Welcome Parents

Congratulations and welcome to the Boston University community! This is a very exciting time for your family. We hope you will take the time to learn more about Boston University, visit campus if you can, and discover the difference a BU education will make for your son or daughter.

Who we are

Since our founding in 1839, Boston University has opened its doors to all students regardless of religion, gender, race, or place of origin. We are proud of our community of just over 16,000 undergraduates from every state in the US and over 100 countries who enrich campus life. Together we are building an understanding of the interconnected, global world in which we live.

What we teach

Our faculty are leaders from every field—creative giants, computer whizzes, business titans—who work at the cutting edge of research and knowledge. We educate our students to become entrepreneurs and archaeologists. We develop filmmakers and mechanical engineers. We nurture poets and environmentalists. And we do it through combined liberal arts and professional studies that develop the agile, adaptive thinking that is critical for success in today’s world.

92 percent of our students found employment or went on to graduate programs within six months of graduation
#6: where our students rank in the world for employability
#42: BU’s ranking among colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report

The Association of American Universities

President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison discuss BU’s invitation to join the Association of American Universities AAU—a prestigious association of top research universities in the United States and Canada.

Next Steps for Parents

Help your student stay on track. Important next steps are included below.

The 2018/2019 BU Academic Calendar is also available to help you plan holidays and vacation schedules for next year.

Plan your stay in Boston

If you are planning a visit to campus, use these helpful links below to plan your stay.