Boston University (commonly referred to as BU) is a private, non-profit, research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, and is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The university has more than 3,900 faculty members and nearly 33,000 students, and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on two urban campuses. . . .
BU is categorized as an R1: Doctoral University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. BU is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the Association of American Universities. The University was ranked 37th among undergraduate programs at national universities, and 39th among global universities by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 rankings.
Among its alumni and current or past faculty, the university counts eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows, nine Academy Award winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU also has MacArthur, Fulbright, Truman and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab. . . .
U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston University tied for 37th among national universities and 32nd among global universities for 2018. Boston University was also ranked 10th among public health graduate schools, 12th among social work schools, tied for 20th among law schools, tied for 29th among medical schools (research), 35th among engineering schools, tied for 41st among business schools, and 45th among education schools.
In 2014, BU's QSB undergraduate (business) program was ranked 23rd by Bloomberg Businessweek.
QS World University Rankings ranked Boston University 81st overall in the world in its 2018 rankings, with a 5-star rating.
Times Higher Education ranked Boston University 64th in the world for 2016–17.
Times Higher Education ranked Boston University 6th in the 2017 Global University Employability Rankings.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Boston University 39th in the United States, and 75th in the world, in its 2016 list.
Newsweek (International Edition), in its list of the Top 100 Global Universities, ranked Boston University the 35th in the United States, and 65th in the world.
The Economics department at Boston University is ranked 20th in the world as of February 2016. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks the program in economics 24th in the U.S. for 2017.
The Biomedical Engineering graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked 7th and 8th respectively in the nation and rising by U.S. News & World Report. The undergraduate program is also the sixth-largest ABET-accredited program in the nation.
Additionally, all of the professional graduate programs in the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College rank within the top 8% in the country. The Occupational Therapy Program ranked 1st out of 156 programs; the Physical Therapy Program ranked 14th out of 201 programs; and the Speech-Language Pathology Program ranked 12th out of 250 programs.
The College of Communication journalism and communication programs are highly ranked nationally with its film program ranked 11th by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.
Business Week ranks Boston University's MBA program 38th, and its undergraduate business program 18th.
The Economist ranks Boston University School of Management 42nd among global MBA programs in 2010.
The Financial Times ranks Boston University's MBA program 68th in the world.
Quantnet ranks Boston University's Mathematical Finance program 14th in the world.
US News ranks Boston University's online graduate information technology programs 4th in the nation, the online graduate criminal justice programs 4th in the nation, and the online graduate business programs (excluding MBAs) 10th in the nation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education places the Boston University School of Social Work as sixth in the nation for research productivity by faculty.
The Center for Measuring University Performance ranks Boston University among the top 50 research universities in the country.
BU is one of 96 American universities receiving the highest research classification ("RU/VH") by the Carnegie Foundation.