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History embraces the sum of the human experience—politics, economics, religion, art, ideas, culture, social structures, and science.


BU’s professors, scholars, and researchers are flung far and wide, too. Their work runs the gamut, from large-scale studies to reduce neonatal mortality in Zambia to promoting understanding of rainforest ecosystems in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle. All of our 17 schools and colleges reported global activities. At the end of the day, we’re talking about more than 400 ventures in over 90 countries and Antarctica. Start here to begin sampling them.


BU is a major research institution seeking knowledge and creating breakthroughs in everything from African studies to zebrafish genetics. We are members of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.


Offering a complete array of services for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this office encourages students to view career development as a three-part process: self-assessment, career exploration, and career implementation.

Distance Learning Courses

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

Student services

The University Service Center is a resource for students, families, and other members of the University community. This office helps with questions or concerns not clearly identifiable as relating to a single administrative office, including leaves of absence and withdrawal for undergraduate degree candidates.

The ISSO assists international students with concerns about immigration, employment, housing, and personal and financial issues. Each September and January, the ISSO conducts a special orientation program to help incoming international students adjust to Boston University, the city of Boston, and life in the United States. The ISSO also sponsors a variety of intercultural events.

Housing services

Boston University’s Sustainability Program comprises a broad range of stakeholder groups on campus to provide the greatest diversity of representation and opinion. The program is made up of sustainability@BU and Dining Services Sustainability.

Administration of the University’s sustainability program is accomplished through sustainability@BU, which supports reports to Gary Nicksa, Senior Vice President of Operations. The program is broad in scope and aims to reduce the University’s environmental footprint by affecting change on campus and integrating sustainability into existing programs in education, research, and operations

Library services

The Boston Library Consortium offers services to librarians at member libraries ranging from resource sharing and e-resource licensing to professional development and programming on issues of importance to academic and research libraries.

Those affiliated with the Full Member libraries of the Boston Library Consortium can take advantage of access to and borrowing of materials from these libraries.

Medical services

Boston University Student Health Services provides primary care for BU students for short-term conditions. Long-term conditions and those requiring a specialist are referred out to other doctors. More information and services available at their website.

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

Student Activities provides a variety of services to assist student organizations and provide student leadership opportunities. They also offer a variety of University-wide events throughout the academic year, such as comedy shows, concerts, film screenings and Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution game trips. Have an idea for an event or group? Contact the team at Student Activities to get started!

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


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