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Boston University

Boston, MA

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students17,932
   Women10,812 (60.3%)
   Men7,120 (39.7%)
Graduate Students14,226


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate33% of 54,781 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 3
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.60
SAT Math672 average
620-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading627 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing647 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,060
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met93%
Average Freshman Award$42,183
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Boston Population625,087
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 75% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities11.1% of women participate
Fraternities 7% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
16.1% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
12.9% Hispanic/Latino
4.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
53.1% White
8.7% Unknown
International Students20.1% from 106 countries
First-Year Students Returning93.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.66 4.07 664 651 30
Low 2.37 2.78 200 200 3
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• The world-renowned and much-recorded Boston Baroque Orchestra is in residence at BU.

• BU scientists used satellite data to discover one of the largest meteorite craters ever found in the Sahara, over 19 miles wide.

• BU was the first university in the U.S. to open all its divisions to women.

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