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Academics

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5 College Junior

Academics: BU has a very challenging grading system, but it makes students very dedicated to their studies and go the extra mile.

4 College Junior

Academics: Classes are interesting and challenging. Phenomenal professors. Exams are always hard

5 College Sophomore

Academics: So many opportunities, such great profs

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The majority of A's here are hard A's, depending on your course load. If you over load, good luck getting straight A's.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of choices to choose from unless you are locked into a certain major with set course schedules

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As with any university, the nature of the classes is largely dependent on the particular professors teaching them. Everyone seems to agree that the best way to choose a class is by first learning about the professor’s teaching style from other students. While some professors fall into anonymity after the last day of class, some directly influence the course of your education. Don’t get frustrated with your 100-level introductory classes—they are universally described as “a waste of time,” “boring,” and “impersonal.” Get through your requirements, but keep in mind that the best classes are the upper-levels.

You can be so inspired by a particular professor that you may even decide to switch majors—only to find out later that it was the individual professor, not the field, that held your interest. Those types of professors, while few and far between, are certainly present and available to any student who seeks them out.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,643
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,112
Total FT Faculty
3,214
Faculty with Terminal Degree
78%
Average Faculty Salary
$106,881
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
226
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 56%
  • 20 to 49 students: 34%
  • 50 or more students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Hospitality Administration
  • School of Management
  • University Professors Program
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Communication Studies: 1%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • BU Beach (when it's warm outside)
  • George Sherman Union, especially BU Central, Howard Thurman Center, or the third floor
  • Ingall's: Engineering Library
  • Mugar Library
  • Pardee Library at the School of Management
  • Seventh-floor study lounge of the Hojo
  • Shelton ninth-floor study lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't wait until registration day to choose your schedule. For some things, such as studying abroad or double majoring, all the general requirements you are forced to complete (especially in the College of Arts and Sciences) might get in the way of having that semester of travel and adventure in another country.
  • Stay off campus. While the University provides plenty of opportunities for meeting other students, most of my best friends, and all of my relationships, have been found during trips away from campus life. There are so many people in Boston; do not make the mistake of limiting yourself to the occasionally homogenous BU crowd.
  • Talk to your professors. This is the number-one piece of advice for any student at BU. As I approached my senior year, I regretted the fact that I had allowed my first years at the University to slip by without getting to know my professors. Do not wait until the panic of recommendations to become your professor's best friend.
  • Use the BU Job Board. Quickie Jobs are perfect for making some easy and fast cash. BU offers its students a list of odd jobs (one-time, temporary, permanent, part-time, and full-time options) posted by people and businesses in the Boston area who are looking for help. This is a great way to make enough money to really enjoy city life. Here, money disappears frighteningly fast.
Did You Know?
  • The Core Curriculum Program is an option for the top candidates entering the College of Arts and Sciences, and an excellent opportunity for those of us lacking specific direction or major. Core consists of eight historically-based, integrated courses providing an in-depth study of classic works in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. While Core does emphasize a higher ability for analytical thinking, and certainly requires higher levels of writing and reading comprehension than other programs, it allows students to pursue a coherent interdisciplinary approach to literature, art, music, social, religious, scientific, and philosophical thought, therefore enabling you to sound extra-intelligent at social gatherings and heated debates. Core lectures are always accompanied by small seminar discussions and labs, so get ready for a rocky time at registration. Beware, scheduling around Core classes can prove to be difficult.
  • BU was the first to open all its divisions to women (1872); open a college of music in the United States (1873); admit women to its medical college, the School of Medicine (1873); award PhDs to women in America (1877); offer a college degree in public relations (1947); open a graduate school in dentistry (1963); combine cancer research and a teaching laboratory (1965)

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 182 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 110 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 109 responses

  • 24% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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