Boston University (BU) is a private nonsectarian university located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Although chartered by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869, Boston University traces its roots to the establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839. The University organized formal Centennial observances both in 1939 and 1969.
With nearly 4,000 faculty members and more than 30,000 students, Boston University is the fourth-largest private university in the country and Boston’s fourth-largest employer. The University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees, and medical & dental degrees through 18 schools and colleges and operates 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.
Boston University emphasizes student teacher interaction, research and sound education throughout nearly 250 programs of study. With 11 undergraduate Schools and Colleges, the University provides access to myriad internships, one of the nations most extensive study abroad programs, cutting edge research and noted faculty – including three Nobel Laureates, 10 Fulbright Scholars, 3 MacArthur Genius Award recipients and a former Poet Laureate. Students participate in nearly 400 student organizations and 23 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams. The campus continues to expand. New facilities include a new arena, a fitness and recreation center, and a life science and engineering facility.
Boston University offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate educational programs, supports research aimed at discovering new knowledge, and fosters artistic contributions. The University also supports efforts to improve human welfare and the condition of society.
A central concern is the individual student. Boston University academic programs are founded on the principle that the student must acquire substantive knowledge, intellectual skills, contextual understanding, personal discipline, and commitment to ethical behavior. Programs can encourage growth in these areas, but the ultimate responsibility for success lies with the individual student. Boston University recognizes an important division of duties: the Universities obligation is to ensure a coherent curriculum focused on significant topics taught by knowledgeable faculty members who are also excellent teachers; the students obligation is to pursue his education with initiative, open-mindedness, and commitment.
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