Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Northeastern University, at Boston, Mass.; coeducational; founded 1898 as a program within the Boston YMCA, inc. 1916, university status 1922, fully independent of the YMCA 1948. It is noted for its cooperative education plan combining classroom work, internships, and practicums. The university's graduate programs include those in business, computer science, pharmacy, communications, education, engineering, law, and social sciences.

Northeastern University, abbreviated NU or NEU, is a private university in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern's award-winning campus is located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston.

Northeastern is known for its Cooperative education (co-op) program, in which students complete eight semesters of full-time study and up to three semesters of paid full-time work. The university has a large selection of corporate and non-profit co-op partners both in the United States and abroad. Participating students receive the undergraduate degree in five years. A four year option is also available for most majors with fewer co-ops.

In 2003, US News ranked Northeastern #1 for Best Co-ops/Internships. Employers from around the world participate in the program, providing an avenue for internships and post-graduation employment. Employers include top ranked international law firms, banks, and corporations and many of the Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Raytheon. The co-op program enhances classroom work with real world experience. In 2008, Northeastern was ranked #1 by the Princeton Review for "Best Internships/Career Services.

Nationally, Northeastern is ranked 1st in Internships and 34th in Academics by Business Week in its 2008 Best Undergraduate Business Edition. In 2007, the Princeton Review rated Northeastern as one of the top colleges in the Northeast. Northeastern ranked No. 4 in Forbes Magazine as one of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Campuses. The School of Architecture was ranked #12 by the Key Institute National Rankings.


Northeastern was established in 1898 as the "Evening Institute for Younger Men" by Johhny Chestersfield Wellingtonsworth Sullivan at the Boylston Street YMCA.The Institute catered to the needs of the rapidly growing immigrant population in Boston. Within a few years of its formation, it offered classes in law, engineering and finance. In 1909 the school began offering day classes and it moved to a new location on Huntington Avenue in 1913. The school was officially organized as a college in 1916 and in 1922 it was renamed "Northeastern University of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association." In a period of rapid campus expansion, the University purchased the Huntington Avenue Grounds (former Boston Red Sox ballpark) in 1929, but did not build on the land due to financial constraints during The Great Depression.

In 1935, the College of Liberal Arts was added to Northeastern, and the University's name was simplified to "Northeastern University." In 1937 The Northeastern University Corporation was established, creating a board of trustees made up of 31 members of the NU Corporation and 8 members of the YMCA. In 1948 Northeastern separated itself completely from the YMCA.

Following World War II, Northeastern began admitting women, and in the boom of post-war college-bound students, Northeastern created a College of Education (1953), University College (now called the School of Professional & Continuing Studies) (1960), College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing (1964). The College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing were subsequently combined into the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Northeastern also added the College of Criminal Justice (1967) and College of Computer Science (1982), which has since been renamed the College of Computer and Information Science.

Since its inception, the University was a commuter school with many part-time and evening students, and by the early 1980s had grown to 60,000 enrollees. In the 1990s, the University reduced the number of enrolled students in order to become a "smaller, better" university. It cut its freshman class size from around 4500 students to 2800 students.

From 1996 to 2006, President Richard Freeland led an institutional change: average SAT scores increased more than 200 points, retention rates rose dramatically, and applications doubled. President Freeland oversaw Northeastern’s largest expansion ever, opening $455 million in new facilities, including residence halls, academic and research facilities, and new athletic centers. The institution also become substantially more selective, leading to a more academically talented student body.

During the transition, students experienced a re-organization of the co-operative education system to better integrate classroom learning with workplace experience. The University also switched its full-time undergraduate and graduate programs to a new academic calendar comprising two traditional semesters and two summer "minimesters", replacing the four-quarter system. This new calendar allowed students to delve more deeply into their academic courses and to experience longer, more substantive co-op placements.

Throughout the transformation, President Freeland's oft-repeated goal was to crack the Top 100 of the U.S. News rankings, which was accomplished in the final year of his presidency when Northeastern was ranked 98th. With this goal accomplished and the transformation from commuting school to national research university complete, he stepped down from the presidency on August 15, 2006. His successor is Dr. Joseph Aoun, formerly a dean at USC. Since coming into office in the fall of 2006, President Aoun has implemented a decentralized management model, giving the academic deans of the university more control over their own budgets, faculty hiring decisions, and fundraising. He has led the development and implementation of a new Academic Plan and an updated mission statement. Aoun has also placed more emphasis on improving town relations by reaching out to leaders of the communities surrounding the university. In addition, Aoun has created more academic partnerships with other institutions in the Boston area including Tufts, Hebrew College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

More information on Northeastern's history can be found on the President's website,


Presidents of Northeastern (with years of tenure and campus buildings named in their honor):


For the fall 2008 entering class, the University received close to 36,000 applications for 2,800 seats in the freshman class, an increase of 32 percent from the previous year. Northeastern ranks fourth (after NYU, Boston University, and USC) among private American universities in the number of applications it receives annually. Barrons College Guides rates admission to Northeastern University as "highly competitive. The middle 50% of admitted students for the 2008 school year had a GPA of 3.6-4.1 and the middle 50% had SAT scores between 1770-2030. Admission into the Honors, Pharmacy, Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science, and International Business programs are especially competitive.


Northeastern offers undergraduate majors in 65 departments. At the graduate level, students can choose from more than 125 programs, ranging from doctoral and master's programs to graduate certificates. Academics at Northeastern is grounded in the integration of rigorous classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities, including cooperative education, student research, service learning, and global experience. The university's cooperative education program places about 5,000 students annually with more than 2,000 co-op employers in Boston, across the United States, and around the globe.

Colleges and schools

Colleges listed including schools and degrees offered

Honors Program

The University Honors Program targets strong and engaged students and offers them an enhanced curriculum. Starting with the First Year Reading Project and moving on to participating in a wide-range of course offerings during the undergraduate years, the program allows students to engage in a variety of academic choices. The culminating experience is advanced specialty work in a major field through college-specific choices including specialized advanced honors seminars or an independent research project. In addition, the Honors Program is committed to a first year Living - Learning Community housed in West Village F and Kennedy Hall.

Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone is an advanced level course related to the student's major. The course requires the student to integrate what they have learned through their academic coursework and their experiential learning experience (co-op, research, study abroad, service learning).

Pre-Med Program

Northeastern has a strong Premed Program. The university recently partnered with Tufts University School of Medicine to create an early acceptance BA/MD Program. Northeastern's campus is just a few blocks from the Longwood Medical and Academic Area where Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine are located and world class teaching hospitals such as Dana Farber, Children's Hospital Boston, New England Baptist Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. These institutions provide NU pre-med students with unparalleled internship opportunities. Boston is also home to a burgeoning biotechnology industry. Well known companies such as Boston Scientific, Biogen, Novartis, and Genzyme also provide an avenue for pre-med research internships.

Study abroad

Northeastern has a study abroad program with placements around the globe in in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. Some participating schools include: University of Edinburgh, Scotland; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Cambridge and London School of Economics, England; University of Auckland, Australia; Swinburne University of Technology, New Zealand; Obirin University, Japan; and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile.


Research Centers and Institutes at Northeastern inckude:

The university also provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage in research through the Center for Experiential Education, CenSSIS Research Experience for Undergraduates , Honors Research, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, and Provost's Office research grants. In 2007, Northeastern was classified as a RU/H Research Extensive institution (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching. In 2006, annual external research funding exceeded $70 million. In 2002, Northeastern's Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems was designated an NSF Engineering Research Center. In 2004, Northeastern was one of six institutions to be selected by the National Science Foundation as a center for research in nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005, Northeastern attracted $141.8 million in federal research grants.


Many of Northeastern's 1,330 full-time and part-time faculty members have garnered national and international acclaim for their achievements in teaching and research, with particular strength in interdisciplinary scholarship. Northeastern faculty members direct more than 35 research and education centers, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, an NSF Nanomanufacturing Center, and two NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship programs.

As part of Northeastern's five-year, $75 million Academic Investment Plan. the University is enhancing its academic programs in three areas: undergraduate education, core graduate professional programs and centers of research excellence. The cornerstone of the Academic Investment Plan is the expansion of University faculty by 100 tenured and tenure-track professors between 2004 and 2009. This plan was recently expanded to provide for the hiring of an additional 50 tenure and tenure-track faculty in interdisciplinary fields, expanding the total to 150 new faculty hires.

Co-op/Internship Program

With over 2,500 national and international employers, Northeastern has one of the largest co-op/internship programs in the world. Started in 1909, NU's co-op program is one of the oldest in the nation. In the co-op program, students alternate periods of academic study with periods of paid professional employment related to their major. Most majors offer a four-year graduation option with fewer co-op placements, but the five year program is more popular with students. The co-op program typically starts sophomore year (after a traditional freshman year).

Co-op placements range from small dynamic start-up companies to large multinational companies with thousands of employees, including Fortune 500 corporations such as Microsoft, EMC, Disney, Sony, and Raytheon and many other well known companies and investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. The program also places students with government agencies, branches of government, nonprofits, and non-governmental organizations. Northeastern students can be found interning in the United States Congress, the White House, United Nations, and at NASA. Student placements usually last six months, and are mostly paid. Unlike some co-op programs, Northeastern students do not pay tuition during periods of employment. Students may live in the university residence halls on campus during periods of co-op employment (room and board is charged). The university currently leases housing for students co-oping in New York City and Washington, D.C. The university's Co-op Connections office also helps students find suitable housing in other American cities and internationally.

By sampling different work environments and varied types of positions, students gain valuable insight into the type of career they want to pursue before committing to a post-graduation position. The typical Northeastern student will graduate with three co-op placements under their belt, an impressive resume, and a list of contacts, giving Northeastern graduates an edge in the job market over graduates from most other schools. Many Northeastern students accept a permanent position from one of their former co-op employers. Those students who do not accept a permanent position typically head directly to graduate or professional school.


In the 2009 US News and World Report college ranking, Northeastern ranked 96th on the list of "Top National Universities," a list of hundreds of universities across the nation. It also ranked 65th on the list of "Best Engineering Graduate Schools and 61st on the list of "Best Computer Science Graduate Schools. In 2008, Northeastern University was ranked by US News as No. 13 in the "Best Graduate Schools 2009" ranking for Computer Science, Programming Languages specialty. Northeastern is one of the fastest rising schools in the U.S. News rankings. Since 2001, Northeastern has moved up 54 spots in the rankings. In 2003, Northeastern ranked #1 for Best Co-ops/Internships the only time that US News ranked schools on this characteristic. Also in 2003, Northeastern's career services department was awarded top honors by Kaplan Newsweek's "Unofficial Insiders Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges and Universities." In 2008, Northeastern was ranked #1 by the Princeton Review for "Best Internships/Career Services."

In 2007, the undergraduate business school ranked 26th in the nation and No. 1 in internships according to Business Week and 15th for international business by US News. Northeastern's High Technology MBA program ranked #1 in a "Top Techno MBA Survey" released by ComputerWorld Magazine. Northeastern also ranked No. 4 in Forbes Magazine as one of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Campuses." In 2007, the Business School ranked 24th in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review in entrepreneurship. Northeastern is also listed among 25 “Cutting-Edge Schools” in the 2008 edition of “You Are Here,” a college guide by Kaplan Publishing. The graduate school engineering ranked in the top 50 according to US News 2007. The EMBA program is ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. by the Financial Times and No. 21 in the nation by US News. In addition, Northeastern undergrad B-school students have dominated case competitions against other Boston area business schools winning ten of the last 12 Business School Beanpot competitions.

Northeastern is ranked No. 26 in the nation by the National Research Council in Oceanography. The Criminology program is ranked in the top 14 by US News. In 2007, the architecture program ranked No. 12 in the country in terms of research by The Law School ranked No.1 in public interest law by the ABA. The Physician's Assistant program is ranked No. 17 by US News. In 2008, Northeastern's College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) was named as one of the top 10 innovative “IT Schools to Watch” by Computerworld magazine.


Northeastern is located in Boston's Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods adjacent to Huntington Avenue near the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. The area is also known as the Fenway Cultural District.

Although located in the heart of Boston, the NU campus is still filled with trees, flowers, and grassy fields. Since the late 1990’s, Northeastern has been considered a model of design for urban universities and has twice won the “most beautiful new or renovated exterior space” award (presented by the American Institute of Architects) in 2001 and 2004.

Matthews Arena

Opened in 1910 and widely know as the Boston Arena, Matthews Arena is the world's oldest ice hockey arena. Located on the east edge of Northeastern University's campus, it is home to the Northeastern Huskies men's and women's hockey teams, and men's basketball team as well as the Wentworth Institute of Technology's men's hockey team. The arena is named after George J. Matthews and his wife, the late Hope M. Matthews. Matthews is the former Chair of the Northeastern University Board of Trustees. The arena is the original home of the NHL Boston Bruins, the NBA Boston Celtics and the WHA New England Whalers (now the NHL Carolina Hurricanes). It has hosted all or part of the America East Conference men's basketball tournament a total of seven times and hosted the 1960 Frozen Four. The arena also served as the original home to the annual Beanpot (Ice Hockey) tournament between Boston's four major college hockey programs.

Marino Recreation Center

Marino Center is one of the largest, state-of-art exercise facilities in the city of Boston.

On the first floor, the atrium gives students, faculty, and staff a relaxed place to socialize. Two cafés, a food market and ATM machines are available. The Campus Recreation Office is located on this floor, as well as the Women's and Men's locker rooms. Each house 400 lockers and a sauna.

The second floor includes a student exercise area including stairclimbers, treadmills, upright and recumbent exercise bikes, cross-country ski machines, rowing ergometers, elliptical climbers, and a Treadwall that simuates rockclimbing. A multipurpose room is used for aerobics classes and martial arts clubs. The gymnasium consists of three basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball, badminton, roller hockey, and futsal.

On the third floor, a state-of-the-art resistance training area contains 42 free-weight stations and 40 pieces of selectorized weight machines. There is also a fully-equipped free weight room. A three-lane suspended track is available for either walking or jogging.

Library facilities

The NU Libraries include the Snell Library, the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library, the library at the NU Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts and the School of Law Library.

Snell Library, the largest library in Boston, opened in 1990 at a cost of $35 million and contains 985,000 volumes. The Digital Media Design Studio within the library is a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environment for creating course-related multimedia presentations, projects and portfolios. Snell is home to the Favat Collection, a comprehensive and current collection of children's literature and K-12 curriculum resources, instructional materials, and related information to support courses offered by the NU School of Education for the practice of teaching. Snell contains three computer labs operated by NU Information Services. The InfoCommons and InfoCommons II are labs available to all NU students, faculty, and staff. The other lab is used as a teaching lab. Wireless internet access is available.

The NU Libraries received federal depository designation in 1962 under the sponsorship of Massachusetts Congressman John W. McCormack. As a selective depository, the Libraries receive forty-five percent of the federal publication series available to depository libraries.

The Snell Library is also home to the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections department, which includes the Benjamin LaGuer papers collection. The Special Collections focus on records of Boston-area community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues..

West Village

The West Village complex includes eight beautifully designed buildings serving mainly as residence halls and classrooms.

  • Building A (opened 1999): Residence Hall (two sections, West Village A North and South).
  • Building B (opened 2001): Residence Hall.
  • Building C (opened 2001): Residence Hall (several floors for upperclassmen honors students) and one classroom used by the Registrar during the day for classes and for hall activities in the evening.
  • Building D - Behrakis Health Science Center (opened 2002): classrooms, laboratories, and Admissions Visitor Center.
  • Building E (opened 2002): Residence Hall.
  • Building G (opened 2004): Residence Hall and several classrooms.
  • Building H (opened 2004): Residence Hall. Open to students who are over the age of 21. New home of the College of Computer and Information Science (several classrooms, offices and computer labs).
  • Building F (opened 2006): Residence Hall for freshman honors students, Honors Program office, classrooms, John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute.

Buildings I and J are under construction at the intersection of Tremont St and Ruggles St. Building K, a 22-story high rise housing 600 beds, has been approved for construction behind the current YMCA.

South Campus (Columbus Avenue)

Northeastern University's southernmost section of campus is located along Columbus Avenue in Roxbury, parallel to the Orange line. The University expanded south into Roxbury at the same time as they were building West Village. In 2001, Davenport Commons was opened, providing 585 students housing in two new, state-of-the-art residence halls while 75 families representing a range of incomes have been able to purchase a condo or townhouse at or below Boston’s market value. Davenport Commons also created more than of commercial space on Tremont Street and has received an enthusiastic response from city residents, students and its occupants.

During the summer of 2006, Northeastern University proposed a new residence hall further away from the main campus at the corner of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street. The building was approved by the city in January 2007. Construction on the building, which is located on land known as Parcel-18, began in late February 2007. The building is expected to open in the Fall of 2009 and will be a total of 22 stories tall.

The following buildings make up the South Campus, with their respective opening dates:

Residential buildings

  • Davenport Commons A - 2000
  • Davenport Commons B - 2000
  • 780 Columbus Avenue - 2001
  • 10 Coventry - 2005

Administrative buildings

  • Columbus Place (716 Columbus Ave) - 1997
  • Renaissance Park (1135 Tremont St)

Athletic buildings

  • Badger and Rosen Facility (Squashbusters) - 2003

Parking lots

  • Renaissance Parking Garage (public)
  • Columbus Parking Lot (faculty/staff)
  • Columbus Parking Garage (faculty/staff/students)
  • Columbus Place Lot (faculty/staff/students)

Dodge Hall

Dodge Hall is mainly used for Northeastern's business programs (Before Snell Library opened in 1990, Dodge Hall served as the university's main library). Dodge Hall has five floors. The basement houses a computer lab and is connected to the university's large network of underground tunnels, which connects many buildings.

Classrooms and a lounge area occupy the first floor. The Undergraduate School of Business Administration office is on the second floor. The Graduate School of Business Administration office is on the third floor. The School of Professional Accounting office is on the fourth floor.

Public safety

The Northeastern University Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with full powers of arrest on university property or property used by Northeastern students and faculty. The campus is one block from the Boston Police Department's Headquarters. A Reader's Digest survey ranked NU as the second safest school in the United States.

In a Readers Digest 2008 survey, Northeastern ranked 2nd for The Safest College Campuses. They are 2nd behind the safest college campus, Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland.

Public transportation

Boston's public transportation system (MBTA) runs through the Northeastern campus. The Green Line T stop (Northeastern) is in front of the Marino Center, running through campus along Huntington Ave. The Orange Line T stop (Ruggles) is behind Snell Library and next to West Village F. The Ruggles T stop also connects to commuter rail trains, allowing travel outside the city of Boston.

Campus development background

Northeastern's campus is mostly located along Huntington Avenue in an area known as the "Fenway Cultural District" which is part of Boston's Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods. Other notable institutions in the district include: the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Symphony Hall, the Huntington Theater, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, Christian Science Center, Mary Baker Eddy Library and Harvard School of Public Health.

Northeastern's campus is something of an urban oddity; despite its location in central Boston, Northeastern is home to a remarkable amount of green open space and quads.

A site master planning competition awarded a multi-million dollar contract to revive and rejuvenate the campus and the process was started in 1988 with the creation of the new Northeastern Quad and Mt Ryder. A small oval of land centrally located at the campus main entrance was refurbished by the donations of the graduating class of 1989.

What was once a concrete square, outside of the library and student center, was transformed with brick pavers and granite curb stones, in a scalloped design that would eliminate all square corners, a concept developed by the outgoing class of 1989 in a “Northeastern News” poll and suggestion to the President Box that was presented to the board of Trustees in March 1988. The “No Corners” campaign kicked off with a fund raiser at the Ell Student Center on Parents weekend in October 1988. The later selection of a nationally recognized green space landscape architect in 1990 started a renewal plan that continues today. Since the late 1990’s Northeastern has been considered a model of design for an urban university and has been twice won the “most beautiful new or renovated exterior space” award presented by the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and again in 2004.

In 2003, Northeastern was awarded the prestigious gold medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. A unique feature of the University is its well-traveled network of underground tunnels that link 13 major campus buildings for easier travel during inclement weather. However, due to city regulations preventing expansion of the tunnels under major city streets and underground rivers under the campus, the tunnels primarily service the buildings on the university's early campus space (i.e., buildings developed during the 1980s through the present are not served by the tunnel system).

Student life and activities


Northeastern has over 19 varsity teams in the NCAA, over 30 club sport teams, and over 200 student organizations. Several prominent student-run organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA), Council for University Programs (CUP), and the Resident Student Association (RSA) organize activities for Northeastern students as well as the surrounding community.

Greek life



Student publications

Publications include the Huntington News (formerly the Northeastern News), the humor magazine Times NU Roman, the university literary magazine Spectrum, the African-American cultural magazine Onyx, the faculty newspaper Northeastern Voice, conservative newspaper the Northeastern Patriot and the music magazine, Tastemakers.

Performing arts

  • Bassix Men's A Capella
  • Choral Society
  • Concert Band
  • NU Dance Company
  • Dance Team
  • Distilled Harmony A Capella
  • Downbeats A Capella
  • The Great White Way Musical Theatre
  • Kinematix Urban Dance Troupe
  • NU and Improv'd Comedy Troupe
  • Pep Band
  • Silver Masque Theatre
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Treble on Huntington A Capella

Awards and recognition

  • In 2002, the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems was designated an Engineering Research Center by the National Science Foundation.
  • Since 2002, Northeastern has received three major awards for design excellence including the 2005 Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects.
  • In 2004, Northeastern was one of six institutions to be selected by the National Science Foundation as an engineering research center in nanotechnology.

Northeastern University in popular culture

An article in WIRED magazine issue April 2008, "Eureka! Epic Moments in Tech", a portrait on great technological achievements, shows a picture of Kennedy Hall, Northeastern University and an explanation of the founding of Napster a peer-to-peer file sharing network founded by Shawn Fanning a former student at Northeastern University.

In the 2003 remake of the movie, The Italian Job, Lyle (played by Seth Green), is revealed to be a Northeastern University alumnus who claims to be the original inventor of music file sharing program Napster. Shawn Fanning makes a brief appearance in the film and plays the role of himself.

In the sixth season of the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, episode 11, Raymond's father (played by Peter Boyle) holds for ransom a game-winning football from a Hofstra-Northeastern match.

In the 2006, Martin Scorsese film, The Departed, several Northeastern Maddog alumni appeared in the rugby scene in the film with Matt Damon.

In the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) drives down Huntington Avenue in his search for Terence 'Terry' Mann (played by James Earl Jones). Several Northeastern University buildings are visible, including Burstein Hall and Rubenstein Hall.

In the 2006 CBS reality television show, Survivor: Panama—Exile Island, a Northeastern graduate, Danielle DiLorenzo, finished in second place.

In the November 1, 1996 broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman, Mr. Letterman is seen in a racing shell with the Northeastern University Mens Crew team on the Charles River.


Some notable athletes have played for Northeastern's sports teams. Dan Ross played football at Northeastern long before setting the Super Bowl record for receptions in a game. Reggie Lewis still holds the men's basketball career scoring record. Carlos Pena was named Major League Baseball's American League Comeback Player of the Year in 2007. The U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey teams have included Northeastern alumni Shelley Looney and Chanda Gunn. The NU mascot is Paws.

Most of the Northeastern University athletic teams compete in the Colonial Athletic Association; the school switched from the America East Conference to the CAA for the 2005-06 athletic season. In 2007, its second year in the CAA, the women's track team captured the conference championship, while the volleyball team finished second in the conference.

In its first year in the league, the men's basketball team finished in 6th place (out of 12 teams) and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. The CAA proved to be a competitive conference in the 2006 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as George Mason University advanced all the way to the Final Four. The women's basketball team won 10 more games in 2008 than in the previous year, representing the biggest one-year turnaround in the CAA, and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.

Northeastern's men's and women's hockey teams compete in the Hockey East Conference. During the 2007-08 season, the men's team ranked as high at #7 in the country and held the top spot in the conference before finishing the season in sixth place in Hockey East. Both teams also participate in the annual Beanpot tournament between the four major Boston-area colleges. Northeastern's men's team has won the annual event 4 times in its 54-year history, while the women's team has captured the Beanpot 14 times.

The Northeastern Crew team consistently ranks as one of the top 10 teams in the nation. In the 2008 National Championship, the team made the Grand Finals and placed fourth behind University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, and University of California, while beating schools such as Brown University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

Northeastern offers 34 club sports, including judo, rugby, lacrosse, squash, cycling and ultimate frisbee. The women's rugby team finished third in the nation in Division II in 2005. The men's lacrosse team began the 2008 season ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

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