Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top 50 global research university and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We integrate classroom studies with opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 128 countries.
Northeastern started with a new idea: that higher education would be enriched by integrating students’ coursework with opportunities for experience in their field of study; that a university could best serve its students and lead innovation by engaging directly with its community through partnerships with employers. 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 3,300 employers in 128 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, and the hub in Silicon Valley 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.