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Boston University Admissions Information

Boston University
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With students from all 50 states and over 100 countries, Boston University is an incredibly diverse institution. The University contains ten different undergraduate schools and colleges, with over 250 different programs of study. Its distinguished faculty includes Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright scholars, and fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Outside the classroom, students can choose from more than 500 clubs and 400 fitness and recreation classes.

Located in the heart of Boston, BU blends seamlessly with the city as there are no fences around its campus. This urban immersion offers ready access to the city’s cafes, clubs, restaurants, bookstores, museums, and major sporting events. Boston University makes good use of nearby businesses and organizations, offering hundreds of internships, research projects, and community-service programs.



Basic Info

Main Address: 121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Phone Number: (617) 353-2000  
Website: www.bu.edu  


Type of school: Private, Research University  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelors, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 16,624  
Percent out-of-state: 76%  
Percent international: 12.22%  
Female to Male ratio: 59:41  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 13:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for married students
Cooperative housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Women's housing
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Over 500 registered clubs and organizations, fraternities and sororities.  

Fun Facts

  • Voted #17 "Great College Town"
  • Named a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review
  • Voted #20 "Best Athletic Facilities"

Admissions Information

A key factor for the BU admissions committee is evidence that a student has challenged herself in high school by taking (and excelling in) the most demanding courses available. The average GPA among accepted freshmen is an A-, with 90% of applicants finishing in the top 25% of their high school class. According to its admissions website, the University looks for students who will stand out and "create a unique, diverse community at BU."

It is important to research the specifications of individual departments and schools within the University, as admissions requirements may vary among them (e.g., which SAT Subject tests are asked for, or whether a portfolio is necessary).

Admissions address: 121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number: (617) 353-2300  
Fax number: (617) 353-9695  
Admissions Website: http://www.bu.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@bu.edu  
Contact Person: Kelly Walter, Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 38,010  
Percent of applicants admitted: 58%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes, school-specific supplements required  
Admission requirements: 1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
High School Transcript
School Report Form
Standardized Test Scores

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes: SAT or ACT with Writing; SAT Subject Tests dependent on academic program.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates; Only the highest section scores will be considered as part of the final admissions decision.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3087  
ACT code: 1794  
Learn more about other Top Music schools:
University of Rochester   University of Michigan   Northwestern   University of Colorado  

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