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Boston University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%
Acceptance Rate19%

About BU

Boston University Overview

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
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 32%
Tuition $61,050
Percent of Need Met 88%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $57,519

Is BU a Good School?


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.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Boston University

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 and Graduation Rates at BU

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 Outlook BU Graduates

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.

Boston University'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 $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 and Financial Aid at BU

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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Where is Boston University Located?

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.

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College Info

One Silber Way Boston, MA 02215

Campus Setting: Urban

BU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

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

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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 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 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.

BU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1490

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Math SAT Range

700 - 780

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Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above

Good

1390 to 1490

Avg

1390 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

BU Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$80,760

In State

$80,760

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$61,050
$61,050
Fees
$1,310
$1,310
Housing
$17,400
$17,400
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Student Life

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.

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

27%

In State

73%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

36,104

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

19%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$62,360

Out-of-State

$62,360

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 4
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