May 23rd, 2016

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A university on the rise

BU 32nd-best global university

In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, BU placed 32nd among the 500 best “global universities.” These rankings are based on a dozen factors that consider the schools’ academic research performance and global and regional reputations.

Graduate and professional schools rank among the best

BU’s graduate and professional schools also made a great showing in the U.S. News rankings in the spring of 2016. The BU School of Law is presently ranked 20th in the U.S., while the magazine deems MED the 29th best medical school in the nation for research; it was the school’s highest grade ever in that category.

The Sargent College occupational therapy master’s and doctoral programs scored best in the country; the last ranking for such programs, in 2012, placed the occupational therapy programs second. SAR’s physical therapy master’s/doctoral program ranked 14th (up two spots from 2012), and its master’s program in speech-language pathology ranked 12th (a big jump up from 21st).

The School of Social Work’s master’s program ranked 12th, up four spots from 2012. The College of Engineering has earned its highest ranking, placing 35th among its peer American schools. And the School of Public Health is currently ranked 10th.

Admissions increasingly competitive

A strategic effort to raise the bar for admission to the University is yielding greater numbers of applicants to the freshman class and increasingly selective admissions. This year, for example, BU saw a record 57,433 students apply to the Class of 2020, as well as a 108 percent increase over last year in students applying for early decision.

A new theatre on the Charles River Campus

Construction on the new Boston University Theatre Center will soon begin next to 808 Commonwealth Avenue, across from the main CFA building. The center promises great things for the entire BU community, most notably a cohesive theatre presence at the heart of the Charles River Campus. Set to open in the fall of 2017, this complex will feature a flexible, state-of-the-art theatre and a complete design and production facility.

Giving Day breaks records

In April, Boston University’s third annual Giving Day made history as BU’s most successful day of fundraising ever. The 24-hour event, which encourages donors to support causes across campus through the Annual Fund, brought in over $1.5 million with more than 11,000 gifts from alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. Donors representing 44 countries supported more than 200 funds. Athletics had a particularly strong showing, receiving more than 5,000 gifts totaling over $500,000.

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