Boston University

country rank  35
world rank  41

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University Overview

Founded in 1869, Boston University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Boston (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Massachusetts. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Paris, Sydney. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Boston University (BU) is a very large (EduListing enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Boston University (BU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 151 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym BU
Founded 1869 Origins date back to 1839
Motto Learning, Virtue, Piety
Colours Scarlet and white

University Location

Address One Silber Way
Boston (population range: 500,000-1,000,000)
02215 Massachusetts
United States
T +1 (617) 353 2000
F +1 (617) 353 2053
Other locations Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Paris, Sydney

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 20-30%
Admission Office 233 Bay State Road
Boston 02215
+1 (617) 353 2300

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 35,000-39,999
Academic Staff 2,500-2,999
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Boston University's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-Inc
  • Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Bar Association
  • American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • American Medical Association-Association of American Medical Colleges-Liaison Committee for Medical Education
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physiological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Association of Theological Schools
  • Association of Theological Schools in the United States of America and Canada
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • European Foundation for Management Development EFMD Program Accreditation System EPAS
  • Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission
  • Global Accreditation Center for Project Management of the Project Management Institute
  • Information Security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems CNSS
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation CAEP
  • National Council for Preservation Education
  • Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • Universities Research Association (URA)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • International Association of Methodist-related Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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