Boston University is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839 and the school presently has around 36,104 students a year, including 18,229 undergraduate students. BU offers housing for up to 11,305 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.
📆 Mark your calendar! January 4, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.
Student Activities at BU
Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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.
Interested in Greek life? BU has both 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.
|2022 BU Facts At-A-Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||19%|
|Early Decision Acceptance Rate||33%|
|Early Action Acceptance Rate||EA not offered|
|Applicants Submitting SAT scores||32%|
|Percent of Need Met||88%|
|Average First-Year Financial Aid Package||$57,519|
There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a university is.
Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what BU offers and if the school could be the right college for you.
It is very difficult to get into BU. BU admitted 19% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 75,778 students applied to BU and 14,129 were admitted.
Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.
About 94% of students who start at BU return for their second year of college. 89% of BU undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.
Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 60% of graduates from BU recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.
The average starting salary for recent BU grads is $60,317 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.
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 $3.4 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $38,479 for each full-time student enrolled.
Tuition 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 88% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend BU full-time are awarded $57,519 a year in financial aid, on average.
The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $40,944 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022
Some aid is available 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! No one should ever pay to fill out 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, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is BU a good school for you?
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BU is located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.
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.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BU is Jan 4.
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
More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.
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 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1490 and Above
1390 to 1490
1390 and Less
The median SAT score for BU students is 1434. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BU.
Wondering what life at BU is like? There are approximately 36,104 students enrolled at BU, including 18,229 undergraduate students and 17,875 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from MA and 73% percent of students are from other states.
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