The ancient castle grounds of Sendai's famous feudal warlord Masamune Date are home to a majority of Tohoku University's facilities.
From its establishment in 1907, Tohoku University has promoted excellence in education and research under its principles of "Research First," "Open Doors," and "Practice-Oriented Research and Education." Since its establishment, Tohoku University has been consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan.
In 2016 the university was one of the first three institutions to be conferred the status of “Designated National University.” From 2016 to 2023 the university was ranked #1 in Times Higher Education’s Japan University Rankings. The university is currently the only candidate on MEXT's "University for International Research Excellence" shortlist announced in September 2023.