Three successful Methodist businessmen founded Boston University in 1869 and set the foundation for a university that is in the heart of the city and existing for the service of the city. Located at the One Silberway, Boston, Massachusetts, it has collaborated with the City of Boston from the very start in the aspect of education and direct service to the community. Boston University is a major research university thus serving as a repository of accumulated knowledge and experience as well as a testing ground for critical examination of such knowledge and experience.
A long list of firsts and notable achievements happened right in the campus of Boston University. It was the first university to admit female students to all its divisions. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a Boston University laboratory. Awarding a Ph.D. to a woman, the admittance of the first woman to the bar in Massachusetts, the first black psychiatrist in the US and the many other firsts are included in the rich history of the university. The renowned Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received his doctorate in Boston University.
With a total of 32,735 students and 3,931 faculty members, the university continues to combine liberal arts education with professional skills and experience. It has actually two campuses consisting of the Charles River Campus and the Medical Center Campus. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1.
Boston University consists of the 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, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan College (Continuing Education), School of Education, School of Hospitality Administration, School of Law, School of Management, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Social Work and the School of Theology. There are over 250 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and special degree programs offered in these colleges. Undergraduate tuition and fees cost about $ 37,000.00 annually with the exception of LAW, MED, SDU, SSW and STH. Several online programs are also offered at Boston University.