Boston University

One Silber Way, Boston

  • #=112 QS Global World Ranking
  • PrivateStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 26,440Total Students
  • 2,642Faculty
  • 8,159Int'l Students

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Boston University is a major global research institution, creating breakthroughs in everything from African studies to zebrafish genetics. With over 34,000 part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff spread across 17 schools and colleges, BU’s three city campuses are always humming. Established in 1869 by three Methodist businessmen, Boston University has since evolved into the largest university in Boston and the fourth-largest private university in the country. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked BU 37th in the nation and 39th among global universities. The faculty features a Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, a former US Poet Laureate, and dozens of Guggenheim fellows. Our graduates are among the most employable in the country and the world—5th and 6th, respectively, according to Times Higher Education.

BU is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities. One of only four Boston-area members, BU boasts particular interdisciplinary breadth and depth of excellence in cloud computing and cyber security; engineering biology; infectious diseases; neuroscience; photonics; urban policy; education; and the humanities. Home also to a medical school and teaching hospital, in FY2017 BU landed more than $400M in federal research dollars. In the commercial sector, some 200 companies are developing and selling products based on BU discoveries.BU is also a global university, with thousands of international scholars, faculty, and students on campus at any given time. By the same token, thousands of Terriers and faculty members get their passports stamped each year for study, research, and internship opportunities on all seven continents.
With an alumni base of more than 300,000 graduates, Boston University has produced many notable alums including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The University counts 11 current or former governors of US states, 7 United States senators, and 32 members of the United States House of Representatives among its alumni. And a slew of Hollywood stars, including Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Faye Dunaway, and Jason Alexander, call BU their alma mater, as do a number of other celebrated artists and thinkers.
BU is nestled in the heart of Boston, a hotbed of high tech and biomedicine, and the birthplace of American history, serving as an extended classroom for students, offering study, internship, and professional opportunities with some of the world’s most influential leaders in fields from art to finance to biotech. It’s no wonder BU is called “Boston’s university.”

About

Boston University is a major global research institution, creating breakthroughs in everything from African studies to zebrafish genetics. With over 34,000 part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff spread across 17 schools and colleges, BU’s three city campuses are always humming. Established in 1869 by three Methodist businessmen, Boston University has since evolved into the largest university in Boston and the fourth-largest private university in the country. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked BU 37th in the nation and 39th among global universities. The faculty features a Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, a former US Poet Laureate, and dozens of Guggenheim fellows. Our graduates are among the most employable in the country and the world—5th and 6th, respectively, according to Times Higher Education.

BU is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities. One of only four Boston-area members, BU boasts particular interdisciplinary breadth and depth of excellence in cloud computing and cyber security; engineering biology; infectious diseases; neuroscience; photonics; urban policy; education; and the humanities. Home also to a medical school and teaching hospital, in FY2017 BU landed more than $400M in federal research dollars. In the commercial sector, some 200 companies are developing and selling products based on BU discoveries.BU is also a global university, with thousands of international scholars, faculty, and students on campus at any given time. By the same token, thousands of Terriers and faculty members get their passports stamped each year for study, research, and internship opportunities on all seven continents.
With an alumni base of more than 300,000 graduates, Boston University has produced many notable alums including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The University counts 11 current or former governors of US states, 7 United States senators, and 32 members of the United States House of Representatives among its alumni. And a slew of Hollywood stars, including Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Faye Dunaway, and Jason Alexander, call BU their alma mater, as do a number of other celebrated artists and thinkers.
BU is nestled in the heart of Boston, a hotbed of high tech and biomedicine, and the birthplace of American history, serving as an extended classroom for students, offering study, internship, and professional opportunities with some of the world’s most influential leaders in fields from art to finance to biotech. It’s no wonder BU is called “Boston’s university.”

University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #64
  • 2014
    #=79
  • 2015
    #78
  • 2016
    #91
  • 2017
    #89
  • 2018
    #81
  • 2019
    #=93
  • 2020
    #=98
  • 2021
    #=110
  • 2022
    #=112

Ranking criteria

57
Overall
62
Academic Reputation
58.9
Employer Reputation
41
Faculty Student Ratio
63.7
Citations per Faculty
14.4
International Faculty Ratio
87.6
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
26,440

37%
63%

International students
8,159

47%
53%

Total faculty staff
2,642

377
2265

Total students
26,440

37%
63%

International students
8,159

47%
53%

Total faculty staff
2,642

2265
377
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Scholarships

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Campus locations

Charles River Campus,

One Silber Way , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 02215

Medical Campus,

715 Albany Street No. 437 , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 02118

725 Commonwealth Avenue,

725 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

855 Commonwealth Avenue,

855 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

635 Commonwealth Avenue,

635 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

640 Commonwealth Avenue,

640 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

715 Albany Street Talbot Building,

715 Albany Street Talbot Building , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2118

808 Commonwealth Avenue,

808 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

236 Bay State Road,

236 Bay State Road , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

226 Bay State Road,

226 Bay State Road , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

745 Commonwealth Avenue,

745 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

270 Bay State Road,

270 Bay State Road , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

100 East Newton Street G-305,

100 East Newton Street G-305 , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2118

Two Sherborn Street,

Two Sherborn Street , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2215

715 Albany Street L-804,

715 Albany Street L-804 , Boston , Massachusetts , United States , 2118

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