Boston University: Ranking & Review

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Boston University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate25%24%26%
Applicants60,82525,20335,622
Admissions15,2736,1269,147
Enrolled undergraduates3,4981,4442,054
Enrolled total (including graduate students)33,35513,83219,523

3,026 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

2,639 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $80. Application fee for graduates - $95.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores2,198
Percent of students submitting SAT scores63%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
680
Math
710

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores1,830
Percent of students submitting ACT scores52%
ACT Composite
30
ACT English
31
ACT Math
29

Boston University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $70,302 $70,302
Off-campus $70,302 $70,302
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $15,270 and other expenses per full academic year.

Boston University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 11,403 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $50,980 $50,980
Fees for full-time undergraduates $1,102 $1,102
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $1,593 $1,593
Tuition for Full-time graduates $50,980 $50,980
Fees for full-time graduates $736 $736
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $1,593 $1,593

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 135 1,015 813 6 1,969
Health Professions and Related Programs 16 361 507 465 1,349
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 593 292 885
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 66 343 385 87 881
Social Sciences 48 543 235 35 861
Engineering 1 382 288 55 726
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 36 145 436 11 628
Education 1 77 409 46 533
Legal Professions and Studies 236 216 452
Visual and Performing Arts 9 150 140 41 340
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 63 222 3 288
Psychology 188 66 14 268
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 6 5 193 204
Mathematics and Statistics 77 121 5 203
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 76 50 7 133
Physical Sciences 55 32 36 123
English Language and Literature & Letters 60 30 7 97
Theology and Religious Vocations 66 8 74
Philosophy and Religious Studies 35 14 11 60
History 46 5 3 54
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 30 5 5 40
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 13 9 6 5 33
Personal and Culinary Services 27 27
Architecture and Related Services 10 11 21
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 9 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Grand Total4034,2004,5891,06610,258

A total of 4,603 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Boston University.

At the master's and doctor's level 5,655 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate87%86%88%
  • Full-time retention rate - 93%
  • Part-time retention rate - 50%

General info

Alternative namesBU
Boston U
Founded1869
MottoLearning, Virtue, Piety
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsscarlet, white
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff9,219
Instructional FTE3,196
Research FTE626
Sector of institutionPrivate not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPrivate not-for-profit
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.bu.edu
AddressOne Silber Way
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Large
City population500,000 - 1,000,000
Phone6173532000
Fax+1 (617) 353 2053

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