Boston University
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-1960
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Boston University is among the largest private universities in the U.S. and has a rich history dating back to 1839. The university is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has been categorized as an RU/VH Research University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (CCIHE). Enrolling more than 31,000 students, the university provides a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through on-campus and online formats. U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston University No. 51 in National Universities in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report also states that the average freshman retention rate, which is an indication of student satisfaction, is 91% at Boston University.

Programs Offered

Boston University Online is the branch of Boston University that provides students around the world with the same accredited and high-quality degrees offered at the campus in an online format. Distance learners can choose from the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs offered through Boston U Online. Studying, participating in discussions, online lectures and videos, interactive animations, and assignment submission take place entirely online at the students’ discretion within the seven-week time frame of each course. Through advanced technology and faculty interactions, students can rest assured that they will have a degree experience that will thoroughly prepare them for entry into or advancement within their professional careers. Students enrolled in online programs are also assured technical support 24/7 and other student services to help them through the degree programs.


Boston University received full accreditation to award degrees by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Additional specialized accreditation was awarded by 14 other agencies for specific programs.


Most candidates seeking admission to the programs at Boston University Online are expected to hold proof of completion of a high school program (or adequate GED scores) or the appropriate bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. Standardized test scores, recommendations, application essays, and other factors will be used to determine whether or not the student will be accepted. Professional work experience is often required for graduate-level programs. After completing the application and paying admittance fees, a student’s admission packet and materials will be evaluated. Students will be notified of their acceptance status if the satisfactory documents meet required standards and after evaluations are complete. Boston University has a 49.4% admissions rate, which U.S. News & World Report indicates is more selective than most public universities.

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