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Boston University is a private, nonprofit college in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839. The college currently enrolls around 36,104 students a year, including 18,229 undergrads.
It is very difficult to get into BU. BU admitted 19% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 75,778 applications received in 2022, 14,129 students were offered admission.
|Boston University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||19%|
|Early Decision Acceptance Rate||33%|
|Early Action Acceptance Rate||EA not offered|
|Applicants Submitting SAT scores||32%|
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Boston University is located in the city of Boston.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BU is Jan 4.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BU is Mar 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.
The median ACT score of an admitted student to BU is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into BU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1490 and Above
1390 to 1490
1390 and Less
The median SAT score for BU students is 1434. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BU.
Wondering what life at BU is like? There are approximately 36,104 students enrolled at BU, including 18,229 undergraduate students and 17,875 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from MA and 73% percent of students are from other states.
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