Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,645 students in September 2016. Receiving degrees were Regina M. Elkins, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology; Melissa B. Orenstein, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health, Summa Cum Laude. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University's research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of North America's leading research-intensive institutions.