Less than a generation ago, Northeastern University was chiefly a local institution, drawing nearly three-quarters of its students from the surrounding New England states. Its alumni, too, largely stayed in the region.
Today, however, the university’s horizons are global. Nearly 10 percent of its undergraduates come from overseas, double the proportion of just four years ago, and the number of students that it sends abroad has increased threefold over the same time period. This past year, the university, where banners across the campus proclaim its “Engagement With the World,” was one of five recognized by Nafsa: Association of International Educators for its global focus.
“In some sense, Northeastern may have leapfrogged,” says Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, “and gone straight to becoming an international institution.”