Boston University | Wikipedia audio article

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October 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Boston University (commonly referred to as
BU) is a private, non-profit, research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is
nonsectarian, but has been 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. The main
campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods,
while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
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.
The Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I. BU athletic teams compete
in the Patriot League, and Hockey East conferences, and their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier.
Boston University is well known for men’s hockey, in which it has won five national
championships, most recently in 2009.==History=====Predecessor institutions and University
Charter===Boston University traces its roots to the
establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839, and was chartered
with the name “Boston University” by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869. The University organized
formal Centennial observances both in 1939 and 1969.On April 24–25, 1839 a group of
Methodist ministers and laymen at the Old Bromfield Street Church in Boston elected
to establish a Methodist theological school. Set up in Newbury, Vermont, the school was
named the “Newbury Biblical Institute”. In 1847, the Congregational Society in Concord,
New Hampshire, invited the Institute to relocate to Concord and offered a disused Congregational
church building with a capacity of 1200 people. Other citizens of Concord covered the remodeling
costs. One stipulation of the invitation was that the Institute remain in Concord for at
least 20 years. The charter issued by New Hampshire designated the school the “Methodist
General Biblical Institute”, but it was commonly called the “Concord Biblical Institute.”
With the agreed twenty years coming to a close, the trustees of the Concord Biblical Institute
purchased 30 acres (120,000 m2) on Aspinwall Hill in Brookline, Massachusetts, as a possible
relocation site. The institute moved in 1867 to 23 Pinkney Street in Boston, and received
a Massachusetts Charter as the “Boston Theological Institute”.
In 1869, three trustees of the Boston Theological Institute obtained from the Massachusetts
Legislature a charter for a university by name of “Boston University”. These trustees
were successful Boston businessmen and Methodist laymen, with a history of involvement in educational
enterprises and became the founders of Boston University. They were Isaac Rich (1801–1872),
Lee Claflin (1791–1871), and Jacob Sleeper (1802–1889), for whom Boston University’s
three West Campus dormitories are named. Lee Claflin’s son, William, was then Governor
of Massachusetts and signed the University Charter on May 26, 1869 after it was passed
by the Legislature. As reported by Kathleen Kilgore in her book,
Transformations, A History of Boston University (see Further reading), the founders directed
the inclusion in the Charter of the following provision, unusual for its time: No instructor in said University shall ever
be required by the Trustees to profess any particular religious opinions as a test of
office, and no student shall be refused admission… on account of the religious opinions he may
entertain; provided, nonetheless, that this section shall not apply to the theological
department of said University.Every department of the new university was also open to all
on an equal footing regardless of sex, race, or (with the exception of the School of Theology)
religion.===Early years (1870–1900)===The Boston Theological Institute was absorbed
into Boston University in 1871 as the BU School of Theology.In January 1872 Isaac Rich died,
leaving the vast bulk of his estate to a trust that would go to Boston University after ten
years of growth while the University was organized. Most of this bequest consisted of real estate
throughout the core of the city of Boston which was appraised at more than $1.5 million.
Kilgore describes this as the largest single donation to an American college or university
to that time. By December, however, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 had destroyed all but
one of the buildings Rich had left to the University, and the insurance companies with
which they had been insured were bankrupt. The value of his estate, when turned over
to the University in 1882, was half what it had been in 1872.As a result, the University
was unable to build its contemplated campus on Aspinwall Hill, and the land was sold piecemeal
as development sites. Street names in the area, including Claflin Road, Claflin Path,
and University Road, are the only remaining evidence of University ownership in this area.
Following the fire, Boston University established its new facilities in buildings scattered
throughout Beacon Hill and later expanded into the Boylston Street and Copley Square
area before building its Charles River Campus in the 1930s.After receiving a year’s salary
advance to allow him to pursue his research in 1875, Alexander Graham Bell, then a professor
at the university, invented the telephone in a Boston University laboratory. In 1876,
Borden Parker Bowne was appointed professor of philosophy. Bowne, an important figure
in the history of American religious thought, was an American Christian philosopher and
theologian in the Methodist tradition. He is known for his contributions to personalism,
a philosophical branch of liberal theology. The movement he led is often referred to as
Boston Personalism. The university continued its tradition of
openness in this period. In 1877, Boston University became the first American university to award
a Ph.D. to a woman when classics scholar Helen Magill White earned hers with a thesis on
“The Greek Drama.” Then in 1878 Anna Oliver became the first woman to receive a degree
in theology in the United States, but the Methodist Church would not ordain her. Lelia
Robinson Sawtelle, who graduated from the university’s law school in 1881, became the
first woman admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. Solomon Carter Fuller, who graduated from
the university’s School of Medicine in 1897, became the first black psychiatrist in the
United States and would make significant contributions to the study of Alzheimer’s disease.===20th century and establishment of the
Charles River campus===Seeking to unify a geographically scattered
school and enable it to participate in the development of the city, school president
Lemuel Murlin arranged that the school buy the present campus along the Charles River.
Between 1920 and 1928, the school bought the 15 acres (61,000 m2) of land that had been
reclaimed from the river by the Riverfront Improvement Association. Plans for a riverside
quadrangle with a Gothic Revival administrative tower modeled on the “Old Boston Stump” in
Boston, England were scaled back in the late 1920s when the State Metropolitan District
Commission used eminent domain to seize riverfront land for Storrow Drive. Murlin was never able
to build the new campus, but his successor, Daniel L. Marsh, led a series of fundraising
campaigns (interrupted by both the Great Depression and World War II) that helped Marsh to achieve
his dream and to gradually fill in the University’s new campus. By spring 1936, the student body
included 10,384 men and women. In 1951, Harold C. Case became the school’s
fifth president and under his direction the character of the campus changed significantly,
as he sought to change the school into a national research university. The campus tripled in
size to 45 acres (180,000 m2), and added 68 new buildings before Case retired in 1967.
The first large dorms, Claflin, Rich and Sleeper Halls in West Campus were built, and in 1965
construction began on 700 Commonwealth Avenue, later named Warren Towers, designed to house
1800 students. Between 1961 and 1966, the BU Law Tower, the George Sherman Union, and
the Mugar Memorial Library were constructed in the Brutalist style, a departure from the
school’s traditional architecture. The College of Engineering and College of Communication
were housed in a former stable building and auto-show room, respectively. Besides his
efforts to expand the university into a rival for Greater Boston’s more prestigious academic
institutions, such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(both in Cambridge across the Charles River from the BU campus), Case involved himself
in the start of the student/societal upheavals that came to characterize the 1960s. When
a mini-squabble over editorial policy at college radio WBUR-FM – whose offices were under
a tall radio antenna mast in front of the School of Public Relations and Communications
(later College of Communications) – started growing in the spring of 1964, Case persuaded
university trustees that the university should take over the widely heard radio station (now
a major outlet for National Public Radio and still a B.U.-owned broadcast facility). The
trustees approved the firing of student managers and clamped down on programming and editorial
policy, which had been led by the late Jim Thistle, later a major force in Boston’s broadcast
news milieu. The on-campus political dispute between Case’s conservative administration
and the suddenly active and mostly liberal student body led to other disputes over B.U.
student print publications, such as the B.U. News and the Scarlet, a fraternity association
newspaper. The Presidency of John Silber also saw much
expansion. In the late 1970s, the Lahey Clinic vacated its building at 605 Commonwealth Avenue
and moved to Burlington, Massachusetts. The vacated building was purchased by BU to house
the School of Education. After arriving from the University of Texas in 1971, Silber set
out to remake the university into a global center for research by recruiting star faculty.
Two of his faculty “stars,” Elie Wiesel and Derek Walcott, won Nobel Prizes shortly after
Silber recruited them. Two others, Saul Bellow and Sheldon Lee Glashow won Nobel Prizes before
Silber recruited them.In addition to recruiting new scholars, Silber expanded the physical
campus, constructing the Photonics Center for the study of light, a new building for
the School of Management, and the Life Science and Engineering Building for interdisciplinary
research, among other projects. Campus expansion continued in the 2000s with the construction
of new dormitories and the Agganis Arena.===The 21st century===Robert Brown’s presidency, which started in
2005, has sought to further the consolidation of campus infrastructure that was commenced
by earlier administrations. During his tenure, Brown has strengthened the core missions of
undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, interdisciplinary work, and research
and scholarship across all 17 schools and colleges.
In 2007, Brown introduced his 10-year strategic plan, which articulates BU’s core values in
a set of institutional commitments and defines goals to be met to establish BU as one of
the largest private research universities. Brown committed the University to investing
$1.8 billion in the completion of this ten-year strategic plan, allocating new resources to
inter-college opportunities for undergraduates, improving the campus’s academic and residential
facilities, and recruiting new faculty. One overriding goal has been to break down the
barriers between the University’s 17 schools and colleges that had evolved over the decades
and find ways to combine different fields and researchers within interdisciplinary research
centers. This philosophy of creating new knowledge from a variety of corners of the University
extends to undergraduate education, as well, which has been overhauled to expose students
to new fields and ways of thinking and problem solving. This includes requiring course work
outside their majors, development of personal communications skills, and cross-school collaborations.
That new curriculum, called the BU Hub, goes into effect in 2018.The strategic plan also
called for increasing the annual budget by $225 million per year. The FY2016 operating
budget was $2.2 billion and the FY2017 budget is $2.4 billion. In FY2016, the research enterprise
at the University brought in $368.9 million in sponsored research, comprising 1,896 awards
to 722 faculty investigators.In 2012, the University was invited to join the Association
of American Universities, the organization of the 62 leading research universities in
the United States and Canada. BU, one of only four universities invited to join the group
since 2000, became the 62nd member. In the Boston area, Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis are
also members.That same year, a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign was launched,
the University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, with the primary focus on financial
aid, faculty support, research, and facility improvements. In 2016, the campaign goal was
reached. The Board of Trustees voted to raise the goal to $1.5 billion and extend through
2019. To date, the campaign has funded some 74 new faculty positions, including 49 named
full professorships and 25 Career Development Professorships.In February 2015 the faculty
adopted an open-access policy to make its scholarship publicly accessible online.In
2016, Times Higher Education (THE) named Boston University to a list of 53 “international
powerhouse” institutions, schools that have the best chance of being grouped alongside—or
ahead of—THE’s most elite global “old stars,” a group that includes the University of Oxford,
Stanford, Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Princeton.The Charles River and Medical Campuses have also
undergone notable physical transformations since 2006, from new buildings and playing
fields to dormitory renovations. The campus has seen the addition of a 26-floor student
residence at 33 Harry Agganis Way, nicknamed StuVi2, the New Balance Playing Field, the
Yawkey Center for Student Services, the Alan and Sherry Leventhal Center, the Law tower
and Redstone annex, the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC), the Center for Integrated
Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), and the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre, scheduled to
open in fall 2017. The Dahod Family Alumni Center in the renovated BU Castle will begin
in May 2017. Development of the University’s existing housing stock has included significant
renovations to BU’s oldest dorm, Myles Standish Hall and Annex, and to Kilachand Hall, formerly
known as Shelton Hall, and a brand new student residence on the Medical Campus.==Campus=====Boston campuses and facilities===The University’s main Charles River Campus
follows Commonwealth Avenue and the Green Line, beginning near Kenmore Square and continuing
for over a mile and a half to its end near the border of Boston’s Allston neighborhood.
The Boston University Bridge over the Charles River into Cambridge represents the dividing
line between Main Campus, where most schools and classroom buildings are concentrated,
and West Campus, home to several athletic facilities and playing fields, the large West
Campus dorm, and the new John Hancock Student Village complex.
As a result of its continual expansion, the Charles River campus contains an array of
architecturally diverse buildings. The College of Arts and Sciences, Marsh Chapel (site of
the Marsh Chapel Experiment), and the School of Theology buildings are the university’s
most recognizable and were built in the late-1930s and 1940s in collegiate gothic style. A sizable
amount of the campus is traditional Boston brownstone, especially at Bay State Road and
South Campus where BU has acquired almost every townhouse those areas offer. The buildings
are primarily dormitories but many also serve as various institutes as well as department
offices. From the 1960s–1980s many contemporary buildings were constructed including the Mugar
Library, BU Law School and Warren Towers, all of which were built in the brutalist style
of architecture. The Metcalf Science Center for Science and Engineering, constructed in
1983, might more accurately be described as Structural Expressionism. Morse Auditorium,
adjacent, stands in stark architectural contrast, as it was constructed as a Jewish temple.
The most recent additions to BU’s campus are the Photonics Center, Life Science and Engineering
Building, The Student Village (which includes the FitRec Center and Agganis Arena), and
the School of Management. All these buildings were built in brick, a few with a substantial
amount of brownstone.====Student housing====Boston University’s housing system is the
nation’s 10th largest among four-year colleges. BU was originally a commuter school, but the
university now guarantees the option of on-campus housing for four years for all undergraduate
students. Currently, 76 percent of the undergraduate population lives on campus. Boston University
requires that all students living in dormitories be enrolled in a year-long meal plan with
several combinations of meals and dining points which can be used as cash in on-campus facilities.Housing
at BU is an unusually diverse melange, ranging from individual 19th-century brownstone townhouses
and apartment buildings acquired by the school to large-scale high-rises built in the 1960s
and 2000s. The large dormitories include the 1,800-student
Warren Towers, the largest on campus, as well as West Campus and The Towers. The smaller
dormitory and apartment style housing are mainly located in two parts of campus: Bay
State Road and the South Campus residential area. Bay State Road is a tree-lined street
that runs parallel to Commonwealth Avenue and is home to the majority of BU’s townhouses,
often called “brownstones”. South Campus is a student residential area south of Commonwealth
Avenue and separated from the main campus by the Massachusetts Turnpike. Some of the
larger buildings in that area have been converted into dormitories, while the rest of the South
Campus buildings are apartments. Boston University’s newest residence and principal
apartment-style housing area is officially called 33 Harry Agganis Way, StuVi2 unofficially,
and is part of The John Hancock Student Village project. The north-facing, 26-story building
is apartment style while the south-facing, 19-story building is in an 8-bedroom dormitory
style suite. In total, the building houses 960 residents.
Aside from these main residential areas, smaller residential dormitories are scattered along
Commonwealth Avenue. Boston University also provides specialty
houses or specialty floors to students who have particular interests.
All large dormitories have 24/7 security and require all students to swipe and show their
school identification before entering. Kilachand Hall, formerly Shelton Hall, is
rumored to be haunted by the ghost of playwright Eugene O’Neill. O’Neill lived in what was
originally room 401 (now 419) while the building was a residential hotel. He died in a hospital
on November 27, 1953, and his ghost is rumored to haunt both the room and the floor. The
fourth floor is now a specialty floor called the Writers’ Corridor.====John Hancock Student Village====The Student Village is a large new residential
and recreational complex covering 10 acres (40,000 m2) between Buick Street and Nickerson
Field, ground formerly occupied by a National Guard Armory, which had been used by the University
for indoor track and field and as a storage facility before its demolition and the start
of construction. The dormitory of apartment suites at 10 Buick Street (often abbreviated
to “StuVi” by students) opened to juniors and seniors in the fall of 2000. In 2002,
John Hancock Insurance announced its sponsorship of the multimillion-dollar project.
The Agganis Arena, named after Harry Agganis, was opened to concerts and hockey games in
January 2005. The Agganis Arena is capable of housing 6,224 spectators for Terrier hockey
games, replacing the smaller Walter Brown Arena. It can also be used for concerts and
shows. In March 2005, the final element of phase II of the Student Village complex, the
Fitness and Recreation (FitRec) Center, was opened, drawing large crowds from the student
body. Construction on the rest of phase II, which included 19- and 26-story residential
towers was finished in fall 2009.====Other facilities====The Mugar Memorial Library is the central
academic library for the Charles River Campus. It also houses the Howard Gotlieb Archival
Research Center, formerly called the Twentieth Century Archive, where documents belonging
to thousands of eminent figures in literature, journalism, diplomacy, the arts, and other
fields are housed. The George Sherman Union (GSU), located next
to Mugar Memorial Library, provides students with a food court featuring many fast-food
chains, including Panda Express, Starbucks, and Pinkberry. The GSU also provides lounge
areas for students to relax or study. The basement of the George Sherman Union is home
to the BU Central lounge, which hosts concerts and other activities and events. “The Castle” located on the West end of Bay
State Road is one of the older buildings on campus. The building was commissioned by William
Lindsay for his own use in 1905, long before his daughter’s honeymoon on the ill-fated
Lusitania. In 1939, the University acquired the property by agreement with the city to
repay all back taxes owed; these funds were raised through donations from, among others,
Dr. William Chenery, a University Trustee. It served as the residence of the University
president until 1967, when President Christ-Janer found it too large for his needs as a residence
and turned it to other uses. It is now a conference space. Underneath the Castle is the BU Pub,
the only BU-operated drinking establishment on campus.The Florence and Chafetz Hillel
House on Bay State Road is the Hillel House for the university. With four floors and a
basement, the facility includes lounges, study rooms and a kosher dining hall, open during
the academic year (including Passover) to students and walk-ins from the community.
The first floor also includes the Granby St. Cafe as well as TVs and ping-pong, pool and
foosball tables. The Hillel serves as a focal point for BU’s large and active Jewish community.
It hosts approximately 30 student groups, including social, cultural, and religious
groups, and BU Students for Israel (BUSI), Holocaust Education, and the Center for Jewish
Learning and Experience. It hosts a plethora of programs and speakers as well as Shabbat
services and meals.====Cultural life====
The university is located at the junction of Fenway-Kenmore, Allston, and Brookline.
In the Fenway-Kenmore area are the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner
Museum, and the nightlife of Landsdowne Street as well as Fenway Park, home of the Boston
Red Sox. Allston has been Boston’s largest bohemian neighborhood since the 1960s. Nicknamed
“Allston Rock City”, the neighborhood is home to many artists and musicians, as well as
a variety of cafés, and many of Boston’s small music halls.
Beyond the southern border of the campus in Brookline, Harvard Avenue offers independent
and foreign films at Coolidge Corner Theatre, and author readings at the Brookline Booksmith.
Other nearby cultural institutions include Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, the main branch
of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, the art and commerce of fashionable Newbury
Street, and across the Charles River, the museums, shops, and galleries in Harvard Square
and elsewhere in Cambridge. BU is home to the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
BU was previously associated with the Huntington Theatre Company on Huntington Avenue, but
put the BU Theatre property up for sale in 2016, casting a shadow over the future of
the organization.BU hosts campus and non-campus musical performances in the Tsai Performance
Center at 685 Commonwealth Avenue, and the CFA Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Avenue.
Visual art works by students and by visiting artists are displayed in rotating exhibitions
in the University’s three galleries: the BU Art Gallery (BUAG) at the Stone Gallery, the
808 Gallery, and the Sherman Gallery, located respectively at 855, 808, and 775 Commonwealth
Avenue. In addition, BU had been associated with the Photographic Resource Center located
at 832 Commonwealth Avenue, which mounts several exhibitions yearly, as well as special events
for student and professional photographers. However it has been announced that support
has been withdrawn, and the PRC is searching for a new home as of May 2017.====Guest and visitor policies====
Prior to September 2007, Boston University had a restrictive visitor policy, which limited
the ability of students from different dormitories to visit each other at night. This changed
when a new policy approved by Brown took effect. The new policy allows for students living
on campus to swipe into any on-campus dormitory between the hours of 7 am and 2 am using their
ID cards. Student residents can also sign in guests with photo identification at any
time, day or night. Overnight visitors of the opposite sex are no longer required to
seek a same-sex “co-host”. However, during the week before final exams no guests are
permitted in the halls overnight, and are expected to be out of the hall by 2 am.====Mass transit====Most of the buildings of the main campus are
located on or near Commonwealth Avenue. The Kenmore Square area of campus (including the
Boston University Bookstore, Shelton Hall and Myles Standish Hall) may be accessed using
the Kenmore stop on the MBTA Green Line B, C and D trains. Most of the rest of the main
campus may be accessed using the B trains of the Green Line between the Blandford Street
and Babcock Street stops. Crowding on the busy Commonwealth Avenue branch of the MBTA
Green Line is very seasonal; during the summer, ridership falls by more than half, as some
students leave and others arrive, and more riders switch to walking or bicycling. The
South Campus area of campus can be accessed using the Fenway stop on the D trains.
Bicycle traffic on Commonwealth Avenue is heavy, and advocacy groups have held public
meetings with BU, the MBTA, and the City of Boston to improve safety and congestion along
this travel corridor. The MBTA plans to consolidate and reduce the number of stops along Commonwealth
Avenue to speed travel and to reduce construction costs to upgrade the remaining stations. Improvements
planned include full handicapped accessibility at the new stations, fencing to encourage
pedestrians to use protected crosswalks, traffic signal prioritization for transit vehicles,
and improved esthetics. The Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project is coordinated by the
Massachusetts Highway Department, in cooperation with BU, the MBTA, the City of Boston, the
Boston Water and Sewer Commission, and other organizations.The #57 Bus runs from Kenmore
Square along Commonwealth Avenue, and into Allston and Brighton. The MBTA Commuter Rail
Framingham/Worcester Line also stops near campus at Yawkey station.
The Medical Campus is served by the #1 and CT1 crosstown buses which run along Massachusetts
Avenue, as well as the #47 and CT3 crosstown buses which connect the Boston University
Medical Center with the Longwood Medical Area. The Silver Line Washington Street Branch runs
the entire length of the Medical Campus, one block north of most parts of the campus; it
connects Boston University Medical Center with Tufts Medical Center station and downtown
Boston. The nearest rapid transit subway station is the Massachusetts Avenue station on the
Orange Line, located three blocks north of the Medical Center.====Sustainability====
The university has a sustainability initiative and a sustainability office. Boston University’s
Strategic Plan for Campus Sustainability is also integrated into the university’s overarching
strategic plan in many areas including the Climate Action Plan Task Force, a faculty-led
initiative developing the university’s first Climate Action Plan.===Other campuses=======London Campus====Boston University’s largest study abroad program
is located in London, England. Boston University London Programmes offers a semester of study
and work in London through their London Internship Program (LIP), as well as a number of other
specialized programs. The LIP program combines a professional internship with coursework
that examines a particular academic area in the context of Britain’s history, culture,
and society and its role in modern Europe. Courses in each academic area are taught by
selected British faculty exclusively to students enrolled in the Boston University program.
Upon successful completion of a semester, students earn 16 Boston University credits.
BU London Programmes are headquartered in South Kensington, London. The campus consists
of the main building at 43 Harrington Gardens, as well as three nearby residences to house
students. This program is open to Boston University students, as well as students at other American
colleges.====Los Angeles Campus====
In Los Angeles, BU has an internship program for students to study and work in the heart
of the film, television, advertising, public relations, and entertainment management and
law industries. The program offers three tracks from which undergraduate and graduate students
can choose: Advertising and Public Relations, Film and Television, and Entertainment Management.
Graduated students have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in the
Los Angeles Certificate Program, where students can choose either the Acting in Hollywood
or the Writer in Hollywood track. Courses are taught by Boston University faculty and
alumni who serve as mentors in and out of the classroom. Upon successful completion
of a semester students will earn 16 Boston University credits. Students who successfully
complete the Los Angeles Certificate Program will receive 8 Boston University credits and
a certificate from Boston University College of Fine Arts or College of Communication.====Paris Campus====
The Paris Center runs several programs, the largest of which is the Paris Internship Program
dating from 1989. Students take language and elective courses with French faculty at the
BU Paris Center, then are placed in internships with French businesses and organizations in
the area. Students live with host families or in a dormitory for the extent of the semester.
Boston University Paris also organizes exchange programs with the business school Paris Dauphine
University and a yearlong program with the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences
Po).====Washington, DC Campus====
In Washington, D.C., BU has internship, journalism and management programs. Students study in
the University’s building on Massachusetts Avenue in Dupont Circle and take advantage
of the city by interning at different locations. In 2011, the University completed construction
of a new, multistory residence to house students in the program featuring touch-less entry
cards for security and suites with communal kitchens, right next to the Woodly Park/Zoo
Metro stop. The Multimedia and Journalism program allows students to act as Washington,
D.C. correspondents for newspapers and television stations across the Northeast and New England
while interning at major news outlets in the city, as well as at many PR internships in
politics, government and public affairs. Internship opportunities are also offered in a wide variety
of sectors for students enrolled in other BU Study Abroad Washington programs.====Sydney Campus====
In Sydney, BU has internship, management, film festival, travel writing, engineering,
and School of Education programs that vary based on semester. Around 150 students live
in the University’s building in Chippendale developed by Tony Owen Partners. The building
uses “fissures to provide maximum solar access to bedrooms as well as natural ventilation
throughout the building.” The building opened in the beginning of 2011 and features underground
classrooms, a lecture hall, office space, library, and a roof patio.
Other internship and study abroad opportunities are available through the Study Abroad office.==Admissions/demographics==Based on currently enrolled student responses
within the university student database 50.6% white, 14% Asian, 11.6% international students,
8.6% Hispanic, and 3.2% black. Fall 2015 international student enrollment at Boston University is
43% Chinese, 9% Indian, 5% Korean, 5% Saudi Arabian, 4% Canadian, 4% Taiwanese, 2% Turkish,
and 1% from each of the following countries: Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France,
Thailand, Spain, and Japan. The other 18% of international enrollment comes from 123
other countries. Among international students, 39% are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 37%
are pursuing graduate degrees, and 23% are enrolled in other programs. BU also has the
second highest number of Jews of any private school (after NYU) in the country with between
3,000 and 4,000, or roughly 15% identifying as Jewish.
The plurality of registrants were from Massachusetts (19%), followed by New York (16%), New Jersey
(9%), California (8%), Connecticut (4%), Pennsylvania (4%), and Texas (2%).==Academics=====Colleges and schools===
Boston University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates, and medical,
dental, and law degrees through its 18 schools and colleges. The newest school at Boston
University is the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (established 2014), and
the newest name is the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (renamed
in 2018 following the merger with Wheelock College).
Each school and college at the university has a three letter abbreviation, which is
commonly used in place of their full school or college name. For example, the College
of Arts and Sciences is commonly referred to as CAS, the Questrom School of Business
is QST, the School of Education is SED, etc. The College of Fine Arts was formerly named
the School of Fine Arts (SFA). The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was formerly named
the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The College of Communication was formerly named the School
of Public Communication (SPC). The Questrom School of Business (QST) was formerly known
as the School of Management (SMG), and the College of Business Administration (CBA) prior
to that. The College of General Studies (CGS) was formerly named the College of Basic Studies
(CBS). The Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral
Medicine (MHCBM) Program at Boston University School of Medicine offers a master’s degree
for students who wish to become licensed to practice as a mental health counselor. The
program adheres to educational guidelines and standards of the American Counseling Association
(ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and the Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is an independent agency recognized
by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The MHCBM Program is the only counselor education
program in the entire United States that is housed in a medical school for solely training
students in clinical mental health counseling to treat clients and patients with a mental
disorder via counseling and psychotherapy.===Rankings===U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston University
tied for 37th among national universities and 32nd among global universities for 2019.
Boston University was also ranked 10th among public health graduate schools, 10th among
social work schools, tied for 20th among law schools, tied for 26th in medical schools
(primary care), tied for 29th among medical schools (research), 35th among engineering
schools, tied for 41st among business schools, and 34th among education schools.Boston University
is ranked No. 36 Nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Time Higher Education U.S. colleges
and universities ranking. According to the U.S. News & World Report Boston University
is ranked 18th in Best Colleges for Veterans, 52nd in Best Undergraduate Teaching, 46th
in Best Value Schools, 32nd in High School Counselor Rankings, 28th in Most Innovative
Schools, 48th in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, 12th in Biomedical Engineering.
“U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings”. U.S. News & World Report.Boston University’s
Graduate Schools are ranked as 42nd Best Business School, 34rd Best Education School, 35th Best
Engineering Schools, 22nd Best Law School, 4th Best Health Care Law, 11th Best Intellectual
Property Law, 7th Best Tax Law, 26th Best Medical School, 29th Best Research Medical
School, 85th Best Biological Sciences, 59th Best Chemistry, 31st Clinical Psychology,
49th Computer Science, 78th Earth Sciences, 23rd in Economics, 12th in Development Economics,
42nd in English, 59th in Best Fine Arts Programs, 17th in Healthcare Management, 44th in History,
47th in Mathematics, 1st in Occupational Therapy, 14th in Physical Therapy, 37th in Physics,
56th in Political Science, 39th in Psychology, 10th in Public Health, 10th in Social Work,
47th in Sociology, 12th in Speech-Language Pathology and 50th in Statistics. “U.S. News
Best Graduate School Rankings”. U.S. News & World Report.
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 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.===Research===In FY2016, the University reported in $368.9
million in sponsored research, comprising 1,896 awards to 722 faculty investigators.
Funding sources included the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), the US Department of Defense, the European Commission of the European Union,
the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The University’s research enterprise encompasses dozens of fields, but its primary focus currently
lies in seven areas: Data Science, Engineering Biology, Global Health, Infectious Diseases,
Neuroscience, Photonics, and Urban Health. University’s strategic plan calls for the
removal of barriers between previously siloed departments, schools, and fields. The result
has been an increasing emphasis by the University on interdisciplinary work and the creation
of multidisciplinary centers such as the Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
(CILSE), a $140 million, nine-story research facility that will bring together life scientists,
engineers, and physicians from the Medical and Charles River Campuses; the Institute
for Health Systems Innovation & Policy, a cross-campus initiative combining business,
health law, medicine, and public policy; a neurophotonics center that will combine photonics
and neuroscience to study the brain; and the Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL),
where technologists work with colleagues in the arts and humanities and together develop
digital research tools.The strategic plan also encouraged research collaborations with
industry and government partners. In 2016, as part of a broadbased effort to solve the
critical problem of antibiotic resistance, the US Department of Health & Human Services
selected the Boston University School of Law (LAW)—and Kevin Outterson, a BU professor
of law—to lead a $350 million trans-Atlantic public-private partnership to foster the preclinical
development of new antibiotics and antimicrobial rapid diagnostics and vaccines.That same year,
BU researcher Avrum Spira joined forces with Janssen Research & Development and its Disease
Interception Accelerator group. Spira—a professor of medicine, pathology and laboratory
medicine, and bioinformatics—has spent his career at BU pursuing a better, and earlier,
way to diagnose pulmonary disorders and cancers, primarily using biomarkers and genomic testing.
In 2015, under a $13.7 million Defense Department grant, Spira’s efforts to identify which
members of the military will develop lung cancer and COPD caught the attention of Janssen,
part Johnson & Johnson. They are investing $10.1 million to collaborate with Spira’s
lab with the hope that his discoveries—and potential therapies—could then apply to
the population at large.===Grade deflation===
The independently run student newspaper at Boston University, The Daily Free Press, as
well as The New York Times, have published articles exploring the existence of grade
deflation. The Times discovered that administrators have suggested to faculty members deflated
ideal grade distributions. Although an article in the official publication BU Today asserted
that “the GPAs of BU undergrads and the percentage of As and Bs have both risen over the last
two decades”, The New York Times has found BU grades have been rising more slowly with
respect to many other schools. In 2014, the average GPA of a BU undergraduate
was 3.16, compared to the averages of 3.35 for Boston College (2007), 3.48 for Amherst
College (2006), 3.52 for New York University (2015), and 3.65 for Harvard University (2015).About
81 percent of all grades earned in either the A or B range (75% in the B range). The
article went on to note that although the university attempted to curb grade inflation
and inconsistency in the late 1990s, both the percentage of As and GPAs have been rising
since. They attributed the grade inflation that has occurred not to teachers’ grading
policies, but to the increasing quality of each incoming class which leads to more top
grades.===Journals and publications===Boston University is home to several academic
journals and publications. The School of Law hosts six nationally recognized law journals,
including the Boston University Law Review, American Journal of Law and Medicine, Review
of Banking & Financial Law, Boston University International Law Journal, Journal of Science
and Technology Law, and Public Interest Law Journal. The School of Education houses The
Journal of Education, which is the oldest continuously published journal in the field
of education in the country. In the College of Arts and Sciences, Studies in Romanticism
is housed at the Department of English and The Journal of Field Archeology is housed
at the Department of Archeology. The Department of History is affiliated with The Historical
Society, which publishes The Journal of the Historical Society and Historically Speaking.
The American Journal of Media Psychology and the Public Relations Journal are currently
edited by professors at the College of Communication, which is also home to the New England Center
for Investigative Reporting, which generates numerous publications yearly.===Special academic programs=======General Education: the BU Hub====
Currently, each of the 10 BU undergraduate schools and college have their own general
education program, and all of them will be replaced by a new University-wide undergraduate
curriculum, the BU Hub, that will go into effect in the fall of 2018. It will require
a minimum of 40 credits of course work in the core capacities of: philosophical, aesthetic,
and historical interpretation; scientific and social inquiry; quantitative reasoning;
diversity, civic engagement, and global citizenship; written, oral, and multimedia communication;
and an intellectual toolkit that includes critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.====Kilachand Honors College====
The University Honors College matriculated its first class in 2010. In 2011, it was renamed
Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College following a $25 million donation from
Rajen Kilachand; the largest donation in the history of the University. The Kilachand Honors
College is a university-wide community of faculty and students dedicated to preserving,
renewing, and rethinking classic ideals of liberal education: love of learning, intellectual
curiosity, self-discovery, empathy, clarity of thought and expression. It rests on three
pillars: an integrated, four-year curriculum; an extensive series of co-curricular events
that include site-visits to leading cultural institutions as well as talks and readings
by leading figures in the arts, sciences, and professions; and, finally, a “living and
learning” community that offers students the personal atmosphere of a small liberal arts
college and fosters responsibility and citizenship.====Trustee Scholars Program====
Although not an academic program per se, the Trustee Scholars program is a merit-based,
full-tuition scholarship for top students. Beyond the financial benefits, Trustee Scholars
are also treated to special lectures by distinguished professors. Additionally, Trustee Scholars
can live in a designated residence on campus, Boyd Hall.===Boston University Academy===Boston University Academy is a private high
school operated by Boston University. Founded in 1993, the school sits within the university’s
campus and students are offered the opportunity to take university courses.==Student life=====Student publications===
Despite a Student Activities policy which prohibits student-run publications from receiving
University funding for printing costs, student journals continue to thrive at Boston University
as department-sponsored publications, edited by students under the supervision of faculty
and staff advisors. Although officially and entirely independent
from the University, The Daily Free Press (often referred to as The FreeP), is the campus
student newspaper, and the fourth largest daily newspaper in Boston. Since 1970, it
has provided students with campus news, city and state news, sports coverage, editorials,
arts and entertainment, and special feature stories. The Daily Free Press is published
every regular instruction day of the University year and is available in BU dorms, classroom
buildings, and commercial locations frequented by students.
The Boston Political Review is BU’s premier on-campus political magazine. Founded in the
spring of 2014, the BPR publishes an online edition every month, with a range of subjects
including national, global, and local politics as well as sections on lobbying, social issues,
and economics. The BPR prints their highlighted articles and new material once every semester
in a free print magazine that is distributed around campus. Their mission is to offer Boston
University students, alumni, staff, and faculty the chance to read a balanced political magazine
that offers arguments from all points of view on the political spectrum.Founded in spring
2009, the BU Buzz is Boston University’s lifestyle magazine. Sections include Campus, City, Arts,
Food, Music, Fashion, Sports, and Abroad. In the Spring of 2013, the Buzz rebranded
as an online magazine, ceasing its bi-annual publication to allow for weekly and daily
updated articles, including the addition of new sections and new interactive features.
BU’s The Quad is an independent, student-run online magazine started in the fall of 2009.
The magazine features articles and columns on topics including campus news, television,
food, politics, and music.Synapse is the Boston University undergraduate science magazine
and is published online every semester. The science focus is on many disciplines ranging
from life sciences to physical sciences, engineering to mathematics, and finance to economics.
The magazine is peer and faculty reviewed, and is advertised with routine, campus-wide
distribution of pamphlets highlighting featured articles. Synapse was first published in the
spring of 2009 and continues to publish articles each semester.The Brownstone Journal is the
longest-running campus publication, having been publishing undergraduate research, scholarly
articles and essays, and literary work in translation, since 1982. The Brownstone is
currently sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, but was originally
a departmental publication of the University Professors Program.
The literary magazine Clarion has been printed since 1998. The first issue, titled “?”, was
published by the group Students for Literary Awareness with the sponsorship of the Department
of English; subsequent issues were issued by the BU Literary Society, and most recently,
by the BU BookLab. Burn Magazine is a younger literary magazine, affiliated with Clarion,
but publishing the work of student authors only. .
The inaugural issue of Boston University’s youngest literary magazine, Coup d’État,
was published in January 2014 by the Boston University Literary Society, with the support
of the Department of English. It is published biannually, taking submissions both students
of BU and nationally.In 2006, the first issue of Pusteblume journal of translation was published
by a group of former and current students of a co-curricular poetry seminar run by Professor
George Kalogeris of the Core Curriculum. The journal, jointly sponsored by the Department
of Romance Languages, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures, and
the Core Curriculum, publishes literature in translation and articles concerning translation.
The Journal of the Core Curriculum has been published continuously since 1992 by the College
of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum. Produced by a student editorial staff with the guidance
of a faculty advisor, the interdisciplinary Core Journal publishes academic prose, literary
imitations, fictitious encounters between figures from the ‘great works’, original poetry
and creative writing, essays, artwork, translations, and even—in Vol. XVI, Spring 2007—original
musical compositions. The Back Bay Review is a student-edited journal of criticism,
classics and the humanities The faculty of the CAS Writing Program offers
their WR-enrolled undergraduates the opportunity to publish exceptional work in WR: Journal
of the CAS Writing Program.Arché is an annual journal of undergraduate work in philosophy,
whose first issue was released in the summer of 2007. It is sponsored by the Department
of Philosophy and published by the Undergraduate Philosophy Association.
The International Relations Review began in 2009 as a subsidiary publication of The Boston
University International Affairs Association. Entirely student-run, The IR Review is an
independent scholarly journal publishing articles from all areas in international affairs.
Even more independent, The Student Underground, focuses on alternative political and cultural
activity. Since 1997, issues have been published roughly monthly by a “not-for-profit collective”
composed mostly of BU students. In 2007, the paper began operating under the name The Boston
Underground; the original editorial focus on campus issues has over the years weakened
as the founding editors graduated from BU or left Boston altogether.
The Sam Adams Review was a short-lived monthly student newspaper “providing news for the
American Spirit,” geared toward a conservative readership. Its staff was not officially recognized
as a registered student activity group but, like the Underground, was entirely student-run.
Boink was launched in February 2005 by a group of undergrads led by Alecia Oleyourryk, who
was then a senior at the College of Communications. The magazine featured BU students posing nude,
as well as articles on sexuality. At the time of its first issue, the Dean of Students issued
a statement explaining that “the University does not endorse, nor welcome, the prospective
publication Boink.” The magazine remained unaffiliated with the University. As of 2010,
the magazine had ceased publishing new issues, although a related book could still be purchased
online. In September 2005, the student paper The Source
began to appear weekly, and was characterized by a predominance of arts and entertainment
coverage. No new issues were printed after November 2006, and it appears the publisher
Greenline Media is now defunct. BU Culture Shock is the official blog of the
Howard Thurman Center, Boston University’s multicultural center. It is dedicated to free
expression and open discussion. Culture Shock was notable for its coverage of the 2011 Boston
University Union election, inviting contributions from candidates along with other students.===Community Service Center===
The Boston University Community Service Center (CSC) facilitates education, reflection, and
service through more than 13 volunteer programs related to opportunities of local, national,
or global concern, including hunger and food justice, children and education, elders, disabilities,
homelessness and affordable housing, human rights, public health, LGBTQ+ communities,
and the environment. The CSC also runs two one-week programs. During
the First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP), upperclassmen lead groups of freshmen in volunteer
activities throughout Boston before the start of first semester. For Alternative Service
Breaks (ASB), hundreds of students travel by 12-passenger van, bus, and airplane to
locations throughout the country to partner with communities and community organizations.===Graduate workshops===
Willing Suspension Productions provides graduate English students the opportunity to present
rare Early modern drama before a Boston audience. The program was founded in 1993 and produces
one play per year.===ROTC===
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at BU traces its origins back to August 16,
1919 when the US War Department stood up the Students’ Army Training Corps at Boston University,
the predecessor to the current Army ROTC program. Today, BU is one of twenty five colleges and
universities in the country to host all three ROTC programs – Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Students wishing to be commissioned into the Marine Corps study as Navy Midshipmen.===Honor Societies===
Alpha Phi Sigma – Nu Mu Chapter Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice
honor society, recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate criminal justice
students, as well as Juris Doctor (JD) students, inducting new members twice yearly. The goals
of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, and
educational leadership and unity. The society was founded in 1942 at Washington State University.
The Nu Mu chapter was chartered May 2012 at Boston University. Alpha Phi Sigma is the
only criminal justice honor society certified as a member of the Association of College
Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.===Other clubs and activities===
The Boston University Asian Student Union focuses on Asian and Asian American issues.
It hosts a variet of social, cultural, and social justice events throughout the year.
The Boston University Dear Abbeys is an All-Male student a cappella group. In 2005, they won
the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, a nationwide tournament for collegiate
a cappella groups. WTBU is BU’s student-run, volunteer radio
station, which broadcasts live 20 hours a day. The DJs are all BU students who have
interned on the station for at least one semester, and the station is entirely student-run with
the assistance of a faculty advisor. The Boston University Fishing Club offers
a community for university students to learn how to fish and has frequent fishing excursions
both in- and out-of-state. Boston University Bhangra is one of the most
well-known co-ed collegiate Bhangra dance teams. The team was founded in 1999.
Boston University is one of the 22 nationwide college sites where there is a branch of Peer
Health Exchange. Peer Health Exchange trains college students to become PHE Health Educators
in neighboring public high schools that lack funding for health education. Health Educators
teach the following topics in ninth grade classrooms: Decision-Making and Communication
I, Sexual Decision-Making, Pregnancy Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Infections & HIV, Healthy
Relationships, Abusive Relationships, Rape & Sexual Assault, Nutrition & Physical Activity,
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, Mental Health, and Decision-Making and Communication II.
Boston University Curling Club was founded in 2006. They are a club sport with the goal
of teaching and fostering the sport for the BU community. The club competes in many tournaments
with other schools such as Harvard, MIT, Rochester, and many others. In 2013, BU Curling competed
in the College Curling National Championship and placed 4th.
Boston University Stage Troupe is the University’s oldest and largest performing arts group.
Open to undergrads not majoring in theater, the group performs many shows a year, and
also hosts special events, some of which are coordinated with the Dean of Students.
The Boston University Debate Society regularly competes on the American Parliamentary Debate
Association debate circuit. During the 2010–11 season, BUDS fielded debaters who won both
“Team of the Year” distinction as well as the 2011 National Championship at West Point,
NY. The team hosts an unopposed national tournament on campus each spring, with nearly every APDA
college represented. The Boston University Figure Skating Club
is a team of students who figure skate and ice dance, and a member of the United States
Figure Skating Association. It is the reigning two-time US National Intercollegiate Team
Champion. In addition, the “Boston University Terrierettes” compete in Collegiate Synchronized
skating, and have routinely placed in the top ten at the United States Synchronized
Team Skating Championships. The Boston University International Affairs
Association (BUIAA) is the evolution of the Boston University Model United Nations Association
(BUMUNA), which was founded in 1973. This club also hosts two conferences annually,
one for high school students and one on the collegiate level. BosMUN, BUIAA’s high school
conference, hosts over 1,000 students annually from all across the globe. Last year, schools
came from China, Guatemala, and Canada. BarMUN (Boston Area Model United Nations Conference)
is BUIAA’s college level conference. BarMUN stands apart from other college conference
in that the conference is a full-scale simulation, ranging from 4 to 8 committee joint crises.
The Hug Don’t Hate grassroots peace-building campaign was founded in 2006 at Boston University
with the mission of creating lasting peace through happiness, understanding and respect.
All of Hug Don’t Hate’s activities are focused on helping individuals find common ground.
The activities are divided into 4 branches: ‘Free Hug Fridays’, ‘Urban Smiles’, ‘Connective
Kindness’ and ‘BUNITED’. Hug Don’t Hate is also currently expanding to different locations.
The Boston University Crafts for Charity Club is an organization of students which creates
crafts for local charities. The Greek community on BU’s campus consists
of ten sororities (ten Panhellenic chapters), ten fraternities (seven Inter-Fraternity Council
chapters) and recently created Multicultural Greek Council (four fraterneties and one sorority).
Greek life on campus became shrouded in controversy in the early 2010s, with a number of high-profile
incidents including hazing and a student death. Spring 2012 saw multiple hazing incidents.
In April 2012, fourteen BU students were charged with hazing, assault and battery, and failure
to report hazing in connection with an alleged hazing of pledges to Alpha Epsilon Pi, a fraternity
not recognized by the University. In March 2013, a male freshman died after drinking
a lethal amount of alcohol at a Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity party. The university suspended
the officially sanctioned fraternity in response. The Boston University India Club is the university’s
largest student-run organization. Open to students of all ethnic backgrounds, the club
sponsors cultural shows, performances and activities that showcase South Asian culture.
BUIC also hosts and organizes the annual GarbaFest Competition, a garba raas competition.
Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference
(NIC) and one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America, was founded
by Warren A. Cole, while he was a student at Boston University, on November 2, 1909.
Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ) was founded at Boston University on Thanksgiving Eve, 1888.
Sarah Ida Shaw, later known as Ida Shaw Martin, founded Tri Delta without the assistance of
a men’s fraternity, a unique accomplishment for her time.
Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ) was founded at Boston University in 1904 when Elydia Foss of Alpha Chapter
transferred to Boston and founded the Delta chapter with a group of ladies who refused
to join any other groups on campus. Elydia took the steps to make Sigma Kappa a national
sorority and helped Sigma Kappa join the National Panhellenic Conference, which was called the
Interfraternity Conference at the time. Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) Delta Chapter at Boston
University was founded in 1887. As the Delta Chapter, Gamma Phi Beta is the fourth oldest
chapter in the US. In 2011, the Delta Chapter celebrated its 125th Anniversary at Boston
University. Sigma Delta Tau Alpha Xi Chapter at Boston
University has been active since 1959. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s
Hosts are a student volunteer organization where members serve as liaisons between CAS
students and faculty members. Most notably, CAS Dean’s Hosts along with CAS Student Government
throw the Top of the Hub formal in downtown Boston annually.
The “Boston University Soccer Club” is an athletic-based club that allows members of
the BU community to participate in a variety of soccer-related events ranging from pick-up
futsal games at the Fitness and Recreation Center, to philanthropic fundraising matches
such as the annual “Lose the Shoes” charity tournament, from which all the proceeds go
to the GrassrootSoccer campaign. The motto of the club is: “Unifying diversity through
the love of the world’s beautiful game.” CAS Student Government is the University’s
largest individual student government group. Each year they work with the administration
of the College of Arts and Sciences to deal with multiple student affairs issues within
CAS. They also program many events for the students of CAS including: Celtics Night,
Coffee at Finals, Ice Skating at Frog Pond, Senior Reception, and many more.
Boston University offers close to 500 student organizations on campus.==Athletics==Boston University’s NCAA Division I Terriers
compete in men’s basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, rowing, soccer, swimming,
tennis, track, and lacrosse, and in women’s basketball, dance, cross country, field hockey,
golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and track. Boston
University athletics teams compete in the Patriot League, Hockey East, and Colonial
Athletic Association conferences, and their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. As of
1 July 2013, a majority of Boston University’s teams will compete in the Patriot League.
On April 1, 2013, the university announced it would cut its wrestling program following
the 2013-14 season. The Boston University men’s hockey team is
the most successful on campus, and is a storied college hockey power, with five NCAA championships,
most recently in 2009. The team was coached by hall-of-famer Jack Parker for 40 seasons,
and is a major supplier of talent to the NHL, as well as to the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic Gold
Medal-winning men’s hockey team. The Terriers have won 30 Beanpot titles, more than any
other team in the tournament, which includes Harvard University, Boston College, and Northeastern
University. Boston University also won a game in 2010 against Boston College at Fenway Park
by a score of 3–2, played a week after the NHL Winter Classic. BU has also won two national championships
in women’s rowing, in 1991 and 1992. Boston University recently constructed the
new Agganis Arena, which opened on January 3, 2005 with a men’s hockey game between the
Terriers and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The arena also hosts non-sporting
events, such as concerts, ice shows, and other performances.
Boston University disbanded its football team in 1997. The university used the nearly $3
million from its football program to build the multimillion-dollar John Hancock Student
Village and athletic complex. The university also increased funding to women’s athletic
programs. “By implementing the total plan, we can achieve a much more balanced set of
sports programs for both men and women, which is consistent with the philosophy underlying
Title IX,” said former BU athletic director Gary Strickler.===Club sports===
Boston University students also compete in athletics at the club level. Thirty six club
sports are recognized by the university, including: Synchronized Skating, Baseball; Inline Hockey;
Men’s Ice Hockey; Men’s Volleyball; Women’s Volleyball; Snowboard; Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee; Kung Fu; Fencing; Rugby Football; Synchronized Swimming; Cheerleading;
Table Tennis; Women’s Water Polo; Men’s Water Polo; Women’s Rugby; Alpine Ski Racing; Snowboarding;
Cycling; Badminton; Ballroom Dance; Figure Skating; Golf; Gymnastics; Jiu Jitsu; Kendo;
Shotokan Karate; Sailing; Taekwondo; Triathlon; Dance Theater Group; Squash, Equestrian, and
Men’s Club Football. The BU Sailing Team is one of the most successful
teams in college sailing. The team has won seven National Championships, most recently
in 1999. They have also had three team members graduate as “College Sailor of the Year.”
Notable alumni of the team include Ken Read, skipper for PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo
Ocean Race, and 2012 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year nominee, John Mollicone. The BU Inline Hockey Team advanced to the
NCHRA Tournament in 2001, 2002, and 2003. The team advanced all the way to the Final
Four in 2001. Both Men’s and Women’s Intervarsity Table
Tennis Teams have attended the National Collegiate Table Tennis Tournaments and ranked as high
as the top 10 nationwide. The BU Figure Skating Team won the 2009 Intercollegiate
National Figure Skating Championships held in Colorado Springs.==Notable alumni and academics==Over the course of its history, a number of
people associated with Boston University have become notable in their fields. Affiliates
of Boston University have won seven Nobel prizes.
With over 342,000 alumni, Boston University graduates can be found around the world. American
Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his doctorate in systematic
theology at BU in 1955. After gaining prominence by advocating nonviolent resistance to segregation,
he won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Howard Thurman, the Dean of Marsh Chapel, influenced
King’s embrace of nonviolence. Three other alumni hold special historical importance:
Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African-American woman and Charles Eastman (first named Ohiyesa)
the first American Indian to be certified as doctors, and Helen Magill White was the
first woman in the US to earn a PhD.===Mathematics and sciences===Among the most famous of Boston University
scientists is Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone who conducted many of his
experiments on the BU campus when he was professor of Vocal Physiology and Elocution. In Boston,
Bell was “swept up” by the excitement engendered by the many scientists and inventors residing
in the city. In 1875, the university gave Bell a year’s salary advance to allow him
to pursue his research. The following year, he invented the telephone in a Boston University
laboratory. In the twenty-first century, the university
has become a pioneering center for synthetic biology thanks to the work of James Collins.
Collins and co-workers also discovered that sublethal levels of antibiotics activate mutagenesis
by stimulating the production of reactive oxygen species, leading to multidrug resistance.
This discovery has important implications for the widespread use and misuse of antibiotics.
Other notable Boston University scientists include Sheldon Lee Glashow, winner of the
1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, Daniel Tsui, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics,
and Osamu Shimomura, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.===Humanities, music, and art===
Numerous actors trained at Boston University, including Faye Dunaway, Alfre Woodard, Russell
Hornsby, Jason Alexander, Ginnifer Goodwin, Marisa Tomei, Emily Deschanel, Viola Léger,
Julianne Moore, Uzo Aduba, Paul Michael Glaser and Geena Davis. Notable musicians include
Taiwanese composer Wen-Pin Hope Lee.===Literature===Two US Poet Laureates have taught at Boston
University: Robert Lowell and Robert Pinsky. During John Silber’s tenure as president,
he recruited two Nobel Prize-winning literary figures to the university’s faculty: Elie
Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, and Saul Bellow, winner of the 1976 Nobel
Prize in Literature. Another Nobel Prize winner in the English Department in the twentieth
century was Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Alumni of the university have earned over thirty Pulitzer Prizes. Other writers associated
with the university include Bob Zelnick, executive editor of the Frost-Nixon interviews, Lambda
Literary Award winner Ellen Bass, historian Andrew Bacevich, Ha Jin, Pulitzer Prize winner
Jhumpa Lahiri, and Isaac Asimov. In 1986, literary critic Christopher Ricks, who W.H.
Auden called “exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding,” joined the university’s
faculty and founded the Editorial Institute with Geoffrey Hill. Controversial historian
Howard Zinn taught in the political science department for many years. Journalist Thomas
B. Edsall and playwright Eliza Wyatt graduated from Boston University. Paul Beatty, earned
a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at BU, won the National Book Critics Circle
Award and the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. He is the first writer from the
United States honored with the Man Booker.===Politics===Boston University counts eleven current or
former governors of US states, seven United States senators, and 32 members of the United
States House of Representatives among its alumni. Notable Boston University alumni in
American politics include former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former US Ambassador to China
Gary Locke, former Senator Judd Gregg, former United States Senator Edward Brooke; the first
popularly elected African-American senator, former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha
Coakley, former Second Lady Tipper Gore, and the former First Vice President of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Boston Earle O. Latham. Former President William Howard Taft lectured on
Legal Ethics at the university’s law school from 1918 to 1921. After leaving politics
in 2014, former Boston mayor Thomas Menino was professor of the practice of political
science at the university until his death later in the year. In international politics,
Daniyal Aziz is a Pakistani politician affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League (N) who is
currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Television personality Bill O’Reilly studied journalism at the university in the 1970s
and was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Describing his time
at the university, he wrote, “Throughout that fall at BU, covering stories became a passion
for me. I loved going places and seeing new things. I ran around Boston annoying the hell
out of everyone, but bringing back good, crisp copy” and “what I learned at Boston University
firmly set me on the course I continue to this day. Amidst the chaos of Commonwealth
Avenue, I found an occupation that I enjoyed.” The founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church,
Fan S. Noli, received a doctorate from BU. In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (B.A. in
Economics and International Relations) won the Democratic primary for U.S. Congress in
New York’s 14th congressional district.===Hollywood===
In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter took note of the number of female BU graduates working
in Hollywood. The university estimates that more than 5,000 alums, 54 percent of them
women, work in entertainment. They include actresses Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Uzo
Aduba, Marisa Tomei, Alfre Woodard, Rosie O’Donnell, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Yunjin Kim.
Behind the scenes players include former CBS Entertainment Chair Nina Tassler, NBCUniversal
Cable Entertainment Group’ Bonnie Hammer, A&E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc, Warner Horizon
Television Brooke Karzen, V writer Corinne Brinkerhoff, DreamWorks Animation’s Bonnie
Arnold, and Red Hour Films’ Debbie Liebling.===Popular culture===
A number of Boston University graduates unassociated with the arts, sciences, or politics have
reached fame in popular culture. These include radio personality Howard Stern, Bravo executive
Andy Cohen, CBS producer Gordon Hyatt, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, bestselling self-help
author Mark Manson, reality show contestant and television host Rob Mariano, and cohost
of Project Runway and fashion editor for Marie Claire Magazine Nina Garcia. American comedian
and YouTube personality Jenna Marbles studied for a master’s degree in education at the
university. The “Craigslist killer” Philip Markoff studied medicine at the university.
Musician and YouTube personality Dan Avidan went to BU.==In popular culture==
Boston University is sometimes referenced in art or pop culture. Here below are some
notable examples. The Standells, a 1960s California rock and
roll band mocked the curfew that applied to female students in that time in their 1966
song “Dirty Water”, singing, “Frustrated women have to be in by twelve o’clock”.
Parts of the 2008 film 21 were filmed at The Castle when Robert Luketic could not film
at MIT. Other areas around the Boston University campus, including BU’s School of Management,
Mugar Library and FitRec also provided production locations for the film.
In 1962, Timothy Leary performed his Marsh Chapel Experiment, also known as the “Good
Friday Experiment”, in the University’s Marsh Chapel. The experiment investigated whether
psilocybin (the active principle in psilocybin mushrooms) would act as a reliable entheogen
in religiously predisposed subjects. The Academy award-winning movie The Social
Network (2010) involves a fictionalized version of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student, offending
his date by insisting that she does not need to study because “You go to B.U.!”. Some Boston
University students were insulted by this. In the film Mr. Church, the character of Charlotte
“Charlie” Brooks, portrayed by Britt Robertson, is accepted at and attends BU.
The sitcom Cheers mentions BU in five episodes over the course of the series.
In 2010, Boston University’s Erin Mclean won the Jeopardy College Championship and a $100,000
prize. In the Netflix drama Mindhunter one of the
female scientists on the case is from Boston University and the university provides a setting
for some of the show.==Gallery====See also==
Boston University portal Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Boston University Police Department Einstein Papers Project
Framingham Heart Study==
References====Further reading==
Kilgore, Kathleen (1991). Transformations: A History of Boston University. Boston: Boston
University Press. ISBN 0-87270-070-4. Saltzman, Nancy (1985). Buildings and Builders:
An Architectural History of Boston University. Boston: Boston University Press. ISBN 0-87270-056-9.==External links==
Official website Boston University Athletics website
“Boston University”. The New Student’s Reference Work. 1914.
“Boston University”. Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.
“Boston University”. Collier’s New Encyclopedia. 1921.