Could Boston University be the right school for you? BU is a world-recognized teaching and research university located in the heart of Boston. Our campus is constantly buzzing with activity and is energized by the surrounding city.
At Boston University we’re serious about learning. Classes are challenging. You will study with distinguished faculty that include Fulbright Scholars, a MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, and a former Poet Laureate. You can select from more than 250 programs of study, and even as early as your freshman year, you can be involved in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Popular majors include Communications, Business, Psychology, International Relations, and Biomedical Engineering.
BU is an established global research university with alumni living in 189 of the world’s 196 countries. Plus, BU offers the premier study abroad program in the country, with 100+ opportunities and 4,000 worldwide internship sources. Your classmates will challenge you with perspectives from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries around the world.
Diversity on campus
Since its founding in 1839, the University has been committed to equal opportunity for everyone and diversity—from racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity to diversity of thought. We were the first university in the nation to award a PhD to a woman and a medical degree to a Native American, and we are the alma mater of the first African American psychiatrist in the United States. In addition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received his PhD in Theology from BU in 1955. Today you can enjoy the activities and sense of community provided by the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, which connects you with the diverse cultural, social, and academic networks on campus. BU also offers 24 Division I sports teams; 40+ intramural and club sports; pre-professional cultural clubs such as the Black Business Student Association; and 450+ student organizations, including Alianza Latina, American Civil Liberties Union, Inner Strength Gospel Choir, Minority Association for Social Change, and UMOJA (Black Student Union). Admitted students from multicultural backgrounds are also invited to a multicultural community weekend.
We know attending a private university requires an investment for students and families. BU invests in you too by making merit scholarships and need-based financial aid available to help meet your expenses. Last year we awarded over $55 million in need-based and merit-based scholarships to incoming students. Included in our merit awards are the full-tuition Trustee Scholarship and the $20,000 Presidential Scholarship. Visit bu.edu/finaid to learn more.
The city of Boston
Over 80% of undergraduate students live all four years on our residential campus in the heart of Boston. You will have access to museums, the historic Freedom and African American Heritage Trails, and the vibrant artistic, music, cultural, 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 local businesses, biotech firms, or media outlets located here. And there are numerous possibilities for part-time jobs in just about any field.
BU Fast Facts
Freshman class size
Average class size
Classes with fewer than 29 students
Number of faculty
Full-time professors with Ph.D. or equivalent
Class of 2020 profile
Early Decision Averages
Rank in class: Top 14%
Composite SAT: 1911 (CR/MT/WR) 1274 (CR/MT)
Regular Decision Averages
Rank in class: Top 8%
Grade average: A-
Composite SAT: 2067 (CR/MT/WR) 1377 (CR/MT)