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The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at Boston University was founded in 1873 as the College of Liberal Arts. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) was founded in 1874 as the School of All Sciences.
Virginia Sapiro, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of political science
CAS enrollment (2013/14): Undergraduate enrollment, 6,850; Graduate enrollment, 1,778
The Fall 2014 freshman class of 1,795 students has a mean high school GPA of 3.6 and a mean composite SAT score of 1970. The entering student population consists of 65 percent women and 35 percent men.
The CAS Class of 2018 demonstrates a wide range of ethnic diversity; 16.6% identify as Asian, 8.7% as Hispanic, 3.9% as African American, and .7% as Native American. The entering class has students from 53 countries and territories, with 29% of the class identifying as international. The majority of international students join us from Puerto Rico, China, South Korea, and India.
(2013/14) Full-time instructional faculty: 701; part-time faculty:152; total: 853 (FTE 777)
Our faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, a MacArthur Fellow, a former Poet Laureate of the U.S., a National Book Award winner, 15 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 42 Guggenheim Fellows.
During 2013/14, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences conferred 1,792 bachelor’s degrees, 318 master’s degrees (MA, MFA and MS), and 194 doctoral degrees.
64,236 (CAS); 19,004 (GRS)
Full-time undergraduate tuition (2014/2015) is $45,686 per year, plus housing, meals, and expenses.
In the 2013/2014 academic year, BU undergraduate students received nearly $217 million in grants and scholarships.
The total dollar amount of new grants and contracts generated for 2013/14 was $63,403,187. The departments or programs that received the largest awards were Psychology ($13.2M), Chemistry ($7.3M), Physics ($7.2M), Earth & Environment ($5.7M), and Biology ($5.4M).