About Boston University

Internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Boston University offers more than two hundred and fifty degree programs through 16 schools and colleges, along with incomparable campus resources and superb faculty. With more than thirty thousand students from all 50 states and around the world, Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.

Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes three Nobel Laureates and a former U.S. Poet Laureate, along with MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and scholars.

Quick Facts:

  • Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant and cultural cities in the U.S.
  • Fourth-largest independent university in the United States
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Home to 32,000 students from over 135 nations
  • Comprised of 16 schools and colleges
  • Established: 1869
  • President: Robert A. Brown
  • Motto: Learning, Virtue, and Piety

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A Dynamic University

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, a poet 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 $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than thirty other cities on six continents.

The greatest college town in the world:  Boston!