- Boston University
Boston University is a private institution that was founded in 1839.
Tuition fees are $50,000 (Aprox.).
Boston University is one of the largest independent, nonprofit universities in the country. The BU Terriers have more than 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports. BU’s hockey team has won multiple NCAA national championships. BU also has nearly 500 student clubs, ranging from Ski Racing to the Juggling Association. BU created one of the first study abroad programs, and currently sponsors more than 90 international programs. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 80 percent of undergraduate students live on the main Boston campus, which lies along the Charles River.
Boston University’s highly ranked graduate schools include the School of Law, School of Management, School of Medicine, College of Engineering and School of Education. BU’s School of Medicine is the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory. BU is also the first university to open all divisions to female students in 1872. Notable alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; actresses Julianne Moore and Geena Davis; television personality Bill O’Reilly; radio host Howard Stern; and Tipper Gore, former wife of Al Gore. Another unique fact: the BU Bridge is the only spot in the U.S. where a plane can fly over a car driving over a train going over a boat, all at the same time.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
College of Arts & Sciences
The largest college at BU—with 24 departments—CAS is where you’ll find undergraduate programs in the humanities, natural and computational sciences, and social sciences.
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
With nearly 40 areas of humanities, natural and computational sciences, and social sciences to choose from, GRS is home to approximately 1,800 graduate degree candidates and faculty from many schools and colleges at BU.
College of Communication
From Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, to Journalism, to Film & Television, COM’s departments offer graduate and undergraduate programs dedicated to training well-rounded professional communicators.
College of Engineering
Choose from programs in Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical, and Systems Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Whatever the topic, ENG is focused on advancing the frontiers of science and technology through research, discovery, and innovation.
College of Fine Arts
CFA’s three schools—Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts—form an intense, dynamic arts community combining professional, individualized training at the graduate and undergraduate levels with collaborative work that increasingly crosses departments and schools.
College of General Studies
This two-year college offers an integrated liberal arts core curriculum, taught through a collaborative team structure. From here, students continue into specific majors in the University’s various liberal arts and professional degree programs.
College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Four departments—Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences—offer programs focused on professional training and cutting-edge research. Students doing fieldwork benefit from a clinical network of more than 1,400 affiliations worldwide—400 of them in Greater Boston.
Choose from more than 60 full- and part-time degree and certificate programs, as well as noncredit courses of study and an undergraduate degree completion program. On-campus, online, and blended programs in fields as varied as literature, computer science, management,criminal justice, and gastronomy—to name a few—are available to MET students.
Questrom School of Business
The Questrom School of Business’s curricula emphasize digital technologies, health and life sciences, and energy and the environment. Undergraduates can earn a BSBA, while graduate students choose from MS, MBA, PhD, and dual degree programs.
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
SDM offers the Doctor of Dental Medicine (a traditional four-year and advanced-standing two-year) and advanced certificates and degrees, such as CAGS, MSD, DSc, and DScD, in all recognized specialties. Qualified undergrads can enroll in the seven-year program to earn a BA or BS from CAS and a DMD.
School of Education
Grads and undergrads choose a concentration from more than 20 areas, including early childhood education, higher education, counseling, and policy. The school’s many collaborative arrangements provide myriad professional training and practica opportunities.
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Dedicated to advancing human progress and improving the human condition, and with a deep commitment to interdisciplinarity, the Pardee School – housed within CAS and GRS – offers 5 undergraduate majors, 8 undergraduate minors, 9 graduate degrees, and 2 graduate certificates in international relations and regional studies.
School of Hospitality Administration
Bachelor of Science candidates get a solid liberal arts background along with professional training in the hospitality industry, including internships and study abroad. Students may earn a BS or a combined BS/MLA in Gastronomy with Metropolitan College.
School of Law
JD and LLM departments offer a range of programs and specializations, including American law, intellectual property law, banking and financial law, and tax law, as well as several dual degree programs with other BU schools and colleges.
School of Medicine
With 22 departments, students have multiple pathways to MD or combined degree programs in their chosen fields and specialties. Students take advantage of cutting-edge clinical facilities and laboratories on the Medical Campus and with affiliated institutions throughout the city and the nation.
Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Emphasizing research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, GMS offers 33 fields of study—including interdisciplinary programs in many areas— leading to master’s, PhD, or MD/PhD degrees as well as certificates.
School of Public Health
Students pursue different levels and approaches to their comprehensive public health studies, from professional master’s and doctoral degrees to specialized academic MS and PhD programs. Certificate and dual-degree programs with other BU graduate schools are also available.
School of Social Work
Master’s and doctoral students get specialized training for social work in urban environments. Students choose either clinical (individuals, families, groups) or macro (community organization, management, and planning) practice. MSW, PhD, dual degrees and certificates are offered.
School of Theology
This graduate professional school offers an array of programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, preparing students for ministries and vocations that foster personal and social transformation. The School emphasizes community principles of love, justice, safety, rights, responsibilities, and respect.
Division of Military Education
This typically four-year program culminates in a commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. ROTC students receive hands-on leadership training that builds strong team bonds and develops confidence, discipline, stamina, pose, and management skills.
Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College
Honors College undergrads are part of a new approach to liberal education. Pursue a major in one of BU’s schools and colleges, such as Arts & Sciences, Management, Fine Arts, and Engineering, while completing Honors College seminars, studios, and a keystone project. Co-curricular activities include lectures, readings, and performances on and off-campus.
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 Hampshiredesignated 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 three 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
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 and 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.
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 theCharles 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 theBrutalist 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 Radioand 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.
Robert Brown’s presidency, which started in 2005, will seek to further the consolidation of campus infrastructure that was commenced by Case and continued by Silber. In particular, Brown has committed Boston University to investing $1.8 billion in the completion of its 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 for the University’s largest college. The strategy includes increasing the annual budget to $225 million.
The cornerstone of the plan, which calls for more campus-wide collaboration, is a focus on undergraduate education, starting with an effort to encourage cross-registration among schools and colleges and to encourage undergraduate students to take full advantage of both the liberal arts and the professional programs available.
Plans exist to strengthen the School of Law, the School of Management, and the College of Fine Arts, including changes to the physical plant and the hiring of additional faculty. The School of Medicine plans physical improvements, including more affordable student housing.
Plans also exist to improve general student housing. The campus computer system was updated in 2009, despite the then ongoing financial crisis. Plans to increase the size of the campus and improve its long, narrow shape include the purchase of air rights over the Mass Pike.
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