Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
African American: 2%
Asian American: 9%
Native American: 0%
BU has been in the spotlight for the surprisingly conservative views of the administration. While no student group within the University at the college level of education has been abolished, the gay activist group at the BU Academy (a high-school functioning under BU’s administration—a breeding ground for potential applicants), was banned from operation in several years ago. According to former BU President John Silber, these students were simply “too young” to explore any sexuality, let alone of the gay variety. This move brought a lot of negative attention to the University, and a gay professor in the Physical Education department resigned in protest of the ban. In general, however, there sometimes seem to be more gay men on campus than straight ones. The lesbian scene is slightly more concealed but definitely prevalent. Boston tends to be extremely tolerant to all forms of sexuality.
Political groups on campus tend to be more prevalent on campus during times of political distress in the world. While the student body is largely liberal, with a strong Democratic college chapter, there is an equally prevalent Republican college chapter on campus. BU also has many active political organizations that cover a wide range of issues including the ACLU, the Darfur Coalition and a newly formed Women's Center.
BU students span a wide range of economic backgrounds. However, the majority of students are middle- to upper-class.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is the most prevalent religion on campus. There are also quite a few Protestants, Jews, and students who claim no religious affiliation.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a club or organization working to represent nearly every minority that is found on campus. While some are certainly more visible than others, the amount of activity is the result of the effort put forth by the members of the individual group. Due to the size of the University, there is literally something for everyone.