Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society. Boston University’s founders opened its doors to all students without regard to religion, race, or gender. Building and sustaining a vibrant community of scholars, students, and staff remains essential to their mission of contributing to, and preparing students to thrive in, an increasingly interconnected world. They strive to create environments for learning, working, and living that are enriched by racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. They seek to cultivate an atmosphere of respect for individual differences in life experience, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and they aspire to be free of intellectual parochialism, barriers to access, and ethnocentrism. Success in a competitive, global milieu depends upon their on-going commitment to welcome and engage the wisdom, creativity, and aspirations of all peoples. The excellence they seek emerges from the contributions and talents of every member of the Boston University community.
They remain dedicated to their founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community—local and international. These principles endure in the University’s insistence on the value of diversity, in its tradition and standards of excellence, and in its dynamic engagement with the City of Boston and the world. Boston University comprises a remarkable range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs built on a strong foundation of the liberal arts and sciences. With the support and oversight of the Board of Trustees, the University, through their faculty, continually innovates in education and research to ensure that they meet the needs of students and an ever-changing world. Boston University is no small operation. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, their two campuses are always humming, always in high gear.
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