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Boston University

Boston, MA
#42

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Boston University, located in Boston, MA, is comprised of several highly-ranked graduate schools including the School of Law, School of Management, School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and School of Education. The School of Medicine is actually the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory. This private institution, founded in 1839, is one of the largest independent, nonprofit universities in the country. BU has several exciting student clubs ranging from Alpine Racing to the Zen Society. Notable alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; actresses Julianne Moore and Geena Davis; television personality Bill O’Reilly; radio host Howard Stern; and Tipper Gore, former wife of Al Gore.

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Quick Facts


1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

2014-2015 Tuition

$46,664 Tuition and Fees

Students

18165 undergraduate students
40% male / 60% female

Admission

January 1 application deadline
36.9% accepted

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Summary


School Details

Institutional Control: private
Year Founded: 1839

Programs Offered

bachelor's degree, doctorate, master's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, post-master's certificate

Majors Offered

Computer Science, Bilingual and Multilingual Education, Special Education and Teaching, General, Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness, Elementary Education and Teaching, Art Teacher Education, English/Language Arts Teacher Education, Foreign Language Teacher Education, Mathematics Teacher Education, Music Teacher Education, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education, Social Studies Teacher Education, Chemistry Teacher Education, Latin Teacher Education, Engineering, General, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other, Russian Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General, Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other, Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature, Latin Language and Literature, Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, English Language and Literature, General, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Environmental Biology, Conservation Biology, Neuroscience, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other, Mathematics, General, Systems Science and Theory, Nutrition Sciences, Ancient Studies/Civilization, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Second Language Learning, Philosophy, Religion/Religious Studies, Architectural History and Criticism, General, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Chemistry, General, Chemistry, Other, Geology/Earth Science, General, Geophysics and Seismology, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other, Physics, General, Psychology, General, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, General, Geography, International Relations and Affairs, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Urban Studies/Affairs, Social Sciences, Other, American/United States Studies/Civilization, East Asian Studies, European Studies/Civilization, Latin American Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Italian Studies, Area Studies, Other, Visual and Performing Arts, General, Graphic Design, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology, Acting, Directing and Theatrical Production, Art History, Criticism and Conservation, Painting, Sculpture, Music, General, Music Performance, General, Music Theory and Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Keyboard Instruments, Stringed Instruments, Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist, Dental Assisting/Assistant, Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician, Athletic Training/Trainer, Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician, Pre-Dentistry Studies, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies, Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist, Rehabilitation Science, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other, Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other, Health Professions and Related Programs, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Hospitality Administration/Management, General, History, General, Communication and Media Studies, Journalism, Radio and Television

Minors Offered

Computer Science, Education, General, Special Education and Teaching, General, Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Korean Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Italian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, Hebrew Language and Literature, Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature, Latin Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, General, English Language and Literature/Letters, Other, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Environmental Biology, Mathematics, General, Statistics, General, Systems Science and Theory, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nutrition Sciences, Ancient Studies/Civilization, Sustainability Studies, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Philosophy, Religion/Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish/Judaic Studies, Theology and Religious Vocations, Other, Astronomy, Chemistry, General, Geology/Earth Science, General, Physics, General, Psychology, General, Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, General, Geography, International Relations and Affairs, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Urban Studies/Affairs, Social Sciences, Other, African Studies, American/United States Studies/Civilization, East Asian Studies, European Studies/Civilization, Latin American Studies, Italian Studies, Area Studies, Other, African-American/Black Studies, Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies, Women's Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, General, Dance, General, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Film/Cinema/Video Studies, Art History, Criticism and Conservation, Music, General, Music Performance, General, Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General, Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist, Public Health, General, Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Finance, General, Hospitality Administration/Management, General, Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, History, General, Communication and Media Studies, Journalism, Photojournalism, Radio and Television, Public Relations/Image Management, Advertising, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 18,165
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 16,035
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 425
Percent of male undergraduates: 40%
Percent of female undergraduates: 60%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Counseling services offered: academic, birth control, career, international students, minority student, military, personal, psychological, religious, veteran student
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Lighted pathways/sidewalks; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Activities

Student activities offered: campus ministries, choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, international student organization, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, model UN, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook

Sports

Intercollegiate varsity nonscholarship sports offered for men: tennis
Intercollegiate varsity scholarship sports offered for men: basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor)
Intercollegiate varsity scholarship sports offered for women: basketball, crew (heavyweight), cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, crew (lightweight), soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor)

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Crime Statistics

Criminal Offences - On-Campus1 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 8 6 9
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 1 2 2
Aggravated assault 2 2 3
Burglary 59 58 42
Motor vehicle theft 0 2 1
Arson 1 0 0
Criminal Offences - On-Campus Student Housing Facility2 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 2 5 5
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 1 0
Aggravated assault 1 1 3
Burglary 26 30 28
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 1 0 0
Criminal Offences - Noncampus Building or Property3 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 5 5 4
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Arrests - On-Campus1 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 1
Drug law violations 2 2 3
Liquor law violations 22 44 18
Arrests - On-Campus Student Housing Facility2 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 1
Drug law violations 2 2 3
Liquor law violations 22 38 15
Arrests - Noncampus Building or Property3 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 1 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 4 0

Comments



1On-Campus: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
2On-Campus Student Housing Facility: Any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus is considered an on-campus student housing facility.
3Noncampus Building or Property: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.