Northeastern University is a renowned private university in Boston, Massachusetts. The 20% acceptance rate at Northeastern makes admissions difficult. Business, information science, and mechanical engineering are popular majors. Alumni from Northeastern University graduate 90% of their classes and make an average beginning income of $54,400. Northeastern ranks in the “highest research activity” category among U.S. colleges and universities. It is one of only 115 institutions accorded top-tier, R-1 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.