Success Stories

Success in the Empower campaign will come from the support of thousands of people and organizations — alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, students, foundations, corporations, and other generous contributors. Your involvement will enable students and faculty to master and create knowledge that improves lives.  The stories here chronicle philanthropy’s impact on the university, its former and students, and, ultimately, the world.

Behind every Northeastern graduate is a story of empowerment — often, a story about a formative personal or mentoring relationship. Did someone special play a pivotal role in your academic or career success? A faculty member or adviser? Co-op supervisor? Athletics coach? Classmate?

Please add your testimonial to the growing collection.

Share a favorite memory or anecdote (100-200 words), as well as a digital photo(s).

We will seek your approval of any editing required for style or length. Thank you!


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Ron Caplan


I worked in Northeastern’s dining services as a part-time dishwasher and server, and was eventually invited to be a co-op assistant manager. It was the start of an incredible opportunity that far exceeded the typical college experience.

Largest marine biorepository finds home in Nahant

Thanks to the generosity of New England Biolabs and other private donors, Ocean Genome Legacy will continue and likely expand at its new location at Northeastern. Watch this video to see how OGL is saving the DNA of many marine species every day.