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12 Fascinating Facts about the Class of 2021

Back when these freshmen were born, Brady wasn’t the G.O.A.T.


As the 3,490 members of the Class of 2021 begin arriving on campus this week, we’ve put together a few fun facts about them. For starters, most of them were born in 1999, when many of us adults were preparing for the impending apocalypse that never happened—Y2K. Below, you’ll find a few more pieces of trivia that shed some light on this incoming class of Terriers.

Harry Potter and his wand

1.    They’ve never lived in a world without Harry Potter

Author J. K. Rowling introduced everyone to “the boy who lived” in 1997. As for the über-popular Daniel Radcliffe films? The first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, debuted in 2001, when our 2021-ers were only two years old.

Ash and all his Pokemon friends

2. They were born during the first Pokémon craze

After initially launching in the United States in late 1998, the Pokémon trading card game and the release of the first movie a year later caused Poké-fever.

Regis Philbin on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

3. They’re as old as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The game show, with original star Regis Philbin, introduced the question, “Is that your final answer?” in 1999.

Peter Griffin Stewie Griffin and Brian on the couch of Family Guy

4. …and Family Guy

Peter Griffin and crew debuted after Super Bowl XXXIII (pitting the Broncos and the Falcons) in January 1999.

The infamous anxious Spongebob gif

5. …and SpongeBob SquarePants

The lovable sea sponge began on Nickelodeon in 1999, immediately after the Kid’s Choice Awards.

 Good old Ricky Martin putting on the moves

6. Back then, we were all Livin’ La Vida Loca

Ricky Martin’s smash hit was one of the most popular songs of 1999.

BU Boathouse

7. BU’s DeWolfe Boathouse was completed in 1999

The home of the Terrier men’s and women’s rowing teams opened on the Cambridge side of the Charles River that fall.

 Printed Mapquest Directions

8. When they were born, printing out MapQuest directions was a way of life

Or worse, using actual maps, the annoying kind you have to fold.

IDK my BFF Jill the notorious commercials back when at&t was still Cingular wireless

9. They have never lived in a world with restrictive monthly texting limits.

No, the Class of 2021 has never had to deal with the horror of over-texting charges, or T9 texting.


Mr Feeny and his students in popular 90s and 00s show Boy Meets World

10. They have never received advice from Mr. Feeny

Boy Meets World aired its last episode in mid-2000, when these Terriers were still infants.

Now 2 CD

11. Now, That’s What I Call Music! was only on Disc 2 when they were born

The lineup featured Britney Spears’ “…Baby, One More Time,” along with 98 Degrees, Sublime, R. Kelly, and the Backstreet Boys. And in case you’re wondering, the 63rd version of the album was released just this month.

Reverse the Curse on Storrow Drive referring to the sports winning drought

12. Back then, New England sports teams were in the midst of a serious championship drought

While we may be #Blessed with some of the best teams in sports today, the Patriots had yet to win a championship, and the Red Sox hadn’t had a World Series victory since 1918. The Bruins had last seen a Stanley Cup in 1971, and the Celtics’ 1980s domination was over a decade in the past.


6 Comments on 12 Fascinating Facts about the Class of 2021

  • Virginia Sapiro on 08.29.2017 at 9:28 am

    Nothing about the world of politics, international relations, the economy, consequential social changes, demographic changes?

    • Rubes on 08.29.2017 at 10:14 am

      No kidding….

    • Jay on 08.30.2017 at 10:38 pm

      Well if you want politics… When they were born Clinton was president as opposed to now when Clinton almost became a president.

  • O'Neil Henry on 08.29.2017 at 10:43 am

    When I had my first phone I had to choose between having a texting limit and a calling limit. Also, nothing about the only class to not have the Bill Gates Scholarship?

  • Just another BU parent on 08.29.2017 at 11:54 am

    I should show them how to use a foldable map to get an overview of how to go from A to B before they get into a car. That way they can keep their eyes on the road while driving.

  • VALENTIN VOROSHILOV on 08.29.2017 at 6:20 pm

    Would be also interesting to know 12 serious facts about the class: for example, distribution of such parameters as gender, race, the country of the origin, % of the scholarship, average SAT grade, etc.

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