Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the University’s research and teaching mission.
Boston University was founded on the ideals that it would be one of the first all-inclusive universities as well as a leading private research and teaching institution. Boston University celebrates its diversity by carrying the exclusive title of being the first university to open all its divisions to female students in 1872 and the first coeducational medical college in the world in 1873. The University proudly lists Martin Luther King, Jr. among distinguished alumni, as well as the first woman to earn a PhD, the first woman admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, the first Native American graduate with a doctorate in medicine, and the first African-American psychiatrist in the nation.
Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the United States and was recently ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 50 universities in the world.
Boston University has become the most recent member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an elite organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada, founded in 1900. BU is the fourth university to be invited into the AAU since 2000, joining Boston’s Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis.
Metropolitan College, one of Boston University’s 17 degree-granting schools and colleges, was established in 1965. The College demonstrates excellence in teaching and research, with over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, offered full-time and part-time in convenient evening, online, and blended formats. There are over 30,000 Metropolitan College alumni worldwide.