The Difference Is Our DNA
What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? Why is Boston University ranked #37 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2018? And what is the catalyst that prompts 33,617 students to call BU their home? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.
A Community Unlike Any Other
As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.
Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Fulbright Scholars, among others.
Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.
Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $400.7 million in grants and contract awards in FY2017. In fall 2012, BU was invited to join the Association of American Universities, an elite organization of 61 other leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 130+ countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in LA, DC, and more than 30 other cities on six continents.
A city within a city: Today, 75 percent of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain our 450+ student activity groups alone.
The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.
BU Basics (FY2017)
How many freshmen matriculated last fall? What is the student to faculty ratio? Do you know how many continents BU spans? Which professor is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner? (Hint: He also doubles as a dean around campus.)
- 3,552 freshmen (Fall 2016)*; 3,498 freshmen (Fall 2017)
- 10 students for each faculty member
- Programs on 6 continents
- COM Dean has 2 Pulitzers
There are so many numbers, statistics, facts, and figures about BU, you could scroll for miles. Here’s a quick overview for FY2017…
* Student counts are based on Fall 2016 mid-semester information. Also see 2016/2017 Boston University Fact Sheet, published September 2017.
|Graduate & professional||14,622|
|Instructional & Research Faculty||3,870|
|Boston locations||Charles River Campus & Medical Campus|
|Campus area||134 acres|
|Schools & colleges||17|
|Programs of study||More than 250|
|Study abroad programs||Over 90 in 35 cities in 25 countries|
|Student / faculty ratio||10:1|
|Average class size||27|
|Total degrees awarded||9,882|
|Master’s, doctoral/professional degrees||5,556|
|Research Awards||$400.7 million in FY2017|
|BMC Clinical Research Grants||$105.6 million in FY2017|
|Total grants & scholarships (non-need-based)||$23,481,120|
|Total grants & scholarships (need-based)||$201,251,445|
|Average need-based grant/scholarship||$33,521|
|Average total need-based financial aid||$40,232|
|Undergraduate students living on campus||75%|
|Community service hours||100,000+|
|Alternative Service Breaks participants||400+|
|First-Year Student Outreach Project volunteers||900+|
|Art & performance organizations||69|
|Academic & professional organizations||125|
|Community service & justice organizations||78|
|Cultural & religious organizations||64|
|Concerts & performances on campus||Over 500|
|BU on Social||new accounts daily|
|Dissertation & thesis defenses||250+ open to the public|
|Conferences, lectures & symposia||1,500+|
|Faculty experts in the news||2,000+ annually|
|Students’ origins||9,038 international students from 131 countries|
|Cultural student groups||40|
|Global Days of Service||25,000 hours/4,000+ participants/114 cities|
|Alumni abroad||180+ countries|
|Varsity sports||22 (13 women’s, 9 men’s)|
|Club sports||34 teams|
|Club sports participants||7,000|
|Intramural sports & tournaments||15+|
|Fitness & recreation classes||100+ for credit and hundreds of non-credit classes|
|FitRec users||Over 6,500 visits daily|