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BU One of World’s Top 50 Universities

Ranked 46 by Times Higher Education


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Times Higher Education, a British weekly about higher education, has ranked Boston University number 46 in its annual rating of the top 200 institutions of higher learning in the world.

BU President Robert A. Brown says he is pleased with the University’s position. “Although I hesitate to put much stock in these ranking exercises, ” he says, “it is wonderful to be recognized as one of the leading research universities in the world and to be listed along with these peer institutions.”

Provost David K. Campbell says the University is “delighted and justifiably proud” to be ranked among the top 50 universities in the world.

“This ranking attests to Boston University’s global reputation and presence and is an affirmation of our continuing drive toward greater excellence,” Campbell says.

BU is ranked 21 among U.S. colleges.

The rankings are based on the opinions of academics and corporate recruiters, as well as on the ratio of faculty members to students and how often faculty members’ publications are cited in academic journals. They fall into seven categories: peer review, employer review, staff/student review, citations, international staff, and international students. BU scored highest (91 out of 100) in peer review, 85 in employer review, 66 in staff/student review, 73 in citations, 26 in international staff, and 59 in international students. The University’s overall score of 79.1 bumped its ranking up one notch from last year’s 47.

This year’s top-ranked university is Harvard, whose overall score was 100, followed by Yale (99.8) and the University of Cambridge (99.5).

The Times Higher Education rankings are dominated, as they have been in recent years, by American institutions, which took 6 of the top 10 positions on the list, while institutions in the United Kingdom claimed 4. U.S. schools landed 37 spots in the list’s top 100, and the UK had 17.

The list is produced by Times Higher Education, formerly the Times Higher Education Supplement, and Quacquarelli Symonds, a company that provides career and education information.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.


29 Comments on BU One of World’s Top 50 Universities

  • an ivy league refugee on 10.15.2008 at 6:30 am


    entirely justified, IMHO

  • Ming-Hui Lin on 10.15.2008 at 9:06 am

    Just take a look, i think you would be happy with where i am :D

  • nx on 10.15.2008 at 9:14 am

    Go BU! Next year probably it can rank within the top 20 among US schools. I am amazed by the changes and improvements here in the last 5 years.

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 9:45 am

    “BU is ranked 21 among U.S. colleges.” Source?

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 11:09 am


  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 11:49 am

    BU was 60 in us news no?

  • DJ Capobianco on 10.15.2008 at 11:57 am

    The best is yet to come

    What a wonderful accomplishment. I’ve seen great improvements in my two years as a student, so I’m very excited to see what is to come.

  • Haralambos on 10.15.2008 at 12:02 pm

    Times Higher Education Ranking

    Finally, BU’s quality is recognized by a university ranking organization.

    I attended BU in the 70’s when it didn’t get much respect, but I always felt that it was a much better university than people thought at the time.

    But, we shouldn’t get carried away because the quality of an education depends on how the student utilizes a school’s resources. Rankings fail to measure that very important value.

    But it is a guilty pleasure to go to the QS-THES site (http://www.topuniversities.com/worlduniversityrankings/) and see that our crosstown rival, BC, is not even listed among the 500 ranked universities.

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 12:02 pm

    “‘BU is ranked 21 among US colleges.’ Source?”

    If you look at the list, and eliminate colleges outside of the US, it leaves only 20 “US” colleges before the Boston University listing. Hence, BU is ranked 21 among US colleges.

  • Hmmmm on 10.15.2008 at 12:12 pm


    Hey, our overall score was a 71.9 Thats a 2.0 GPA. I can even get a job with that score?

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 12:48 pm

    BU #46 but Georgetown at #110?

    That list is a joke.

  • Anonymous on 10.15.2008 at 2:43 pm

    I am currently a senior at BU and I am incredibly pleased with my experiences here so far. Congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students! this is well deserved =-)

  • Fishy on 10.15.2008 at 3:46 pm

    BU Fishy Ranking

    Ranks first in dorm silverfish per student. Infestation justification?

  • Jeff on 10.15.2008 at 3:49 pm

    Why our ranking improved ...

    Dean Elmore is hip. He listens to Mary J. Blige. BU was given a 98 out of 100 on the Dean hipness scale. I hope Dean Elmore and I are able to get together and talk about our Columbus Day weekends.


    Note: Also, don’t forget to vote. It’s like Puffy said – vote or die!

  • Proud Dad on 10.15.2008 at 5:22 pm

    Easier to Pay the Tuition

    Being ranked in the world’s top 50 will make it a little easier to write next semester’s tuition check. Some of the rankings are highly suspect: Tufts at 157 and USC at 102 for example but this will only help BU.

    Hockey ranked number 5 after wins over North Dakota and Michigan State and Number 50 in the Times rankings: BU is on a roll.

  • Anonymous on 10.16.2008 at 9:17 am

    This is B.S. not reliable at all. look at US NEWs or other ranking guys.

  • Anonymous on 10.17.2008 at 10:56 am


    We’re relying on Brits to rank our colleges and Universities? They can’t even drive on the correct side of the road!!!

  • Anonymous on 10.17.2008 at 12:48 pm

    BS? Ha, US News and World Report’s magazine is written below a 5th grade reading level. They also have the University of Florida ranked well ahead of Boston University. I’ll put my stock in what academics think rather then US News and World Reports rankings that includes number of varsity sports in its forumula.

  • Anonymous on 10.23.2008 at 9:45 am


    This is great! BU never gives into US News & World Report shannagans, and the university is now getting the recognition it deserves. So good to see.

  • Anonymous on 10.23.2008 at 4:19 pm


    This makes sense. BU has always garned more respect internationally than right here at home. Boston is a tough place to get noticed, thanks to Harvard and MIT! If you travel the world, you are likely to meet very successful BU alumni…well, pretty much everywhere.

    Also, BU never played nice with US News (until recently). US News will not forgive and forget, thus the sub par ranking.

  • Anonymous on 03.02.2009 at 4:30 am


    The rankings are based on the opinions of academics and corporate recruiters, as well as on the ratio of faculty members to students and how often faculty members’ publications are cited in academic journals.
    Online high school

  • Anonymous on 04.02.2009 at 7:47 am

    “BU is ranked 21 among U.S. colleges.” Congrats!

  • Anonymous on 05.12.2009 at 4:16 am


    It’s a great ranking no doubt about it. Very impressive considering the many high level universities out there. Some should consider this school after they get their high school diploma online ged through correspondance courses.

  • Anonymous on 05.16.2009 at 6:47 pm

    That is fantastic. I am proud to have attended Boston University.

    CG Wells

  • Anonymous on 08.16.2009 at 2:33 pm

    So do you think that BU was under ranked in the US news and world college report?

  • Anonymous on 08.25.2009 at 5:16 pm

    46 is fine…but its still a FAR way from top 20

  • junjun on 10.14.2009 at 7:42 pm


    the ranking is ridiculously biased and inaccurate.

    how is BU ranked 21st in the nation ? NO WAY !

  • Anonymous on 05.14.2010 at 11:02 pm

    wow BU is better than Darthmoth, Wash U, and Tufts… Sounds really reliable… NOT

  • Real Estate Dubai on 07.20.2010 at 7:02 am

    Wow this is great news. BU is indeed one of the Top universities in the world. It is privilege to study at BU.

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