Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private institution located in Boston’s Avenue of the Arts area, close to Fenway Park, and Boston’s South End. Northeastern is most notable for its co-op system, which provides students with sbustantial work experience as part of a five-year program of learning. Most of the 15,000 undergraduates at Northeastern complete at least one co-op experience before graduation, although today, one in six students opts to graduate from the university in four, rather than five, years. Tuition for the five-year co-op program is the same as a four-year program. Approximately 2,300 employers around the world have provided work experience to Northeastern co-op students.
Typical co-op employers include high-tech companies like Google, hospitals and research companies like Bristol-Meyers Squibb, engineering firms, financial institutions including Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, non-profits and government like the U.S. Department of Justice, cultural organizations, and arts and entertainment companies, which have included Walt Disney World and Turner Entertainment Networks.
Northeastern offers its students 94 academic programs at nine colleges: the College of Arts, Media and Design, the College of Business Administration, the College of Computer and Information Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Services, the College of Professional Studies, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Science, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the School of Law. Another 169 programs are offered at the graduate school. All of Northeastern’s classrooms have wireless Internet.
Students at Northeastern are encouraged to participate in service learning as part of the university’s partnerships with schools, agencies in Boston, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations. Students engage in hands-on service projects that are embedded into their course work. Northeastern also encourages its students to volunteer in the community outside of their curriculum, and the university’s Center of Community Service partners with more than 225 community-based agencies and programs.
Students hoping to travel abroad can accomplish that through Northeastern’s international cooperative education program, which offers co-op work positions with potential employers that include multinational corporations and international agencies. In 2009-10, Northeastern students traveled to 160 cities in 69 different countries as part of the international co-op program. Traditional study abroad experiences are also available through the Northeastern international study office, which offers 55 programs in 32 countries.
More than 300 freshmen are enrolled each year through the N.U.in Program, a first-year experience that admits students in the fall into one of Northeastern’s partner institutions overseas, later transitioning them to the Boston campus in the spring semester.