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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 GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English4 
Mathematics34
Science34
Foreign Language24
Social Studies34
History  
Academic Electives  
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredJanuary 1
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests OnlyRequired for some
ACT Writing Test PolicyWriting component required
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address 
City, State, ZipBoston, MA  02215
Phone(617) 353-2300
Fax(617) 353-9695
E-mailadmissions@bu.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Application Fee$80
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationApril 1
Accept Offer of AdmissionMay 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedYes
Early Decision DeadlineNovember 1
Early Decision NotificationDecember 15
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Action Deadline 
Early Action Notification 
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
OtherAudition, portfolio recommended for some freshmen
Financial NeedFinancial need is a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate37% of 52,705 applicants were admitted
   Women39% of 30,619 applicants were admitted
   Men33% of 22,086 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled3,825 (20%) of 19,420 admitted students enrolled
   Women2,372 (20%) of 12,054 admitted students enrolled
   Men1,453 (20%) of 7,366 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate40% of 1496 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate 
Students Offered Wait List 5,055
Students Accepting Wait List Position 2,402
Students Admitted From Wait List 70
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA3.59
3.75 and Above32%
3.50 - 3.7438%
3.25 - 3.4918%
3.00 - 3.2412%
2.50 - 2.99 
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math668 average
619-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
35%
Score of 600 - 700
50%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading620 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
17%
Score of 600 - 700
48%
Score of 500 - 600
28%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing642 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
21%
Score of 600 - 700
55%
Score of 500 - 600
22%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
40%
Score of 24 - 29
57%
Score of 18 - 23
3%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 58%
Top quarter: 89%
Top half: 99%
Bottom half: 1%
National Merit Scholar1%
Valedictorian1%
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2019 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.60 3.97 637 622 630 29
Low 1.53 2.16 200 200 200 12
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 35
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