Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is a non-denominational university, but maintains historical links with the United Methodist Church. It was founded by the Methodist Church in 1839. Its original campus was in Newbury, Vermont, and then moved to Boston in 1867.
The university currently has more than 4,000 faculty members (citation needed) and nearly 34,000 students, and it is one of the largest employers in Boston. It offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees and degrees in medicine, dentistry, business, and law through 17 schools and colleges on three city campuses. The main campus is located along the Charles River near Fenway-Kenmore and Alston in Boston, while the Boston University Medical School is located in the southern end neighborhood of Boston. The Fenway campus has the Wheelock School of Education and Human Development, formerly Wheelock College, which merged with BU in 2018.
BU is a member of the Boston Higher Education Union and the Association of American Universities. It is classified as "R1: PhD University-research activities are very active".
Among its alumni and current or past faculty and staff, the university has eight Nobel Prize winners, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, ten Rhodes scholars, six Marshall scholars, and 48 Sloan scholars. , Nine Oscar winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU also has MacArthur, Fulbright, Truman and Guggenheim scholarship holders, as well as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences including their past and Current graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in the BU laboratory.