Studyportals placeholder

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Boston University is no small operation. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, our three campuses are always humming, always in high gear. Meet the people and places that keep the University running smoothly.

Short Courses

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (10)
Education & Training (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Law (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



We remain dedicated to our founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community—local and international. These principles endure in the University’s insistence on the value of diversity, in its tradition and standards of excellence, and in its dynamic engagement with the City of Boston and the world.


The core mission of the Institutional Research (IR) office at Boston University is to provide timely, accurate, and useful information and analyses to Boston University’s management team to facilitate their decision making about the allocation of resources that support the University’s strategic vision, mission, and goals.Working within the guidelines of the University’s Data Policy, IR also coordinates the external reporting of University data including federally-mandated reporting, information for college guides, and ranking surveys. The office seeks to ensure that reported data conforms to all relevant definitions and follows the regulations set by the requesting agency.


Explore available career opportunities now. Education thrives in Boston, and working here will give you the opportunity to contribute to our mission and work with some of the most experienced educators and staff in the nation.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
98 -5
93 -12
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
74 -4
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
70 10
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
46 -7
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Welcome to the Student Employment Office! We are the comprehensive resource for all matters related to student employment at Boston University, whether you are a student, supervisor, payroll coordinator or off-campus employer.  

Housing services

We of the Boston University residence community, seek a simple goal: to provide a clean, safe, and quiet environment where civility and respect for others are the norms.  We accomplish this with the active involvement of students along with the support and guidance of qualified and dedicated staff.

In the residences, the dining areas, and in your classrooms, you will experience the spirit of the Boston University community. What can you add or gain? Your individual style, a thirst for knowledge, and a commitment to assisting others will make you a part of the community. Students come to our campus from diverse backgrounds and social experiences. 

Library services

Boston University matriculating students, faculty, and staff may borrow books from Boston College, Brandeis University, and Northeastern University with your Boston University ID (Terrier card), just as you would in BU Libraries.

Medical services

SHIP is Boston University’s health insurance plan for students. It is offered through Aetna, a large national health insurer. SHIP may be the best—and most affordable—option for covering your healthcare outside of Student Health Services (SHS).

We automatically enroll all students who are legally required to have health insurance in SHIP. 

Student Life

Campus life

Our slice of Boston is a mosaic like no other: a swirl of languages, faces and religions, over 500 student clubs, shows and lectures, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a slew of pubs and restaurants, and the thrills and spills of Terrier hockey. Oh, and don’t forget the tailgate parties. Our world, yours for the taking.

Sports facilities

Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center provides approximately 270,000 square feet of space for physical education , non-credit courses, intramurals, club sports, student organizations, and more. It also includes a center for rehabilitation, fitness/conditioning and Emergency Medical Services education; expansive locker rooms for men, women and families; snack bar; pro shop; equipment issue; children’s area, and administrative offices.

Student clubs

It’s easy to find people who share your interests. Here’s a sampling of just some of our campus organizations. For a complete list and contact information, visit our Student Activities Office website. And if, against all odds, your favorite activity isn’t on our list, you can find out how to start your own organization with as few as four other students.


Boston University is proud to be a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States, and has been accredited by NEASC since 1929.

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Other programmes from this university