Founded in 1839, Boston University is one of America's largest and most respected private research universities. It offers a unique combination of academic excellence and social relevance for its more than 33,000 students from 135 different countries.
It's in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.
Boston University has a rich and distinguished history of support for Civil and Women's Rights. BU was the first university to open all divisions to female students, the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, the first in the U.S. to award a medical degree to a black woman, and the first to graduate a black psychiatrist. Boston University Medical College was the first coeducational medical college in the world, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chose Boston University as a place to hone his message of peace and social justice in the 1950s, graduating with his Ph.D. in Theology from BU in 1955.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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