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Colleges / Boston University

Boston University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%
Acceptance Rate19%

About BU

A BU education: world-class, well-rounded.

Study with leading experts. Choose from a plethora of top-ranked programs. Learn next to standout students every day. Live in one of the world's most dynamic cities. Whatever you're seeking from your college experience, you'll find it at BU.

Boston University is a private, nonprofit college in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839. The college currently enrolls around 36,104 students a year, including 18,229 undergrads.

BU Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into BU. BU admitted 19% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 75,778 applications received in 2022, 14,129 students were offered admission.

Boston University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 32%

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Boston University is located in the city of Boston.

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College Info

One Silber Way Boston, MA 02215

Campus Setting: Urban

BU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BU is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BU is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Boston University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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BU ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to BU is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into BU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

BU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1490


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1390 to 1490


1390 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for BU students is 1434. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BU.

BU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at BU is like? There are approximately 36,104 students enrolled at BU, including 18,229 undergraduate students and 17,875 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from MA and 73% percent of students are from other states.


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In State



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