July 21st, 2015

Campaign news shorts

Boston University is making headlines

Boston University has been named 37th of the 500 Best Global Universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking that compares the academic and research reputations of institutions around the world.

Of the five graduate and professional schools that were ranked by U.S. News & World Report in March, all five improved their ranking year over year. The School of Public Health climbed into the top ten, nationwide; and our biomedical engineering department was ranked 9th best. The schools of law, business, and medicine also improved their rankings.

The BU School of Law ranks second in the “best professors” category in the 2015 Princeton Review rankings and seventh in “best classroom” experience among 169 law schools surveyed by the rating-and-test-preparation firm. The Review surveyed some 19,500 law students nationally and collected information from school administrators.

The most recent (October 2014) Financial Times ranking of executive MBA programs around the world puts the Boston University School of Management (now the Questrom School of Business) first in New England, and 27th among all U.S.-based EMBA programs. Globally, BU’s Executive MBA program was ranked 69th, up 12 places from its 2013 ranking.

BU is both more popular and more selective than ever. By January of this year (2015), a record-breaking 54,769 students had applied for admission to BU—up from last year’s 54,161 freshman applications (and of those, only 34 percent were admitted to the Class of 2018). And just for argument’s sake, compare these numbers with the 38,275 who applied for admission in the 2010–11 school year.

BU will now include new bequests—those with clear documentation from donors 65 and older—in its Campaign total. This is a new move for BU and marks the importance to the University of estate gifts. It’s also another opportunity for donors to build a legacy at BU through planned giving. For details, contact the BU Planned Giving office.

Finally, some food for thought: We’ve now surpassed the 100,000th donor mark! Our donors are a great cross section of our alumni/student population: undergraduate and graduate, international and domestic, with heavy doses of entrepreneurship and civic-mindedness. They come from all 16 schools on campus and give gifts that range from $5 to $50 million. Every gift counts, and every gift gets us closer to the billion-dollar goal.

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