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Boston University Overview

Boston University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Boston University Known For?

5,148 Undergraduate Awards
$59,796 Avg Cost After Aid
20% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Boston U may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 10 to 1.
  • Students at Boston U have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Boston U is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Boston U makes roughly $75,642 a year. This is 85% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Boston U student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Boston University Rankings

Boston U landed the #173 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,018 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #10 out of 57 schools in Massachusetts.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Boston U has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#130 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#130 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Personal & Culinary Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Culinary Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Social Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Nutrition Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Boston U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Personal & Culinary Services Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#5 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#12 Best Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#13 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#30 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#33 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Boston University?

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Contact details for Boston U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2000
Website: www.bu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BU_Tweets

How Do I Get Into Boston U?

You can apply to Boston U online at: www.bu.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for Boston U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston U?

20% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 20%, Boston U is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 21%, and the acceptance rate for women is 20%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Boston U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 670 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 670 to 780 )
200
800
Boston U received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 33. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Boston University  ( 30 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Boston University?

$59,796 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston U is $59,796. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Boston U, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $10,878 a year. That adds up to $43,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Boston University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,026 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 16,872 undergraduate students at Boston U, with 16,026 being full-time and 846 being part-time.

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There are also 15,846 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,026 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 41% are male and 59% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,023
Black or African American 652
Hispanic or Latino 1,910
White 5,552
International Students 3,450
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,439

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Boston University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 138 countries are represented at Boston U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Boston University

2,849 Took All Classes Online
3,987 Took At Least One Class Online
2.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 3,987 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston U has changed over the last few years.

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Online Affordability Rankings of Boston U

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Boston University was $58,072 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Boston U is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Insurance #4 #4
Natural Resources Conservation #29 #29
Natural Resources & Conservation #34 #34
Computer Software & Applications #35 #35
Other Business, Management & Marketing #36 #36
Public Relations & Advertising #39 #39
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #58 #58
Marketing #72 #72

Online Growth Rankings of Boston U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston University was 2.5%. This is the #1,619 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston U regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Boston University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 3 61 638 0 449 0 1,151
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 397 0 59 0 456
Economics 0 0 281 0 149 22 452
Computer Science 0 0 220 0 188 8 416
Social Work 0 1 5 0 315 3 324
General Psychology 0 0 253 0 35 12 300
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 219 0 65 2 286
Information Science 0 0 0 0 286 0 286
Law 0 0 0 0 0 282 282
International Relations & National Security 0 0 237 0 41 0 278
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 5 10 0 0 261 0 276
Public Health 21 0 0 0 220 5 246
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 4 33 8 172 21 238
Finance & Financial Management 0 11 0 0 215 0 226
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 138 0 67 20 225
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 137 0 69 9 215
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 212 0 0 0 212
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 64 0 0 141 205
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 0 196 196
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 33 0 133 3 169
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 167 167
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 2 152 2 156
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 3 0 0 152 0 155
General Biology 0 0 122 0 26 6 154
Political Science & Government 0 0 136 0 12 5 153
Electrical Engineering 0 0 42 0 97 10 149
Public Relations & Advertising 1 0 10 0 137 0 148
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 135 0 1 11 147
Mathematics 0 0 114 0 13 11 138
Journalism 0 0 96 0 36 0 132
Marketing 1 5 0 0 122 0 128
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 125 0 0 1 126
Computer Engineering 0 3 112 0 3 6 124
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 118 0 118
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 94 0 20 2 116
Hospitality Management 0 0 85 0 27 0 112
Music 0 0 34 13 34 28 109
Applied Mathematics 0 0 5 0 95 2 102
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 0 81 20 101
Computer Software & Applications 0 17 0 0 82 0 99
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 76 19 95
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 16 4 0 73 0 93
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 80 7 87
Educational Administration 0 0 0 5 80 1 86
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 68 1 17 0 86
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 57 17 9 83
General English Literature 0 0 68 0 12 2 82
Other Social Sciences 0 57 21 0 0 0 78
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 76 0 0 0 77
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 18 0 0 45 8 71
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 37 0 33 0 70
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 15 0 49 5 69
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 44 0 21 4 69
Communication Sciences 0 0 19 0 36 2 57
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 19 0 38 0 57
Chemistry 0 0 31 0 9 14 54
Computer Information Systems 0 28 0 0 25 0 53
Nutrition Science 0 0 13 0 40 0 53
Other Health Professions 0 0 24 0 28 0 52
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 33 0 18 0 51
Philosophy 0 0 43 0 3 4 50
History 0 0 43 0 3 3 49
Statistics 0 0 0 0 45 4 49
Sociology 0 0 46 0 0 3 49
Special Education 0 0 9 0 35 0 44
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 8 25 0 11 0 44
Writing Studies 0 23 0 0 18 0 41
Physics 0 0 19 0 10 9 38
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 32 5 37
Data Processing 0 0 0 0 36 0 36
Anthropology 0 0 23 0 6 6 35
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 0 30 0 31
Arts & Media Management 0 3 0 0 28 0 31
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 22 8 30
Area Studies 0 5 15 0 6 4 30
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 24 3 27
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 5 18 23
Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0 22 0 22
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Romance Languages 0 0 10 0 2 6 18
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 12 0 1 5 18
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 17 0 17
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 17 0 17
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Architectural History 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Insurance 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Archeology 0 0 8 0 5 1 14
Other Visual Art 6 8 0 0 0 0 14
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Information Technology 0 8 0 0 2 0 10
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 9 9
East Asian Languages 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Legal Professions (Other) 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 5 3 8
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Computer Engineering Technology 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 6 0 1 0 7
Religious Studies 0 0 1 0 0 6 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
Ethnic Studies 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
General Education 0 0 4 0 0 1 5
Urban Studies 0 0 2 0 3 0 5
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Molecular Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Multilingual Education 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Education 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biblical Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 45 316 4,787 86 5,138 1,170 11,542

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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