Boston University is well known for men's hockey, in which it has won five national championships, most recently in 2009.Boston University traces its roots to the establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839, and was chartered with the name "Boston University" by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869.
After receiving a year's salary advance to allow him to pursue his research in 1875, Alexander Graham Bell, then a professor at the university, invented the telephone in a Boston University laboratory.
In 1876, Borden Parker Bowne was appointed professor of philosophy.
The charter issued by New Hampshire designated the school the "Methodist General Biblical Institute", but it was commonly called the "Concord Biblical Institute." With the agreed twenty years coming to a close, the trustees of the Concord Biblical Institute purchased 30 acres (120,000 m) on Aspinwall Hill in Brookline, Massachusetts, as a possible relocation site.
The institute moved in 1867 to 23 Pinkney Street in Boston, and received a Massachusetts Charter as the "Boston Theological Institute".
The Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA's Division I.
BU athletic teams compete in the Patriot League, and Hockey East conferences, and their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier.
It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on two urban campuses.
The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. nine Academy Award winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners.
BU is categorized as an R1: Doctoral University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University was ranked 37th among undergraduate programs at national universities, and 32nd among global universities by U. BU also has Mac Arthur, Fulbright, Truman and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty.
In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab.
Kilgore describes this as the largest single donation to an American college or university to that time.