About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 17,944 full time undergraduate students, and 14,751 full time graduate students.

The Boston University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 1798 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Boston University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate29%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee80
SAT Range1220-1420
ACT Range28-32

Admissions at BU are considered More Selective, with ,145% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 6 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 86% were in the top quarter, and 55% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Boston University.

6%
“We”re apathetic”
25%
“We know about current events and vote”
52%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
23%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
65%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
9%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
61%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
55%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
42%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
6%
“We”re apathetic”
25%
“We know about current events and vote”
52%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
23%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
65%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
9%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
61%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
55%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
42%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Boston University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    339 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    258 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    343 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    344 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    343 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    345 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    346 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    345 Students rated academics 3.5 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Boston University?

100 Students rated Boston University

Daniel - 02/21/2022

I believe that Boston University is a wonderful place to truly learn about your dream career and experience college life at its finest. From the beautiful scenery to comfortable living facilities both on and off campus, and amazing food, you will surely find it at home there.

Nicole - 04/08/2021

I love this school. The On campus housing is my favorite part.

Steven - 03/11/2021

I really like the environment in Boston University because it makes me feel like I'm at home and I have lived on their campus for two years during the summer program and it became a great experience for me. I also like their classes as well. It is decently big and the college professors are great as well. It is such a big campus and is worth living around in to create connections with staff and students.

Claudia

I love it here! I applied early decision and do not regret my decision at all. I have had so many great opportunities on-campus and have made vital connections for my future career. Plus, the city of Boston is such a great location. I have friends at Northeastern and Harvard that I see weekly!

Boston University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Boston University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Boston University is 29%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Looking back on my senior year of high school, the most helpful piece of advice I could give myself would be to take a deep breath and relax. I was stressed out for the majority of the year, and it often tainted my enjoyment of senior activities. I worried that I chose the wrong school, or that I would have trouble fitting in, but that was far from the case. College, luckily, came naturally for me. Of course I struggled with the coursework, but I expected that. What I feared the most was having social difficulties, I was so scared to leave my friends and family. At school, however, it wasn't like I was leaving my family, but rather I was meeting another one. The people I met are some of the most genuine I have ever known, and they are the reason why my transition was nearly flawless. To the Paige of the past, hang in there because it only gets better.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Somewhat pretentious.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best this about the school is its cultural diversity and its location. It is a very comfortably sized city, surrounded by some of the best schools in the world. I have made some great connections for life in Boston.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    An urban university with tens of thousands of people attending.

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Again, I would say location. Boston University is in the heart of the city, so there are a lot of activities and things to do. BU also has dozens of schools surrounding it which gives you a good chance to meet other students from different campuses and schools. No two schools in Boston look the same or are in any anyway alike. BU is the best one, obviously. :)

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    At BU you must be prepared to work VERY hard. Professors talk very quickly, and you need effective, yet EFFICENT notes. Majority of information you need to know will come from your lecture/reading notes. It is important to review these weekly to do well on your midterm exams. It takes 16 times for you to look at something and to fully understand it. Reviewing all material weekly will help you excel during your exams. Also, take advantage of writing centers and tutors, even if you think you dont need it - they improve your grades immensely!

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Boston University is best known for its academics on an international level. Going abroad, people are impressed when you tell them that you study at Boston University. Locally, BU is known for its research and committment to bettering the local community. Many students do community service or tutor high school students on the side. BU is conveniently located in the heart of Boston, minutes away from Fenway Park and, and easily accessible by the T. Students not only have the university, but the whole city as a campus.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    BU spends much of its time promoting itself for prospective students, but not necessarily as much pleasing the students currently there. Some of its administrative rules are pretty strict, but other than that, its a great school!

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you are intimadated by a large urban school with little campus feel, this isnt the school for you. Also, depending on your major, ths school can be either very easy or extremely difficult. Lastly, anyone who cannot handle New England winters should not move to Boston.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The immense number of extra-curricular activities available to students.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Not sure... maybe the fact that it IS big sometimes is frustrating in that errors can often be made in the records/accounts departments, but just a quick call usually clears things up easily. But it's not frustrating in a way that makes you feel like you're lost as a number in the crowd. Because you tend to see the same people all the time in class and in social groups, it doesn't actually feel big at all!

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    People who like the city and that like history

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors in small classes know your name. Best and most unique class is ASL (offered at night). Mostly lecture style classes (plus labs for sciences). Very strong physcis and earth sciences department. No architecture. I came in as a freshman and fufilled all basic requirements through AP test credits. Not many students enthusiastic about learning.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I really like the urban feel of this school's location. Everything is at your convenience. There are late night school bus transportation and public transportation that runs through the city. I think the size of the school is just right, not too large or too small. Additionally, whenever I tell most people I attend this school; they are very proud and congratulate me. However, I do not think this school is diverse enough. The administration's aim to diversify the school is by means of admitting international students from many Asian countries. However, domestic diversity is minute. Most students complain about the science departments, especially the Chemistry department at this school. In addition, some students are upset about grade deflations conducted by some professors.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Different fraternities and sororities are very popular on my campus. Additionally, many student love being involved in different community service groups. I a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the Pre-Med Society, and my club Sister to Sister. BU is known as a "party" school. Students are usually at many fraternity parties during the weekend. Many students are usually dating and usually hook up at parties. I met my closest friends during my classes. I am not the typical college "party" student. You can definitely study on a Saturday night, which is what I am usually doing because of my hectic schedule or you can go to the movies or a nice restaurant. I visit some of my friends off campus and we usually go to the mall and go out to eat.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Mostly yes.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    BU students are sterotyped as rich. BU is sterotyped as an ivy-league-reject school

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    One of the main stereotypes at my school is that all Asians are smart.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Boston University supports their sports teams. Hockey is the largest supported team at BU. Our main rival is BC and it is always fun to be at a BU vs BC any type of sport game because the tension is there and the hunger for winning against them is very apparent. Most of the time we win because we are better than BC and all the rest. :)

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    On campus has one of the best options ever. If you eat in the dining halls it is all you can eat. There are Special Chefs there all the time for Chinese New Years, Lobster Night, Mexican, Traditional Italian, etc. If you use dining points to eat on campus you can eat at several different restaurants offering pizza to mexican to chinese to salads, to bagel sandwiches etc. Off campus you have probably every nationality you can think of in a 10 min walking distance and truly every nationality within a short ride on the trolly system.

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Student Body

Students

61%

female

39%

male

17,944

Total Undergrad Enrollment

14,751

Total Grad Students

59%

Out-Of-State

16%

In-State

25%

International

Organizations

525

Student Organizations

10

Fraternities

9

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

35%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
14%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
40%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

54% of students attending Boston University receive some sort of financial aid. 13% were awarded federal grants. While 40% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$50,240

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$14,870

Room and Board

66,110

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$21,773
$30 - $48K
$22,618
$48 - $75K
$26,232
$75 - $110K
$30,023
$110K & UP
$46,991

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