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 done by our 17 schools and colleges and Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, our centers and institutes, our laboratories, and the rest of Boston University.

Quick Stats

  • 6,726

    publications in 2020
  • $526.6M

    total research expenditures in FY2021
  • 200+

    companies developing and selling products based on BU discoveries
  • 3,500+

    full-time faculty
  • 56%

    of federal funding is from the National Institutes of Health (FY21)
  • AAU

    1 of 65 members of the Association of American Universities

Key Facts

  • $3.4 Billion endowment
  • $8.3 Billion total assets
  • 130+ centers & institutes
  • 1,495 laboratories
  • 17 schools & colleges
  • 342 postdoctoral scholars
  • 727 non-faculty academic researchers

Research Expenditures

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

  • 13 libraries
  • 3.6 million volumes (print + electronic)
  • 2.3 million e-books

Who We Are

  • 17,590 undergraduate students
  • 17,937 graduate students
  • 3,500+ faculty
  • 6,000+ staff

Our Campus

  • 140 acres
  • 343 buildings
  • 846 classrooms
  • 11,305 total residence capacity

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