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Boston University

233 Bay State Rd, Boston, United States
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About Boston University

Boston University is a school located in with a total of 3418 courses available to enroll in.

Boston University was founded in 1839 and is the nation's second-largest private university. Currently, there are more than 33,000 students who attend the school.

The main campus is located in the center of Boston, close to the Charles River. In addition to the medical school, there are sixteen other colleges on Commonwealth Avenue. There are several public transportation systems serving the Boston area such as the MBTA, metro, trams and buses. Commuting along Commonwealth Avenue is very convenient, especially with the Green Line 'B' Branch.

The Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) is located at the southern end of the historic Boston area, close to the Boston Medical Center. The Medical Center is one of the main teaching hospitals used by the BU School of Medicine. Boston University has many medical colleges in this area including the School of Medicine, School of Public Health (SPH), Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (SDM), and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS).

The university has had eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners and several Emmy and Tony winners among its past alumni and faculty. Boston University is also known widely for its men's hockey team and the school mascot is an adorable Boston Terrier named Rhett.


  • Enrollment

    33,617 (16,598 undergrads)
  • Demographics

    • Asian - 18%
    • Black/African American - 6.9%
    • Hispanic/Latino - 11.9%
    • White - 36.6%
    • Other - 26.6%
  • Degree awarded

    • bachelor's degrees
    • master's degree
    • doctorate's degree
    • law's degree
    • medical's degree
    • dental's degree
  • Areas of study

    • African American Studies
    • American & New England Studies
    • Preservation Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Applied Anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Astronomy
    • Astrophysics & Space Physics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biology
    • Biostatistics
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Classical Studies
    • Classical Studies/Philosophy
    • Cognitive & Neural Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science with Specialization in Cyber Security
    • Computer Science with Specialization in Data-Centric Computing
    • Creative Writing
    • Earth & Environment
    • Earth Sciences
    • Energy & Environment
    • Environmental Analysis & Policy /
    • Energy & Environment
    • Earth & Environmental Sciences /
    • Energy & Environment
    • Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences
    • Environmental Analysis & Policy / Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences
    • Earth & Environmental Sciences /
    • Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Economic Policy
    • Economics & Mathematics/Economics
    • Global Development Economics
    • Editorial Studies
    • English
    • History
    • History of Art & Architecture
    • International Relations
    • Latin American Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Linguistics, Applied
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Mathematics
    • Statistical Practice
    • Statistics
    • Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry
    • Music
    • Musicology
    • Neuroscience
    • Pardee School of Global Studies
    • Global Policy
    • International Affairs
    • International Relations & International Communication
    • International Relations & Religion
    • International Relations & MBA
    • International Relations & JD
    • International Relations/International Affairs
    • International Relations—Mid-Career Program
    • Latin American Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Classical Studies/Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Playwriting
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Religion
    • Religious Studies
    • Romance Studies
    • French Language & Literature
    • Hispanic Language & Literatures
    • Sociology
    • Sociology & Social Work
  • Student to Faculty Ratio


  • Faculty

    • Total Faculty - 3,870
  • Average class size



  • Location

    One Silber Way | Boston, MA 02215

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  • Nearest cities

    • Boston - 3 miles away
    • Cambridge - 3 miles away
    • Providence - 50 miles away


Quick Facts

  • Boston University has more than 100 Study Abroad programs in over 100 countries
  • It has more than 450 student organizations.
  • Boston University has 17 schools and colleges and 250+ programs of study

Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration and Management
  2. Communications
  3. Economics
  4. Psychology
  5. International Relations
  6. National Security Studies
  7. Radio
  8. Television
  9. Digital Communication
  10. Computer Science
  11. Mechanical Engineering
  12. Rehabiliation and Therapy
  13. Biology

Popular Minors

  1. Communications
  2. Psychology
  3. Business Administration and Management
  4. Economics
  5. International Relations
  6. National Security Studies
  7. English


Acceptance Rate
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Reading and Writing
ACT Range
28-32 (average 32)
Application Fee
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Nov. 1

Student life

Full-Time Enrollment

Student services

The Yawkey Center for Student Services
The Yawkey Center for Student Services offers advising services and resources for students.
The Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development is a resource available to students who are interested in workshops, networking, and resume writing guidance.
The Educational Resource Center
The Educational Resource Center helps students to develop academic skills through peer tutoring, language group discussions, and time management, writing, and test-prep workshops.


Boston University offers 24 NCAA Division I varisty sports, including 13 women's teams and 10 men's teams, and belongs to the Patriot League, Hockey East, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. BU's Men's Hockey Team has won 5 NCAA championships and has made 27 Frozen Four appearances. The Women's Field Hockey team won 3 out of the last four Patriot League titles, and the Men's Basketball Team has made seven appearances in the NCAA play-offs. Boston University has also sent more hockey players to the NHL than any other institute of higher education.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field.

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Rowing LT
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field.

After graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years after Graduation
Graduation Rate
Employed 2 Years After Graduation

Libraries and Study Areas

Residences on campus

Danielsen Hall

512 Beacon St

Myles Standish Hall

610 Beacon St

Kilachand Hall

91 Bay State Rd

575 Commonwealth Avenue

575 Commonwealth Ave

The Towers

140 Bay State Rd

School Reviews

Boston University is currently ranked #37 in the nation. It stands at #10 for Best Communications Program, #6 for Best Kinesiology and Therapy Program, #14 for Best Education Program, #15 for Best Performing Arts program, #24 for Best Music Program, #33 for Best Philosophy Program, #46 for Best College Food, and #31 for Most Diverse Colleges in America. Boston University is ranked 39th among global universities, and has jumped to sixth place in global employability rankings.
It is a great place to learn and delve deeper into your passions and to grow as a young adult for 4 years! BU's campus is a short 15 minute walk from the famed Newbury Street, and a short T ride to Downtown Crossing and Boston Harbor. As a New Yorker, the convenience and city life that Boston provides is unmatched anywhere else for someone looking to escape NYC. The professors truly encourage you to be better and care about your learning. The dining hall food has variety and is pretty good compared to most other schools' dining halls. As a low income student, I appreciate their generous scholarships that allows me to attend BU instead of a state school. I cannot say enough good things about the people you meet here!
I absolutely love Boston University! I am actually an online student who lives in Seattle, Washington but recently had the chance to visit this Boston University in person this past February! The architecture is beautiful and the location is as well. I would have been attending the School of Social Work which is a separate campus and is right next to a beautiful body of water. Since I do not attend BU in person, I would love to say that my online professors have been more than helpful; they have personally inspired me as well as motivated me. My professors go above and beyond for me, this is why I will always choose Boston University and recommend this school to everyone!
BU had a great atmosphere but not the best education, at least for us Political Science Majors. My last year, and also the year I focused mostly on PS, all the teachers were leaving and during the graduation speech, the Professor that spoke spoke about how happy he was to be leaving. But, I was an athlete and that comes with some great perks! You get to register for classes first and also build such a big family. I didn't partake in Greek life, but I heard it was super fun. So, like I said great life, not such a great education. But I did concentrate in Film and Television and that was such a great program!