Boston University Profile


Boston University, founded in 1839, is a private institution with nine undergraduate schools and colleges. The “BU approach” to academics includes a strong foundation in the liberal arts combined with professional education and opportunities for undergrads to explore multiple interests. One of the first universities to send students abroad, BU now has one of the largest study-abroad programs in the nation with more than 70 international programs and campuses in Brussels, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Sydney. Its 133-acre main campus is located on the Charles River in downtown Boston.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 52% of 41,802 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 1

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.53
SAT Math: 657 average  610-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 620 average  570-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 641 average  600-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 28 average  26-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: $59,100
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $42,994
Room and Board: $13,190
Average Percent of Need Met: 89%
Average Freshman Award:  $34,378
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $36,488


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,632
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-59 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: February 15
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002130: Free

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