Boston University is private, 4-year school located near the Fenway/Kenmore and Longwood communities of metropolitan Boston, MA. Founded in 1839 as the Newbury Biblical Institute by a group of Methodist ministers, it was chartered as Boston University in 1869. The school celebrates both years as anniversaries. The 135 acre Charles River campus features a wide array of architectural styles, due to the continuing expansion of the school. A significant portion of the campus is traditional “Boston brownstone.” The two primary open quads on campus are “BU Beach” which faces the Charles River and “BU Grounds South” on the eastern side of campus. Among non-political notable alumni are actors Jason Alexander, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore.