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BU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto BU, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the application fee costs $80. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from BU by April 1.

Applying Early to BU?

Boston University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at BU is 33%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 20%. Last year,, BU admitted 1671 of the 5050 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is BU Hard To Get Into?

Getting into BU is very difficult. BU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, BU accepted 20% of all applicants., around 12,254 of the 61,007 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like BU, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT. Admissions to accelerated medical program, Kilachand Honors College is program extremely difficult.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, BU waitlisted 8,791 students. Of those, 5592 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does BU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at BU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

BU Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to BU must submit the following items. Double check with BU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Other Requirements audition, portfolio
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into BU?

Students admitted to BU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At BU 66% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Boston University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 20%
3.75 and 3.99 30%
3.50 and 3.74 36%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
BU does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

BU is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 70% of BU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for BU?

To be competitive with other BU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1340 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At BU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a BU student is 1402.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of BU students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of BU students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for BU?

To be most competitive at BU, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for BU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for BU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Boston University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to BU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in BU during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

BU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to BU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to BU.

Does BU accept transfer credits?

BU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does BU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

BU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to BU?

No, BU is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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BU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

20%

How hard is it to get into BU? BU is a very selective institution. The BU acceptance rate is 20%. This means that the institution accepts 20 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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

Good

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.76

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At BU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.76. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

32,718

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

20%

Tuition and Fees

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$59,816

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$59,816

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