering
» Matthew Eckelman , assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
» Ningfang Mi , assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
» Marvin Onabajo , assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
» Yizhou Sun , assistant professor of computer and information science
» Ke Zhang , assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology
"If you go back just 20 years, ‘innovation’ was a word used mostly by those in R&D departments. Today, it is a word commonly used by most executives in senior management positions.”
"We needed a dramatically new method. We realized the perfect medium already exists in nature, in the very environment where these organisms grow. It was a simple idea, but for some reason, other people hadn’t tried it.”
Increase in annual research funding since 2006–2007
formed by faculty and students
in the past six years, including
nine in 2014–2015
invention disclosures formally identifying a new approach to a problem in 2014–2015
filed in 2014–2015 by faculty and students, up from 70 in 2006
» Electrical and computer engineering professors Octavia Camps and Mario Sznaier created a sensing technology that, in preliminary tests, showed great promise for improving airport security.
» A Puerto Rico-based center led by George A. Snell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Akram Alshawabkeh received a $13.5 million grant to research links between water quality and the island’s high preterm birth rate.
» Physics professor Alessandro Vespignani created an epidemic model that alerted global health officials that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa would spread rapidly worldwide without a more coordinated response.
» Biology professors Kim Lewis and Slava Epstein achieved major breakthroughs by creating a device to grow previously uncultivable bacteria, and discovering a powerful new antibiotic using the device.
» A new fertility treatment pioneered by biology professor Jonathan Tilly and a company he co-founded, OvaScience, led to the birth of a baby boy, Zain Rajani, in Canada.
"Getting different languages to come together, and to do that in the context of compiler correctness, is very, very hard.”
4 locations in the U.S. where working professionals can get a graduate professional degree from Northeastern aligned with employer needs.
online and on-campus advanced degree programs and certificates offered in Boston and at campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, and Silicon Valley.
Experiential learning partnerships fuel Northeastern’s network of business leaders, alumni, and students in more than 180 countries—and make the university’s online degree programs unique.
3,100+ businesses and nonprofits are part of the Northeastern network as co-op and research partners
a worldwide community of professionals and engaged citizens in 186 countries
$81.8M raised in 2014–2015, bringing the campaign total to $475 million as of June 30
86,538 individuals have supported the Empower campaign, as well as 3,263 organizational donors
"The Empower campaign’s success mirrors the ongoing success of Northeastern. People are seeing this university soar, and they want to do whatever they can to fuel its ascent.”
$22.5M in 2015
8 gifts totaling $20.5 million from international donors
18 in 2015 up from 6 in 2008
Northeastern alumnus and benefactor George J. Kostas, E’43, H’07, offers a powerful example of how research philanthropy ripples through the university.
George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security
Imaging equipment to develop super magnets without rare earth metals
When we launched Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern two years ago, the university community—alumni, parents, friends—took on a challenge: “Who will you empower?”
Sam Altschuler, successful business leader and innovator, and Marc Meyer, the Robert J. Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship, endowed the six-month, paid co-op position of CEO at IDEA, the student-run venture accelerator.
The Khaled and Olfat Juffali Directorship of the Social Impact Lab is advancing lab director Rebecca Riccio’s pioneering programs in experiential education.
Janet Bullard wants to empower tomorrow’s business leaders with a generous provision in her will to fund a distinguished professorship, an endowed scholarship, and an international co-op stipend.
The Pierre Choueiri Family Fund for Global Family Enterprise supports programs in leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation in one of the most understudied yet important fields in the business world.
As owner of The Boston Phoenix newspaper, Stephen Mindich recently donated its archives—a treasure trove of Boston history—to Northeastern’s Snell Library, to be digitized and researched for generations to come.
Prestigious national foundations are increasing support for Northeastern’s research enterprises.
» The Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Inc. gave $1.5 million to endow the Doherty Chair in Marine and Environmental Sciences.
» The W.M. Keck Foundation granted $1 million to fund the nanotechnology research of Professor Nian Sun.
» The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gave $500,000 to support the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern’s center for digital humanities and computational social science.
15,715 alumni, students, and parents attended at least one event in 2014–2015
"Every time I go back to campus, I feel rejuvenated. I learn something new that makes me excited to be a part of the Northeastern community and will help me be more successful in my career.”
new programs and events were offered by Alumni Relations in 2014–2015, including:
Led by President Joseph E. Aoun, Northeastern University has built upon national opinion surveys and panel discussions among thought leaders in business, public policy, and education to illuminate the changing demands on higher education, and how colleges and universities can best meet those demands.
President Aoun has focused the national conversation on such topics as:
» The relevance of the liberal arts and the role of experiential learning in reinvigorating study in the humanities and social sciences
» The need for public policy to catch up with the realities of the global economy by treating higher education as lifelong learning
» Society’s obligation to embrace innovations in teaching and learning that make higher education more affordable and accessible
The Princeton Review ranked Northeastern one of the top 24 universities in the country for budding entrepreneurs.
The Princeton Review ranked Northeastern’s career services No. 2 in the nation, the eighth consecutive year that our career services have ranked in the top four.
Northeastern has been ranked among the top 50 national universities for three consecutive years.
Increase in media coverage of Northeastern’s faculty research, based on number of media “mentions” per fiscal year