Welcome to Boston University!

Robert A. Brown

President Robert A. Brown

Welcome to Boston University, one of the most dynamic, forward-looking private research universities in the world. Our students and faculty are immersed in innovative educational programs at the frontiers of scholarship and research and in public service, all in a 21st century atmosphere of urban and global engagement.

Our Charles River Campus, located in the heart of the city at the edge of Boston's Back Bay, is a vibrant, residential urban college community with state-of-the-art academic and research facilities. Our Medical Campus is a teeming urban center of health science education, research and clinical practice. Located in the city's South End, the Medical Campus is adjacent to the Boston Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of our School of Medicine and one of the leading hospitals in New England.

With 17 schools and colleges on our two campuses, we offer our students more than 250 programs of study in the liberal arts, science and engineering, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines. Our students come from all over the globe and study around the world through study-abroad programs offering opportunities in more than 75 programs and 25 countries. Many of these programs are based in facilities operated by Boston University, including campuses in London, Geneva, Sydney, and Shanghai.

Members of our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and in path-breaking research and scholarship; the scale and scope of these activities is only partially measured by the more than $407 million in sponsored research performed at Boston University last year. Through their research, scholarship, and creative endeavors, they are expanding the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines, from molecular medicine, biological evolution and high energy physics to management, poetry and the performing arts. We place a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts of both faculty and students, with major initiatives in emerging areas such as neuroscience, systems biology, photonics, and global health and development, as well as research and treatments for emerging infectious diseases.

Boston University offers students and faculty the opportunity to find and pursue their passions in a uniquely urban and global private research university. I hope you will browse the BU home page for more information about Boston University, or visit BU Today to find out what's happening on campus right now.


Robert A. Brown