Across the street from Amazon head­quar­ters, flanked by a pres­ti­gious biology insti­tute on one side and a Filipino-​​Vietnamese food truck on the other, sitsa store­front in a booming biotech enclave of the city. The space is decked in red and white, with mod­ernist lounge chairs and molecule-​​shaped sculp­tures sus­pended from the ceiling.

Wel­come to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Seattle. Yes, the once-​​humble com­muter school along Hunt­ington Avenue in Boston has a year-​​old satel­lite campus 3,000 miles away in the far North­west corner of the country. It offers master’s degrees, mostly, that are either par­tially or entirely online and cater to people looking to get ahead in Seattle’s technology-​​fueled economy.

North­eastern also has a two-​​year-​​old satel­lite campus in Char­lotte, N.C., and more in devel­op­ment — another on the West Coast, one in Canada, and one in Western Europe.

Along with Northeastern’s growing roster of online-​​only degrees, these far­away out­posts rep­re­sent a mas­sive, and con­tro­ver­sial, ambi­tion on the part of the col­lege and its pres­i­dent, Joseph E. Aoun, to serve the work­force, build the North­eastern brand, and posi­tion a for­merly modest local insti­tu­tion for global competition.

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