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Is Boston University the right place for you? With an average class size of 27 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, you'll find yourself in classes taught by Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright scholars, or a MacArthur fellow. BU offers more than 250 programs of study to choose from, so you can take 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. If hands-on research is what interests you, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers hundreds of research opportunities across all areas of study. You'll have the rare opportunity to participate in research across the humanities, arts, and sciences as early as your freshman year. Add hundreds of extracurricular activities and the exciting city of Boston, and you'll never experience a dull moment as a BU student.

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Overview

Applicants
60,825
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
40%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 2

Regular — January 2


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
2,673
with Terminal Degree
1,640

1,525
Men
1,148
Women
354
Minority
159
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Italian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • BASIC SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENTAL/REMEDIAL EDUCATION.

  • Second Language Learning.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Conservation Biology.
  • Environmental Biology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Molecular Biology.
  • Neuroscience.
  • Physiology, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Journalism.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Latin Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Korean Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other.
  • Linguistics.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician.
  • Dental Assisting/Assistant.
  • Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.
  • Rehabilitation Science.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.
  • Systems Science and Theory.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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.”

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

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Martin Luther King, Jr.
civil rights leader

John Smith
former President and CEO, General Motor

Karen Lynch
President, Aetna

Nina Totenberg
Correspondent, National Public Radio

Jason Alexander
Actor

Barbara Jordan
former US Congresswoman

Bob Hines
member of NASA?s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 2
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,252

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,055

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,185

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,089

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,177

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,816
Required Fees
$1,132
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,360
Transportation for Commuters
$2,480

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,720
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,080
Foreign Countries Represented
118

Demographics

14.88%
Asian
4.08%
African-American
11.54%
Hispanic
39.70%
Caucasian
4.11%
Unknown
21.72%
International

60% female
40% male
80% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

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.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

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.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
450
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
24

5% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

33% 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 - "Outlaw" and services through counseling 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.

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School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
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 Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Special purchase plans are available through Boston University's Office of Information Services & Technology. http://www.bu.edu/tech/sales

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kevin Lackey
Associate Director of Admissions

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
George Sherman Student Union
Yawkey Center for Student Services
Build Lab Student Innovation Center
Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre & BU Production Center
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
9 AM-5 PM
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
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. 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 http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-from-logan/. 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.


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