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Boston University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%

About BU

A BU education: world-class, well-rounded.

Study with leading experts. Choose from a plethora of top-ranked programs. Learn next to standout students every day. Live in one of the world's most dynamic cities. Whatever you're seeking from your college experience, you'll find it at BU.

Why we love Boston

With the city literally right outside your dorm room, we can promise you one thing about your BU experience—you'll never be bored.

◦ It’s a college town. Boston embraces more than 250,000 students as an essential part of what makes this city so special. 
◦ Access to internships and career opportunities. Healthcare, the arts, finance, engineering, public relations…Boston has it all. 
◦ The Boston Public Library. Fenway Park. The Institute of Contemporary Art. The Freedom Trail. Boston is home to many historic sites and cultural opportunities—and you can get into many museums for free with your BU student ID.
◦ The magic of the first snowfall of the season (and if you're lucky, a snow day)!

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BU Facts

Boston University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839. The university enrolls around 36,714 students a year, including 18,463 undergrad students.

BU Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into BU. In 2022, BU accepted 14% of applicants. In 2022, 11,607 out of 80,796 total applicants were accepted.

Boston University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 14%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 25%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 23%

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Visit Boston University

Boston University is located Boston.

If you would like to see BU for yourself, be sure to 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 Boston University and Boston are like without leaving home.

College Info

One Silber Way Boston, MA 2215

Campus Setting: Urban

BU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BU is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BU is Mar 15.

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

Boston University is a member of the Coalition for College.

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.

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BU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1480


Math SAT Range

690 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1480 and Above


1370 to 1480


1370 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for BU students is 1418. Applicants with SAT scores of 1480 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1370 to 1480 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1370 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BU.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at BU is like? There are approximately 36,714 students enrolled at BU, including 18,463 undergraduate students and 18,251 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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