At the heart of a Northeastern education are award-winning faculty mentors, a rigorous and innovative curriculum, and undergraduate research and global experiences that challenge and transform. Northeastern's innovative programs encompass a wide range of majors, concentrations, and interdisciplinary studies along with honors, pre-professional, and study-abroad programs.
Northeastern's academic programs are divided among eight colleges. The College of Arts, Media and Design, D'Amore-McKim School of Business offers two degree options: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science in International Business (B.S.I.B.). The College of Computer and Information Science, The College of Engineering, The Bouve College of Health Sciences, The College of Science, The College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and The Program for Undeclared students offers a wide array of academic opportunities designed to help students who feel strongly about exploring their options before making a commitment to a major. The program provides the support and guidance students need to explore and eventually choose one of Northeastern's undergraduate programs. Experiential learning opportunities-including U.S. and international professional co-op, service learning, research, and study abroad-are currently available in 128 countries around the world.
The university has more than 1,500 full and part-time faculty members with a wide variety of research and teaching interests and specialties. Academic counselors in each college work closely with students to assist them in developing programs suited to their interests and abilities. Co-op advisers assist students in resume-building, honing interview skills and tactics, and in developing contacts with businesses and employers to support networking and professional opportunities.
Northeastern is home to forty-three research centers and undergraduates have ample opportunities to work alongside their professors to aid and conduct research on a variety of topics. The university library system is comprised of Snell Library, a 240,000-square-foot central library on the Boston campus, the School of Law Library, and a small supplemental collection at the Nahant Marine Science Center.
Students have access to over 240 clubs and organizations and an extensive network of advisement and counseling services. Over 5,000 students participate in student organizations. Northeastern competes in NCAA Division I and maintains varsity teams in 8 men's and 10 women's sports.
Students at Northeastern are smart and here to learn. With so many people taking part in different co-ops and study abroad programs, it can be hard to pin down anything as “typical” at Northeastern, and “diversity is growing every year.” “At any given time, around 1/3 of students are working full time." Unsurprisingly, people here are “hard-working and focused on making money as well as getting a job after graduation.”