What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? Why is Boston University ranked #40 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2019? And what is the catalyst that prompts 35,472 students to call BU their home? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.
A Community Unlike Any Other
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 poets laureate, Presidential Award winners, and Fulbright Scholars, 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 $579.4 million in grants and contract awards in FY2019. In fall 2012, BU was invited to join the Association of American Universities, an elite organization of 64 other leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 130+ countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in LA, D.C., and more than 20 other cities on six continents.
A city within a city: Today, 75 percent of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain our 450+ student activity groups alone.
The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.
BU Basics (FY2019)
How many freshmen matriculated last fall? What is the student to faculty ratio? Do you know how many continents BU spans?
- 3,612 freshmen
- 10 students for each faculty member
- Programs on 6 continents
There are so many numbers, statistics, facts, and figures about BU, you could scroll for miles. Here’s a quick overview for FY2019…
|Graduate & professional||15,997|
|Instructional & research faculty||3,989|
|Boston locations||Charles River Campus, Medical Campus & Fenway Campus|
|Campus area||169 acres|
|Schools & colleges||17|
|Programs of study||300+|
|Study abroad programs||Over 80 in 20+ cities in 15+ countries|
|Average class size||27|
|Total degrees awarded||10,595|
|Master’s, doctoral/professional degrees||6,042|
|Research awards||$579.4 million in FY2019|
|BMC Clinical Research Grants||$176.2 million in FY2019|
|Total grants & scholarships (non-need-based)||$27,581,128|
|Total grants & scholarships (need-based)||$263,575,662|
|Average need-based grant/scholarship||$38,201|
|Average total need-based financial aid||$43,571|
|Undergraduate students living on campus||75%|
|Community service hours||80,000+|
|Alternative Service Breaks participants||300+|
|First-Year Student Outreach Project volunteers||900+|
|Art & performance organizations||70+|
|Academic & professional organizations||100+|
|Community service & justice organizations||100+|
|Cultural & religious organizations||50+|
|BU on Social||new accounts daily|
|Student participants in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program||450+|
|Centers & institutes||130+|
|Students’ origins||10,500+ international students from 130+ countries|
|Cultural student groups||40+|
|Global Days of Service||18,834 hours/2,566 volunteers/159 cities/289 projects|
|Alumni abroad||180+ countries|
|Varsity sports||24 (14 women’s, 10 men’s)|
|Club sports||34 teams|
|Intramural sports & tournaments||15+|
|Intramural and club sports participants||7,000+|
|Fitness & recreation classes||100+ for credit and hundreds of non-credit classes|
|FitRec users||Over 6,500 visits daily|