Boston University

Boston University

Boston University is also known as BU according to It was founded as a Methodist seminary in 1839 in the State of Vermont. The school was transferred to New Hampshire in 1847 and is currently located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States since 1867. It is considered one of the best learning and research institutions at the international level. In its faculties they have studied Nobel laureates, scientists, literary award-winning authors, and many gifted students.


Boston University has its roots in the creation of the Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839, and was named “Boston University” by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869. The University organizes formal Centennial celebrations both in 1939 and 1969. In April 1839 a group of Methodist and lay ministers at Bromfield Street Church travels to Boston chosen to establish a Methodist theological school. Created in Newbury, Vermont, the school was named the Newbury Bible Institute.

In 1847, the Congregational Society in Concord, New Hampshire, invited the Institute to relocate to Concord and offered a disused Congregational church building with a capacity of 1,200 people. Other Concord citizens covered the remodeling costs. One condition was that the Institute remain in Concord for at least 20 years. The school was designated the “General Methodist Bible Institute,” but is commonly called the “Concordia Bible Institute.”

After the agreed twenty years came to an end, the Concord Bible Institute purchased 30 acres (120,000 m2) on Aspinwall Hill in Brookline, Massachusetts as a possible relocation site. The Institute moved in 1867 to 23 Pinkney Street in Boston and was recognized as the “Boston Theological Institute.” In 1869, three Counselors of the Boston Theological Institute obtained from the Massachusetts Legislature a letter from a university by name of ” Boston University. “These three were successful Boston businessmen and Lay Methodists, with a history of involvement in educational ventures, and they became the founders of Boston University. They were Isaac Rico (1801-1872), Lee Claflin (1791-1871), (1802-1889), which is why three locations on the West campus of Boston University have their names.

Boston University

The Boston Theological Institute was absorbed by Boston University in 1871 as the BU School of Theology. In DecemberThe Great Boston Fire of 1872 had destroyed all but one of the University buildings, and the insurance companies with which they had been insured went bankrupt. The value of its assets, when it was handed over to the University in 1882, was half what it had been in 1872. As a result, the University was unable to build its contemplated campus at Aspinwall Hill and the land was sold for parts as places developmental. For all this Boston University established its facilities in buildings scattered throughout the less fashionable parts of Beacon Hill, and later expanded to the Boylston Street and Copley Square area before building the Charles River Campus after 1937.

The cornerstone of Robert Brown’s presidential plan, which began in 2005, will seek to promote the consolidation of campus infrastructure, which advocates for greater collaboration across the campus, is a focus on college education, beginning with an effort to encourage cross-enrollment between schools and colleges and to encourage undergraduate students to take full advantage of both the liberal arts and professional programs available.

The plans are also intended to improve student housing in general. The campus computer system was updated in 2009, despite the ongoing financial crisis. Plans to increase the size of the school and improve its long and narrow shape include the purchase of flight rights over the Mass Pike.


The university has more than 3,800 professors and 33,000 students, and is one of the largest employers in Boston. It offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and medical, dental, business and law degrees through eighteen schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The main campus is located along the Charles River, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in the South End of Boston, it also operates 75 study abroad programs in more than 33 cities in more than twenty countries.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Marsh Chapel (site of the Marsh Chapel experiment), and the School of Theology buildings are the most recognizable university and were built in the late 1930s and 1940s in collegiate Gothic style. A considerable amount of the school is traditional Boston brownstones, mostly on the Bay State Road and South Campus, where it has purchased nearly every townhouse those areas offer. The buildings are primarily dormitories, but many of them also serve as various institutes and departmental offices. Beginning in the 1960s and 1980s, many contemporary buildings were constructed including the Mugar Library, Law School, and Warren Torres, all of which were built in the style of modern architecture.

The Science and Engineering Center, was built in 1983, more accurately described as structural expressionism. Adjacent Morse Auditorium is in architectural contrast as it was built as a Jewish temple. The most recent additions to the BU school are the Center for Photonics, Life Sciences and Construction Engineering, the Student Village and the School of Management. All of these buildings were built in brick, some with a considerable amount of brownstone.


  • School of Theology(STH)
  • Faculty of Medicine(MED)
  • Faculty of Law(LAW)
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation (Sargent College) (SAR)
  • School of Management (SMG)
  • School of Education(SED)
  • School of Social Work (SSW)
  • Faculty of Communication(COM)
  • Faculty of General Studies (CGS)
  • School of Fine Arts (CFA)
  • Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine (SDM)
  • Faculty of Engineering(ENG)
  • Metropolitan College (MET)
  • School of Public Health (SPH)
  • School of Hospitality Management (SHA)
  • Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College (KHC)
  • Frederick Pardee School of Global Studies

Personalities who studied at the University

Among the historically significant students: Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African-American woman, Helen Magill White was the first woman in the US to earn a Ph.D. Daniyal Aziz is a Pakistani politician affiliated with the Muslim League of Pakistan, who is currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Other well-known alumni include actors Ginnifer Goodwin, Marisa Tomei, Emily Deschanel, Julianne Moore and Geena Davis, Taiwanese composer Wen-Pin Hope Lee, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, current US Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Former Senator Judd Gregg, radio personality Howard Stern, CBS producer Gordon Hyatt, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, sportswriter Bill Simmons, radiologist Jean Francois Geschwind, TV personality Bill O’Reilly, Bravo executive Andy Cohen, former Second Lady Tipper Gore and co-host of Project Runway and Marie Claire magazine fashion editor Nina Garcia. Former First Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Earle O. Latham. American painter Franz Kline.


  • It is the fourth largest private university in the United Statesand the fourth largest employer in the entire city.
  • One of its most famous and respected alumni, Martin Luther King Jr., exemplifies the spirit of community and innovation that prevails on campus.
  • The Boston University Bridge over the Charles River represents the dividing linebetween the main campus, where most of the schools and west campus and classroom buildings are concentrated.
  • “The Castle” located at the west end of Bay State Road is one of the oldest buildings on campus. According to tradition the castle was built by millionaire William Lindsay for his daughter Leslie Lindsey Mason, as his wedding gift.
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