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Boston University is a private graduate school in Boston, Massachusetts. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 16,142 graduate students. Of the 145 graduate programs offered at Boston University, 20 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at Boston University are Business, Information Science, and Social Work. 33% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
16,142
Part-Time Grad Students
5,251
Research Assistants
1,167
Teaching Assistants
1,277
Racial Diversity
  • White
    43%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    25.4%
  • Unknown
    9.2%
  • Asian
    8.7%
  • Hispanic
    6.8%
  • African American
    4.8%
  • Multiracial
    2%
  • Native American
    0.1%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 18 responses
  • Driven
    39%
  • Down-to-earth
    11%
  • Friendly
    17%
  • Intellectual
    22%
  • Research oriented
    11%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 18 responses
  • Competitive and intense
    28%
  • Great brand name
    17%
  • Prepared me for the real world
    22%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    33%

Professors

Poll
94%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.18 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.18 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.18 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 18 responses
  • $100K+
    11%
  • $75K-$100K
    17%
  • $50K-$75K
    39%
  • $25K-$50K
    28%
  • <$25K
    6%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 18 responses
  • $100K-$125K
    6%
  • $75K-$100K
    6%
  • $50-$75K
    17%
  • <$50K
    17%
  • Did not graduate yet
    56%
72%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.18 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$43,603
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,787
National
$949
Median Home Value
$500,749
National
$184,700
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Wonderful staff, faculty, students, and university! BU has a lot to offer towards the betterment of its students, such as resources, opportunities, aid, etc. Highly recommended university! Totally worth everything about it.
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I took one summer course at BU and I loved it. The professor was approachable and the material was engaging. All the classes offered and professors are of high quality. Professors and BU staff in general are very accommodating to students’ needs. The social scene is great because there are bars and late-night restaurants open for students. BU’s location is situated in the city of Boston where students can check out the Boston Common as well as restaurants and malls in Newbury, Prudential center, and Downtown Boston.
The first thing I would change about BU is its affordability and spending habit. BU is an expensive school and is not known for giving out generous financial aid. Also, BU doesn’t spend money on things that students care about such as hosting social events, building or improving new facilities, etc. I’d like to see BU create affordable financial aid packages for graduate students and spend their money on stuff or events to match students’ interests.
I transferred to BU from another university and it is substantially better. The classes and professors are fantastic. BU offers online classes in a “live classroom” setting, so you get a similar experience. I would definitely recommend BU’s graduate programs!