Boston University requires a minimum of 128 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. BU accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, BU has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 89% of students who start college at BU complete all the credits required within six years.
BU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: BU may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
BU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with BU directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, BU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at BU.
Student Designed Majors
BU allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
BU does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at BU
BU offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ BU does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ BU has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ BU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ BU offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at BU.
❌ Students at BU are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
The main library on campus is the Mugar Memorial Library and there are 12 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
BU does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does BU have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
BU has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at BU include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force branch unit on campus
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