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Boston University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,448 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% 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 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.2%
Hispanic 5.1%
Non-resident alien 15.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 18.6%
Two or more races 0.9%
White/non-Hispanic 46.4%
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
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
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
  • 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…

  • Jul-31-2012 Read More
  • Kiera from Royersford, PA
  • 3
  • During my freshman year, I lived in a dorm mostly full of upperclassmen. It made the transition to school exceptionally difficult because a lot of my floormates already had friends…

  • Jul-24-2012 Read More
  • Jasmine from Eau Claire, WI
  • 3
  • Depending on the floor you live on, dorm life can be very social and provide instant friends. Be sure to put in the effort to put yourself out there if…

  • Jan-10-2013 Read More
  • NDK
  • 3
  • Some buildings are astoundingly nice (student villages I and II) and resemble four star hotels. Others are depressingly unpleasant.…

  • Dec-28-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Zachary from Tulsa, OK
  • Jan-09-2015 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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  • 5
  • Anonymous from NH
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    One of the best perks of a big school. Dining halls are pretty good and the unlimited plan is the best way to go. If you want something different, there are other things on campus and endless places to eat in the city.

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  • 3
  • Julie from Orlando, FL
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Food in dining halls are not that great. They are edible and sometimes good, but it's a repetition of same foods over a period of 2-3 weeks, and they fill your stomach really full. Indigestion is real. The food in Bay State dining hall is the best among residence hall dining halls.

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  • 5
  • Hanna
  • Nov-13-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    food courts look great. very clean and yummy.

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  • 3
  • Idine from Brentwood, TN
  • Aug-26-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at BU is just like the food at other institutions: average. However, there is a good variety of food and a lot of vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and halal options. I would recommend you stock your room with snacks from the nearby Whole Foods and Star Market in order to avoid the dining hall as much as possible.

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  • 5
  • Neerarak from Lamphun, AA
  • Jul-29-2014 I am a past student here

    The food here is great. Better than I expected and I did not get bored from the food there even though I ate at the cafeteria every meal for two weeks.

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  • 4
  • Keith from Alpharetta, GA
  • Jul-03-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Each dining hall has the best something on campus, so it just depends on what you want to eat. There are also nifty little pizza stores called Domino's that deliver to dorms until 2am.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anonymous from NH
  • Dec-30-2014 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
  • Aug-26-2014 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
  • Feb-18-2014 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
  • Jan-01-2014 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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  • 0
  • student
  • Nov-07-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    greek life at BU is housed on MIT campus and vice versa

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  • 0
  • M from CA
  • Sep-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Looking forward to second semester to find out more.

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  • 0
  • Jennifer
  • Aug-15-2013 I am a current student here

    Boston University has many sororities and fraternities on campus.

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