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

  • #32 among the Best Global Universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #39 in the nation (U.S. News & World ReportBest National Universities 2017)
  • #38 among the Best Colleges in America (Business Insider)
  • #41 among the World’s Most Innovative Universities (Reuters)
  • #41 in research as “one of the strongest private research programs in the country” and in the top 100 for America’s Top Colleges (Forbes)
  • #42 among the Best Colleges in the US (The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)
  • #1 Occupational Therapy program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #9 Biomedical Engineering program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #9 among campuses with the most international students and #21 among schools with the most students studying abroad (Open Doors) 
  • #47 Best Values in Private Universities 2015 based on academic excellence and economic value (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance)

Our Faculty

  • 78% of our full-time faculty have a PhD or equivalent
  • A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Four Nobel Prize winners
  • 24 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • A MacArthur Fellow
  • 1 two-time Emmy Award winner
  • More than 30 Sloan Research Fellows
  • A former U.S. Poet Laureate
  • 47 Guggenheim Fellows
Class of 2020 Student Profile*
Average Rank in High School Class Top 8%
Average Overall Grade A-
Average SAT (CR+M+WR) 2067
Average SAT (CR+M) 1377
Average ACT 31
Total Applications 57,441
Total Freshmen in the Class 3,500

*students admitted to the Class of 2020

Our Campus
Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1
Average Class Size 27
Student Body 33,119
Undergraduate 16,075
Graduate & Doctoral 13,954
Full-time Faculty 2,585
Classrooms 544
Libraries 23
Laboratories 2,326
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 14.8%
Black / African American 5.6%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.4%
Hispanic American 11.8%
International 24.4%
Native American / Alaskan Native 0.5%
White 38.2%
Other/Unknown 4.3%

*Enrolled Class of 2019 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