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Boston University

Boston University

+1 617-353-2300

233 Bay State Road Boston, MA USA 2215

Boston University (BU) is a private institution that was founded in 1839. One of the largest independent, nonprofit universities in the country, BU is well known for its law school and medical school, along with its programs in engineering and education. BU’s School of Medicine is the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory. Notable alumni include civil rights activist and theologian Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba, and U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ranked 40, BU is a very selective school. Its acceptance rate is 20% and its graduation rate is 87%. Its tuition rate is $58,560 per year, plus fees. More than 33,500 total students attend BU, representing 130 countries. The university offers over 200 undergraduate programs and over 250 postgraduate programs. It follows a semester-based academic calendar.

BU’s 175-acre campus is located in an urban setting. With no shortage of historic and cultural attractions, Boston provides numerous opportunities for engagement, entertainment, growth, and learning. On campus, BU’s 24 NCAA Division I teams draw crowds. Its ice hockey team has multiple national championships. The university also has nearly 500 student clubs, ranging from Ski Racing to juggling. It established one of the first study abroad programs in America, which currently sponsors more than 90 international programs. About 80 percent of undergraduate students live on the main Boston campus.

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