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BU Ranked 81st Best University by Global Rater

A jump of eight spots in the QS annual survey


Boston University climbed 8 spots, to number 81, in the latest QS World University Rankings.

London-based QS, which issues the rankings annually, compared 980 international colleges and universities, culled from 4,000 considered for possible inclusion on the list.

“We are incredibly proud of the strides Boston University continues to make among our peer institutions, as evidenced by this latest gain in the QS World University rankings,” says Jean Morrison, University provost. “From the productivity of our professors to our reputation both in academics and as an employer, BU this past year performed among the very top one percent of universities in the world. It is a notable distinction and a reflection of the hard work of our talented faculty and staff and their commitment to excellence.”

QS collects and publicizes information on global higher education. Its World University Rankings, first published in 2004, are based on institutions’ proportion of international faculty and staff (a proxy for how attractive to these groups a school is, according to QS), the student-to-faculty ratio, the average number of academic citations per faculty member, and the institution’s reputation among employers and academics globally, which QS measures in annual surveys.

Among those indicators, BU did best in its reputation with employers: it was 98th among all the universities in the QS rankings. Although the University fell in that category from last year’s ranking, and also in its academic reputation and faculty citations, it rose in student-faculty ratio and in its proportions of international faculty and students.

QS also publishes a separate evaluation of universities by various academic subjects. The latest such report gave BU a shout-out as “among the world’s elite institutions” in 36 subjects, notably in life sciences (41st out of 1,117 institutions ranked), arts and humanities (63rd), natural sciences (94th), social sciences and management (96th), and engineering and technology (166th).

Rich Barlow, Senior Writer, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

4 Comments on BU Ranked 81st Best University by Global Rater

  • Tom on 06.09.2017 at 6:42 am

    It is about time that a new COM building was built.

    • Frank on 06.09.2017 at 10:15 am

      Also, they clearly didn’t put much thought into the content of that sign. Warren Towers is all of 20 feet from where that sign is. Why would they need to include Warren Towers in the sign? Something a little further away, like Marsh Chapel or the Photonics Center, would make more sense, no?

      • Smarter Child on 06.09.2017 at 4:08 pm

        Way-finding needs to take into consideration someone who may be on campus for the first time. That person may not know the difference between Warren, Danielson, Myles, etc. and for them this sign would be helpful.

  • Nisha Garg on 06.14.2017 at 12:02 am

    I think it is all about the education system provided by BU to students and in coming years it happen that BU comes in one of the top Universities and became favorite among students, but it is great that students studying in top of the Universities.

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