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?
- Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Boston U since the student to facuty ratio 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 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Boston U.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Boston U makes roughly $65,300 a year. This is 60% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
- It takes the average Boston U student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.
Boston University Rankings
Boston U is ranked #144 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.
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 been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston U.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Boston U has earned from around the web.
|#4||Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies||College Factual|
|#5||Best Colleges for Psychology||College Factual|
|#6||Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism||College Factual|
|#20||Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences||College Factual|
|#21||Best Colleges for Education||College Factual|
|#50||Best Business Schools||Business Degree Central|
Where Is Boston University?
Contact details for Boston U are given below.
|Address:||One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston U?
Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 24%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.
Average Test Scores
About 63% 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 660 and 760.
Can I Afford Boston University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Boston U, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $11,099 a year. That adds up to $44,396 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.7%. 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
There are also 15,737 graduate students at the school.
Of the 16,978 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||673|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,965|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston U has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 2nd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Boston U
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston University was 2.0%. This is the #1,901 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston U regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Boston U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Boston U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Boston U.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Cmcnicoll at English Wikipedia under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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