Academic Excellence

Northeastern offers a rigorous academic experience tailored to your needs. We think pursuit of excellence happens best in a supportive, individualized environment. The diversity of our faculty and students means that you will benefit from both the understanding that comes from shared cultural backgrounds and the enrichment that comes from a variety of cultures.

  • We have 718 faculty with experiences from different countries.
  • Our student body is the most diverse in the Midwest.
  • Northeastern is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Hands-on Learning

The educational experience at Northeastern involves hands-on learning, field research, and community engagement. The academic environment includes opportunities for you to participate in research and present at conferences with faculty. We boast a high student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Our faculty are unique scholars who are passionate about teaching.

Student Center for Science Engagement
Arts at Northeastern
McNair Scholars
Civic & Community Engagement

Broad Choices

The range of our academic offerings has broadened considerably since our beginnings in 1867 as Chicago’s premier teachers college. Today you can choose from more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors, and 37 master’s degrees.

All Academic Departments


To ensure that all qualified students have access to higher education, we offer an array of evening and weekend classes, and are located at five distinct Chicago locations. We understand that logistic concerns make a difference for those who are balancing university life, work and home life, and community engagement. We pay special attention to the needs of transfer students. We know that a good college education means more than just knowledge acquisition–mentoring relationships and experiential learning are also crucial.

Our locations