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

42%

male

58%

female

10

students

1

faculty

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Very Selective

20%

acceptance rate

Accepted 12,254
Declined 48,753
Total Received 61,007
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Private

22,674

undergraduate students

19,373

graduate students

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Location

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-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 42,047
Established in 1839
Coeducational Coeducational

Social Networks

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.

  • Campus Setting: Major city

Boston University
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA
02215

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
75%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
720
25th
640
75th
780
25th
670
75th
35
25th
30
75th
33
25th
27
75th
34
25th
30

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Required of some
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 4
School has early decision program Yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required of some SAT Subject Tests Required of some

Very Selective

20%

acceptance rate

Accepted 12,254
Declined 48,753
Total Received 61,007

Admissions Factors

Required

Secondary School GPA
Secondary School Rank
Secondary School Record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Admission test scores

Neither required nor recommended

Formal demonstration of competencies
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

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Counseling services

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

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

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

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

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Financial Aid

49%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$38,797

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $56,854
Room $10,990
Board $5,650
Additional fees $1,218
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $75,712
Average Financial Aid - $38,797
Total with Avg. Aid $36,915

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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 617 353-2965
F: 617 353-8200
finaid@bu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined yes yes
Basketball yes yes
Field hockey yes
Golf yes
Ice hockey yes yes
Lacrosse yes yes
Rowing yes yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Swimming and diving yes yes
Tennis yes yes

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, baseball, cricket, cycling, fencing, golf, ice hockey, inline hockey, jiu-jitsu, kendo, kung fu, rugby, shotokan karare, ski racing, snowboarding, soccer, squash, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

badminton, cycling, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, jiu-jitsu, kendo, kung fu, rugby, shotokan karate, ski racing, snowboarding, soccer, squash, synchro skate, synchro swim, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Intramural/Recreational Sports

badminton, baseball, basketball, broomball, cricket, cycling, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, flag football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, inline hockey, jiu-jitsu, kendo, kung fu, rugby, sailing, shotokan karate, ski racing, snowboarding, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, squash, synchro skating, synchro swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wiffleball

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division I), Patriot League, Hockey East Conference

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Acting. yes
Actuarial Science. yes
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other. yes yes
Advertising. yes
African-American/Black Studies. yes
American/United States Studies/Civilization. yes
Anatomy. yes yes
Ancient Studies/Civilization. yes yes yes
Anthropology, General. yes yes yes
Anthropology, Other. yes
Applied Psychology. yes yes
Archeology. yes yes yes
Architectural History and Criticism, General. yes
Area Studies, Other. yes
Art History, Criticism and Conservation. yes yes yes
Art Teacher Education. yes yes
Artificial Intelligence. yes
Asian Studies/Civilization. yes
Astronomy. yes yes yes
Athletic Training/Trainer. yes yes
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist. yes yes yes
Banking and Financial Support Services. yes
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law. yes
Bible/Biblical Studies. yes
Bilingual and Multilingual Education. yes
Biochemistry. yes yes
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. yes yes yes
Bioinformatics. yes yes
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes yes yes
Biophysics. yes
Biostatistics. yes yes
Biotechnology. yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes yes
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other. yes
Business Statistics. yes
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. yes yes
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other. yes yes
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology. yes
Chemistry, General. yes yes yes
Chemistry, Other. yes
Child Care and Support Services Management. yes
Child Development. yes
Chinese Language and Literature. yes
Cinematography and Film/Video Production. yes
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning. yes
Clinical Psychology. yes
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician. yes
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics. yes yes
Comparative Literature. yes
Computer Engineering, General. yes yes yes
Computer Science. yes yes yes
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other. yes
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications. yes
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance. yes
Conducting. yes yes
Conservation Biology. yes
Counseling Psychology. yes yes
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services. yes
Creative Writing. yes
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. yes
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies. yes yes
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other. yes
Curriculum and Instruction. yes yes
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration. yes
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician. yes
Dental Public Health and Education. yes yes
Development Economics and International Development. yes
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia. yes yes
Directing and Theatrical Production. yes yes
Divinity/Ministry. yes yes
Drama and Dance Teacher Education. yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other. yes
East Asian Studies. yes
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics. yes yes
Economics, General. yes yes yes
Economics, Other. yes
Education, General. yes yes
Education, Other. yes
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness. yes yes
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other. yes
Educational Leadership and Administration, General. yes yes
Electrical and Electronics Engineering. yes yes yes
Elementary Education and Teaching. yes yes
Endodontics/Endodontology. yes yes
Engineering, General. yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes yes yes
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other. yes yes
English/Language Arts Teacher Education. yes yes
Environmental Biology. yes
Environmental Health. yes yes
Environmental Science. yes
Epidemiology. yes yes
European Studies/Civilization. yes
Film/Cinema/Media Studies. yes
Finance, General. yes
Financial Mathematics. yes yes
Fine and Studio Arts Management. yes
Foreign Language Teacher Education. yes yes
Forensic Science and Technology. yes
French Language and Literature. yes yes yes
Genetic Counseling/Counselor. yes
Genetics, General. yes
Geography. yes yes yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes yes yes
Geophysics and Seismology. yes
German Language and Literature. yes
Graphic Design. yes yes
Health Communication. yes
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. yes yes
Health Services Administration. yes
Health Teacher Education. yes
Health/Health Care Administration/Management. yes yes
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other. yes
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General. yes
Historic Preservation and Conservation, General. yes
History, General. yes yes yes
Hospitality Administration/Management, General. yes yes
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other. yes
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General. yes
Information Science/Studies. yes
Insurance. yes
International Marketing. yes
International Relations and Affairs. yes yes
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other. yes
Italian Studies. yes
Japanese Language and Literature. yes
Journalism, Other. yes
Journalism. yes yes
Keyboard Instruments. yes yes yes
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching. yes
Latin American Studies. yes yes
Latin Language and Literature. yes
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other. yes
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other. yes
Linguistics. yes yes
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management. yes
Management Science. yes
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other. yes
Manufacturing Engineering. yes
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. yes
Materials Engineering. yes yes
Maternal and Child Health. yes yes
Mathematics Teacher Education. yes yes
Mathematics, General. yes yes yes
Mechanical Engineering. yes yes yes
Medical Science/Scientist. yes yes
Microbiology and Immunology. yes
Microbiology, General. yes yes
Molecular Biology. yes yes
Molecular Medicine. yes
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. yes yes yes
Music Performance, General. yes yes yes
Music Teacher Education. yes yes yes
Music Theory and Composition. yes yes yes
Music, General. yes
Musicology and Ethnomusicology. yes yes yes
Near and Middle Eastern Studies. yes
Neurobiology and Anatomy. yes
Neuroscience. yes yes yes
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management. yes
Nutrition Sciences. yes yes yes
Occupational Therapy/Therapist. yes yes
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. yes yes
Orthodontics/Orthodontology. yes yes
Painting. yes yes
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics. yes yes
Pharmacology. yes
Philosophy. yes yes yes
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. yes
Physical Therapy/Therapist. yes
Physics, General. yes yes yes
Physiology, General. yes yes yes
Playwriting and Screenwriting. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes yes yes
Pre-Dentistry Studies. yes
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies. yes
Programs for Foreign Lawyers. yes
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology. yes yes
Psychology, General. yes yes yes
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other. yes
Public Administration. yes
Public Health Education and Promotion. yes
Public Health, General. yes
Public Health, Other. yes
Public Relations/Image Management. yes
Radio and Television. yes yes
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer. yes
Reading Teacher Education. yes
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign). yes yes
Rehabilitation Science. yes
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other. yes yes yes
Religion/Religious Studies. yes yes yes
Religious/Sacred Music. yes
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other. yes
Russian Language and Literature. yes
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education. yes yes
Sculpture. yes yes
Social Sciences, General. yes yes
Social Sciences, Other. yes
Social Studies Teacher Education. yes yes
Social Work. yes yes
Sociology, General. yes yes yes
Spanish Language and Literature. yes yes yes
Special Education and Teaching, General. yes yes yes
Statistics, General. yes yes
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other. yes yes
Systems Engineering. yes yes
Systems Science and Theory. yes
Tax Law/Taxation. yes
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor. yes
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology. yes yes
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management. yes
Theology/Theological Studies. yes yes
Urban Studies/Affairs. yes yes
Visual and Performing Arts, General. yes
Youth Services/Administration. yes

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration/management
  2. Communications
  3. Economics

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

42,047

total students

16%

in-state

84%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

54%

22,674
students

Female
58%
13,228

Male
42%
9,446

46%

19,373
students

Female
58%
11,169

Male
42%
8,204

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

81%

18,309
students

Female
59%
10,816

Male
41%
7,493

19%

4,365
students

Female
55%
2,412

Male
45%
1,953

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Student Break-down

22%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
15%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
35%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

1%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 1

Spring: November 1

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 125
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
South Korea
Taiwan
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
International student center
Special counselors/advisors

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