Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. Boston University was the first university to open all its divisions to female students in 1872, the first coeducational medical college in the world in 1873, and proudly lists Martin Luther King, Jr. among its distinguished alumni. BU was the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, the first woman admitted to the bar in Massachusetts graduated from Boston University as well as the first African-American psychiatrist in the nation.
With 30,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries, Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. For over 150 years, Boston University has anticipated the changing needs of its students while serving the greater needs of society.