Boston University

World University Rankings 2024
US College Rankings 2022
World Reputation Rankings 2023
One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, United States

About Boston University

Boston University is located in the heart of what many view as the world’s greatest university city.

With nearly 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, it is one of the largest universities in the greater Boston area, which is home to more than 100 higher education institutions.

It has around 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges and 300 fields of study located across three campuses and numerous international programmes, with facilities concentrated mainly on its impressive Charles River campus.

Around 75 per cent of undergraduates at Boston University live in student housing in and around campus, which contain 17 schools and colleges, 21 libraries and 450 active student societies.

Sport is a major part of college life, with around 7,000 students associated with sporting clubs and societies and more than 6,500 people using its fitness and recreation facilities each day.

Culture is also a strong feature, with more than 500 concerts and performances, and in excess of 50 exhibitions, taking place on campus annually.

As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Boston University is recognized as a leading global research institution, and received $574.1 million in sponsored research awards in FY2020.

Arguably its most famous graduate is the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who took his PhD studies at Boston University in the 1950s. Other notable alumni have made their mark in worlds of politics, science, entertainment, sport, journalism, law, academia, business and music.

Academy Award winners Geena Davis, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore attended the university, as did the notorious radio DJ Howard Stern, Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly and Keith B. Alexander, a four-star general and director of the National Security Agency.

Several Nobel laureates have been connected to the university. Novelist Saul Bellow taught literature at Boston University and Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was a professor of the humanities. Former Boston University scientists Osamu Shimomura (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Sheldon Lee Glashow and Daniel C. Tsui , a research professor from 2011-2013, received the Nobel Prize for Physics, while Dr King won the Peace Prize in 1964.

Two US poet laureates have also taught at Boston – Robert Lowell and Robert Pinsky – as did Derek Walcott, a Nobel laureate in literature.
Boston is also one of the US’s most international universities, with more than 11,000 international students enrolled on its courses in total.

It has almost 80 study abroad programmes based in London, Paris and 25 other cities, and it also runs programmes in Los Angeles and Washington. It also runs almost 200 alumni abroad associations and operates more than 400 global initiatives, such as a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight infant mortality in Zambia.

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Key statistics

  • 10.8
    No. of students per staff
  • 26,677
    Number of FTE Students
  • 16%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 29%
    Percentage of International Students
  • $55,892
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $16,160
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $62,267
    Salary after 10 years
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings and (2) 2022 US Rankings

Subjects taught at Boston University

  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
  • Arts & humanities

    • Architecture
    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
  • Law

    • Law
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Education

    • Education