Accreditation and Rankings

Regional accreditation is the recognized standard of institutional accreditation in the United States. Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)

The Boston University School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with over 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials, and membership is gained only by the peer review process of accreditation.

In addition, the Boston University School of Visual Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 346 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Fax: 781-271-0950

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Fax: 703-437-6312

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Fax: 703-437-6312

  • Boston University placed 42nd in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings of “national universities.”
  • BU was also featured in Newsweek as the 35th best university in the US and the 65th best university in the world.
  • The Center for Measuring University Performance places Boston University among the top 50 research universities in the nation.