About BU

Located in a world-class city brimming with urban and cultural attractions, natural beauty, and historic sites, Boston University is a community like no other. A diverse, sprawling campus that stretches the length of Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner. With a dramatic scope of faculty, students, staff and facilities.

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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 33,421 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.

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, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Fulbright Scholars, 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 $355 million in grants and contract awards in FY2013. In fall 2012, 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 130 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 our 450+ student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.