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Boston University

Admissions

Boston U. Says...

The Board of Admissions evaluates each prospective student individually. The Board's main focus centers on the merits of a student's high school record, but required standardized test scores (SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT Plus Writing), personal qualities and integrity, interests, teacher and counselor references, and other relevant attributes a... More More

Visiting And Contact Information

233 Bay State Road

Boston, MA 02215

United States

Phone: 617-353-2301

Fax: 617-353-9695

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Freshman Academic Profile
Admissions Selectivity Rating: 95
SAT:
% Submitting Score:85%
     Critical Reading Middle 50%:570 - 670
     Math Middle 50%:620 - 720
     Writing Middle 50%:600 - 690
ACT:
% Submitting Score:32%
     ACT Middle 50%:27 - 31
     Math Middle 50%:26 - 31
     English Middle 50%:27 - 33
     Writing Middle 50%:26 - 30
Average High School GPA:3.59
     % with GPA 3.75 of higher:32%
     % with GPA 3.50 - 3.74:38%
     % with GPA 3.25 - 3.49:18%
     % with GPA 3.0 - 3.24:12%
Students in Top Tenth of HS Class:58%
Students in Top Quarter of HS Class:89%
Freshman Student from Public School High Schools:60.3%
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Freshman Acceptance & Retention
Total applicants: 52,705
Total applicants who are accepted: 19,420
Total of accepted students who enroll: 3,807
% of students who return for their sophomore year: 93%
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Application Process
Application Fee: $80.00
Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes
Early Decision Application Deadline: 11/01
Early Decision Notification Date: 12/15
Regular Application Deadline: 01/01
Priority Application Date: 11/01
Regular Notification Date: 04/01
Transfer Students Accepted: Yes
TOEFL required for non-native English speakers: Yes
Admissons Deposit Deadline: 05/01
Housing Deposit Deadline: 5/1
Housing Deposit Amount: $650.00
Housing Deposit Refundable: No
Admission for Non-Fall Terms: Yes
Deferred Admission: Yes
Maximum Period of Postponement: 1 year
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Freshman Admissions Factors
Academic CriteriaImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record:Very important
Class Rank:Important
Academic GPA:Important
Standardized Test Scores:Important
Application Essay:Important
Recommendation(s):Important
 
Non-Academic CriteriaImportance
Interview:Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities:Considered
Talent / Ability:Considered
Character / Personal Qualities:Considered
First Generation:Considered
Alumni/ AE Relation:Considered
Geographical Residence:Considered
State Residency:Considered
Religious Affiliation / Commitment:Not Considered
Racial / Ethnic Status:Considered
Volunteer Work:Considered
Work Experience:Considered
Level of applicant's interest:Considered
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Freshman Academic Requirements
High School Completion:High school diploma required GED is accepted
Academic Units Required:
     Total Academic Units:15
     English:4
     Mathematics:3
     Science:3
     Lab Science:3
     Foreign Language:2
     Social Studies:3
     History:3
     Academic Electives:0
     Computer Science:0
     Visual / Performing Arts:0
Academic Units Recommended:
     Total Academic Units:20
     English:4
     Social Studies:4
     History:4
     Academic Electives:0
     Computer Science:0
     Visual / Performing Arts:0
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Key Statistics

Admissions

  • Admissions Selectivity Rating:
    95
  • SAT:
     
  •      Reading Middle 50%:
    570 - 670
  •      Math Middle 50%:
    620 - 720
  •      Writing Middle 50%:
    600 - 690
  • ACT:
     
  •      ACT Middle 50%:
    27 - 31
  •      Math Middle 50%:
    26 - 31
  •      English Middle 50%:
    27 - 33
  •      Writing Middle 50%:
    26 - 30
  • Average HS GPA:
    3.59
  • Early Decision Application Deadline:
    11/01
  • Regular Application Deadline:
    01/01
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