Boston University

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Boston University

Boston University

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Boston, MA 18,229 17% 22% 95% 93% 3.7 32 1415 95

Boston University is a private institution that was founded in 1839. Its setting is urban, and the campus size is 169 acres. BU is located in historic Boston, a vibrant city that features international connections and wealth of entertainment, cultural, and professional opportunities. BU also has nearly 500 student clubs, created one of the first study abroad programs, and currently sponsors more than 90 international programs. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 80% of undergraduate students live on the main Boston campus, which lies along the Charles River.


Pursue knowledge and embrace possibilities at BU. Whatever your interests, you’ll discover them and many more in our 17 liberal arts and professional schools and colleges offering more than 300 programs of study. We place a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary and collaborative research efforts of both faculty and students. We offer more than 100 study abroad programs on 6 continents. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1 and 62% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Business Administration & Management, Communications & Media Studies, Economics, Psychology, and International Relations.

Special Highlights

The BU Hub. The BU Hub is the University’s campus-wide general education curriculum created to ensure that all undergraduates, regardless of major, develop six essential capacities: Philosophical, aesthetic, and historical interpretation; scientific and social inquiry; quantitative reasoning; diversity, civic engagement, and global citizenship; communication; and the “intellectual toolkit,” which includes skills like critical thinking, teamwork/collaboration, and research and information literacy.

Professional Organizations. Most of BU’s Schools and Colleges offer their students membership in one or more professional organizations. Some are honor societies recognizing high academic achievement. Others provide valuable opportunities—attending professional conferences nationwide, networking with industry professionals and broadening your understanding of their field. Engineers, for instance, can join Engineers Without Borders, while students in the College of Communication can join the Public Relations Student Society of America.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

From historic brownstones lining Bay State Road to modern high-rises overlooking the Charles River to residence halls with dedicated specialty floors, BU provides a variety of living communities. We guarantee on-campus housing for all four years of your undergraduate experience—and 75 percent of students take us up on that offer. The BU Alumni network spans the globe with more than 300,000 alumni living and leading in 189 of the world’s countries.

Student Reviews…

“I’ve very much enjoyed my time at BU, the professors are willing to teach beyond the normal classroom and make a great effort to meet with their students. There are plenty of academic options. Classes are interesting, professors are good, schedules are not too demanding…”