With several dozen post-secondary institutions in the greater Boston area, “Beantown” is a student-oriented city. With a great transport network, featuring the ‘T’ line subway system, and convenient rail links to major U.S. cities from New York to Washington, D.C., students are well-connected to the heart-beat of American life. Boston University is the largest of the Boston area universities. Stretching out along a busy section of Commonwealth Avenue, and bordered on one side by the beautiful Charles River, BU serves 33,000 students with 250 degree programmes offered in 17 schools and colleges. The campus boasts 320 buildings, 2500 classrooms and laboratories and residence space for 10,000 students. Everything at BU is on a large scale. The new Agganis Athletic Centre, for example, has state-of –the-art facilities including new hockey rinks, a 3-storey climbing wall, two Olympic size swimming pools and 8 basketball courts!