Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University

Boston, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$58,072

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

41%

male

59%

female

1

teacher

10

students

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Extremely Selective

18%

acceptance rate

Accepted 11,786
Declined 50,438
Total Received 62,224
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Private

17,983

undergraduate students

15,737

graduate students

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School Facts

Boston University, founded in 1839, is a private teaching and research institution located on 169 -acres of land along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kennmore and Allston neighborhoods.

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Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 33,720
Established in 1839
Coeducational Coeducational

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Urban campus in Boston (population: 685,094), covering 169-acres along the Charles River in Boston's Kennmore, Fenway and Allston neighborhoods; medical center campus in downtown Boston. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Metropolitan area: Boston
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Logan International

Boston University
233 Bay State Road
Boston
02215

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
70%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • performing and Acappella groups
  • cultural organizations
  • service organizations
  • student government
  • residence hall associations

Top Events

  • Head of the Charles River Regatta
  • Beanpot Tournament
  • SPLASH

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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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances
  • Other security measures
  • academy-trained univ police, mountain bicycle patrol system, Blue Light System, 24-hour security at large residence hall entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
64%
Top 1/4
92%
Top 1/2
100%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
42%
600-699
53%
500-599
5%
700-800
72%
600-699
25%
500-599
3%
30-36
79%
24-29
20%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $80
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.72

Extremely Selective

18%

acceptance rate

Accepted 11,786
Declined 50,438
Total Received 62,224

Admissions Factors

Very Important

rigor of secondary school record

Important

extracurricular activities
alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
class rank
recommendation(s)
standardized test scores

Considered

first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

religious affiliation/commitment
talent/ability

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 124
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Tuition prepayment plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Golf
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field

Intramural Sports Men

Football, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Football, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 1

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Acting
Advertising
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Anthropology
Archeology
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Area Studies, Other
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Athletic Training/Trainer
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Communication, General
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Comparative Literature
Computational Mathematics
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Conservation Biology
Counseling Psychology
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Biology
Environmental Science
European Studies/Civilization
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature
Geography
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
History, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Journalism
Keyboard Instruments
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
Linguistics
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Neuroscience
Nutrition Sciences
Painting
Philosophy
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Printmaking
Psychology, General
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television
Rehabilitation Science
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Sculpture
Social Sciences, Other
Social Studies Teacher Education
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Stringed Instruments
Systems Science and Theory
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Youth Services/Administration
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

33,720

total students

28%

in-state

72%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

53%

17,983
students

Female
59%
10,564

Male
41%
7,419

47%

15,737
students

Female
58%
9,084

Male
42%
6,653

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

94%

16,978
students

Female
60%
10,045

Male
40%
6,933

6%

1,005
students

Female
52%
519

Male
48%
486

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 94%
Student 4 year graduation rate 84%
Student 5 year graduation rate 4%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

21%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
17%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
36%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

825

Transfer students enrolled

2%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Transfer difficulty

Very difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Computer training or assistance
  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms
  • Women's center

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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