Welcome Parents

Congratulations and welcome to the Boston University community! This is a very exciting time for your family. We hope you will take the time to learn more about Boston University, join us online for a virtual event, and discover the difference a BU education will make for your student.

Who We Are

Since our founding in 1839, Boston University has opened its doors to all students regardless of religion, gender, race, or place of origin. We are proud of our community of over 17,000 undergraduates from every state in the US and nearly 100 countries who enrich campus life. Together we are building an understanding of the interconnected, global world in which we live.


Ranked #10 in the US by Times Higher Ed for most employable graduates

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Of our students found employment or went on to graduate programs within six months of graduation


Ranked #41 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report

What we teach

Our faculty are leaders from every field—creative giants, computer whizzes, business titans—who work at the cutting edge of research and knowledge. We educate our students to become entrepreneurs and archaeologists. We develop filmmakers and mechanical engineers. We nurture poets and environmentalists. And we do it through combined liberal arts and professional studies that develop the agile, adaptive thinking that is critical for success in today’s world.

The Association of American Universities

President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison discuss BU’s invitation to join the Association of American Universities AAU—a prestigious association of top research universities in the United States and Canada.

Next Steps for Parents

Help your student stay on track. Important next steps are included below.

The 2024/2025 BU Academic Calendar is also available to help you plan holidays and vacation schedules for next year.