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Tuition

$47,664

$47,664

not including room and board

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Very Selective

36%

acceptance rate

Accepted 19,420
Declined + 33,285
Total Received 52,705
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undergraduateRatios

40%

60%

male

female

1  :  13

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communications
  2. Business Administration/Management
  3. Psychology
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School Facts

Founded in 1839, Boston University is a private teaching and research institution located on 133 acres along the Charles River in downtown Boston.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 32,411
Established in 1839
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Codes

SAT 3087
ACT 1794

Social Networks

Private (nonprofit)

18,165

undergraduate students

14,246

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
48%
500-599
28%
400-499
7%
700-800
35%
600-699
50%
500-599
15%
400-499
0
700-800
21%
600-699
55%
500-599
22%
400-499
2%
30-36
51%
24-29
43%
18-23
6%
30-36
33%
24-29
61%
18-23
6%
30-36
40%
24-29
57%
18-23
3%
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Boston, MA

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Fun Facts

  • The fourth floor of Shelton Hall at Boston University is the writing students' dorm, which is fitting as playwright Eugene O'Neil lived--and died--in room 401 when it was a hotel. Students say lights in his former room sometimes flicker and the elevator stops unprovoked at that floor.

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Boston, MA

Urban campus in Boston (population: 636,479), plus 133 acres along the Charles River; medical center campus in downtown Boston. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Boston University
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
75%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
12 fraternities 7% of male students
 
13 sororities 11% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
58%
Top 1/4
89%
Top 1/2
99%
Bottom 1/2
1%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
48%
500-599
28%
400-499
7%
700-800
35%
600-699
50%
500-599
15%
400-499
0
700-800
21%
600-699
55%
500-599
22%
400-499
2%
30-36
51%
24-29
43%
18-23
6%
30-36
33%
24-29
61%
18-23
6%
30-36
40%
24-29
57%
18-23
3%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Particular talent/ability
Secondary school record

Important

Class rank
Essay
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment

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Very Selective

36%

acceptance rate

Accepted 19,420
Declined + 33,285
Total Received 52,705

Admissions Contact

Kelly Walter
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Admissions
P: 617 353-2300
F: 617 353-9695
admissions@bu.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $13,579,909
State $1,420,159
Institutional $157,186,545
Other external $5,011,132
Total $177,197,745

Non-need-based

Federal $985,022
State $12,989
Institutional $27,597,253
Other external $10,936,667
Total $39,531,931

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
crew
cross-country
diving
field hockey
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division I), Hockey East Conference, Patriot League
Mascot
Terriers
School colors
scarlett and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Acting
Actuarial Science
Adult/Continuing Education
Advertising
Aerospace Engineering
African-American Studies
American Law
American Studies
American/New England Studies
Anatomy/Neurobiology
Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek/Latin
Anthropology
Anthropology/Religion
Applied Anatomy/Physiology
Applied Anthropology
Applied Chemistry
Applied Kinesiology
Applied Kinesiology/Physiology
Applied Linguistics
Archaeological Heritage Management
Archaeology
Art Education
Art History
Arts Administration
Astronomy
Astronomy/Physics
Athletic Training
Athletic Training/Physical Therapy
Audiology
Banking Law Studies
Banking/Financial Services
Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience/Biomedical Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience/Cell/Molecular Biology
Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral/Neural Sciences
Biblical/Historical Studies
Bilingual Education
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Biomedical Neuroscience
Biochemistry/Cell/Molecular Biology
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Bioimaging
Bioinformatics
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Forensic Science
Biomedical Neuroscience
Biomedical/Neuroscience
Biophysics
Biophysics/Biomedical Neuroscience
Biophysics/Cell/Molecular Biology
Biostatistics
Broadcast Journalism
Broadcasting/Film
Business Administration/Management
Business Continuity/Emergency Management
Business Economics/Journalism
Business/Information Systems
Cell/Molecular Biology
Cellular Biophysics
Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Choral Conducting
City/Community/Regional Planning
Classical Civilization
Classical Studies
Classics/Philosophy
Classics/Religion
Clinical Dermatology
Clinical Investigation
Cognitive/Neural Systems
Collaborative Piano
Communication
Communication Disorders
Computational Neuroscience
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Computer Systems Engineering
Costume Design
Costume Production
Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Curriculum/Teaching
Deaf Studies
Dental Public Health
Dentistry
Dermatology
Developmental Studies
Directing
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Earth Sciences
East Asian Studies
Ecology/Conservation Biology
Economic Policy
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Editorial Studies
Education of the Deaf
Educational Leadership/Development
Educational Media/Technology
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Endodontics
Energy/Environmental Analysis
Energy/Environmental Studies
Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
English
English Education
English/Language Arts Education
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Analysis/Policy
Environmental Earth Science
Environmental Health
Environmental Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Science
Epidemiology
Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Exercise Science
Film
Film/Television
Finance
French Language/Literature
French/Continental European Literatures
General Engineering
General Management
Genetic Counseling
Genetics/Genomics
Genetics/Genomics/Biomedical Neuroscience
Geoarcheology
Geography
Geophysics/Planetary Sciences
German Language/Literature
Global Development Economics
Global Development Policy
Global Manufacturing Engineering
Graduate Taxation
Graphic Design
Health Care Emergency Management
Health Care Management
Health Communication
Health Education
Health Law
Health Policy/Management
Health Sciences
Health Services
Health Services Research
Health Studies
Hispanic Language/Literature
Hispanic Languages/Literature
History
Hospitality Administration/Hotel/Food
Human Geography
Human Movement
Human Physiology
Human Resource Management
Human Resources Education
Hydrogeology
Implantology
Independent Study
Insurance Management
Intellectual Property Law
Interdisciplinary Engineering
International Affairs
International Business Law
International Education Development
International Health
International Management
International Marketing Management
International Relations
International Relations/Communication
International Relations/Environmental Policy
International Relations/Religion
Investment Management
Italian/Continental European Literature
Japanese Language/Literature
Journalism
Journalism/Science Communication
Latin
Latin American Studies
Latin/Classical Humanities Education
Law
Leisure Education
Lighting Design
Linguistics
Linguistics/Philosophy
Management
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Science
Marketing
Mass Communications
Material Science Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering
Maternal/Child Health
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mathematics for Teaching
Mathematics/Computer Science
Mathematics/Mathematics Education
Mathematics/Philosophy
Mechanical Engineering
Media Ventures
Medical Anthropology/Cross-cultural Practice
Medical Nutritional Sciences
Medical Nutritional Sciences/Biomedical Neuroscience
Medical Science
Medicine
Mental Health/Behavioral Medicine
Microbiology
Microbiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Microbiology/Immunology
Ministry in Church/Society
Modern Foreign Language Education
Modern Greek Studies
Molecular Medicine
Molecular/Cell Biology/Biochemistry
Museum Education
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Performance/Instrumental
Music Performance/Voice
Music Theory
Music Theory/Composition
Musical Historical Performance
Musicology
Neuroscience
Nutrition
Nutritional Science
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Operations/Technology Management
Operative Dentistry
Oral Biology
Oral/Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Fellowship
Orchestral Conducting
Organizational Behavior
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics
Painting
Paralegal Studies
Pathology
Pathology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Pathology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Pathology/Immunology
Pediatric Dentistry
Performance/Core/Theatre
Periodontology
Pharmacology
Pharmacology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Philosophy
Philosophy/Anthropology
Philosophy/Physics
Philosophy/Political Science
Philosophy/Psychology
Philosophy/Religion
Philosophy/Theology/Ethics
Photojournalism
Photonics
Physical Education
Physical Geography
Physical Therapy
Physics
Physiology
Physiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Planetary/Space Sciences
Policy/Planning/Administration
Political Economy
Political Science
Practical Theology
Preservation Studies
Project Management
Prosthodontics
Psychology
Public Management
Public Relations
Reading Education
Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Sciences
Religion
Religion/Cultural/Personality
Religion/Culture/Personality
Religious Music
Religious Studies
Russian Language/Literature
Russian/Eastern European Studies
Scene Design
Science Education
Science Journalism
Sculpture
Social Studies Education
Social Work
Social/Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Sociology/Social Work
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Speech/Language/Hearing Science
Stage Management
Statistics
Studio Teaching
Systems Engineering
Teaching English as a Second Language
Telecommunications
Television Management
Theatre Arts
Theatre Education
Theatre/Stage Production Management
Theological Studies
Therapeutic Studies
Urban Affairs
Urban Studies/Public Policy
Visual Studies
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Undergraduate

56%

18,165
students

Female
60%
10,817

Male
40%
7,348

Graduate

44%

14,246
students

Female
56%
7,966

Male
44%
6,280

undergraduateFull-time

91%

16,593
students

Female
61%
10,055

Male
39%
6,538

undergraduatePart-time

9%

1,572
students

Female
49%
762

Male
51%
810

Student Break-down

14%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
43%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

33%

Transfer applicants accepted

28%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Spring: November 1

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 96
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Hong Kong
India
South Korea
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
International student center
Special counselors/advisors

International Student Contact

Anne Corriveau
Senior Associate Director, International Admissions
617 353-4492
intadmis@bu.edu

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