Boston University Metropolitan College


The First 50

For half a century, the Metropolitan College mission has been to broaden the reach of Boston University—ensuring that the resources of a leading research university are accessible to the community and the world via part-time study during the evening or through innovative online and blended programs.

A Bridge from BU to the World

Led by faculty who combine first-hand industry expertise with relevant scholarly research, MET programs anticipate and reflect areas of innovation and high growth in industry, helping to close skills-gaps and providing students with opportunities to advance in their careers.

MET’s mission has remained remarkably consistent over the past 50 years, as one can see from a paragraph taken from the BU Yearbook of 1966:

A vital role in higher education in our urban centers of population is filled by evening courses, by extension activities which bring the university to the community.

In the future, it is said that Americans will continue to be educated and re-educated throughout their lives in order to keep up with the rapid changes that will occur.

Universities must be ready to serve this growing demand. Metropolitan College is a major step at Boston University in answering this requirement in the years ahead.

Join us as we continue that legacy today and celebrate 50 years of innovation.


Photos and source material courtesy of Boston University Archives, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center; BU Photography; and the BU community.


BU Hockey

11th Annual MET Night @ Agganis Arena

Men's Ice Hockey: Boston University vs University of Vermont

Friday, December 4, 2015
5 p.m. Pre-Game Reception
7:30 p.m. Game Begins
Agganis Arena
925 Commonwealth Avenue

Put your BU gear on and bring your Terrier spirit to the annual MET Night at Agganis Arena. Gather with Metropolitan College alumni, students, faculty and staff to root for Boston University as we take on University of Vermont. Ticket cost includes a pre-game reception gathering in the Friends of Hockey Lounge at Agganis Arena.

Thanks to everyone who attended!


A Legacy of Innovation “Entrepreneurship Driven by Technological Innovation”

A Lecture to Commemorate BU MET at 50

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 5:30 p.m.
Colloquium Room at Boston University Photonics Center
8 Saint Mary’s Street
Open to the Public

On Tuesday, September 15, Metropolitan College kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with a distinguished lecture by BU alumnus and global business leader S. D. Shibulal (MET’88). Using his own experience as an aspiring entrepreneur who started out with an idea and a few hundred dollars, Shibulal traced his path as cofounder and then CEO of Infosys, focusing on the critical roles played by hard work, innovation, ethics, luck, and loved ones. After his talk, Mr. Shibulal was joined a panel of experts to discuss “Entrepreneurship Driven by Technological Innovation,” exploring how growth in technology and innovation entrepreneurship has impacted industry and informed a changing society.

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A Toast to Innovation

Celebrating Guest of Honor Jacques Pépin at 80

Monday, November 2, 2015 • 6 p.m.
808 Gallery at Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue
$150 includes an autographed copy of Chef Pépin’s forthcoming cookbook.

This year marks two milestones: the 50th anniversary of Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) and the 80th birthday of legendary chef Jacques Pépin—who, with Julia Child, cofounded MET’s Culinary Arts and Gastronomy programs. We will be celebrating with an evening of food and wine from Boston’s best chefs and friends of BU’s culinary arts programs—we hope you will come raise a glass with us!

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