About BU

A world-renowned institution

Founded in 1839, Boston University is internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research (ranked #43 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report). Comprising 17 schools and colleges and the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, BU offers more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs, along with the resources of multiple libraries and over 130 academic centers and institutes. With more than 37,000 students from all 50 states and 145+ countries, Boston University is among the largest independent universities in the United States. As one of 71 invited members of the Association of American Universities, BU is among North America’s most prestigious research universities.

Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes a former US poet laureateFulbright Scholars, National Academies members, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and researchers. With their strong commitment to teaching, BU’s faculty lay the groundwork that inspires students to continue the University’s distinguished tradition of accomplishment.

Nearly 400,000 living alumni serve as ambassadors for BU’s rich tradition of social justice, academic excellence, and innovation. The pioneering contributions of BU’s alumni reach back to the earliest years of the University, deeply influencing events in every aspect of life, including civil rights, science and medicine, journalism, literature, business, government and politics, entertainment, broadcasting, popular culture, and sports. Today, Boston University continues to be a paragon of excellence, attracting the brightest and the best from across the world.

The Boston University campus, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood along Commonwealth Avenue, continues to evolve and expand. See some of the campus projects recently completed or currently underway.

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Boston University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. The individual schools and colleges of the University carry additional accreditation in their respective fields.


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