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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?

16,840 Full-Time Undergraduates
$30,729 Avg Cost After Aid
25% Acceptance Rate
  • 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 degree 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 #49 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #8.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Boston U has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Boston U

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 7
Best Colleges 49
Best Colleges for Diversity 51
Best Colleges for Veterans 198
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 385
Best Colleges for the Money 813

Where Is Boston University?

Location of Boston University

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?

25% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
63% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Boston U is 25%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

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.

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

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 660 to 760 )
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800
Boston U received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Boston University  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 27 to 32 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 29 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford Boston University?

$30,729 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston U is $30,729. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Boston U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,661 $13,211 $20,801 $32,265 $47,586

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

16,840 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,080 undergraduate students at Boston U, with 16,840 being full-time and 1,240 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Boston U

There are also 15,275 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,840 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Boston U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Boston U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,465
Black or African American 646
Hispanic or Latino 1,902
White 6,612
International Students 3,765
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,450

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

2,534 Took All Classes Online
3,464 Took At Least One Class Online
2.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 24 master’s degree programs available online at Boston U. In 2017-2018, 3,464 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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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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 12%
Communication & Journalism 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 24%
Computer Science 22%
Computer Software & Applications 70%
Education 17%
Finance & Financial Management 53%
Health Professions 5%
Information Science 11%
Insurance 24%
Legal Professions 10%
Legal Research 8%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 46%
Marketing 41%
Natural Resources & Conservation 56%
Natural Resources Conservation 56%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Public Administration & Social Service 22%
Social Work 28%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 16%
Theology & Religious Vocations 16%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Insurance #12
Legal Research #17
Other Business, Management & Marketing #30
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #32
Public Relations & Advertising #33
Computer Science #44
Information Science #48
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #48
Finance & Financial Management #65
Social Work #67
Theological & Ministerial Studies #91
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #94
Legal Professions #96
Marketing #117
Curriculum & Instruction #119
Human Resource Management #122
Theology & Religious Vocations #138
Communication & Journalism #138
Teacher Education Subject Specific #178
Public Administration & Social Service #186
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #193
Computer & Information Sciences #354
Criminal Justice & Corrections #363
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #414

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Boston University awarded 9,560 undergraduate degrees and 13,436 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 22 22
Allied Health Professions 0 23 22 0
Anthropology 0 28 8 9
Applied Mathematics 0 0 113 0
Archeology 0 14 2 2
Architectural History 0 16 0 0
Area Studies 0 14 4 6
Arts & Media Management 0 0 42 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 14 4 4
Biblical Studies 0 0 1 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 112 0 5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 184 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 54 23
Biomedical Engineering 0 129 69 27
Biotechnology 0 0 11 0
Business Administration & Management 0 778 472 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 9 17
Chemistry 0 31 16 11
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 6 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 9 0 2
Classical Languages & Literature 0 5 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 38 45 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 22 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 432 35 0
Communication Sciences 0 12 32 4
Computer Engineering 0 81 28 3
Computer Science 0 211 139 10
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 90 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 1 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 4 176 0
Culinary Arts 0 0 27 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 98 4
Dentistry 0 0 0 195
Design & Applied Arts 0 31 26 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 57 12 0
East Asian Languages 0 6 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 32 204 3
Economics 0 289 144 15
Educational Administration 0 0 74 2
Electrical Engineering 0 40 92 9
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 5 2 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 152 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 46 15 5
General Biology 0 95 11 5
General Education 0 4 18 0
General Engineering 0 1 0 0
General English Literature 0 52 19 7
General Psychology 0 229 32 12
General Social Sciences 0 0 5 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 2 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 0 1 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 2 1 4
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 117 6
Health Sciences & Services 0 186 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 16 38 0
History 0 46 4 2
Hospitality Management 0 84 44 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 30 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 1 0
Information Science 0 0 370 0
Information Technology 0 0 1 0
Insurance 0 0 29 0
International Relations & National Security 0 208 51 0
Journalism 0 124 63 0
Law 0 0 0 253
Legal Research 0 0 286 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 15 7 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 177 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 15 0
Marketing 0 0 75 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 25 5
Mathematics 0 102 4 7
Mechanical Engineering 0 143 81 11
Medical Science 0 0 4 0
Medicine 0 0 0 180
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 10 0
Molecular Medicine 0 0 0 1
Multilingual Education 0 4 0 0
Music 0 32 53 26
Natural Resources Conservation 0 16 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 112 1 11
Nutrition Science 0 16 31 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 64 2
Other Education 0 26 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 25 25 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 61 1 3
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 3
Other Social Sciences 0 19 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 0 46 9 4
Physics 0 19 4 12
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 77 18 1
Political Science & Government 0 126 8 9
Public Administration 0 0 26 0
Public Health 0 0 302 3
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 108 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 190 59 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 42 0 92
Religious Studies 0 3 1 10
Romance Languages 0 12 2 5
Sacred Music 0 0 3 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 0
Social Work 0 7 321 2
Sociology 0 42 1 4
Special Education 0 20 29 0
Statistics 0 0 49 3
Student Counseling 0 0 26 4
Systems Engineering 0 0 17 4
Systems Theory 0 0 25 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 66 98 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 29 217 16
Teaching English or French 0 0 19 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 81 22
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 19 0
Urban Studies 0 0 14 0
Writing Studies 0 0 18 0
Total 0 9,560 11,198 2,238

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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