As a national key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education, Beijing Normal University (BNU) adheres to foster virtue through education and is committed to cultivate forward-looking outstanding teachers and leading innovative talents. Students are expected to become well-rounded talents with artistic and scientific literacy, solid and broad academic foundation, global perspective, social commitment, as well as an excellent ability to innovate, practice, and engage in life-long learning.

BNU has 23 undergraduate colleges and 51 full-time undergraduate majors, covering 10 discipline categories, namely, philosophy, education, literature, history, law, economics, management, science, engineering and art.