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Campus & Student Life at Boston University

Home to about 16,872 undergraduates in 2020, Boston U is a very large, private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, Boston U offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Boston U can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Boston U Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Boston U Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Boston U Disability Services.

Boston U for the Military

While not a "service academy", Boston U does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Boston U Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Boston U for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Boston University

Boston U offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Boston University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Boston University

Boston U has a comparatively very large, student body. There were 16,872 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 16,026 (95.0%). Part-time attendance was 846 (5.0%).


Boston University is Ranked #42 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Boston U receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Boston U #42 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Boston University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Boston U by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Boston U Diversity Guide.

Boston University Competes in the NCAA

Boston U has a total of 669 student athletes, 318 men and 351 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$27,788,714
Total Expenses (all teams)$27,788,714

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Boston University Athletics

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