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Colleges look to far-flung US satellites for status, revenue

Northeastern University’s expansion to Seattle has been successful.
Northeastern University’s expansion to Seattle has been successful.Peter DiCampo for The Boston Globe

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Northeastern University, that once-humble commuter school in Boston, has satellite campuses in Seattle and Charlotte, N.C., and more in development. These faraway outposts represent a massive ambition on the part of the college and its president, Joseph Aoun, to serve the workforce, build the Northeastern brand, and position a formerly modest local institution for global competition.

Northeastern’s push is part of a small but growing trend among schools looking to make a bigger name for themselves, and bring in new revenue as pressure mounts to contain the growth in undergraduate tuition. While American universities have been sprouting foreign campuses for years, some are now looking to other regions of the United States, despite the competition they face from established local institutions.

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