About Northeastern

Northeastern is a top-tier global research university, and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in more than 90 countries. The university’s use-inspired research enterprise is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in eight colleges and the School of Law, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington.

History and Leadership

From its founding in 1898 as the Evening School of the YMCA, Northeastern has been engaged with its community—initially, working families in Boston and nearby cities and towns who knew that education was the path to success.

The university added a vital dimension to community engagement with the establishment of its cooperative education program in 1909, starting with four co-op employers: three railroads and the local gas utility. Then, as now, students alternated periods of classroom study with periods of professional work related to their major or career path.

As the university has grown over the decades, so has the breadth of our community, and our level of engagement. Today, co-op is the core of the world’s largest experiential learning program, which extends to more than 2,700 employers in more than 90 countries.

Northeastern’s leadership in experiential learning is the foundation of its leadership in developing global educational and research partnerships around the world—and the graduate campuses in Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina, are the latest manifestation of that leadership. Just as in 1898, Northeastern is engaging with communities in partnerships devoted to advancing education and economic growth.

Northeastern University is deeply committed to becoming a greener institution and has taken great steps towards sustainability

Why Seattle

The establishment of Northeastern University – Seattle was the result of two years of intensive discussions between the university and the Seattle community. That research showed that Northeastern’s strengths in graduate education and research uniquely align with the Seattle region’s economic development and workforce priorities.

Northeastern University – Seattle offers high-demand graduate degrees that fill the region’s critical needs for highly educated professionals in science and technology fields, business leadership, and health-care innovation.

Northeastern’s research focus, particularly in drug discovery, cybersecurity, global health, and energy storage and conversion, offers broad prospects for partnerships with the Puget Sound region’s growth businesses and new ventures.

The university has gained a stronger, more diverse student and alumni community, and expanded educational, research, and community partnerships.

Our Core Values


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.


Northeastern University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Northeastern University to offer specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.