Why BU? A smart choice

Choosing a college or university has become a more complex process than ever before. It’s important to understand the value your future degree will hold, and why BU could be the smartest choice you can make. Considering it’s the investment of a lifetime, we feel that Boston University provides unparalleled opportunities for students to fulfill their promise and potential. Here’s why:

The Cutting Edge of Knowledge and Academic Excellence

  • For a university of just under 16,000 undergraduate students, BU has a surprisingly small student to faculty ratio of 13:1. And with an average class size of 27, our students engage with professors and classmates in small classes where learning is interactive and dynamic.
  • BU faculty include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, a MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Scholars, Sloan Research Fellows, fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, an Emmy award winner, and members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
  • BU is committed to academic excellence. BU will expand the size of its faculty over the next few years, adding 100 new distinguished professors across the university. This will further reduce class size and the student to faculty ratio.
  • Faculty engage with students beyond the classroom providing opportunities to work with them on cutting-edge research.
    • Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has hundreds of opportunities for students ranging from A (Archaeology) to Z (Zebrafish Genetics).
    • BU is one of the top 25 funded research universities in the nation.
    • BU research is global. Research is being conducted in 80 countries on all continents.
  • BU students have the opportunity to maximize the value of their education by participating in Dual Degree programs, earning two degrees simultaneously. Students also have many options to pursue combined BA/MA programs.


  • BU has been named to the Association of American Universities (AAU)—a prestigious association of top research universities in the United States and Canada. This is in recognition of the quality of research and undergraduate education at BU. We join three other Boston-area schools—Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis—as members of this esteemed group.
  • BU is #32 among the Best Global Universities (U.S. News & World Report).
  • BU is #41 among universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report).
  • BU ranks #48 among the Best Colleges in America (Business Insider).
  • BU is #59 among the World’s Most Innovative Universities (Reuters).
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named BU #49 for Best Values in Private Universities based on academic excellence and economic value.
  • Forbes ranks BU in the top 100 for America’s Top Colleges and #43 for research as “one of the strongest private research programs in the country.”
  • Programs ranked in the top 25 in the nation
    • All Sargent programs (U.S. News & World Report)
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Physical Therapy
      • Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
    • Film (The Hollywood Reporter)
    • Journalism (USA Today/College Factual)
  • Top 50 programs in the world

    • Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
    • Economics (Quacquarelli Symonds)
    • Life Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
    • Philosophy (Quacquarelli Symonds)
    • Physical Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)

Classmates of Distinction

  • Admission to BU is very competitive. This year, 54,757 highly qualified students applied to BU for only 3,600 seats in the incoming class. Admitted students study and live with classmates who ranked in the top 9% of their classes and earned an A- average overall grade.
  • BU is recognized around the world. This year we received applications for admission from students representing 156 of the 196 countries in the world.

Living on Campus for Four Years

  • BU guarantees housing for four years. Students experience the benefits of a residential living and learning community for all of their undergraduate years.
  • BU offers a broad range of housing right on campus—everything from modern high-rise apartments to 19th-century brownstones and traditional dormitories to specialty housing—to suit each student’s needs.
  • Boston University was voted #3 for the Happiest Students in an online survey by Unigo.com.

Preparation for the Future

  • A BU degree opens doors. BU graduates were ranked 12th among U.S. schools and 31st in the world for employability in a survey of hundreds of global companies and recruiters.
  • U.S. recruiters and CEOs recently named BU graduates among the top 10 most ambitious graduates in the U.S.
  • BU invests in preparing students for graduate school and careers. The Center for Career Development (CCD) has expanded and begins the advising process freshman year. The CCD and all our schools and colleges have extensive networks to assist students in finding internships in their field of study.
  • Each year, close to 600 employers participate in BU’s career fairs on campus including: Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Coca Cola Co., Bloomberg L.P., and General Electric.
  • Thousands of employers post internship and job opportunities on BU’s CareerLink in the course of a year.
  • BU’s alumni network is strong and active with over 300,000 alumni worldwide. The alumni Career Advisory Network is committed to connecting BU’s community of students, recent graduates, and other alumni to ensure optimal professional success. Our alumni are living in 189 of the 196 countries of the world.

Global Experience

  • Boston is one of the top three destinations in the U.S. for international students to study.
  • BU undergrads come from more than 100 countries. This creates a diverse student body providing students with exposure to global cultures, perspectives and learning in classrooms, and in our residential community.
  • Boston University was one of the first universities in the United States to send students abroad, and the first university to provide internships on several continents.
  • BU has more than 100 study abroad and internship programs throughout the world. Every school/college at BU has a program specifically tailored to its area(s) of study.
  • Nearly half of all BU undergrads study abroad. For a large university this is an impressive percentage. For some of BU’s programs more than two-thirds of their students participate in BU’s international programs.
  • Open Doors ranks BU #11 on its list of campuses with the most international students and #20 on its list of campuses with the most students studying abroad.


  • 94% of students graduating from BU do it in 4 years.
  • Based on a survey of recent graduates, within six months of graduation, 91% found employment or placement in graduate programs, military service, and fellowships.
  • Interested in learning more? Visit our Outcomes section.