About BU

A quick glimpse into what makes BU one of the top research universities in the world. And a great place to work on your Quidditch game.

Our Reputation

  • #50 in the world—The Times of Higher Education 2014
  • #41 in the nation—U.S. News & World Report (Best National Universities 2014)
  • #12 Biomedical Engineering in the nation—U.S. News & World Report
  • #2 Occupational Therapy in the nation—U.S. News & World Report
  • #11 Health Care Management—U.S. News & World Report
  • #23 in the nation for undergraduate business programs—Bloomberg Businessweek
  • #28 in research universities—Forbes
  • #51 Best Values in Colleges 2013-14 based on academic excellence and economic value—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Our Faculty

  • 78% of our full-time faculty have a PhD or equivalent
  • 2 Pulitzer Prize winners
  • 2 Nobel Prize winners (Elie Wiesel teaches undergraduates)
  • 17 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2 MacArthur Fellows
  • 1 two-time Emmy Award winner
  • 12 Sloan Research Fellows
  • 2 former U.S. Poets Laureate
  • 30 Guggenheim Fellows
Class of 2018 Student Profile*
Average Rank in High School Class Top 9%
Average Overall Grade A-
Average SAT Composite 2025
Average ACT 30
Total Applications 54,161
Total Freshmen in the Class 3,700

*students admitted to the Class of 2018

Our Campus
Student/Faculty Ratio 13:1
Average Class Size 27
Student Body 30,009
Undergraduate 15,834
Graduate & Doctoral 14,175
Full-time Faculty 2,615
Classrooms 486
Libraries 24
Laboratories 2,003
Our Global Reach
Students 50 U.S. states, nearly 100 countries
Student Cultural Organizations 42
Student Religious Organizations 19
Global Initiatives and Philanthropy 32
Student Body*
Asian American 14.5%
Black / African American 5.1%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.4%
Hispanic / Latino American 9.8%
International 20.6%
Native American / Alaskan Native 0.7%
White 42.9%
Other/Unknown 6%

*Enrolled Class of 2017 undergraduates, based on students reporting

Our Academic Programs
Undergraduate Schools & Colleges College of Arts & Sciences
College of Communication
College of Engineering
College of Fine Arts
College of General Studies
College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
School of Education
School of Hospitality Administration
School of Management
Programs of Study More than 250
Study Abroad Programs Over 90 in more than 20 countries
Our Sports
Varsity 23 (13 Women’s, 10 Men’s)
M/W Basketball

M/W Rowing

M/W Cross Country

Women’s Golf

M/W Ice Hockey

M/W Indoor Track

M/W Outdoor Track

Women’s Field Hockey

M/W Lacrosse

M/W Soccer

Women’s Softball

M/W Swimming

M/W Tennis

Club Sports 32
Intramural Sports 15
Fitness & Recreation Classes More than 400 credit and noncredit classes
Student Organizations
Total on Campus Nearly 500, including:
Alianza Latina

Amnesty International

Film Society

French Cultural Society

Hillel Students Organization

International Students Consortium

Outing ClubPhotography Club

Ski & Snowboard Club

Students in Free Enterprise

Zen Society