Boston University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Massachusetts


Located in the Kenmore-Fenway area of Boston, just west of Back Bay, Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the country. BU's location puts it within easy reach of other Boston universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern. On many national rankings, Boston University places among the top 50 universities in the U.S. Student housing at BU is an eclectic mix that ranges from contemporary high rises to Victorian town houses. In athletics, the Division I Boston University Terriers compete in the America East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association and Hockey East Conferences.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, English, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Radio & Television

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 31766
Total Grad Students: 13052
Undergraduate Students: 18714
Faculty: 2598

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1

Percent Male: 41%
Percent Female: 59%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

One Sherborn St.
Boston Massachusetts 2215


Main Email:

Main Phone: 617-353-2000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
On average, transfer students who are admitted earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in college courses.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
BU generally awards credit for liberal arts courses completed with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited institution.

Credits (Min/Max):
If you have taken classes without enrolling in a degree program, or will have less than 12 credits, you should apply as a freshman. The maximum number of credits accepted from two-year and four-year institutions varies by school and college.

Test Scores for Applying:
Boston University does not require standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) for transfer admission.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
All applicants must submit an Instructor Evaluation and a College Official's Report. These give us a better view of your performance in and out of class. Both of these forms are available on the Common Application website.

Essay(s) required:
You must submit one long essay in the space provided on the Common Application, as well as a short essay on the Boston University Supplement. Some programs require additional essays. See the BU Supplement for more information.

Application Fee:
Yes, $75 nonrefundable fee must be submitted with the application.

Other Requirements:
The College of Fine Arts requires a portfolio or an audition as part of its application. If you are applying to any other school or college, please do not submit portfolios or other samples of personal work. They will not be considered.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 26 30
English 26 31
Math 25 30
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 580 670
Math 600 700
Writing 590 680

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 2515

Transfers Accepted: 711

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 28%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 58%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -30%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 940

Other Expenses: 1772

Room and Board: 12710

Tuition and Fees: 41420

Total Cost: 56842

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Transfer Scholarship - Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. For financial aid transfer students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 9825

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 64%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 58%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 52%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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