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

Peace Corps Top Colleges

  • #37 among the Best Global Universities—U.S. News & World Report
  • #42 in the nation—U.S. News & World Report (Best National Universities 2015)
  • #48 among the Best Colleges in America (Business Insider)
  • #14 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
  • Top 50 research universities and top 100 among America’s Top Colleges—Forbes
  • #51 Best Values in Colleges 2013-14 based on academic excellence and economic value—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • #25 Peace Corps Top Colleges—Peace Corps
  • #12 among campuses with the most international students and #11 among schools with the most students studying abroad—Open Doors

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 2019 Student Profile*
Average Rank in High School Class Top 8%
Average Overall Grade A-
Average SAT Composite 2039
Average ACT 31
Total Applications 54,757
Total Freshmen in the Class 3,600

*students admitted to the Class of 2019

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, more than 100 countries
Student Cultural Organizations 42
Student Religious Organizations 19
Global Initiatives and Philanthropy 32
Student Body*
Asian American 16.3%
Black / African American 5.3%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.3%
Hispanic / Latino American 9.7%
International 22.9%
Native American / Alaskan Native 0.5%
White 42.2%
Other/Unknown 2.9%

*Enrolled Class of 2018 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
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Questrom School of Business
School of Education
School of Hospitality Administration
Programs of Study More than 250
Study Abroad Programs Over 100 in more than 25 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 Club
Photography Club
Ski & Snowboard Club
Students in Free Enterprise
Zen Society