Where were you in 1839?

Okay, so odds are you weren’t alive then (if you were, please share your secrets with us), but back in 1839 Boston University was cutting its teeth as a biblical institute up in Newbury, Vermont.


(Such a serious child)

A lot has changed since those formative years. We’ve settled in Boston and left our marks all over this fair city. What’s more, we’ve continued to grow and change, pushing the boundaries of higher education and fostering world-changing research.

Perhaps you came to BU as the first in your family to attend college, or as a legacy Terrier, or as a veteran, an athlete, an activist, an artist, an established scholar, a bright-eyed undergraduate.

Whatever your story, odds are good you made countless memories in these city streets. The University you first met and the BU of today is likely different; it may even be almost unrecognizable. But even if you have not yet left the city, plans are in motion—thanks in part to the early successes of The Campaign for Boston University and to the excellent relationships between Boston and her universities. Change is in the air.


And so, we welcome you back to Boston University. Come explore where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. Discover the BU you never knew, and share the BU only you and those closest to you could know. Help us fill in our rich and colorful backstory, and learn more about the exciting developments on the horizon.

Because no matter where in the world you go, no matter how long it’s been since you last visited, it’s never too late to go back to school. You are always welcome at Boston University.