Northeastern University (NU) is a private nonprofit research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university features a range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, as well as advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington.
Northeastern's main campus is located in the Fenway, Roxbury, South End, and Back Bay neighborhoods. The university has roughly 16,000 undergraduates and almost 8,000 graduate students. Northeastern is categorized as a RU/H Research University (high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In 2011, Northeastern opened the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.
Northeastern features a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents. In 2012-2013, 7,968 students participated in the co-op program.
Northeastern is one of the fastest rising schools in the U.S. News rankings. Since 2001, Northeastern has moved up 101 spots in the rankings. In the 2014 edition, US News and World Report rated Northeastern 49th in the Top National Universities category, ranking the university as a Tier 1 National Research University. Northeastern University rank 60th on the list of "Best Computer Science Graduate Schools" (US News and World Report) (2015) & 46th on the list of "Best Engineering Graduate Schools" (US News and World Report) (2015).