18,080
Students
Financial aid thermometer
42,180
Avg. Financial Aid
Very Selective
Admission Difficulty
25
25%
Acceptance Rate
Urban setting
Urban
Setting
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Overview

Boston University is a University institution located in Boston, MA, in an urban setting.

Location & Contact

Address 233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA  02215
United States
Contact Ms. Kelly A. Walter
Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions
Email: admissions@bu.edu
Phone: 617-353-2300
Fax: 617-353-9695

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Architectural History And Criticism Checkmark
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
American Studies Checkmark
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Asian Studies Checkmark
Asian Studies (East) Checkmark
European Studies Checkmark
Italian Studies Checkmark
Latin American Studies Checkmark
Near And Middle Eastern Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry And Molecular Biology Checkmark
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Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Conservation Biology Checkmark
Environmental Biology Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Molecular Biology Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
Hospitality Administration Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Journalism Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
Art Teacher Education Checkmark
Bilingual And Multilingual Education Checkmark
Chemistry Teacher Education Checkmark
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
Elementary Education Checkmark
English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Foreign Language Teacher Education Checkmark
Latin Teacher Education Checkmark
Mathematics Teacher Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching Checkmark
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Social Studies Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Computer Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
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Manufacturing Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Ancient/classical Greek Checkmark
Chinese Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
Comparative Literature Checkmark
East Asian Languages Related Checkmark
French Checkmark
German Checkmark
Hispanic And Latin American Languages Checkmark
Japanese Checkmark
Latin Checkmark
Linguistic And Comparative Language Studies Related Checkmark
Linguistics Checkmark
Romance Languages Related Checkmark
Russian Checkmark
Spanish Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Athletic Training Checkmark
Audiology And Speech-language Pathology Checkmark
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technology Checkmark
Dental Laboratory Technology Checkmark
Health Professions Related Checkmark
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences Checkmark
Kinesiotherapy Checkmark
Pre-dentistry Studies Checkmark
Premedical Studies Checkmark
Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Professions Related Checkmark
Rehabilitation Science Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Nutrition Sciences Checkmark
Systems Science And Theory Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Religious Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Astronomy Checkmark
Astrophysics Checkmark
Chemistry Checkmark
Chemistry Related Checkmark
Geological And Earth Sciences/geosciences Related Checkmark
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Geophysics And Seismology Checkmark
Physics Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Archeology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Geography Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
Social Sciences Related Checkmark
Sociology Checkmark
Urban Studies/affairs Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Acting Checkmark
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Directing And Theatrical Production Checkmark
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Film/cinema/video Studies Checkmark
Graphic Design Checkmark
Keyboard Instruments Checkmark
Music Checkmark
Music Performance Checkmark
Music Theory And Composition Checkmark
Musicology And Ethnomusicology Checkmark
Painting Checkmark
Printmaking Checkmark
Sculpture Checkmark
Stringed Instruments Checkmark
Theater Design And Technology Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

60,825
Applied
15,273
Accepted
18,080
Enrolled
25%
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Female Admissions

35,622
Females Applied
9,147
Females Accepted
26%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

25,203
Males Applied
6,126
Males Accepted
24%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

80
Application Fee
3.66
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview
Other requirements may exist (see below)
Other requirements: Audition, portfolio

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 2nd April 1st
Early decision plan November 1st December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st June 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 680 640 720
SAT Math 700 660 760
ACT Composite 31 29 32

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

52,816
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Fees

1,132
Full-time student fees
15,720
Room & board
10,390
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

42,180
Avg. Financial Aid Package
47,702
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
34,960
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,185
Avg. Loan Aid
20,755
Avg. Grant Aid
36,055
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
84%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
23%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

18,080
Total undergrad students
21%
International Students
80%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 11.01%
Black or African American 3.99%
White or Caucasian 39.2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.05%
Asian 14.19%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.12%
Two or more races 3.61%
Other 6.53%

Gender

Male (39.92%)
Female (60.08%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 75%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
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Campus events:
Head of the Charles River Regatta, Beanpot Tournament and SPLASH

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Performing and Acappella groups, cultural organizations, service organizations, Student Government and residence hall associations

Campus Security & Safety

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24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
security personnel at residence hall entrances, self-defense education, well-lit sidewalks, Emergency Alert System, Blue Light System

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton No Checkmark No
Baseball No Checkmark No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark No
Gymnastics No Checkmark No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Rowing Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis No Checkmark No
Tennis No Division 1 No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton No Checkmark No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics No Checkmark No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Rowing Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Squash No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis No Checkmark No
Tennis No Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo No Checkmark No

Faculty

2,673
Total Faculty
10:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,839
Part-time - 834
Male - 1,525
Female - 1,148