Boston UniversitySchool Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

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Boston, Massachusetts Private Nonprofit regional Accreditation

This school is more affordable than other schools.

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About Boston University

One of the largest private, nonprofit schools in the country, Boston University enrolls more than 34,000 students annually. With three campuses in Boston, BU oversees about 300 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including 50 online programs. This top research school has an acceptance rate of 19% and a graduation rate of 88%. BU is connected to more than 130 research centers and institutes. The campus is home to a 270,000-square-foot recreational facility and over 500 student clubs and organizations.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

19% of students were accepted during the 2019-2020 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Acceptance Rate 19%

Retention Rate (High Retention Rate) 94%

Graduation Rate (High Graduation Rate) 88%


Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1340-1510

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 30-34

Ways to Learn

Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program.
International Online classes are available for students around the world.

Learning Environment

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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Female Student Population


Student to Faculty Ratio


Students Enrolled




Non-U.S. Citizen










Two or more races


American Indian/Alaska Native


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander


Socio-Economic Diversity

17% of students received an income-based federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Financial Aid Breakdown

On average, students at this school receive more financial aid than students at other schools.

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Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


Average Aid Awarded
Federal Grant Aid $7,103
State Grant Aid $3,441
Institution Grant Aid $40,819
Pell Grant Aid $4,801

Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2019-2020]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.