From the School

Is Boston University the right place for you? At BU, you'll be taught by Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, and MacArthur Fellows. With an average class size of 28 students and a faculty-to-student ratio of 13:1, your professors will not only know you by name, but they'll want to hear what you have to say. They're hoping you’ll question the establishment and challenge the status quo they're looking for original thinkers and students who embrace academic challenges. If hands-on research is what interests you, we have more than 2,000 laboratories on campus and hundreds of research opportunities across all areas of study even for freshmen! And if you're not sure what your academic interests are yet, BU offers more than 250 programs of study for you to choose from, and you don't have to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year. So you can try out classes in subjects as varied as biology, broadcast journalism, business, computer engineering, elementary education, film, international relations, physical therapy, psychology, and theatre, just to name a few. Offering thousands of extracurricular activities and social opportunities, and surrounded by the exciting city of Boston, you’ll never experience a dull moment as a student at BU. We dare you to discover what a great school Boston University is.

Overview

Applicants
54,190
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
39%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 680
SAT Math
620 - 730
ACT Composite
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Long recognized for offering both the breadth of a large research university and the depth of a private college, the “various schools and colleges within Boston University provide students with access to almost every imaginable program of study.” In keeping with this, students report a wide variety of majors and concentrations, naming standout programs in engineering, education, and business administration. Professors are praised as much as is students’ ability to choose them: BU professors are both “actively pursuing research in their field” and “engaging partners in my academic experience,” and students find that professors’ “interesting backgrounds…fuel class discussions in a variety of academic areas.” Undergraduates also love the university’s “location” as an “urban campus” in Boston’s Back Bay, and benefit distinctly from BU’s “opportunity access” when it comes to job placement. As a private university with a large student body, BU students also become the beneficiaries of the institution’s “wealth,” calling the experience one of “big campus resources with a small campus feel.” The faculty and administration “are constantly striving to be better for the student’s benefit” in delivering BU’s unique curriculum, which is “equal parts liberal arts education and pre-professional experience.” The university emphasizes “study abroad” and “research opportunities,” which further broaden the possibilities of a BU education. Perhaps ideal for the student who desires a wide variety of choices in order to discover what comes next, “the range and diversity of opportunities at Boston University allows you to Be You.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
2,630
with Terminal Degree
1,407

1,581
Men
1,049
Women
454
International
363
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Martin Luther King, Jr.
civil rights leader

John Smith
President and CEO, General Motors

Olympia Dukakis
Oscar-winning Actress

Nicolas Gage
Author

Nina Totenberg
Correspondent, National Public Radio

Jason Alexander
Actor

Barbara Jordan
former US Congresswoman

Overview

From The School

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year was $40,848; standard room and board was $12,710. Additional mandatory fees equaled $572. Allowances for the cost of books, supplies, travel, and other incidental expenses brought the total cost of attendance for a resident student to $56,922. Costs for the 2012-2013 academic year have not yet been announced.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

A BU education can cost a pretty penny without aid. Currently, tuition is $45,686 dollars for the 2014–2015 academic year. That total comes up to $61,694 with estimated fees, books, and room and board—and with rents on the rise in Boston, living off-campus likely won’t produce any savings. That said, BU’s many financial aid and merit scholarships can reduce this significantly. The total average award package for freshmen with need is $38,880. Students should make sure to fully research their aid options and follow the application deadlines.

Bang For Your Buck

Although the price of a BU education is not cheap, the school doles out more than $160 million in need-based aid for undergrads. The school also has numerous merit scholarships, including Dean’s Scholarships, Presidential Scholarships, and National Merit Scholarships. Most merit scholarships are handed out based on admissions applications being submitted by December 1, and do not require any special application. There are several specialized scholarships as well, such as the Methodist Clergy Scholarship for children of Methodist clergy. If you are applying to BU, make sure to check the full list of scholarships to see if you are eligible.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,797

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,602

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,518

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,166

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,974

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,686
Required Fees
$978
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,136
Transportation for Commuters
$2,480

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Boston University students are extremely engaged, participating in academic clubs, cultural or religious organizations, cutting-edge research, community service groups, and professional internships. There are approximately 500 student organizations and more than 50 intramural and club sports that students can participate in throughout the year. You can choose to get involved with organizations such as Alianza Latina, Holistic Yoga Society, Boston University Habitat for Humanity, the Debate Society, or the Alpine Ski Team. A separate student government exists at each school and college to manage student affairs, and the Student Union, the governing body that presides over all of the university's student governments, includes members who represent all branches of the university.

Students Say

“There is a great sense of diversity, yet an overwhelming feeling of unity” within BU’s large but closely connected undergraduate population. Students strongly resist the idea of a “typical student,” asserting that “originality is valued highly at BU,” as is “diversity of thought.” “Because we are an international university,” many students point out, “the student body is vastly diverse.” Students have “a wide range of interests both inside and outside the classroom,” and characterize themselves as “motivated, culturally-aware, intelligent, adventurous,” “driven and involved,” and “very passionate.” BU undergrads find their peers “intellectually stimulating in conversations” and tend to group, as in most college experiences, around shared interests and experiences. One student echoes many of her classmates this way: “My life at BU is quite packed because I chose to make it that way.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,017
Out of State
74%

International
23%
Foreign Countries Represented
133

Demographics

16.15%
Asian
4.30%
African-American
11.87%
Hispanic
56.82%
Caucasian
6.23%
Unknown
23.41%
International

60% female
40% male
74% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

From The School

Boston provides an environment rich in intellectual and cultural stimuli; no other city in the world can compete with Boston's remarkable concentration of higher education facilities and culture. The city provides many opportunities for internship and research positions as well. The Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) helps students locate research positions both within and beyond the university; BU's Center for Career Development works to provide students with the resources they need to get internships or part-time jobs in any number of fields. Boston is a world-class center for attractions including numerous museums, libraries, major league baseball at Fenway Park, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a thriving theater district. The city has an atmosphere of learning and excitement. In fact, students make up 20 percent of Boston's population during the academic year.

Students Say

Continuing the theme of wide-ranging options, BU undergraduates divulge that student “life at BU is anything you want it to be.” Because of BU’s location in “the heart of Boston,” “the city itself is like our campus”, and BU undergrads can mingle freely with Boston’s many other college students students in nearby Cambridge, Somerville, Allston and Brookline. Students are rarely bored because “there’s always something interesting going on onand off-campus”: campus life boasts “a lot of clubs and activities to get involved in,” as well as “house parties,” “BU hockey games,” and “frat parties,” while students’ access to Boston spans everything from “a run along the Charles River” to “shopping on Newbury or in Harvard Square” to frequenting “plays and ballets and museums” and the many local “clubs and bars.” Students strive to maximize the best of both sides of BU life, “prid[ing] themselves on being able to find balance in living strong academic lives and exciting social lives as well.” Students seem satisfied with the choices they do end up making, reporting that BU life is “wonderful” and that “there is more to do than you will be able to find the time for.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
95
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
61

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Disability Service

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Allan Macurdy

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation with adult normed instruments within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Clinical and psychoeducational evaluation within 3 years

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
525
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
22

7% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

39% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Terriers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Terriers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: One student organization - "Spectrum" and services through consulting center.

Minority Support Groups: AHANA Pre-Law Association, AHANA COM Students, College of General Studies Black Student Forum, Latinos Unidos, Minority Engineers Society, UMOJA, and services through consulting center.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Nearly six years old, Boston University’s sustainability program continues to innovate and evolve to build for a more sustainable future. Comprised of sustainability@BU (the University’s sustainability office), sustainability working groups, and Facilities Management & Planning with support from a recently doubled $2 million dollar revolving fund, the University has made significant progress. In 2014 the University met its 2020 goal to reduce GHG emission by 25 percent - six years early. With over 180 courses related to sustainability and over 1,200 offices and departments Green Certified through sustainability@BU and the University Sustainability Liaisons, BU has developed an impressive sustainability program by any measure. This was possible through the collective efforts of students, faculty, and staff in tandem with larger organizational changes and support from the highest levels of the administration. Currently, seventy-one percent of LEED projects have earned Gold certification. As a member of the Founding Circle of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge”, BU has committed to increase energy efficiency on campus. Of BU’s 320 buildings, 17 use 60 percent of the University’s energy. BU’s energy efficiency efforts have shifted from lighting retrofits to a strategy focused on building automation upgrades in these 17 buildings. The University’s main campus follows Commonwealth Avenue providing students with access to nine subway stops, seven intercity bus lines, the BU Bus, five bike share hubs, and the first bike lanes in Boston’s growing network. Students have the opportunity to join nearly 20 sustainability related student organizations on campus, from the Beekeepers Club to the Energy Club. BU’s dining sustainability efforts have resulted in three, Four-Star Certified Green Restaurants, one Three-Star rated café, plus the only Three-Star rated food court in the country.

Green Rating
87
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
31%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
70

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Special purchase plans are available through University Computers, a department of Boston University's Office of Information Technology.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kevin Lackey
John McEachern

Address
Admissions Office
233 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215

Phone
617-353-2300

Email
visit@bu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marsh Chapel Plaza
Mugar Memorial Library, special collections
Center for Student Services
George Sherman Student Union
Fitness and Recreation Center
DeWolfe Boathouse Photonics Center Student Village Residence Halls

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
Charles River Esplanade
Newbury Street shopping district
Symphony Hall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon.-Fri.; some Sat. in fall & spring
8:30am-5pm; 8:30am-4pm
617-353-2300

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not on the Weekend

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By the MBTA (The "T"): Take the Green Line train (Boston College, "B" line) to BU East. Exit and cross Commonwealth Avenue to Granby Street. Turn left on Bay State Road. The Admissions Reception Center is located on the right side, at 233 Bay State Road. For route and fare information, visit the "T" online at www.mbta.com<http://www.mbta.com>. By Air: Taxis to Boston University from Boston's Logan International Airport may take approximately 30 minutes (fare: approximately $25). From the airport, the "T" may take an hour and requires a transfer from the Blue Line to the Green Line at Government Center Station (for directions to Boston University by MBTA, see above). For more information visit Logan International Airport online at www.massport.org/logan/toandfr<http://www.massport.org/logan/toandfr>. By Bus or Train: Amtrak service and major bus companies arrive at Boston's South Station. Taxis to Boston University take approximately 20 minutes (fare: approximately $20). The "T" may take 40 minutes and requires a transfer from the Red Line to the Green Line at Park Street Station (for directions to Boston University by MBTA, see above).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From West of Boston: Take Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 18 (Brighton/Cambridge). Pay toll, then follow signs for Cambridge down the ramp to the second set of lights. Turn right at the lights (do not cross over the bridge/Charles River) and travel on Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive to the second Boston University exit. Follow the Local Directions below. From North of Boston: Take Route 93 South to the Storrow Drive exit (Exit 26). Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit (left exit). Follow signs for Kenmore Square. Follow the Local Directions below. From South of Boston: Take Interstate 93 North/Route 3 North to Storrow Drive exit (exit 26). Go west on Storrow Drive to Kenmore Square exit (left exit). Follow signs for Kenmore Square. Follow the local directions below. Local Directions: Turn right off the exit ramp at the traffic light (Beacon Street). Stay to the right to enter Bay State Road. The Admissions Reception Center will be on the right, 233 Bay State Road. Parking: Metered parking is available in front of the Reception Center on Bay State Road. Meters accept quarters only. A campus parking lot, which offers parking for a flat fee, is located off Commonwealth Avenue at the intersection of Granby Street.

Local Accommodations
Boston University is located in the Back Bay/Fenway area of Boston. The University does not endorse any particular hotel establishment. A list of local hotels can be found at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/explore/coming.html
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Key Stats

54,190
Applicants
18,017
Size
35%
Acceptance Rate
1300
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists