Boston University

Boston University

Boston University, BU, is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Although chartered by the Massachusetts Legislature in the year 1869, BU traces its roots to the establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839.

BU boasts of nearly 4,000 faculty members and more than 30,000 students. It is the fourth largest private university in the country and the fourth largest employer in the city. BU has two campuses. The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood and the second one is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through 18 schools and colleges.

The sports team of BU is nicknamed the Terriers. Some of the famous graduates of the University are Tom Fielder, the Executive Editor of the Miami Herald, Ethan Forman, 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner, and Daniel Goodrich, the photographer of Newsday.

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Boston , MA 02215
General Phone: (617) 353-2000

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BU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,476American studies, East Asian studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Regional studies, Italian studies, area studies, African-American studies, linguistics, ...
Business and Management1,367business management, business administration, accounting, banking, financial planning, human resources, MIS, actuarial science, international marketing, ...
Media843communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, journalism courses, radio and television, public relations, advertising, health communication
Science791biology, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, anatomy, call and molecular biology, anatomical sciences, bacteriology, ...
Therapy and Counseling574psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, genetic counseling, maternal and child health, physical therapy
Education and Teaching536education, multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, comparative education, special ed, education of hearing impaired, school counseling, ...
Medicine486neuroscience, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, advanced general dentistry, oral pathology, dental public health, endodontology, oral surgery, orthodontology, ...
Law474law, foreign lawyers, banking and finance, tax law, legal research, legal assistant
Engineering386engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering science, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, ...
Computer Science and Engineering362information science, computer science, computer networking, computer engineering, software engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy233nutrition sciences, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, vocational counseling, kinesiotherapy, rehabilitation
Security and Law Enforcement217criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Medical Administration191health care administration, environmental health
Religion and Philosophy185philosophy, religion, bible studies, religious music, theology, ministry, pastoral counseling and ministries
Family and Social Work175public administration, social work
Hospitality138hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology136health service and sciences, audiology, audiology and speech pathology, dental lab tech, radiographer, medical lab tech
Music127music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, voice, violin, guitar, and strings ...
Fine Arts106art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Drama and Performing Arts82drama, theatre design, acting, directing
Mathematics77mathematics, mathematics and statistics, systems science and theory
Design37graphic design
Photography and Commercial Art31cinematography
Art Studies29visual and performing arts, arts management
Architecture and Planning7urban planning
Cooking and Culinary Arts5culinary arts services

Number of programs and degrees for BU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree3,624165
Bachelor's degree4,177113
Doctor's degree56291
Post-master's certificate6336
Postbaccalaureate certificate1114
First-professional degree6344
First-professional certificate012

BU Student Body

In 2007-2008, BU had a total enrollment of 32,053 students (28,628 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 36%
First Professional 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 24%
(Foreign Students) 18%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 26%
22-24 16%
25-29 18%
30-34 8%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

BU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

BU Room and Board (2007)

BU offers campus housing for 10,616 of its 28,628 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

BU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580680
SAT Math590690
SAT Writing590670
ACT Verbal2630
ACT Math2529
ACT Composite2530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

BU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,050
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,050
Room and board $ 11,418
Room charge $ 7,420
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,998
Books and supplies $ 860
Other expenses $ 1,772

Financial Aid:
BU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 213000)

BU Faculty

BU has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10890
Non-tenured and not on tenure track973775

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year57$168,12219$156,715
Associate professorcalendar year32$121,99823$109,782
Assistant professorcalendar year21$97,48927$87,358
Instructorcalendar year2*3$44,000
Lecturercalendar year2*3$44,267
No academic rankcalendar year29$108,00638$89,892
All faculty totalcalendar year143$131,600113$102,141

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year357$138,33580$124,484
Associate professoracademic year215$92,568105$85,987
Assistant professoracademic year146$78,297120$74,731
Instructoracademic year13$50,82310$50,290
Lectureracademic year58$50,16959$45,719
No academic rankacademic year56$79,38562$68,059
All faculty totalacademic year845$105,012436$81,135

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

BU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball America East
Track America East

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports71128199

BU Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Marketing
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Science/Studies

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
International and Comparative Education
Latin Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area Studies, Other
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Regional Studies (US, Canadian, Foreign)
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Health Communication
Journalism, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dental Public Health and Education (Cert, MS/MPH, PhD/DPH)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Oral Biology and Oral Pathology (MS, PhD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Conservation Biology
Environmental Biology
Genetics, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Physiology, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Maternal and Child Health
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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