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About the Boston University Tartan

Your unique tartan pattern was created using our proprietary algorithm, which combines the year BU was founded - 1839 - with the geographic coordinates of its Boston campus - 42.351° N, 71.105° W. 

The individual thread counts reveal your unique time and place in history using Boston's official primary colors - Red and White. Boston's heart, mind, and spirit are also expressed through these secondary colors:

  • Red for your campus' urban heartbeat,
  • White for how BU fosters interconnected mindsets, and
  • Black for your spirit of generating new knowledge to benefit society.

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Virtual Campus Visit

Click below to see how the algorithm's coordinates can take you on a virtual visit back to campus!