From school rankings to world-class research—there are so many reasons to be #ProudtoBU. See how you can show your Terrier pride.

World-class reputation & rankings

  • Ranked #3 in MA for Best Universities for Excellence, Equity & Employability.
  • Ranked #7 in top US colleges for international students by Forbes.
  • Ranked #10 in the US for most employable graduates by Times Higher Education.
  • Ranked #13 in Study Abroad by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #17 in Top 50 Best Colleges in Big Cities by Newsweek.
  • Ranked #20 in the US for Best Universities for Excellence, Equity & Employability.
  • Ranked #27 among Best U.S. Colleges by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Ranked #41 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Our students

  • A record 6,866 students applied for early decision to BU in 2023.
  • Students in the Class of 2027 hail from 47 states and 78 countries.
  • Nearly one-quarter of freshmen are international students, 23% are underrepresented students, and 21% are the first in their families to attend college.

Our alumni & friends

  • BU alumnus Drew Weissman (GRS’87, MED’87) won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines.
  • BU ecologist Lucy Hutyra named a 2023 MacArthur Fellow.
  • Sponsored research totaled $645 million for 2023, an increase of 22% over last year.
  • Alumni Weekend 2023 welcomed a record-breaking 2,800 Terriers back to campus.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since their inception in 1946, the Boston University Alumni Awards have been the highest honor that we bestow on our alumni. Awardees are honored each year during Alumni Weekend in the presence of the alumni, students, families, and guests gathered to celebrate this important tradition.

Terriers of the Year

BU alumni are trailblazers. From engineering to literature, Terriers are paving the way for others and writing their own stories. Whether in space or on the playground, our alumni spread care and empathy for the community. They continue to inspire with a heart for service and discovery, soaring to new heights—both figuratively and literally. To wrap up each year, we celebrate by highlighting a few incredible alumni who are leaving an indelible mark on the world. Take a look at the Terriers from this past year.