Use the following preferred terms to describe academic status or academic intervals. Lowercase these terms: part-time student; transfer student.
It is acceptable to use the term senior when referring to a fourth- or fifth-year student who is about to graduate.
You should refer to current students by their college/degree code and expected year of graduation. For instance, “Pat Smith, E’17” refers to a current engineering student. It’s also acceptable to refer to the student as a freshman or senior if that information is essential to the story or marketing message.
When discussing a student's academic discipline, include the student’s major and minor and lowercase the terms, unless it's a proper noun: an architecture and Spanish combined major with a minor in basket weaving; an architecture, international affairs, and French combined major.
Not: A senior architecture major/basket-weaving minor…
A double major requires the student to complete all the requirements for two existing majors. The same holds true for triple majors, which are rare.
A combined major (formerly known as a dual major) is a predefined and preapproved program that combines two disciplines. View the list of currently approved combined majors.
A person is a Northeastern alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) if he or she graduated from the university. Use alumni to refer to all-male or mixed-gender groups of graduates, and alumnae for all-female groups.
If you are listing only Northeastern graduates and want to call attention to their alumni status, you may identify them by their class year or the class year paired with an abbreviation for the college (or school) they attended or the degree they received.
Note that there is no space between the college or school abbreviation and the class year.
Harry Winters, PAH'51
Janet Edelmann, L'83
Mark Jones Jr., Ed'70
Rhonda Washington-Smith, AS'96
Joseph Peters Sr., BA'65, has issued a call for . . .
The terms lecturer, senior lecturer, and principal lecturer refer to full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members who are primarily responsible for credit-bearing, course-based instruction. These lecturers are appointed to the rank commensurate with their experience and credentials.
The terms professor of the practice and distinguished professor of the practice are reserved for a limited number of eminently qualified creative, business, entrepreneurial, law, or other professionals who are recognized by peers as having made significant contributions to fields and disciplines important to Northeastern University programs. This title has only two ranks: professor of the practice and distinguished professor of the practice. Professor of the practice and distinguished professor of the practice are non-tenure-track appointments.
The following is a list of the most common abbreviations for colleges and degree codes used at Northeastern University. The degree code for the college at the time of the alumnus' graduation should be used.
AMD College of Arts, Media, and Design
AP Master of Science in Accounting
AS College of Arts and Sciences
DMSB D’Amore-McKim School of Business
BB Boston Bouvé College
BHD Bouvé College of Human Development Professions
BHS Bouvé College of Health Sciences
BPH Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
CAGS Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
CIS College of Computer and Information Science
CJ College of Criminal Justice
CPS College of Professional Studies
CS College of Computer Science
DLP Doctor of Law and Policy
DMSB D’Amore-McKim School of Business
DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy
E College of Engineering
Ed College of Education
EdD Doctor of Education
FD Forsyth Dental
GB Graduate School of Bouvé College
H Honorary Degree
L School of Law
LA College of Liberal Arts
LC Lincoln College
LI Lincoln Institute
MA Master of Arts
MBA Master of Business Administration
MCS Master of Computer Science
ME Master of Engineering
MEd Master of Education
MFA Master of Fine Arts
MJ Master of Criminal Justice
MP Master of Science in Pharmacy
MPA Master of Public Administration
MPH Master of Pharmacy and Allied Health
MPS Master of Professional Studies
MS Master of Science
N College of Nursing
P College of Pharmacy
PA Graduate School of Professional Accounting
PAH College of Pharmacy and Allied Health
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
S College of Science
SET School of Engineering Technology
SPCS School of Professional and Continuing Studies
SSH College of Social Sciences and Humanities
UC University College