An Overview Fast Facts & Figures

Take a big picture look at BU’s research program

Snippets and stats can’t give you the whole picture, of course. But they can give you a sense of the scope of research here at Boston University. Plus, they’re kind of fun.

Quick Stats

  • 5,790

    publications in 2017
  • $486.8

    total research awards in FY2018
  • 200+

    companies developing and selling products based on BU discoveries
  • 4,021+

    faculty members
  • 60%

    of federal funding is from National Institutes of Health (FY17)
  • AAU

    1 of 62 members of the Association of American Universities

Key Facts

  • $2.179 Billion FY18 endowment
  • $6.400 Billion FY18 total assets
  • 130+ centers & institutes
  • 2,326 laboratories
  • 17 schools & colleges
  • 365 postdoctorate fellows
  • 652 non-faculty academic researchers

Award Activity

Note: The figure for FY2004 includes a substantial award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the construction of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL). The figure for FY2010 includes funding received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Additional Information

Leadership

  • Robert A. Brown, President
  • Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Karen H. Antman, Provost, Medical Campus
  • Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Libraries

  • 21 libraries and special collections
  • 4.7 million volumes (print + electronic)
  • 2.1 million e-books

Who We Are

  • 16,792 undergraduate students
  • 15,238 graduate students
  • 4,021 faculty
  • 5,958 staff

Our Campus

  • 134 acres
  • 310 buildings
  • 544 classrooms
  • 11,403 total residence capacity

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