Boston UniversitySchool Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Boston, MA

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$55,892

Avg tuition

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About Boston University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

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.

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Admissions Breakdown

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

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.

SAT & ACT

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

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1340-1510

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 30-34

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

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

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34k

Students Enrolled

10%

Online Student Enrollment

10:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can 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.

Demographics

White

38%

Non-U.S. Citizen

26%

Asian

13%

Hispanic

9%

Unknown

7%

Black

4%

Two or more races

3%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

58%

Socio-economic diversity

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

Financial 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

18%

State Grant Aid

2%

Institution Grant Aid

49%

Pell Grant

17%

Average Aid Awarded

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

Financial Outlook

$53k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$25k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

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.