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Transfer Profile

Rigorous academics and acclaimed faculty 

More than 500 students transfer to Boston University each year because, at Boston University, we’re serious about learning. That’s why we’re ranked #37 among the top 500 global universities by U.S.News & World Report. Transferring to BU means having the chance to study with award-winning faculty such as Fulbright Scholars, Nobel Prize winners, or a former Poet Laureate. Your choices are vast and impressive, with more than 250 programs of study, including top-ranked programs in biomedical engineering, business, pre-law, economics, communications, psychology, finance and business, and pre-medicine. 

When you go to BU, you go global
Your classmates will come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and their unique experiences will challenge your perspectives both in and outside the classroom. The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies within the College of Arts & Sciences combines interdisciplinary studies and research opportunities across five globally focused majors, including international relations. Plus, there are nearly 650 global courses to choose from across the University and more than 1,100 foreign nationals from 91 countries teaching and researching here. With the premier study abroad program in the United States, offering 100+ opportunities and 4,000 worldwide internship sources, you’ll have many chances to enrich your studies through a global program.

Why choose a research university?
As soon as your first semester on campus, you can become involved in cutting-edge research. BU is one of only three research universities in Boston and Cambridge named to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). For our students, research doesn’t just take place in labs either. Professors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, education, and the arts connect with students in a variety of field studies or research projects. It might be designing manufacturing equipment for New Balance in the Engineering Product Innovation Center or performing on stage with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. AAU member institutions are also recognized for their extraordinary faculty. Simply put, you’ll be taught by distinguished faculty who will astonish you—in any field you choose—and you’ll have chances to research alongside them through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

The city of Boston
Our campus is located in the heart of Boston along the historic Charles River. Transfer students are guaranteed housing on campus, helping you easily become part of the residential community. With more than 500 student organizations on campus, you’ll have endless ways to connect with new friends. You will have access to museums, the historic Freedom and African American Heritage Trails, Fenway Park, and the vibrant artistic, music, and literary venues throughout the city. Boston also offers valuable connections between your course work and the community. You can participate in countless clinical and research projects or intern with one of the many leading financial corporations, biotech firms, or media outlets located here.

A BU degree opens doors
Did you know that 91% of recent graduates found employment or placements in fellowships, graduate programs, or the military within six months? In fact, a BU degree is so globally recognized that CEOs and recruiters ranked BU graduates #15 in the country and #43 worldwide for employability. Wherever you decide to go after graduation from BU, you’ll have bright career prospects. BU alumni live and work in 189 of the world’s 196 countries, and the Alumni Career Advisory Network keeps graduates around the world connected for professional success. That’s why transferring to BU is such a smart step in the right direction. 

A seamless transition
You can leave your large lecture hall worries at the door. Only 4% of all classes have more than 100 students. After transferring to BU, you won’t have to work hard to form connections with your peers and acclaimed faculty thanks to our tight-knit academic community. Plus, BU offers a wide variety of resources to help you feel at home, including peer mentoring and first-year student programs specifically for transfer students.Whether it’s academic counseling or career guidance, one thing is certain: we’ll make sure you get the best advice out there. At our new Yawkey Center for Student Services, transfer students have resources for everything from career advice to pre-law or pre-med pathway planning to academic advising or writing skills assistance.

Applying for transfer admission at BU
If you are a high school graduate (or
passed a high school equivalency exam) and have completed 12 or more credits as a degree-seeking candidate at another institution of higher education, Boston University considers you a transfer student. You may be able to receive credit for some or all of your previous course work—liberal arts courses at an accredited institution with a grade of C or better are often awarded transfer credit. Boston University accepts up to 64 credits from a two-year college and up to 80 credits from a four-year institution. To apply you must complete the Common Application. Transfer students must also apply to a specific school or college within BU and declare a major. Some programs do not offer transfer admission. Visit the program requirements page at for more information.

Financing your education
We aim to make BU affordable and accessible and encourage all students
interested in transfer admission to apply for financial aid. Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit the CSS/PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete financial aid information and deadlines for filing can be found at For more information on transfer student scholarships, visit



• For fall semester—March 1
• For spring semester—November 1