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Tuition & Fees

$52,082

$52,082

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
49%
500-599
27%
400-499
2%
700-800
42%
600-699
47%
500-599
11%
400-499
0
700-800
27%
600-699
56%
500-599
16%
400-499
1%
30-36
63%
24-29
34%
18-23
3%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
43%
24-29
53%
18-23
4%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
59%
24-29
40%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

39%

61%

male

female

1
10

teacher

students

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Very Selective

29%

acceptance rate

Accepted 16,907
Declined + 40,534
Total Received 57,441
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Private (nonprofit)

17,944

undergraduate students

14,751

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communications
  2. Business Administration/management
  3. Psychology
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Codes

SAT 3087
ACT 1794

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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 back 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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School Facts

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

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 32,695
Established in 1839
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACAE (Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education)
•  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)

Boston, MA

Urban campus in Boston (population: 673,184), covering 133 acres along the Charles River; medical center campus in downtown Boston. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Boston University
233 Bay State Road
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

 
11 fraternities 5% of male students
 
12 sororities 15% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
63%
Top 1/4
91%
Top 1/2
99%
Bottom 1/2
1%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
49%
500-599
27%
400-499
2%
700-800
42%
600-699
47%
500-599
11%
400-499
0
700-800
27%
600-699
56%
500-599
16%
400-499
1%
30-36
63%
24-29
34%
18-23
3%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
43%
24-29
53%
18-23
4%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
59%
24-29
40%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline December 1 (priority deadline)
January 2
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required of some
SAT or ACT Required

Very Selective

29%

acceptance rate

Accepted 16,907
Declined + 40,534
Total Received 57,441

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Particular talent/ability
Secondary school record

Important

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment

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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 $14,350,197
State $1,788,140
Institutional $180,922,199
Other external $4,190,909
Total $201,251,445

Non-need-based

Federal $114,489
State $1,700
Institutional $20,261,899
Other external $3,103,032
Total $23,481,120

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
Administrative Studies
Adult/Continuing Education
Advertising
Aerospace Engineering
African-American Studies
American History/Civilization
American Law
American Studies
American/New England Studies
Anatomy/Neurobiology
Anatomy/Neurobiology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Anatomy/Neurobiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek/Latin
Anthropology
Anthropology/Religion
Applied Anthropology
Applied Business Analytics Management
Applied Chemistry
Applied Human Development
Applied Linguistics
Archaeological Heritage Management
Archaeology
Architectural Studies
Art Education
Arts Administration
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Astronomy/Physics
Astrophysics/Space Physics
Athletic Training
Banking/Financial Law
Banking/Financial Services Management
Behavior/Health
Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience/Biomedical Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience/Cell/Molecular Biology
Behavioral/Neural Sciences
Biblical/Historical Studies
Bilingual Education
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Biomedical Neuroscience
Biochemistry/Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry/Cell/Molecular Biology
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Bioimaging
Bioinformatics
Biology
Biology/Behavioral Biology
Biology/Cell Biology/Molecular Biology/Genetics
Biology/Ecology/Conservation Biology
Biology/Neurobiology
Biology/Neuroscience
Biology/Quantitative Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering/Engineering Practice
Biomedical Forensic Science
Biomedical Forensics
Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Sciences
Biomedical Research Technologies
Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical/Neuroscience
Biophysics
Biophysics/Biomedical Neuroscience
Biophysics/Biomedical Sciences
Biophysics/Cell/Molecular Biology
Biostatistics
Biotechnology
Brass Performance
Broadcast Journalism
Broadcasting/Film
Business Administration
Business Administration/Management
Business Continuity/Security/Risk Management
Business Economics/Journalism
Cell/Molecular Biology
Cellular Biophysics
Chemistry
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Chinese Language/Literature
Choral Conducting
Cinema/Media Production
Cinema/Media Studies
City/Community/Regional Planning
Classical Civilization
Classical Studies
Classics/Philosophy
Classics/Religion
Clinical Investigation
Cognitive/Neural Systems
Collaborative Piano
Communication
Community Assessment/Design/Implementation/Evaluation
Comparative Literature
Composition
Computational Neuroscience
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering/Engineering Practice
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Computer Science/Cyber Security
Computer Science/Data Centric Computing
Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology/Applied Human Development
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Administration
Curriculum/Teaching
Cybercrime Investigation/Cybersecurity
Deaf Studies
Dental Public Health
Dental Technology
Dentistry
Dentistry Advanced Standing
Dermatology
Dermatology Specialty/Dermatopathology
Design
Design/Conduct of Public Health Research
Developmental Studies
Digital Innovation
Directing
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Earth Sciences
Earth/Environmental Science
East Asian Studies
Economic Policy
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Editorial Studies
Education of the Deaf
Educational Leadership/Development
Educational Leadership/Policy Studies
Educational Media/Technology
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering/Engineering Practice
Elementary Education
Emerging Media Studies
Endodontics
Energy/Environment
Energy/Environment
Energy/Environmental Studies
Engineering Management
Engineering Science
English
English Education
English/Language Arts
Environmental Analysis/Policy
Environmental Earth Science
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Epidemiology
Epidemiology/Biostatistics
European Studies
Exercise Science
Film
Film/TV Studies
Film/Television
Forensic Anthropology
French Language/Literature
French Studies
French/Linguistics
Gastronomy
General Engineering
Genetic Counseling
Genetics/Genomics
Genetics/Genomics/Biomedical Neuroscience
Genetics/Genomics/Biomedical Sciences
Genetics/Genomics/Cell/Molecular Biology
Geoarcheology
Geography
Geography/Human Geography
Geography/Physical Geography
Geophysics/Planetary Sciences
German Language/Literature
Global Development Economics
Global Development Policy
Global Health
Global Manufacturing
Global Manufacturing Engineering
Graduate Taxation
Graphic Design
Guitar/Flute Performance
Harp Performance
Health Communication
Health Communication/Promotion
Health Education
Health Law
Health Policy/Law
Health Policy/Management
Health Sciences
Health Sciences Education
Health Sector Management
Health Services Research
Health Studies
Healthcare Emergency Management
Healthcare Management
Hispanic Language/Literature
Hispanic Languages/Literature
Historical Performance
History
History of Art/Architecture
Hospitality Administration/Hotel/Food
Hospitality Management
Human Physiology
Human Resource Management
Human Resources Education
Hydrogeology
Implantology
Information Systems
Insurance Management
Intellectual Property Law
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary Training in Population Health
International Affairs
International Business Law
International Education Development
International Health
International Marketing Management
International Relations
International Relations/Communication
International Relations/Environmental Policy
International Relations/Religion
Italian Studies
Italian/Linguistics
Japanese Language/Literature
Japanese/Linguistics
Journalism
Journalism/Science Communication
Latin
Latin American Studies
Latin/Classical Humanities Education
Latin/Classical Studies
Law
Leadership
Leadership/Management/Policy
Leisure Education
Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Linguistics/Philosophy
Linguistics/Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences
Management
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering/Engineering Practice
Marine Science
Mass Communications
Material Science Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering/Engineering Practice
Maternal/Child Health
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mathematics for Teaching
Mathematics/Computer Science
Mathematics/Mathematics Education
Mathematics/Philosophy
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Practice
Media Ventures
Medical Anthropology/Cross-cultural Practice
Medical Science
Medicine
Mental Health/Behavioral Medicine
Microbiology
Microbiology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Microbiology/Biomedical Sciences
Microbiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Microbiology/Immunology
Middle East/North Africa Studies
Ministry in Church/Society
Modern Foreign Language Education
Modern Greek Studies
Molecular Medicine
Molecular/Cell Biology/Biochemistry
Molecular/Translational Medicine
Molecular/Translational Medicine/Biomedical Sciences
Molecular/Translational Medicine/Cell/Molecular Biology
Monitoring/Evaluation
Museum Education
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Musicology
Neuroscience
Nutrition
Nutrition/Metabolism
Nutrition/Metabolism/Biomedical Neuroscience
Nutrition/Metabolism/Biomedical Sciences
Nutrition/Metabolism/Cell/Molecular Biology
Nutritional Science
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Operative Dentistry
Oral Biology
Oral Biology/Biomedical Sciences
Oral Health Sciences
Oral/Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Orchestral Conducting
Organ Performance
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics
Painting
Paralegal Studies
Pathology
Pathology Laboratory Sciences
Pathology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Pathology/Biomedical Sciences
Pathology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Pathology/Immunology
Pediatric Dentistry
Percussion Performance
Periodontology
Pharmacology
Pharmacology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Pharmacology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Philosophy
Philosophy/Neuroscience
Philosophy/Physics
Philosophy/Political Science
Philosophy/Psychology
Philosophy/Religion
Philosophy/Theology/Ethics
Photonics
Physical Education/Coaching
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Physics
Physiology
Physiology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Physiology/Biomedical Sciences
Physiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Piano Performance
Playwriting
Political Economy
Political Science
Pre-Dental Science
Preservation Studies
Printmaking
Production
Professional Studies
Program Management
Project Management
Prosthodontics
Psychology
Public Management
Public Relations
Reading Education
Rehabilitation Sciences
Religion
Religion/Cultural/Personality
Religion/Culture/Personality
Religious Music
Religious Studies
Remote Sensing/Geospatial Sciences
Russian Language/Literature
Science Education
Science Journalism
Screenwriting
Sculpture
Social Studies Education
Social Work
Social/Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Sociology/Social Work
Software Development
Sound Design
Spanish
Spanish/Linguistics
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Speech/Language/Hearing Science
Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences
Stage Management
Stage Management
Statistical Practice
Statistics
String Performance
Studio Art Teaching
Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering/Engineering Practice
Teaching English as a Second Language
Teaching of Chemistry
Technical Production
Telecommunications
Television
Television Management
Theatre Arts/Design/Production
Theatre Arts/Performance
Theatre Design/Production/Management
Theatre Education
Theatre Performance
Theological Studies
Theory
Theory/Composition
Therapeutic Studies
Transformational Leadership
Urban Affairs
Urban Studies/Public Policy
Visual Studies
Voice Performance
Voice Performance
Woodwind Performance
Woodwind Performance
Youth Advocacy
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Undergraduate

55%

17,944
students

Female
61%
10,883

Male
39%
7,061

Graduate

45%

14,751
students

Female
57%
8,342

Male
43%
6,409

undergraduateFull-time

92%

16,627
students

Female
62%
10,197

Male
38%
6,430

undergraduatePart-time

8%

1,317
students

Female
53%
686

Male
47%
631

Student Break-down

20%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
38%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
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

49%

Transfer applicants accepted

32%

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 Not Required/Recommended
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 106
Countries most often represented Canada
China
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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