Northeastern University had its beginnings in 1898 as a training institute catering to Boston’s exploding immigrant population. In its early years it was based at the Huntington Avenue YMCA and offered classes in engineering, finance and law. Within four decades, the school had expanded significantly, thus leading to the adoption of its current name. Classified as a four-year private co-educational institution, Northeastern University occupies a 73-acre site and owns 35 specialized research and education centers.
As of 2013, Northeastern University has almost 1,900 academic staff and more than 24,000 students. The institution offers more than 100 programs spread out across its nine schools or colleges. They are the College of Arts, Media & Design, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, College of Computer & Information Science, College of Engineering, Bouve College of Health Sciences, School of Law, College of Professional Studies, College of Science and College of Social Sciences & Humanities.
Northeastern University is home to a robust collection of online programs: over 60, in fact. They consist of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can get a degree from a variety of subject areas, which include applied nutrition, construction management, English, domestic regulatory affairs, forensic accounting, information assurance, liberal arts, transitional physical therapy, TESOL, sports leadership and technical communication.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Northeastern University as a high research activity, or RU/H, institution. College Prowler awarded the school an “A-” for the overall state of its academics, which includes the quality of its classes and professors. U.S. News and Report ranked it at 56th in its Top National Universities category, thus placing it as a “Tier 1” university at the national level. The university is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges