Website: www.bu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
18,515
Undergraduate
Students
(59.8%) 11,071 Women
(40.2%) 7,444 Men
16,142
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
22% of 64,481 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 6

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.71
SAT Math
680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
682 average
650-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,002
Tuition and Fees
$55,892
Room and Board
$16,160
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Freshman Award
$48,893
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$42,976
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,873
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Boston Population
625,087
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
75% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Terrier
Sororities
2% of women participate
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.4% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
13.9% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.0% White
9.6% Unknown
International Students
21.2% from 121 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
19.0%
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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

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

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some January 6
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
ACT Writing Test Policy 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

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 6
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

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 6
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 7
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

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


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

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
22% of 64,481 applicants were admitted
Women
22% of 38,049 applicants were admitted
Men
23% of 26,432 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
3,511 (25%) of 14,247 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,050 (25%) of 8,268 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,584 (26%) of 5,979 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
28% of 4,474 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
5,441
Students Accepting Wait List Position
3,446
Students Admitted From Wait List
1

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.71
3.75 and Above
35%
3.50 - 3.74
41%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
680-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
69%
Score of 600 - 700
28%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
682 average
650-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
42%
Score of 600 - 700
53%
Score of 500 - 600
5%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
76%
Score of 24 - 29
23%
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: 65%
Top quarter: 93%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$75,002
Tuition and Fees
$55,892
Room and Board
$16,160
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$1,950
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
admissions@bu.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 6
Award Notification
On or about March 25
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002130
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,927 (48.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,506 (87.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,495 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
514 (31.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$48,893
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,481 (99.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $44,891
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,179 (78.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,073
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 401 (21.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
176 (5.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,779

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
8,626 (44.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
7,066 (81.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,951 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,694 (22.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$43,571
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,803 (98.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $38,201
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,441 (82.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,630
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,199 (13.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,087 (6.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $25,298

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
46%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$42,976
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Engineering/Technologies, Military Science
Number of Awards
1,113
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
329
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Memberships
Number of Awards
59
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Veterans
Number of Awards
800
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,241
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation Biology
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sculpture
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Systems Science and Theory
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Youth Services/Administration
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,873
Part-Time Faculty
792
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
63%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 37% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
3,631,629
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
250
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Music, Master of Arts in Economic Policy, Master of Science in Administrative Studies, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Dentistry, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Urban Affairs, Master of Divinity, Master of Engineering, Master of Criminal Justice, Master of City Planning, Master of Sacred Music

Master's Programs of Study

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • African-American Studies
  • Allied Health--General
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Ethics
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • International Health
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Missions and Missiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Pathology
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Religion
  • Religious Education
  • Romance Languages
  • Social Work
  • Theater
  • Theology
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Science in Dentistry, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Medicine

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Allied Health--General
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • American Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community Health
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Ethics
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • International Health
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Missions and Missiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Pathology
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Religion
  • Religious Education
  • Romance Languages
  • Social Work
  • Theology

Location and Setting


Boston Population
625,087
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
169 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
75% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Terrier
School Colors
Scarlet and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Golf x x    
Ice Hockey x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Rowing x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x  
Track And Field x x x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Golf x x
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Rowing x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey    
Golf    
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Rowing x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x  
Track And Field x x
Women's Club Sports
badminton, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, gymnastics, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), squash, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, baseball, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, golf, gymnastics, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), softball, squash, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, performing and acappella groups, cultural organizations, service organizations, student government, residence hall associations
Sororities
2% of women participate
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
18,515
Women
11,071 (59.8%)
Men
7,444 (40.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
17,396
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.4% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
13.9% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.0% White
9.6% Unknown
International Students.
21.2% from 121 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
16,142

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
87.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
87.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Average Starting Salary
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
19.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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