The Academic Initiative
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Northeastern Mission


To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.

To create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.


Our vision is to be a university that expands the meaning and impact of our engagement in the world using our knowledge and resources as positive forces for change in both our local communities and our global society.  

This vision will be realized through offering students a transformative experience, grounded in experiential education that ignites their passion for learning while opening up for them the endless possibilities around them.  We will assist our students in becoming engaged citizens of the world, confident and resourceful people who realize that their knowledge and action can have positive consequences for their own lives and for the lives of others.

This vision will be realized through interdisciplinary scholarship and translational research by which we will dynamically participate in addressing problems in our urban environment, in our region and across the globe.  Northeastern strives to translate fundamental research into applications that will contribute to economic development and enhance societal well being.  Our collaborative approach will encompass partners in government and industry, and artists, innovators and scholars both inside and outside our community. 

We strive to create a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by collaboration, creativity, an unwavering commitment to excellence and an equally unwavering commitment to exhibiting respect for one other.  We aspire to be a model for what our society can be. 


Northeastern seeks to contribute to the individual fulfillment of each member of the campus, to the welfare of the surrounding communities, and to solutions that will address global and societal needs.

Northeastern celebrates diversity in all its forms and fosters a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community. 

Northeastern promotes active engagement in teaching and learning, in scholarship and research, in the life of urban communities and with our alumni and friends.

Northeastern pursues each of its activities and interactions with integrity, maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Northeastern provides opportunities to those who strive to overcome disadvantages and show great promise for future success.

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