A Research University, Engaged With The World

Northeastern is a global, experiential university distinguished by research that is use-inspired, designed to address society’s urgent challenges. The university is also known for robust collaborations and partnerships with industry, government, and academic institutions worldwide.

The university’s 33 PhD programs—in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and professional fields, including engineering and computer science—are fueled by world-class faculty and outstanding resources for scholarly exploration and discovery.

In 2016, Northeastern was designated an R1 research university by the Carnegie Classification system, joining 115 U.S. universities in the “highest research activity” category.

The university is also home to federally funded centers of excellence designated by the National Science Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the United States Department of Transportation.