Welcome to Government & Community Affairs

Boston University has special, long-standing relationships with our local communities. We are committed to being a good neighbor and a trustworthy partner, and giving back through a wide range of educational, cultural, social, legal, and medical services.

PILOT Payments

As a nonprofit educational institution, Boston University is exempt from paying taxes—but we voluntarily pay millions of dollars to give back to our community. An innovator and leader in PILOT payments, we have contributed $49.1 million since FY2003.


Recognizing the critical value of early learning, Boston University undergrads and educators provide extensive support for the city’s youngest minds, from pre-K to high school. We’re just as enthusiastic to help adult learners enrich their lives.

Health & Fitness 

A healthy body and healthy mind are intertwined. Multiply that by hundreds of thousands and you have a vibrant and vital community with unlimited potential.

About BU

With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and over 250 fields of study, Boston University is one of the most dynamic universities in the world.