Campus Reform | Campus Profile: Boston University

Campus Profile: Boston University

Boston University is a private university in Massachusetts. Around 16,900 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

Boston University is a private university in Massachusetts. Around 16,900 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Official Political Student Organizations:

Conservative Organizations: 

College Republicans

Israeli Club at BU

Network of Enlightened Women at Boston University


The Federalist Society

Young Americans for Freedom

Young Americans for Liberty


Liberal Organizations: 

Action BU

American Constitution Society (Graduate)

Amnesty International at Boston University

Center for Gender Sexuality and Activism

College Democrats

Feminist Collective


If/When/How: Boston University School of Law Chapter

OutLaw (Graduate) - 43200


Pride in Business

Queer Activist Collective

Students for a Just and Stable Future

Students for Justice in Palestine

Students for Reproductive Freedom

Trans Listening Circle

Young Democratic Socialists

OpenSecrets Data on Boston University Employee Political Donations

In the 2020 election cycle, 96.85% of Boston University employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 3.15% of donations went to Republican candidates in federal elections, according to data from OpenSecrets.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Rating:

Boston University has been given a red light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one university policy clearly and substantially restricting freedom of speech.” FIRE also notes that a red light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 


Boston University is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, faculty, and staff 


Stories by Campus Reform about Boston University:

Boston University encourages BLM protests, enforces limits on other gatherings

According to the BU Student Activities Office, students are highly encouraged to hold most meetings virtually, and all off campus events are prohibited. The letter titled “Engaging Safely” was written by BU’s President Robert A. Brown and distributed to students early Friday afternoon, as well as posted to the university website.

Boston University ‘particularly eager’ to hire BIPOC, international, marginalized students for job

A Boston University job description for Graduate Writing Center Consultants says the university is 'particularly eager' to hire BIPOC, international, and minority students. AEI scholar Mark Perry says this posting could conflict with BU’s Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Policy, though discrimination would be difficult to prove.

AOC's alma mater encourages donations to prison abolition group

Boston University published an article about trans awareness, including a suggestion to donate to a prison abolition group. The Boston-based group was started as an “explicitly anarchist project” by Reverend Jason Lydon, a Unitarian Universalist minister.