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Boston University

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Introduction

Boston University (BU) is a private research institution of higher learning located in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 31,000 students and over 4,000 faculty members, it is one of United States largest private universities and one of the biggest employers in Boston. BU is categorized in the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education as a Research University/very high research activity (RU/VH). It is also Boston Consortium for Higher Education’s member.

History

As a result of continual development, the institution’s Charles River campus has a variety of buildings that are architecturally diverse. The School of Theology and the Marsh Chapel’s College of Arts & Sciences (location of the March Chapel Experiment) were constructed in collegiate gothic style in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. A large amount of the grounds are conventional Boston brownstone, particularly at South Campus and Bay State Road where the institution has bought virtually every townhouse the areas have to offer. These building are largely dorms but several serve as a variety of institutes and as department offices as well.

Many of the modern building were built from the 1960’s to the 1980’s This includes the Law School, Warren Towers and Mugar Library, all of which were constructed using the brutalist style of construction. In 1983, the Metcalf Science Center for Science & Engineering was built, and might be described correctly as Structural Expressionism. Boston University’s most recent buildings are the Life Science & Engineering building, Photonics Center, the School of Management, and the Student Village – which also include the Agganis Arena and the Fitness Recreation (FitRec) Center. All the aforementioned building were constructed using bricks and a few were constructed using a considerable amount of brownstone.

Academics

The main campus is located in Allston and Fenwway-Kenmore neigborhoods along the Charles River in Boston while BU’s medical campus is located in South End neigborhood in Boston.

Each college and school has a 3 letter abbreviation, which students and faculty use instead of pronouncing the full name. For instance, the School of Management is referred to as SMG, the College of Arts & Science is referred to as CAS, the School of Education is known as SED and so on.

Programs Offered

Students may earn bachelor’s degrees, masters, medical, dental, and doctoral degrees.

The university runs 75 study abroad programs in more than 33 cities in over 20 countries and also has internships opportunities in 10 different nations.

Accreditation

Accreditation is granted by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC).

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Admissions

The factors that the Board of Admissions takes into consideration are:

  • Applicant’s high school performance – This is the Board of Admission’s best indicator of how a prospective student will perform. When admissions representatives are reviewing an applicant’s transcripts, they take a look at various factors, some of which includes enrollment in honors, applicant’s academic strengths, total level of achievement and so on.
  • Applicant’s standardized test scores – the university requires an applicant’s SAT and Subject exam scores or ACT with writing – applicants can see the specific requirement for their particular program of study on the university website.
  • Recommendations written by applicant’s teacher and counselor – It is vital for applicant’s to have their recommendations written by counselors and teachers who know them very well because they will be able to give the Board of Admissions a thorough understanding of who the applicant is as an individual and in the classroom.
  • Applicant’s personal qualifications – The Board of Admissions likes to see what an applicant has done outside of his or her classroom: their activities – both in their school and their community – and after-school work/job. The school’s Board of Admissions also look for applicants’ activities which match their experiences or other interests that will match the opportunities available. Applicant’s special talents, skills and achievements are also vital in Board’s review process.
  • Applicant’s application essay – This is a vital part of an applicant’s application process because it will clearly demonstrate how applicants express themselves. It is also an opportunity for the Admissions Board to learn who the prospective BU student is, beyond his or her grades and standardized exam scores. Applicants should let their voice come through in their essay – this will assist the Board of Admissions members understand what clearly distinguishes him or her from other applicants. Applicants can check out BU’s essay writing tips on their website.
  • Financial Aid

    The Financial Assistance Office administers scholarships, loans, part time employment funding and loans. The office also provide information in detail to assist students and their families make a well informed decision about the various options for financing an undergraduate education.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 522nd for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Massachusetts.

    Students

    The housing system is the country’s 10th largest among 4 year institutions. Students living in the school’s dormitories must enroll in a 12 month long meal plan.

    There are many clubs and organizations where students can contribute to developing the community, improve their leadership potential and enrich their lives. Various clubs and organizations include: The Dear Abbeys, Stage Troupe, Soccer Club, the Greek community and so on.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    The NCAA Division I male Terriers participate in ice hockey, wrestling, cross country, basketball, rowing, golf, tennis, track & field, swimming and soccer. The Lady Terriers participate in dance, lacrosse, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, field hockey, cross country, track & field, softball, ice hockey, swimming and rowing. The athletics teams participate in the Colonial Athletic Association, Hockey East and America East conferences and the university’s mascot is known as Rhett the Boston Terrier.

    The most successful athletics team on campus is the men’s hockey team. This team has won many NCAA championships and is coached by Jack Parker, a hall of famer. Boston University’s women’s rowing team has won 2 national championships two years in a row – in 1991 and 1992.

    Club Sports

    Students can also participate in athletics at club level. The university recognizes 36 club sports, which includes men’s volleyball, synchronized skating, snowboard, baseball, women’s volleyball, table tennis, cheerleading, ultimate Frisbee, alpine ski racing, triathlon, squash, kung fu and so on.

    Alumni

    BU alumni include six Noble Prize winners, twenty two Pulitzer Prize winners and a number of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows. Some of the best-known alumni are:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – Nobel Prize winner and Civil Rights Activist
  • Julianne Moore – Actress
  • Geena Davis – Actress
  • William Cohen – Defense Secretary
  • Gary Locke – Commerce Secretary
  • Howard Stern – Radio personality
  • Nina Garcia – Marie Claire’s fashion editor and Co-host of Project Runway
  • Tipper Gore – United States’ Former Second Lady
  • Information Summary

    Ranks 17th in Massachusetts and 159th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 415th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 4 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 9 0.03
    Robbery 13 0.04
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 64 0.20
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 3 0.01
    Arrest 3 0.01

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
    Forcible Rape 271 0.04
    Robbery 1,904 0.31
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 3,482 0.56
    Larceny 14,064 2.26
    Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02215
    Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population21,963 (21,963 urban / N/A rural)
    Households7,962 (1.56 people per house)
    Median Household Income$27,040
    Families1,155 (2.28 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District2507

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 36th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $43,970 $43,970 $43,970
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $940 $940 $940
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,374 $1,374 $1,374
    FT Graduate Tuition $43,970 $43,970 $43,970
    FT Graduate Required Fees $610 $610 $610
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,374 $1,374 $1,374
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $61,446 $61,446 $61,446
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $61,446 $61,446 $61,446
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $49,680 $49,680 $49,680

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $62,426 $62,426
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $760 $760
    Dentistry Degree — Tuition $64,500 $64,500
    Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $1,684 $1,684
    Law Degree — Tuition $44,720 $44,720
    Law Degree — Required Fees $1,066 $1,066

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $41,420 $42,994 $41,420 $42,994 $41,420 $42,994
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $940 $1,000
    On-Campus – Room & Board $12,710 $13,190
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,852 $1,916
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,710 $13,190
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,852 $1,916
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,566 $3,770

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$80
    Graduate Application Fee$80
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 44,006 (17,808 male / 26,198 female)
    Admitted 20,071 (7,603 male / 12,468 female)
    Admission rate 46%
    First-time Enrollment 3,877 (1,516 male / 2,361 female)
    FT Enrollment 3,877 (1,516 male / 2,361 female)
    PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
    Total Enrollment32,411

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demo
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Basketball Conference Patriot League
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Patriot League

    ACT Test Admission

    116th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 32
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 30

    SAT Test Admission

    90th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 670
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 610 / 720
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1180 / 1390

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity11,347
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$8,930
    Board Fee$4,690

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 1,401 287 512 899 16 4,128 919 8,356
    Accounting
    Acting 2 2 1 11 2 20
    Actuarial Science 27 2 3 1 33
    Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
    Advanced General Dentistry 4 5 3 12
    Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other 5 5
    Advertising 7 1 2 2 18 2 32
    Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 1 1
    African-American/Black Studies 3 4
    American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 5 7
    Anatomy 1 8 2 11
    Ancient Studies/Civilization 1 3 3 2 9
    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
    Anthropology 1 3 4 4 22 4 38
    Anthropology, Other 1 1
    Archeology 2 3 1 22 28
    Architectural History and Criticism, General 1 1 2 4 1 9
    Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 1 4 2 30 6 50
    Art Teacher Education 3 4 1 1 73 7 93
    Astronomy 1 2 10 1 14
    Astrophysics
    Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 1 9 4 17
    Audiology/Audiologist
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 1 3 5 1 47 6 65
    Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1 2 3 17 24 48
    Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 41 1 1 3 1 47
    Bible/Biblical Studies 2 2 1 1 6
    Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 1 1 3
    Biochemistry 1 1 2
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 1 4 11 21 3 45
    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 15 5 8 40 63 7 143
    Bioinformatics 4 1 1 3 4 13
    Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 9 16 13 54 86 10 195
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 3 5 27 45 14 98
    Biophysics
    Biostatistics 5 4 11 1 21
    Biotechnology 1 1 2 6 1 11
    Broadcast Journalism 3 1 1 9 14
    Business Administration and Management, General 224 34 57 146 431 151 1,065
    Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 128 2 1 8 14 5 158
    Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 1 2 1 3 12 20
    Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 2 1 3
    Chemistry Teacher Education
    Chemistry, General 7 5 17 3 32
    Chemistry, Other 1 1 1 1 4
    Chinese Language and Literature
    Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 1 19 25
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 3 3 1 7 14
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
    Clinical Psychology 2 2 1 3 17 2 27
    Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 3 3 2 6 2 16
    Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 4 1 5
    Communication, General 17 9 33 23 166 27 281
    Comparative Literature 1 1
    Computer Engineering, General 26 1 1 14 12 4 58
    Computer Science 17 7 6 15 62 10 119
    Computer Software Engineering
    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 1 2 3 1 9
    Conducting 1 1
    Conservation Biology 2 3 10 1 16
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 2 1 19 25
    Creative Writing 1 2 2 13 2 21
    Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 3 2 5 2 15
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 14 5 10 43 108 188
    Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other 3 2 2 1 23 8 40
    Curriculum and Instruction 3 6 3 1 33 2 48
    Dental Clinical Sciences, General
    Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
    Dental Public Health and Education 1 1 1 3
    Development Economics and International Development 8 3 9 20
    Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 7 2 4 13
    Directing and Theatrical Production 10 1 11
    Drama and Dance Teacher Education
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 22 4 30
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 1 1 12 1 20
    East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 1
    East Asian Studies 1 3 5
    Economics, General 177 1 11 35 67 20 313
    Economics, Other 13 1 15
    Education, General
    Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 1 8 11
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 1 2 19 3 27
    Educational/Instructional Technology 4 2 3 9
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 39 2 3 14 32 2 95
    Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 22 1 26
    Endodontics/Endodontology 4 1 6 4 15
    Engineering Mechanics
    Engineering, General
    Engineering, Other
    English Language and Literature, General 2 1 9 2 80 6 105
    English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 1 2 3
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 28 32
    Environmental Biology 3 2 3 8
    Environmental Health 1 3 11 4 19
    Epidemiology 7 1 4 16 45 12 86
    Financial Mathematics 28 1 3 8 2 43
    Financial Planning and Services 2 4 14 2 22
    Fine and Studio Arts Management 12 2 2 33 3 53
    Foreign Language Teacher Education 5 1 6
    Forensic Science and Technology 1 2 3 2 1 14 5 30
    French Language and Literature 1 7 8
    Genetic Counseling/Counselor 1 6 7
    Genetics, General 1 1
    Geography 1 1 5 1 8
    Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
    Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 7 9
    Geophysics and Seismology 4 4
    German Language and Literature 3 3
    Graphic Design 6 1 7 20 1 36
    Health Communication 6 1 23 12 43
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 4 16 5 26
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2 7 13 19 1 71 13 127
    Health Teacher Education 9 9
    Health/Health Care Administration/Management 23 11 3 26 1 128 26 222
    Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
    Historic Preservation and Conservation 3 1 4
    History, General 1 1 9 5 1 57 10 87
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General 11 12 19 65 9 117
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 3 3
    Hydrology and Water Resources Science
    Information Science/Studies 30 21 11 35 101 34 237
    Insurance 4 13 17
    International Business, Trade, and Tax Law 4 1 2 7
    International Marketing 2 1 1 1 7 18 30
    International Relations and Affairs 32 10 27 22 144 22 268
    International and Comparative Education
    Investments and Securities
    Italian Language and Literature
    Italian Studies
    Japanese Language and Literature 2 1 2 5
    Journalism 10 5 14 18 102 14 168
    Journalism, Other 5 1 2 1 11 2 22
    Keyboard Instruments
    Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
    Latin American Studies 2 2 4
    Latin Language and Literature
    Latin Teacher Education 2 1 4
    Legal Assistant/Paralegal
    Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
    Linguistics 2 1 15 2 20
    Management Information Systems, General 1 1 3 5
    Management Science 13 2 7 15 3 40
    Manufacturing Engineering 1 2 3
    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 1 3 1 17 3 26
    Materials Engineering 8 2 2 5 17
    Maternal and Child Health 4 1 1 1 34 4 49
    Mathematics Teacher Education 1 16 8 25
    Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    Mathematics, General 17 3 7 25 5 58
    Mechanical Engineering 28 2 10 17 63 11 135
    Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
    Medical Scientist 4 4
    Molecular Biology 6 1 3 7 12 1 33
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 9 8 10 9 1 54 8 100
    Museology/Museum Studies 1 1 2
    Music History, Literature, and Theory
    Music Performance, General 26 4 3 5 1 44 1 86
    Music Teacher Education 7 7 5 4 113 8 148
    Music Theory and Composition 2 4 6
    Music, General 1 3 1 5
    Music, Other 2 2 4
    Musicology and Ethnomusicology 3 3
    Neurobiology and Anatomy 1 3 4
    Neuroscience 3 2 10 26 1 39 7 93
    Nutrition Sciences 3 2 2 26 7 40
    Occupational Therapy/Therapist 4 1 8 33 5 52
    Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 7 7
    Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 1 1 2
    Orthodontics/Orthodontology
    Painting 1 5 3 21 5 35
    Pathology/Experimental Pathology 1 1
    Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 2 1 5 2 10
    Periodontics/Periodontology 7 1 1 9
    Pharmacology 1 1
    Philosophy 1 1 4 29 5 41
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 7 3 11
    Physical Therapy/Therapist
    Physics, General 8 1 2 4 13 3 31
    Physiology, General
    Political Science and Government, General 6 4 11 5 63 4 96
    Pre-Dentistry Studies 1 1
    Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 3 15 2 20
    Programs for Foreign Lawyers 79 2 2 5 1 89
    Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 2 4 6
    Psychology, General 20 12 31 39 1 176 16 307
    Public Administration 1 1 3 21 1 28
    Public Relations/Image Management 17 1 12 2 32
    Radio and Television 17 6 24 9 123 13 195
    Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 4 2 8
    Reading Teacher Education 1 1 7 10
    Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign) 2 1 3
    Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 7 4 9 24 61 11 126
    Religion/Religious Studies 2 4 6
    Religious/Sacred Music 5 5
    Russian Language and Literature
    Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 10 3 14
    Sculpture 1 5 1 7
    Social Sciences, General 3 1 4 26 7 42
    Social Sciences, Other 1 2 4 3 2 21 2 35
    Social Studies Teacher Education 1 20 1 22
    Social Work 2 6 14 3 102 34 166
    Sociology 1 3 13 3 21 5 47
    Spanish Language and Literature 3 3 1 6 13
    Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 26 1 31
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric
    Stringed Instruments
    Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 1 1 2 4
    Systems Engineering 6 2 1 9
    Systems Science and Theory 2 1 1 8 14
    Tax Law/Taxation 2 2 1 3 30 5 44
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 17 1 1 12 2 33
    Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 2 2 2 18 2 27
    Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
    Theology/Theological Studies 3 1 11 1 16
    Urban Studies/Affairs 2 2 4 1 9
    Visual and Performing Arts, General
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
    Voice and Opera

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 78th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $116,143 ($127,714 male / $89,372 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,657 (1,012 male / 645 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 3,678
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
    Total Benefits $107,839,152
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