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Boston University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 313 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 2 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

61% Women
39% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

America East

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $129,653)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $90,386)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 131 110 Yes -
Basketball 14 14 - Yes
Field Hockey - 26 - Yes
Golf - 6 Yes -
Ice Hockey 27 26 - Yes
Lacrosse - 23 Yes -
Rowing 59 73 - -
Soccer 31 31 - Yes
Softball - 17 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 26 25 - Yes
Tennis 12 9 - Yes
Wrestling 29 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - - Yes
Synchronized Swimming - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Volleyball - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.8%
Hispanic 11.0%
Non-resident alien 21.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.1%
Two or more races 3.6%
White/non-Hispanic 41.0%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
  • Student Film Society
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 2
Liquor Law Violation 22
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 8
Property Crime 63

Notable Alumni

  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Howard Stern
  • Julianne Moore
  • Geena Davis
  • Martha Coakley
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Gary Locke
  • Shari Redstone
  • NIna Tassler
  • Barbara Jordan
Reviews Dorm Life
  • JR from Boston, MA
  • 4
  • The dorms are nicer than other schools I've visited. They're all actually pretty nice if you're not particular about certain things & can properly distinguish a craphole from a decent…

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  • Daniel from Staten Island, NY
  • 4
  • Boston University has many different dormitories for their students but they are very expensive. Experiences here can vary depending where students wish to stay may it be an apartment, student…

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  • Katherine from Joliet, IL
  • 3
  • Since it is still a university, everyone is too close and people will still do stupid things. It's up to you whether or not to participate in those kinds of…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Ciara from Pittsburgh, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Dining hall food gets monotonous, but BU does have lots of options. I'm a vegetarian and rarely had trouble finding food I could eat, even if it was often the same meals over and over.

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  • 5
  • JR from Boston, MA
  • I am a current student here

    The food at BU is better than most campuses. In fact, the nicest dining hall is too fancy for me. I'm a chicken & rice kind of person, and they really have a variety of foods & international dishes, which I'm not always into variety. But they always have pizza that I can rely on. Too fancy? I obviously have no real gripes about the food. There's a restaurant type place called Late Night Kitchen that takes dining points and it's a nice place with good food. There's also other places along Comm Ave that take dining points such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Extreme Pita, etc.

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  • 4
  • Katherine from Joliet, IL
  • I am a current student here

    It's expensive. The dining halls get crowded at meal times and the food is not how you mom makes it. Where you can use your dining points is also very expensive, but there are ways of lowering your costs. I highly recommend the Charles River Bread Co. at the GSU primarily because they make this phenomenal South Campus Jerk Chicken sandwich.

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  • 4
  • Jet from Murrieta, CA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    With multiple dining halls and Healthy Living and vegetarian options, to the variety of meal plans BU offers, it's a great place to get a taste of multiple different kinds of food.

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  • 3
  • Zachary from Tulsa, OK
  • I am a current student here

    Food is amazing those first few weeks (especially at Bay State Dining Hall) but it definitely drops off after the first

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Ciara from Pittsburgh, PA
  • I am a current student here

    It's definitely something you can get involved in pretty easily, but you don't have to join a fraternity or sorority in order to have a social life.

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  • 0
  • Katherine from Joliet, IL
  • I am a current student here

    It exists, but it isn't a big part of the life here. Sororities are more prominent than Frats. And they mostly are about doing good instead of partying.

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  • 0
  • Sonya from Sandy Hook, CT
  • I am a current student here

    It's there if you want it. We don't have greek houses, but there are frats and sororities for anyone who wants that kind of community. I am presently part of APO (a co-ed community service frat) and absolutely love it.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous from NH
  • I am a current student here

    Not dominating, but it's there. No sorority houses, which is lame for the girls, and all of the frats are in off campus apartments. It's mostly where freshman girls go to party.

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  • 0
  • Idine from Brentwood, TN
  • I am a current student here

    You're in the Northeast, so Greek life isn't as big a deal as it is in the South. I, personally, am not a member of any fraternity but from what I've seen and heard from a lot of the people in the culture, the frats and sororities do have a tight-knit bond and seem to have a lot of fun most weekends.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Not a dominating presence overall, although West Campus seems to be where a lot of the sorority girls and frat guys live.

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  • 0
  • Olga from Greensboro, NC
  • I am a current student here

    There are many sororities and fraternities from purely social ones to co-ed community service one and interest-based fraternities, such as the business or the Jewish frats.

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