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Boston University

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Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839 by a group of Boston Methodists with its original campus in Newbury, Vermont, before being chartered in Boston in 1869. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.[12][13]

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Boston University
Latin: Universitas Bostoniensis
Former name
Newbury Biblical Institute (1838–1847)
Methodist General Biblical Institute (1847–1867)
Boston Theological Seminary (1867–1869)
Boston Theological Institute (1869–1871)
Motto"Learning, Virtue, Piety"[1]
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedApril 24, 1839; 184 years ago (April 24, 1839)[2][3]
Religious affiliation
Nonsectarian, but historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church[4][5][6]
Academic affiliations
Endowment$3.2 billion (2023)[7]
PresidentKenneth W. Freeman (interim)[8]
ProvostKenneth Lutchen (interim)[9]
Academic staff
4,187 (2022)[10]
Administrative staff
10,468 (2022) (including faculty)[10]
Students36,729 (2022)[10]
Undergraduates17,590 (2022)[10]
Postgraduates17,937 (2022)[10]
Other students
1,202 (2022)[10]
Location, ,
United States

42°20′56″N 71°06′01″W
CampusLarge city, 169 acres (0.68 km2)
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Daily Free Press
ColorsRed and white[11]
Sporting affiliations
MascotRhett the Boston Terrier Edit this at Wikidata

The university is nonsectarian, though it retains its historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church.[4][5][6] The university has more than 4,000 faculty members[14] and nearly 34,000 students and is one of Boston's largest employers.[15] It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on three urban campuses.[16] The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway–Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is located in Boston's South End neighborhood. The Fenway campus houses the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, formerly Wheelock College, which merged with BU in 2018.[17] The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".[18]

BU athletic teams compete in the Patriot League and Hockey East conferences, and their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. The Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I. Among its alumni and current or past faculty, the university counts 9 Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars,[19][20] 6 Marshall Scholars,[21] 14 Academy Award winners, and Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU also has MacArthur, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars, among its past and present graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab.

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