The Difference Is Our DNA
What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 33,683 students to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.
A Community Unlike Any Other
As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.
Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, poets laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.
Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.
Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $366 million in sponsored program awards in FY2012. This fall, BU was invited to join the Association of American Universities, an elite organization of 61 other leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 139 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.
A city within a city: Today, 80 percent of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain nearly 500 student activity groups alone.
The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.
How many freshmen matriculated last fall? What is the student to faculty ratio? Do you know how many continents BU spans? Which professor is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner? (Hint: He also doubles as a dean around campus.)
- 4,023 freshmen
- 13 students for each faculty member
- Programs on 6 continents
- COM Dean has 2 Pulitzers
There are so many numbers, statistics, facts, and figures about BU, you could scroll for miles. Here’s a quick overview…
* Numbers based on the 2011/2012 Boston University Fact Sheet, published May 2012.
|Graduate & professional||14,175|
|Boston locations||Charles River Campus & Medical Campus|
|Campus area||133 acres|
|Schools & colleges||16|
|Programs of study||More than 250|
|Study abroad programs||Nearly 100 in 36 cities in 23 countries|
|Student / faculty ratio||13:1|
|Average class size||28|
|Total degrees awarded||9,076 FY2011|
|Total doctoral/professional degrees||1,104|
|Sponsored program awards||$356.3 million in FY2011|
|Number of research awards||1,772|
|Total grants & scholarships (non-need-based)||$27,197,199|
|Total grants & scholarships (need-based)||$181,112,093|
|Average need-based grant/scholarship||$23,225|
|Average total need-based financial aid||$34,510|
|Students living on campus||80%|
|Community service hours||130,000|
|Alternative Spring Break participants||425|
|First-Year Student Outreach Project volunteers||1,239|
|Student organizations||Over 500|
|Performing arts organizations||54|
|Media & art organizations||17|
|Community service organizations||21|
|Cultural & religious organizations||62|
|Concerts & performances on campus||Over 700|
|Facebook pages & groups||200 and growing|
|Dissertation & thesis defenses||300+ open to the public|
|Conferences, lectures & symposia||Over 1,500|
|Faculty experts in the news||3,112 annually|
|Students’ origins||6,041 international students from 139 countries|
|Cultural student groups||41|
|Alumni abroad||180+ countries|
|Varsity sports||23 (13 women’s, 10 men’s)|
|Club sports||32 teams / 28 sports|
|Club sports participants||1,007|
|Intramural sports & tournaments||16|
|Fitness & recreation classes||Nearly 700 credit and non-credit, per semester|
|FitRec users||4,000–5,000 visits daily|