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About Northeastern in Oakland

A unique model of higher education

Northeastern University is for people who want to solve problems in the world. Fueled by our renowned global experiential learning model and use-inspired research enterprise, we equip our students, faculty, and partner organizations to become the creative, nimble, practical problem solvers our world needs, in Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.

Northeastern is for learners and innovators who want to make an impact. As the West Coast hub in our global university system of 14 locations, our Oakland campus offers excellent student support and many ways to explore professional opportunities in the vibrant Bay Area, experience new cultural contexts, and plug into our worldwide network. Employers and organizations will find unique opportunities to partner on research and talent development.

student researchers noting observations on bay area hillside

What sets us apart

We’re highly interdisciplinary

We bring together learners and innovators from all disciplines and sectors to solve problems holistically.

We’re powered by experience

We go out into the world to gain experience in order to deepen our learning and innovation.

We’re self-starters at heart 

Enterprising and creative, we bring a results-oriented mindset to solving today’s big challenges.  

We’re an inclusive community 

We value everyone’s perspectives, and we champion racial and gender equity. 

We have a global mindset 

Learning and research are richer and more informed for the places we go, the cultures we experience, and the communities with whom we work.

by the numbers

Join a global university system

You’ll be part of a network offering invaluable insights across geographic, political, and cultural contexts. Teaching and learning become richer, and the research and solutions more consequential.


campuses in the U.S., U.K., and Canada


employee partners worldwide


alumni in 179 countries

Our People

A diverse, inclusive university

Northeastern is deeply committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and taking actionable measures to eradicate systemic racism and injustice.  

Mills College at Northeastern brings to that mission a long legacy of nurturing academically successful first-generation students, LGBTQ+ students, and Black, Indigenous, and other students of color. Mills College was founded in 1852 as the first U.S. women’s college west of the Rocky Mountains and was the first to enact an admissions policy for transgender students. Today, Mills College at Northeastern serves all genders. 

Front gate of Mills College at Northeastern with logos

an enduring mills legacy

Our historic Mills College merger

Mills College and Northeastern share a common mission: to uplift lives. By joining together to create Mills College at Northeastern, we’re building upon Mills’ legacy of promoting leadership by women and nonbinary people, social justice and equity, and Northeastern’s tradition of experiential learning and use-inspired research.

Faculty and academic leadership are collaborating to develop programming that deepens the Northeastern and Mills connections to the Oakland community and fosters new opportunities for learning, experience, and innovation. 

Campus and location

Discover our campus

Northeastern’s 135-acre Oakland campus, home to Mills College at Northeastern, is a green oasis with deep connections to a vibrant urban community.

Find information about campus buildings and facilities and what we offer for the arts.

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