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About BU

Boston University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839 and now enrolls around 32,718 students a year, including 16,872 undergrads. BU provides on-campus housing for up to 10,551 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 80% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at BU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of BU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? BU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? BU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? BU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at BU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at BU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from BU by April 1.

2021 BU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 20%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 70%
Tuition $58,560

Is BU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what BU offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Boston University

It is very difficult to get into BU. Around 20% of applicants get into BU each year. Last year, 61,007 students applied to BU and 12,254 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at BU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at BU, around 92% return for their sophomore year. Around 89% of students who started at BU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for BU Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 57% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent BU grads have an average starting salary of $58,521 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

BU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. BU's endowment was valued at $2.4 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, BU spends about $39,246 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at BU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. BU meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $56,442 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $43,486 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at BU. Based on this information, how does BU sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is BU a good school for you?

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Where is BU?

BU is located in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts.

If you want to see BU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike to Boston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what BU and Boston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One Silber Way Boston, MA 02215

Campus Setting: Urban

BU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BU is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BU is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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BU ACT Scores

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ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

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30 to 34

Avg

30 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to BU is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into BU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

BU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1460

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Math SAT Range

670 - 780

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Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above

Good

1340 to 1460

Avg

1340 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for BU students is 1402. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BU.

BU Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$77,656

In State

$77,656

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$58,560
$58,560
Fees
$1,256
$1,256
Housing
$16,840
$16,840
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Student Life

Wondering what life at BU is like? There are approximately 32,718 students enrolled at BU, including 16,872 undergraduate students and 15,846 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from MA and 74% percent of students are from other states.

95%

Full Time

5%

Part Time

26%

In State

74%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

32,718

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

20%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,816

Out-of-State

$59,816

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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