10 Fun Facts About Northeastern

April 11, 2016

Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston, MA - one of the most popular college towns in the U.S. Apart from its popular college location and vibrant student life, what do you know about Northeastern? If the answer is nothing, you’ll love these 10 fun facts!

1. Northeastern was originally called the Evening Institute of Young Men, and was founded in association with YMCA in 1898.

2. Originally a cross-country team tradition, the Underwear Run is now a college tradition that takes place every Parent’s Weekend. Coincidence? We think not.

3. Northeastern’s Co-op (Cooperative Education) Program attracts many applicants to apply. Not only is it one of the most popular programs, Northeastern was actually one of the first schools to instill such a program in 1909.

4. Home to the Northeastern Huskies, Matthews Arena is the oldest hockey arena in the world.

5. Biz Stone, one of Twitter’s co-founder, attended Northeastern to study Arts but dropped out.

6. Even though the Northeastern Huskies have never won the NCAA tournament, they have produced NBA players like Reggie Lewis and J.J. Barea.

7. Shawn Fanning founded Napster at Northeastern and dropped out in 1999.

8. Northeastern’s Cabot Center is an indoor athletic avenue that was rebuilt on the Huntington Avenue Grounds, which was where the first World Series was held. There is a plaque that marks the spot on where the left field foul line used to be.

9. Wendy Williams attended Northeastern University and graduated with a B.A. in Communications in 1986.

10. The Northeastern’s Snell Library has over 1 millions visitors each year.

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Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.

 




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fatimajanahi8
Northeastern ‘22


Accepted to Northeastern, NYU, Claremont (CMC), Pomona, McGill, UToronto, BU, Rochester

Northeastern Undergrad - Applied to 20+ schools and have a lot of experience helping high school students write college essays. Free to help anytime :)
kkuhn97
Northeastern ‘20


Accepted to Northeastern, Tulane, Santa Clara, Villanova, Lafayette, Drexel, Case, U of Portland , Oregon State

Hi, my name is Kimberly and I was born and raised in Portland, OR. When applying to colleges, Northeastern was not even on my radar, but now know it's the perfect school for me! If you have any questions about my college admission process, feel free to ask
Claire213
Northeastern ‘20


Accepted to Northeastern

Hey! I'm an incoming freshman at Northeastern University with a combined major in English and linguistics. I'm from a small town in Illinois, and I'm hugely passionate about theater, politics, and civil rights.
syd414
Northeastern ‘18


Accepted to Northeastern, Holy Cross, Vanderbilt, UMass

Northeastern University, CIVE Undergrad & Triathlete

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