Boston University

One Silber Way, Boston

  • #108 QS Global World Ranking
  • PrivateStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 25,448Total Students
  • 2,589Faculty
  • 7,577Int'l Students

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The largest university in Boston and the fourth-largest private educational institution in the country, Boston University counts some 15,000 graduate students among its student body.

Nearly 3,900 faculty members teach at 17 schools and colleges and when not at the front of the classroom, they can be found at BU’s 125+ research centers and institutes and 2,326 laboratories spread across three city campuses. The faculty features a Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, a former US Poet Laureate, and dozens of Guggenheim fellows.
BU is a major, global research institution and 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.

U.S. News & World Report for 2019 ranked numerous BU graduate programs among the country’s top 50: Sargent College’s occupational therapy program (#1), School of Public Health’s program (#10), Business (#42), Education (#34), Law (#22), Engineering (#34), Biomedical Engineering (#12), Medical Research (#29), Medical Primary Care (#26), Social Work (#10), as well as graduate programs in Computer Science, Math, Physics, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.

The University 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, internships, 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

The largest university in Boston and the fourth-largest private educational institution in the country, Boston University counts some 15,000 graduate students among its student body.

Nearly 3,900 faculty members teach at 17 schools and colleges and when not at the front of the classroom, they can be found at BU’s 125+ research centers and institutes and 2,326 laboratories spread across three city campuses. The faculty features a Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, a former US Poet Laureate, and dozens of Guggenheim fellows.
BU is a major, global research institution and 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.

U.S. News & World Report for 2019 ranked numerous BU graduate programs among the country’s top 50: Sargent College’s occupational therapy program (#1), School of Public Health’s program (#10), Business (#42), Education (#34), Law (#22), Engineering (#34), Biomedical Engineering (#12), Medical Research (#29), Medical Primary Care (#26), Social Work (#10), as well as graduate programs in Computer Science, Math, Physics, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.

The University 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, internships, 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
  • 2023
    #108

Student & Staff

Total students
25,448

37%
63%

International students
7,577

45%
55%

Total faculty staff
2,589

405
2184

Total students
25,448

37%
63%

International students
7,577

45%
55%

Total faculty staff
2,589

2184
405
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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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