About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

As one of the University’s 16 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College (MET) offers over 60 part-time undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended-format programs. For more information, visit bu.edu/met.

As part of Boston University’s Metropolitan College, the Center for Professional Education (CPE) helps professionals adapt to changes in their industries, maintain best practices, and prepare for important certification exams. Taught by recognized industry experts, the Center’s high-quality, non-credit programs focus on updating knowledge, honing current skills, and developing new abilities. Online courses of study include Financial Planning; Genealogical Research; Paralegal Studies; Professional Fundraising; Professional Investigation; and Retirement Management. For further details on programs offered by the Center for Professional Education, please visit cpe.bu.edu.


  • #42 in research universitiesForbes Magazine (2019)
  • #40 in the nationTimes Higher Education (2021)
  • #54 world universityTimes Higher Education (2021)
  • #25 Best Value SchoolsU.S. News & World Report (2024)
  • #41 in the nationU.S. News & World Report (Best National Universities 2023)
  • #70 Best Global UniversitiesU.S. News & World Report (2023)
  • #18 Best Colleges for VeteransU.S. News & World Report (2019)
  • #3 Best Online College in Massachusetts— thebestschools.org (2023)
  • #38 Best Values in Private Colleges 2018 based on academic excellence and economic value—Kiplinger's Personal Finance
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