Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Boston University is a private institution published in 1839 with urban setting located in Boston.It is ranked 43 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges.It practices a semester-based academic calendar.Boston University’s highly ranked graduate schools include the School of Law, School of Management, School of Medicine, College of Engineering and School of Education. BU’s School of Medicine is the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory. BU is also the first university to open all divisions to female students in 1872.

#43 in National Universities
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1839
Selectivity Very High
Size Large
18,459 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $53,948
Outstate Tuition Fee $53,948
Room and Board Fees $18,110
$51,077 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


14% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$80 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.9 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Recommended
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

90 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

students currently attending a college/university in the United States or students who can submit documentation showing English is the primary language of instruction at their home institution

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$61,211 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$53,029 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $82,760
43% Students with need received Financial Aid
32.4% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application January 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Trustee Scholarship
Total Worth full tuition and fees
Eligibility Incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria outstanding academic and leadership abilities
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline Dec 1
Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth $25,000
Eligibility Incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria exceptional academic achievement
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline December 1
Thomas M. Menino Scholarship
Total Worth full-tuition
Eligibility high school seniors graduating from Boston Public Schools
Minimum Criteria based on potentials
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline December 1

Other Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships
Total Worth Varies
Details Boston University Athletic Scholarships are awarded each year to several outstanding entering undergraduate athletes with strong academic potential.The athletic scholarships that are available each year are determined by Boston University in compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations.
BU Community Service Award
Total Worth --
Details A unique award for incoming freshmen and transfer students who are Boston public high school graduates, meet all criteria for need-based financial aid, and apply by our financial aid deadline. Recipients receive non-loan financial aid up to their calculated need.You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, fulfill a requirement of 25 hours of community service per semester, and meet all other eligibility requirements for renewal.


18,459 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
93% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
83% Students graduate within 6 years