Boston University Basics

Founded in 1839, Boston University is the fourth-largest private university in the nation, home each year to more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and 135 countries. Our 16 schools and colleges offer some 250 fields of study. A leading global research institution, BU was backed by over $356 million in sponsored program awards last year and offers nearly 100 study abroad programs in 26 cities on 6 continents. Our 300,000 alumni can be found in every sector and corner of the world. More basic facts and figures about Boston University can be found here.

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Our Economic Impact

Boston University is the second-biggest private employer in Massachusetts (and 13th-largest overall statewide). In Fiscal Year 2011, BU’s financial impact on the state’s economy totaled more than $3.8 billion, including $915 million spent by its students and their out-of-state visitors. The University also purchased a wide variety of goods and services from more than 9,300 Massachusetts companies.

The University is a robust resource to the City of Boston, the cities and towns in the Boston Metropolitan Area, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Local citizens and businesses benefit from Boston University’s spending, the employment opportunities University spending generates, and the many cultural, educational, and social services University faculty, staff, and students offer the community. More information on BU’s impact on its home state’s economy can be found here.

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