Boston university  boston  massachusetts   united states
US News Ranking 35
Qsranking 159
Timesranking 151-175

Brief background: 

Started in 1869, Boston University is a private research university that is the fourth-largest private university in The United States of America. In its 2018 survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston University 37th in the country and 39th amongst world universities. This University is a member of the Association of American Universities. It offers numerous courses through schools such as the Questrom School of Business, the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the School of Education and the College of Engineering. Its programs in disciplines such as cloud computing and cybersecurity; infectious diseases; engineering biology; neuroscience; urban policy; photonics; education; and the humanities are highly popular. The University’s College of Engineering offers full-time degrees in nine different areas, including photonics, manufacturing engineering, biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering. 


The University is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The campus has state-of-the-art facilities for its students and has 20 major laboratories and 12 research centers. The University also has other campuses in London, Los Angeles, Paris, Washington, and Sydney. 

Residing Options:

The University offers on-campus accommodation to its students and has the country’s tenth largest housing systems among four-year College. Though 76% of undergraduate students live on-campus, most graduate students prefer to live off-campus because it is a tad bit cheaper. Areas like Brighton or Cambridge are popular among students who end up paying approximately $700 a month for accommodation. 

Faculty and pedagogy:

Boston University has a number of exceptional faculty members, some of whom have been behind major inventions. Most faculty members are very good and a few are exceptional. What is common among all faculty members is that they are committed to helping students learn. 

Financial aid:

There are not too many scholarships available at Boston University as it is a private University. Students can always apply for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. 

Jobs and placements:

90% of the students complete at least one internship during their graduation, while 92% secure employment within six months of completion of their degree.
77% of the Engineering School graduates of the class of 2017 accepted job offers. The average annual salary for the class of 2017 Computer Engineers was $80,210; for Electrical Engineers, it  was $73,054; for Mechanical Engineers, it was $63,682. All of them were higher than the national averages.
The average annual salary of the MS graduates from the university is about $81k, while that of MEng graduates is about $84k according to Payscale.
Master of Computer Science (MCS) graduates earn more than $100k annually after graduating from the university. On the other hand, the Master of Information Science (MIS) students earn about $97k annually on an average.
The top recruiters include Boston University; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Children's Hospital, Boston; Harvard University; International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.; Massachusetts General Hospital Wayfair LLC. The most popular job profiles include Software Engineer, Project Manager, Marketing Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Graphic Designer, Operations Manager.


Boston University has a long list of notable alumni. Some of the famous names include former chief experience officer and chief technology officer of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division J Allard, Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, President, and COO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Dirk Meyer and Chairman and CEO of Motorola Edward Zander. 


Boston University is a good college and has a reasonable rate of acceptance too. If you have a good profile, do apply here. 


Boston University comprises of two campuses in Boston in the state of Massachusetts. The main campus of the university is located along the Charles River near the Allston and Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of the city. It is divided into east and west campuses. The east campus is located on Commonwealth Avenue, while the west part of the campus is on the other side of the river. Another campus of the university is located in the South End neighborhood of the city and is known as the Boston University Medical Campus.
The main campus of the university is also known as the Charles River campus. It is home to most of the departments and is known for its architectural diversity. The campus is also known to depict the typical Boston style architecture made of brownstone.
The main campus of the university complements the cultural hub of the city. Museums, art galleries, public libraries, theaters and famous cafes of the city are within walking distance. The region is also home to many music artists and music halls that lend their rhythm to the campus life. It is lovingly called the Allston Rock City.
Boston University’s main campus is very well connected internally and to the other parts of the city. Most of the prominent buildings lie on the Commonwealth Avenue and Kenmore Square Area. They can be reached by MBTA Green Line trains (B, C and D) or the Worcester Line. 57 number buses connect the main spots and areas on the campus. The Medical campus can be reached through number 1 and cross-town CT1 buses. The nearest airport is the Boston Logan International Airport which lies 6 miles east of the main campus.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 75%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 156
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 38
TA Appointments 28
RA appointments 290
Research funding $92,674,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The College of Arts and Sciences of the Boston University offers combined BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MA in Biotechnology programs. The course structure of the program lays strong emphasis on the basics of biology and chemistry which then gets translated into a specialized program in biotechnology.
The focus of the program is to encourage the students to not only pick careers in the biotechnology industry but also to allow them to explore allied fields such as biochemistry and molecular biology. It is done with the intention of promoting research in areas that can lead to fundamental contributions to the field of biotechnology. Regular upgrading of the courses to meet the challenges faced by the biotech industry and research is one of the hallmarks of the program.
The faculty at the center loves to train young minds to become responsible biotechnology engineers by inculcating in them a passion for innovation and research. The students are encouraged to work on the emerging areas of the discipline and work on industry-based projects at the postgraduate level.

Areas of Expertise: Biomaterials; Synthetic and Systems Bioengineering; Neural Engineering; Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering; Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; Nanotechnology and Sensing; Computational Modeling and Data Sciences
List of Labs: Hearing Research Center; Biomolecular Engineering Research Center; Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology (CompNet); Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care; Biological Design Center; Program in Bioinformatics

Computer Science

Boston University’s Department of Computer Science offers a plethora of undergraduate programs that include a BA in Computer Science with Mathematics and Statistics besides a BA in Linguistics and Computer Science and BA/MS in Computer Science. The department has earned a reputation of offering state-of-the-art master’s programs in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.
The department believes that major breakthroughs in a highly competitive field like CS are possible only when a strong emphasis is laid on training the students in the fundamentals. Such a rooted approach is then further augmented by driving the students towards innovation by encouraging them to think out of the box. The programs are regularly redesigned to keep the emerging trends in the industry and discipline as focus areas of study. It allows the students to get exposed to real-world problems and gives them precious industry experience.
The faculty has a wide research experience in the major areas of the computer sciences which they translate into research projects and Ph.D. guidance. The major research areas at the department include Algorithms and Theory, Data Mining and Management, Machine Learning, Networking, Security, Software Design, Systems, and Graphics.
The department is constituted of 42 dedicated faculty members, most of them engaged in active research and publishing regularly in leading journals of the discipline.

Areas of Expertise: Automation, Robotics, and Control; Computational Biology; Production, Service and Energy Systems; Information Sciences; Communications and Networking

Electrical/ Electronics

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers BS, MEng, MS and Ph.D. (post bachelor’s and post master’s) in Electrical Engineering at Boston University, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Undergraduate concentrations in Technology Innovation, Nanotechnology and Energy Technology are available. Mater’s students have the option of specializing in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity or Robotics. 
The department has committed itself to create the most urgently needed solutions and technologies through path-breaking innovations in teaching and research. The faculty has focused on creating a cross-disciplinary learning experience for the master’s students keeping in view the growing application base of the discipline. The department has fostered a culture of developing strong industry linkages with the companies in and around the region. The efforts in this direction reciprocate as a valuable immersion experience and healthy placement records for the students. The department also offers a Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) for those undergraduates whose degrees are outside of engineering but want to switch careers and enter the technology field.

Areas of Expertise: Imaging and Optical Science; Intelligent Computation, Data Science and Cyber-Physical Systems; Electrical and Computer Bioengineering; Mobile/Cloud Computing with Security; Photonics, Electronics, and Nanotechnology

Industrial Engineering

Students who are willing to study Industrial Engineering at Boston University can opt for Systems Engineering or Product Design and Manufacture programs. The College of Engineering offers MS in Product Design and Manufacture and a certificate in Product Design. Systems Engineering department offers MS (thesis and non-thesis options), MEng and Ph.D. programs in Systems Engineering.
The Systems Engineering programs at the university have been designed with the belief that systems can be built, modified and managed only when engineers are taught to look beyond the physical aspects of the engineering or industrial systems. The faculty lays special emphasis on the role of systems engineers to help the scientific and managerial components of the systems become mutually beneficial to each other. The Division of Systems Engineering has recently got a boost in the form of a Center of Information and Systems Engineering. The research focus of the department is on Automation and Robotics, Communications and Networking, Production, Service and Energy Systems and Computational Biology.
The Product Design and Manufacturing programs have received a push from the newly established state-of-the-art Engineering Product Innovation Center that includes CAD software and hardware, robotics manufacturing line and 3D printers. Besides this, the students are trained for the challenges of the professional world through high-quality internships with leading companies and excellent classroom and practical training by a faculty that is leading major innovation projects in the discipline. The main research areas at the department include Operations Research, Manufacturing Automation, and Control, Lean Supply Chain Design and Manufacturing Operations Management.
The department has 33 dedicated faculty members that bring their breadth and depth of research experience to teaching and furthering innovation.

List of Labs: Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

Materials Science

The Materials Science and Engineering Department takes pride in redefining and expanding the meaning of “interdisciplinary”. It believes that materials science has the maximum potential amongst all engineering disciplines to fundamentally alter the world of technology and bring lasting and significant changes in society. The department has geared itself towards focusing on technologies that can make everyday life more comfortable yet productive.

The department offers MS (thesis and non-thesis options), MEng and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. It has a core a faculty strength of 54 which include specialists from other engineering and science disciplines and ensure a strong interdisciplinary compass of the department.
It is the vast research experience of the faculty and numerous ongoing projects that have allowed the department to choose some of the most challenging research areas and lead this promising engineering discipline forward. Research is backed by individual investigator labs that are one of their kinds in the US and a core research facility.

Areas of Expertise: Nanomaterials; Materials for Energy and Environment; Biomaterials; Electronic and Photonic Materials
List of Labs: Center for Polymer Studies


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University is the place where passion meets innovation to produce thinkers and leaders of the future. The department offers MS, BS/MS (accelerated) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in some of the most challenging fields like aerospace mechanics, robotics, materials, and manufacturing. The department believes that talent in this fundamental engineering field can be nurtured by channelizing it to solution-based thinking to solve real-world problems.
The department has a faculty strength of 55 primary and affiliated faculty which bring enormous research experience to the classrooms and labs. They design the program and course structures in the most innovative ways so that the students are able to develop problem-solving skills with the use of interdisciplinary approaches and out-of-the-box thinking. Special emphasis is laid on driving the students’ skills and curiosity towards industry-based immersion experiences and project work so that they start a few steps ahead of their peers when they stand at the doorstep of their professional careers.
The vast breadth and depth of the faculty’s research engagements allow the department to focus on a wide range of research areas. The department’s affiliation with state-of-the-art research centers and labs enriches the research experience of students and enhances the quality and quantity of research output in mechanical engineering and its allied disciplines.

Areas of Expertise: Acoustics and Vibrations; Robotics and Controls; Sustainable Energy; MEMS and Nanotechnology; Materials; Biomechanics; Fluid Dynamics; Computational Sciences and Engineering

Pure Sciences

The Department of Physics of Boston University offers a BA in Physics (Interdisciplinary Option), BA in Physics (Graduate Option), BA in Astronomy & Physics, BA in Philosophy & Physics, BA in Physics & Education, BA/MA in Physics and BA/MA in Astrophysics & Space Physics.
The Department of Biology offers BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Biology. The Department of Chemistry offers BA in Chemistry (major), BA in biochemistry, BA/MA in Chemistry and an interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers BA with specialization in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, Economics and Mathematics or Mathematics and Education. It also offers a BA/MA in Mathematics. BA, MS, MA, and Ph.D. in Statistics programs are also available. Ph.D. in Pure and Applied Mathematics is also offered by the department.
The school has evolved as the center for instilling in the students a love for fundamental sciences in an environment which is inclined towards applied sciences. However, the success of the departments of pure sciences lies in the fact that it has actively contributed to the development of major technologies by enabling a bridge between the challenges of innovation and basic sciences. The faculty at the department has committed itself to offer courses that touch the most pressing challenges faced by the world of technology and scientific research. It believes that technology can solve the problems of society more efficiently and smoothly only when students are trained to rethink and innovate at the very roots of science.
Each department offers immersion experience with the leading research labs, companies, and government agencies and lays special emphasis on imparting skills that allow the students to start their professional careers a step ahead of their competitors if they do not wish to enter the world of research.
Boston University prides itself on being associated with three Nobel laureates in science. Sheldon Lee Glashow won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 for his work on electroweak interactions. Daniel Tsui won the Nobel in Physics for his contributions to solid-state physics in 1998. The most recent Nobel laureate from the university was Osamu Shimomura in Chemistry in the year 2008 for his work in organic chemistry.  

Annual fees for Indians $49,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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