boston university

Boston University (BU) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges.

BU is a nonsectarian, private, co-ed research university. Established in 1839, the school currently serves an enrollment of more than 33,000 students, about half of them undergraduates and half post graduate students. BU was recently ranked among the world's top 40 universities by U.S. News and World Report, and consistently ranks highly with many other acclaimed educational and business publications. 

The acceptance rate here is about 25 percent. The average SAT score of incoming students is about 1450 out of 1600, with an average high school GPA of 3.8. Nearly half of the students enrolled at BU are international students, with the majority of them hailing from China. 

BU has a rich and storied history. For instance, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a lab at BU. 

BU is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education, and the Association of American Universities

Notable BU alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Eastman, Howard Stern, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as dozens of Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Academy Award winners, star athletes, and more.  

BU is made up of the following 19 schools:

  1. College of Arts & Sciences
  2. College of Communication
  3. College of Fine Arts
  4. College of Engineering
  5. College of General Studies
  6. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 
  7. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  8. Honors College 
  9. Metropolitan College
  10. Pardee School of Global Studies
  11. Questrom School of Business 
  12. Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  13. School of Education
  14. School of Hospitality Administration 
  15. School of Law
  16. School of Medicine
  17. School of Public Health 
  18. School of Social Work
  19. School of Theology

boston university Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about BU. 

1. Where is Boston University?

BU occupies 2 urban campuses in Boston, Massachusetts. The school also has other campuses in Los Angeles and Washington DC, as well as international locations in London, Paris, and Sydney. 

Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus of BU:  

Boston University

1 Silber Way

Boston, Massachusetts


Here is the visiting address of the BU Law School:

BU School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts


The medical campus of BU is located in Boston's South End neighborhood. Here is the physical address of the BU medical school: 

Boston University Medical Campus

715 Albany Street

Boston, Massachusetts


2. What types of degrees are available at Boston University?

BU offers more than 200 Bachelors degrees, Masters degrees, and Doctoral degrees from a broad range of academic subjects. The university also has a law school, a dental school, and a medical college. 

3. What undergraduate majors are offered at Boston University?

Here is a list of the most popular undergraduate (Bachelor degree) majors available at BU:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Social Sciences

However, just about every major is offered to undergrads at BU. Here is the complete list of the undergraduate degree programs offered:

  • Acting
  • American Studies
  • Ancient Greek & Latin
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training 
  • Behavior & Health
  • Bilingual Education
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration 
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • Cinema and Media Studies 
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Composition and Music Theory 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Costume Design
  • Criminal Justice
  • Deaf Studies
  • Dental Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Economics
  • Editorial Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education 
  • Energy & Environmental Analysis
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies
  • Film & Television Studies
  • French
  • Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
  • German Language & Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Science
  • Hispanic Language and Literature
  • History
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Human Psychology
  • International Affairs
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Lighting Design
  • Linguistics
  • Management Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Math Education
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Education
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages Education 
  • Music
  • Musicology
  • Music Education
  • Musical Performance
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religion 
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Scene Design
  • Science Educaton
  • Sculpture
  • Social Studies Education
  • Sociology
  • Sound Design
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Production
  • Urban Affairs 

Above: An aerial view of BU


4. What graduate programs are available at Boston University?

Click here for a list of the Doctoral (PhD) programs at BU.  

5. What courses are taught at the Boston University School of Law?

BU features more than 200 classes and seminars at the law college. Here is a list of some of the concentrations offered at the BU School of Law: 

  • Administrative Law
  • American Law
  • Asian Law
  • Banking and Financial Law
  • Civil Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Entertainment and Sports Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Housing Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Relations Law
  • Law and English
  • Law and History
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Law and Preservation Studies
  • Law and Public Health 
  • Legal History
  • Mass Communications Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Taxation Law 

The Boston University Law School also offers dual degree programs to ambitious future legal professionals. 

Shown above: A class at the Boston University School of Law

6. How much does it cost to attend Boston University?

According to the BU website, the current cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate students to attend BU full time for one full school year is:

  • $52,082 in tuition and fees
  • $15,270 for room and board 

Additional fees may also apply, such as application fees, textbook fees, technology fees, and insurance fees, among others. 

Students applying to BU may be eligible for financial aid if they fill out the Federal FAFSA form. Roughly 36 percent of undergraduates at BU receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid for graduate students is also available. 

7. What is the Boston University campus like?

The main campus of BU spans 135 urban acres about three miles southwest of the heart of Boston. The medical campus of BU covers another 80 acres. Due to continuous campus expansion, the style of the campus represents a mix of collegiate gothic and contemporary architecture. Notable campus buildings include the College of Arts and Sciences, Marsh Chapel, the School of Theology, and "The Castle," to name a few. All are surrounded by traditional Boston brownstones, some of which are owned by the college and used as dorms. Among the more recently built campus structures are the Metcalf Science Center, the Photonics Center, and the student village, among others. 

BU is located along the banks of the Charles River, and is conveniently bordered on the south by Commonwealth Avenue. The neighborhood is replete with sports arenas, museums, and fine restaurants. Nearby conveniences include a Whole Foods market, a Trader Joe's, and a Barnes & Noble bookstore, among others. 

The school features an extensive student housing system, with dorms both on and off campus, ranging from traditional brownstones to modern apartment buildings. Roughly 75 percent of BU students live in housing owned by the university.

The BU campus is alive with cultural activities, and is home to three art galleries and the Boston Playwrights Theater. Other nearby cultural attractions include Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and the main branch of the Boston Public Library. 

Pubic transportation consists of a network of of trains and buses that run along Commonwealth Avenue. These services provide locals with all the transportation they need to get around campus, and around the city of Boston. 

The athletic teams at BU are called the Terriers. They play for Division I of the the NCAA. The school colors are scarlet and white. 

Intercollegiate sports for student athletes at BU include: 

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse 
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

The school also features many club and intramural sports, such as 

  • Badminton
  • Ballroom Dance
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Theater 
  • Equstrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Karate
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Kung Fu
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Skating
  • Skiing 
  • Snowboarding 
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo 
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo 

Campus life at BU also includes numerous non athletic activities, such as musical groups, a theater troupe, an ROTC club, several professional journals, a student newspaper, and hundreds more.  

Above: Students soak in the cityscape of Boston from steps on the BU campus. 


Above: The Sailing team at BU. 


8. What are the distance learning options at Boston University?

BU offers a broad range of classes that can be taken fully online. Here is a list of online degree and certificate concentrations currently offered at BU: 

  • Analytics
  • Art Education
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Education
  • Health Communication
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Music Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Project Management
  • Social Work 
  • Software Development  

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9. What is the contact information for Boston University?

You can reach the main campus office of BU by calling 617-353-2000. 

To contact the Admissions office of BU, call 617-353-2300. 

To reach the medical campus of BU, call 617-638-8000. 

For questions regarding financial aid, call 617-353-2290. 

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