学校被教育部评为首批50所全国创新创业典型经验高校之一。 August 2016, DNUI was approved by the Ministry of Education to be the first 50 model university of innovation and entrepreneurship.
成为辽宁省首批向应用型转变的10所试点高校之一。 November 2015, DNUI became one of the first 10 universities transforming to applied universities in Liaoning Province.
2012-2014年，辽宁省面向全省本科高校开展本科专业综合评价，学校7个专业位于全省前3名。学校教育教学改革的成果日益彰显。 From 2012 to 2014, Liaoning Province conducted a comprehensive evaluation on all the undergraduate majors offered in the higher education institutes within the province. Seven majors offered in DNUI ranked Top 3 amongst the equivalents. The significance of the reform on education and teaching started to show positive results.
2012年7月，学校成为CDIO国际合作组织正式成员。 July 2012, DNUI was admitted as a full member of the CDIO, an international organization of engineering education.
举行“大连东软信息学院”揭牌仪式，向建设具有显著行业特色和创新创业教育特色的高水平应用技术大学目标又迈出重要一步。 May 2009, Dalian Neusoft University of Information was inaugurated, which symbolized a major step to becoming a characteristic, innovative and entrepreneurial university of applied sciences.
经教育部批准，转设为独立设置的普通本科高校——大连东软信息学院，成为全国首批转设的4所独立学院之一。学校开始探索实施TOPCARES-CDIO教育教学改革。 September 2008, the school was renamed as Dalian Neusoft University of Information and became an independent higher education institute. It is one of the first 4 independent higher education institute approved by the Ministry of Education. A nurturing goals system, TOPCARES-CDIO was introduced, initiating an education reform in the university.
学校成为东北大学软件工程硕士大连教学点，全流程开展工程硕士教育。 June 2006, as the Dalian teaching center of Northeastern University were in full operation, it started to offer the Master of Software Engineering.
学校《创新型IT职业万博网培养模式的探索与实践》获得第五届高等教育国家级教学成果一等奖。 September 2005, DNUI’s research project titled as The Exploration and Practice on Cultivation Mode of Practical IT Talents was awarded the First Prize of the Fifth National Higher Education Academic Achievement Award.
经教育部批准，成为东北大学独立学院——东北大学东软信息学院，开展全日制本科教育。 April 2004, Neusoft Institute of Information became an independent college of Northeastern University, approved by the Ministry of Education. The school started to provide undergraduate education.
被教育部确定为首批35所国家示范性软件职业技术学院之一，并被推选为院长联席会主席单位。 November 2003, the school was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the first 35 National Model Software Vocational Education Institutions, and elected as the presiding institution on the National Model Software Vocational Education Committee.
首批1500名学生入学。 September 2001, the first 1, 500 students were enrolled.
经辽宁省政府批准，大连东方信息技术研修学院转制为大连东软信息技术职业学院，开展高职专科教育。 July 2001, approved by the People’s Government of Liaoning Province, Dalian Orient Institute of Information Technology was renamed as Dalian Neusoft Vocational College of Information Technology. The college provided high vocational education.
经辽宁省教育厅批准，成立大连东方信息技术研修学院，并成为东北大学网络教育学院大连分院，开展网络本科教育。 June 2000, approved by the Department of Education of Liaoning Province, the ground-breaking ceremony of Dalian Orient Institute of Information Technology was held. Meanwhile, the school was approved to be the Network Education College of Northeastern University (Dalian) and started to offer online undergraduate education.
2000年建校前，这里是一片荒芜的土地。 Prior to the year 2000, the area where the University is located now, had been an area covered with some fruit trees and bushes.