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Boston University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%

BU Academics

Your Major and Beyond

The major you choose in college will form the foundation of your academic career. But the internships, research or study abroad programs, and community service projects you pursue outside the classroom are just as important as the learning you do inside the classroom.

When you leave BU with your degree in hand, you'll also leave with a dynamic outlook, new interests,valuable skills, and a network that will prepare you for a successful future.

Interested in discovering your own major at BU?

Explore your options 

At BU, you’ll go global

Boston University doesn't just want you to see the world; we want you to succeed in the world.
With 80+ study abroad opportunities, BU has the premier study abroad program to help you do that. What makes many of our programs so special is that we do the leg work to place you in an internship at one of 4,000+ organizations worldwide.

◦ Explore methods of conflict resolution between countries in Geneva, Switzerland
◦ Fulfill engineering course requirements while completing an internship through the sophomore
Engineering Program in Sydney, Australia
◦ Experience Japanese language at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)
◦ Intern for the Association of Foreign Journalists in Paris, France
◦ Lend a hand by participating in a Global Day of Service with over 2,000 other volunteers

If you're looking for real-world experience, apply to BU today.

Boston University requires at least 128 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

There is no accelarated degree program at Boston University, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Boston University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Boston University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

NOTE: Around 89% of students who start college at Boston University finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

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Academic Options Yes No Note
Accelerated Degree Program X
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available
New Student Orientation

Reminder: Boston University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take At Boston University?

Boston University 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 requirementor a math or science requirement.

Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math No
Science No
Computer No

Reminder: Check with Boston University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at Boston University

When choosing a major, Boston University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Boston University.Boston University 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. Boston University false.Boston University 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: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

Frequently Asked Questions About Boston University

Does Boston University Offer Learning Disability Services?

🟨 Check with Boston University directly for information on any possible available services for students with disabilities.

Does Boston University Offer Online Classes?

✅ Boston University true for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Boston University Offer Credit for AP Classes?

✅ Boston University true Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Boston University Have An Honors Program?

✅ Boston University true for highly-qualified applicants, and true. 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 Boston University.

Does Boston University Require Internships?

🟨 Boston University does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.

Additional Information About Boston University

Boston University Library

The main library on campus is the Mugar Memorial Library and there are 12 other libraries on campus.

Dual Degree Programs at Boston University

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.

Boston University 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 Boston University 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.

Boston University 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 Boston University 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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