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Boston University

Boston University

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. The growth of Boston University over the last quarter century has been profound, as it has evolved from a regional university, with a focus on undergraduate and professional education, to an internationally recognized, residential, research university that received over $350 million of sponsored research awards in fiscal year 2014.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

BU is home to dozens of academic and arts training programs, as well as hundreds of arts events each year. Not only are we training the next, great artists, but Boston University serves as a regional destination for outstanding performances, exhibits, and arts activities of all kinds.

Whether you’re a gym rat, an athlete looking to shine on one of our 23 NCAA Division I squads, or just seeking fun and fitness, you’ll want to add the BU Athletics site to your favorites.

Swim, jog, practice yoga, play squash or broomball, spin, dance, rock climb—all this and more at our 270,000-square-foot facility.

Cheer on men’s and women’s hockey or take in concerts, ice shows, and tennis tournaments (among many other events) at the state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and entertainment complex Agganis Arena.

Mission/Philosophy:

Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society.

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.

Boston University comprises a remarkable range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs built on a strong foundation of the liberal arts and sciences. With the support and oversight of the Board of Trustees, the University, through our faculty, continually innovates in education and research to ensure that we meet the needs of students and an ever-changing world.

Traditions:

Marathon Monday: For runners, the third Monday in April, the day of the Boston Marathon, marks the high point in a career of grueling physical strain and unwavering mental determination; for BU students, the marathon marks the high point of the social season. Thanks to a bogus holiday (“Patriot’s Day”—a commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord?) Bostonians have the day off to throw parties, cheer for the runners, and roam the warming streets. 5:30am wake-up calls, pre-marathon beer-pong marathons, and waffle breakfasts at sunrise start the day’s festivities, and the fun doesn’t stop until the last runner crosses the finish line. (Which BU students assume happens sometime early the next morning...)

Student 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.

The arts at BU are a vibrant and vital part of the BU experience. Each year thousands of students take arts courses, while the campus is host to hundreds of arts events, most of which are free and open to the public. Add to that more than 70 arts groups through student activities, and you have a university that is alive with creativity!

Mascot

Mascot:

Rhett the Boston Terrier

In 1922, BU students voting for a school mascot got to choose between the Boston terrier and a moose. The Boston terrier was chosen in part because the dog was first bred in America in 1869, the year BU was chartered.

Boston University today:

Boston University is no small operation. With over 32,500 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 two campuses are always humming.

Enrollment:

Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 14,000 graduate and doctoral students, and employs nearly 4,000 faculty members across its 17 schools and colleges.

Famous graduates:

Martin Luther King Jr. (born January 15, 1929), both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

Edward Brooke (born October 26, 1919) attended Howard University, served in WWII and received two law degrees from Boston University. His first attempts to enter Massachusetts politics failed, but, after becoming state attorney general, in 1966 Brooke became the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. He served two terms and was known as a moderate, centrist Republican who advocated for fair housing and voting rights, among other items. Famed journalist Barbara Walters later revealed in 2008 that she and Brooke had an affair for many years. Brooke died at the age of 95 in Coral Gables, Florida, on January 3, 2015.

Interesting facts about Boston University:

The fourth floor of the Sheraton Hall (aka the writing majors’ dorm) is supposedly haunted by playwright and Nobel Prize winner Eugene O’Neill. He died in room 401 when the building was one of the earliest Sheraton Hotels. Resident students claim that the lights flicker and elevators erratically stop at the 4th floor!

BU’s The Castle was originally built as a residence for William Lindsey (1858–1922), a prominent Boston businessman. In the basement, you’ll find the the BU Pub, the only Boston-University operated bar. It’s a fun place to host receptions and concerts. It also served as a major filming location for the Kevin Spacey flick 21.

Scarlet and white are BU’s school colors. BU’s mascot is named Rhett because of the Gone with the Wind quote: “No one loves Scarlet more than Rhett!”

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