Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University

Boston, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$55,892

$55,892

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 (nonprofit)

17,983

undergraduate students

15,737

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration/management
  2. Communications
  3. Economics
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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 169 -acres of land along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kennmore and Allston neighborhoods.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 33,720
Established in 1839
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •   CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education)
•  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AALS (Association of American Law Schools)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACAE (Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education)
•  ADA (American Dental Association)
•  AMA/AAMC/LCME (American Medical Association/Association of American Medical Colleges/Liaison Committee on Medical Education)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  ATS (Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CAHME (Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Boston, MA

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.

Boston University
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
64%
Top 1/4
92%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

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%
700-800
27%
600-699
56%
500-599
16%
400-499
1%
30-36
82%
24-29
16%
18-23
2%
30-36
55%
24-29
41%
18-23
4%
30-36
79%
24-29
20%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 4
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 or ACT Required of some
SAT Subject Tests Required of some

Extremely Selective

18%

acceptance rate

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

Admissions Factors

Very Important

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

Particular talent/ability
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

Kelly Walter
Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions
P: 617 353-2300
admissions@bu.edu

Financial Aid

85%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$46,252.00

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $54,720
Room $10,680
Board $5,480
Additional fees $1,172
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $73,052
Average Financial Aid - $46,252
Total with Avg. Aid $26,800
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
January 4

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
January 4

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement
January 4

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Financial Aid Office

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

Financial Aid Officer

Julie Wickstrom
Executive Director of Financial Assistance
jwickstr@bu.edu

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)

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 Directors

Drew Marrochello (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division I), Patriot League, Hockey East Conference
Mascot
Terriers
School colors
scarlett and white

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 Biostatistics
Applied Business Analytics
Applied Business Analytics Management
Applied Chemistry
Applied Data Analytics
Applied Human Development
Applied Linguistics
Archaeological Heritage Management
Archaeology
Architectural Studies
Art Education
Artificial Intelligence
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
Birth to Three Infant/Toddler/Family Specialist
Brass Performance
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration
Business Administration/Management
Business Analytics
Business Continuity/Security/Risk Management
Business Economics/Journalism
Care/Education in Early Childhood Settings
Cell/Molecular Biology
Cellular Biophysics
Chemistry
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Child Life/Family Centered Care
Chinese Language/Literature
Choral Conducting
Cinema/Media Production
Cinema/Media Studies
City/Community/Regional Planning
Classical Civilization
Classical Studies
Classics/Archaeology
Classics/Philosophy
Classics/Religion
Climate/Health
Clinical Investigation
Clinical Research
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
Costume Design
Costume Production
Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology/Applied Human Development
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Administration
Curriculum/Teaching
Cybercrime Investigation/Cybersecurity
Deaf Education
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
Digital Technology
Directing
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Earth Sciences
Earth/Environment
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
Educational Policy Studies
Educational Studies
Educational Studies/Teaching Math/Science
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering/Engineering Practice
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Electrical/Computer 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
Enterprise Risk Management
Environmental Analysis/Policy
Environmental Earth Science
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Environmental Health
Environmental Health Data Analytics
Environmental Science
Epidemiology
Epidemiology/Biostatistics
European Studies
Exercise Science
Film
Film/TV Studies
Film/Television
Finance Management
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
Geophysics/Planetary Sciences
German Language/Literature
Global Development Economics
Global Development Policy
Global Health
Global Health Program Design Monitoring/Evaluation
Global Manufacturing
Global Manufacturing/Engineering Practice
Global Marketing Management
Global Policy
Graduate Taxation
Graphic Design
Guitar/Flute Performance
Harp Performance
Health Communication
Health Communication/Promotion
Health Law
Health Policy/Law
Health Policy/Management
Health Professions Education
Health Sciences
Health Sciences Education
Health Sector Management
Health Services Research
Health Services/Systems 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
Hospitality/Communications
Human Physiology
Human Resource Management
Human Resources Education
Hydrogeology
Information Systems
Insurance Management
Integrated Elementary/Special Education
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
Language/Literacy Education
Latin
Latin American Studies
Law
Leadership
Leadership/Management/Policy
Leisure Education
Liberal Studies
Lighting Design
Linguistics
Linguistics/Computer Science
Linguistics/Philosophy
Linguistics/Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences
Management
Management Studies
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 Science
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
Middle Eastern/South Asian Languages/Literatures
Ministry in Church/Society
Modern Foreign Language Education
Modern Greek Studies
Molecular Medicine
Molecular Science
Molecular/Cell Biology/Biochemistry
Molecular/Translational Medicine
Molecular/Translational Medicine/Biomedical Sciences
Molecular/Translational Medicine/Cell/Molecular Biology
Monitoring/Evaluation
Museum Education
Music
Music Education
Music Theory
Musicology
Neuroscience
Nonprofit Leadership
Nutrition
Nutrition/Metabolism
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
Photonics/Engineering Practice
Physical Education
Physical Education/Coaching
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Physics
Physics/Biology
Physiology
Physiology/Biomedical Neuroscience
Physiology/Biomedical Sciences
Physiology/Cell/Molecular Biology
Piano Performance
Playwriting
Political Economy
Political Science
Population Health
Pre-Dental Science
Preservation Studies
Printmaking
Product Design/Manufacture
Product Design/Manufacture Practice
Production
Production Management
Professional Studies
Program Management
Project Management
Prosthodontics
Psychology
Psychology/Human Development
Public Health Nutrition
Public Health Practice
Public Management
Public Relations
Reading Education
Rehabilitation Sciences
Religion
Religion/Cultural/Personality
Religious Leadership
Religious Music
Religious Studies
Remote Sensing/Geospatial Sciences
Robotics/Autonomous Systems
Russian Language/Literature
Scene Design
Science Education
Science Journalism
Screenwriting
Sculpture
Social Impact
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
Statistics/Computer Science
String Performance
Studio Art Teaching
Supply Chain Management
Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering/Engineering Practice
Taxation
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
Translation/Implementation Science
Urban Affairs
Urban Studies/Public Policy
Visual Studies
Voice Performance
Voice Performance
Woodwind Performance
Woodwind Performance
Youth Advocacy
Youth Justice/Advocacy
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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

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 Break-down

20%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
34%
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

Transfer Admissions

49%

Transfer applicants accepted

37%

Applicants accepted who enroll

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 Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Spring: November 1

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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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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

International Student Contact

Anne Corriveau
Director International Admissions
617 353-4492
intadmis@bu.edu

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