An Overview Fast Facts & Figures

Take a big picture look at BU’s research program

Snippets and stats can’t give you the whole picture, of course. But they can give you a sense of the scope of research here at Boston University. Plus, they’re kind of fun.

Quick Stats

  • 6,225

    publications in 2018
  • $579.4M

    total research awards in FY2019
  • 200+

    companies developing and selling products based on BU discoveries
  • 3,000+

    full-time faculty
  • 62%

    of federal funding is from National Institutes of Health (FY19)
  • AAU

    1 of 65 members of the Association of American Universities

Key Facts

  • $2.179 Billion FY18 endowment
  • $6.4 Billion FY18 total assets
  • 130+ centers & institutes
  • 1,681 laboratories
  • 17 schools & colleges
  • 365 postdoctoral scholars
  • 727 non-faculty academic researchers

Award Activity

Note: The figure for FY2004 includes a substantial award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the construction of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL). The figure for FY2010 includes funding received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Additional Information

Leadership

  • Robert A. Brown, President
  • Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Karen H. Antman, Provost, Medical Campus
  • Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Libraries

  • 21 libraries and special collections
  • 5.5 million volumes (print + electronic)
  • 2.6 million e-books

Who We Are

  • 17,286 undergraduate students
  • 15,997 graduate students
  • 3,000+ faculty
  • 6,112 staff

Our Campus

  • 169 acres
  • 317 buildings
  • 834 classrooms
  • 11,732 total residence capacity

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