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Boston University
Boston, MA
FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Entrance Difficulty
Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School Graduation High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program College preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 3 4
History    
Academic Electives    
 
Examinations
Exam   Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 2
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT
Subject Tests,
or ACT
   
SAT Subject
Tests Only
Required for some
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT
Essay
SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
Admissions Office
Address One Silber Way
City, State, Zip Boston, MA  02215
Phone (617) 353-2300
Fax (617) 353-9695
E-mail admissions@bu.edu
Early Admission
Early Decision Offered Yes
Early Decision Deadline November 1, January 2
Early Decision Notification December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered No
Early Action Deadline  
Early Action Notification  
 
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission Deadline January 2
Application Fee $80
Application Fee Waiver Available
Regular Admission Notification April 1
Accept Offer of Admission May 1
Waiting List Used Yes
Defer Admission Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission Transfer applications accepted
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APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
Application Form
Common Application Accepted
Universal College Application Not accepted
Electronic Application Available
 
Other Application Requirements
Interview Not required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other Audition, portfolio recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process
SELECTION OF STUDENTS
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X      
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Class Rank   X    
Recommendations   X    
Essay   X    
Interview       X
Level of Applicant's Interest   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Volunteer Work     X  
Particular Talent/Ability     X  
Character/Personal Qualities     X  
First Generation to Attend College     X  
State Residency     X  
Geographic Residence     X  
Relation with Alumnus     X  
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment       X
Ethnicity     X  
Work Experience     X  
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate 29% of 57,441 applicants were admitted
   Women 31% of 33,491 applicants were admitted
   Men 28% of 23,950 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled 3,566 (21%) of 16,907 admitted students enrolled
   Women 2,151 (21%) of 10,264 admitted students enrolled
   Men 1,415 (21%) of 6,643 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
32% of 3398 applicants were admitted
Early Action
Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List 4,107
Students Accepting Wait List Position 2,308
Students Admitted From Wait List 0
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math 680 average
630-740 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 42%
  Score of 600 - 700 47%
  Score of 500 - 600 11%
  Score of 400 - 500 0%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Critical Reading 636 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 22%
  Score of 600 - 700 49%
  Score of 500 - 600 27%
  Score of 400 - 500 2%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Writing 656 average
610-700 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 27%
  Score of 600 - 700 56%
  Score of 500 - 600 16%
  Score of 400 - 500 1%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA 3.62
3.75 and Above 33%
3.50 - 3.74 41%
3.25 - 3.49 17%
3.00 - 3.24 9%
2.50 - 2.99  
2.00 - 2.49  
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite 30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
  Score of 30 - 36 59%
  Score of 24 - 29 40%
  Score of 18 - 23 1%
  Score of 12 - 17 0%
  Score of 6 - 11 0%
  Score of 5 or Below 0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank Top tenth: 58%
Top quarter: 89%
Top half: 99%
Bottom half: 1%
National Merit Scholar 2%
Valedictorian 1%
Class President Not reported
Student Gov. Officer Not reported