A BU Degree Opens Doors 
Boston University is located in the heart of Boston and, in recognition of its excellence in undergraduate education and research, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. With 10 undergraduate schools and colleges, more than 300 programs of study, more than 650 global courses, $1 million in research funding for undergraduates, and 80+ study abroad programs, the academic opportunities at BU are vast and varied. Students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries; they are bright, driven, and inquisitive. With an average class size of 27 and a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students engage with world-renowned faculty. Thanks to thousands of research and internship opportunities—in the US and abroad—BU graduates are well prepared to lead in an interconnected world. In fact, BU graduates are ranked #14 in the US for employability.

A Boston University education combines the elements of a traditional liberal arts education with pre-professional studies. Students take advantage of the academic flexibility offered at BU to maximize the value of their degree—you can take coursework across our schools and colleges or pursue a Dual Degree or combined BA/MA program. Highly qualified first year students may be invited to participate in the prestigious Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College.

Students complete general education requirements through the BU Hub, an innovative program that is integrated with our majors and minors. Students take courses of interest while exploring six core competencies ranging from global citizenship to scientific and social inquiry to ethical reasoning or digital communication. The Hub is also robust in its options for experiential learning and co-curriculars.

Residential Life
With four years of guaranteed campus housing, and 75 percent of undergraduates living on campus all four years, BU’s campus feels like a true residential community in the heart of Boston—one of the world’s most diverse, historic cities. First year students are required to live on campus to get the most out of their BU experience. BU Housing offers a variety of residence types, including large and small dormitories, modern high-rises with sweeping city views, 19th-century brownstones, apartment-style suites, and specialty living-learning communities.

Extracurricular Life
Boston University students are extremely ambitious and engaged, participating in pre-professional societies, cultural or religious organizations, athletics, Greek life, the performing arts, and community service groups. BU is home to more than 450 student organizations, 24 Division I sports teams, and 40+ intramural and club sports. You can get involved with organizations such as Alianza Latina, BU Habitat for Humanity, UMOJA: BU Black Student Union, Stage Troupe, the Debate Society, or the Alpine Ski Team. Each September, student organizations gather on Nickerson Field for Splash, BU’s annual activities fair, where new students can sign up for various clubs.

Admissions Website
Learn more about Boston University on our website.

Deadline Information

  • Early Decision – November 1
  • Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Accelerated Medical Program – November 15
  • Trustee and Presidential Scholarships – December 1
  • Early Decision 2 – January 4
  • Regular Decision – January 4

Required Application Materials

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • School Report Form
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • International Student Documentation*

Optional Application Materials

  • Standardized Tests (SAT or ACT, writing component not required)**

 *In addition to the credentials listed above, international students are required to submit English proficiency test results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test (DET); documentation of financial support; and a copy of the data page of a current passport.

**Boston University is test-optional for fall 2022/spring 2023 applicants. This policy applies to all BU undergraduate schools and colleges and all scholarship programs. Students applying to the College of Fine Arts may be required to participate in a prescreening or audition, or submit a portfolio, depending on the program of interest. If you are applying from a secondary school outside of the US and English is not your primary language, you must still submit official results from the TOEFL, IELTS, or DET. While the SAT or ACT is no longer an application requirement, standardized test scores may be submitted with your application if you feel your test scores reflect your academic ability.

The Board of Admissions considers each candidate individually through a holistic application review process. Primary emphasis is placed on the strength of the secondary school record, but required test scores, character, breadth of interest, school recommendations, and other personal qualifications are also carefully evaluated.

Financial Aid
Boston University firmly believes that everyone admitted to BU deserves the opportunity to attend, regardless of your family’s means. Toward that goal, BU will meet 100% of demonstrated need for admitted first-year students. BU's financial aid package will make up the difference between the cost of attendance and what you can afford. How much is that? It varies from family to family.

We’ll calculate your family’s contribution based on your FAFSA and CSS Profile™. Once we’ve determined what your family can be expected to contribute, we’ll subtract that from the full cost of attendance. The difference—your demonstrated need—will be made up by financial aid. For more details, please visit our website.

Thanks to the BU Scholarship Assurance, the BU scholarship aid offered in a student’s first year is guaranteed for each of the student’s remaining undergraduate years and will never be reduced. Pell-eligible students are offered the Richard D. Cohen Scholarship, which meets the student’s full calculated need without loans. A special provision of the Cohen Scholarship ensures that any future year tuition increase will be matched by a corresponding increase in scholarship aid. Students must submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the deadlines below to be considered for need-based aid:

  • Early Decision – November 1
  • Early Decision 2 – January 4
  • Regular Decision – January 4

In addition, the Trustee Scholarship (full tuition) and the Presidential Scholarship ($25,000) are merit scholarships offered to the highest achieving students who apply for admission. Students must apply for admission by December 1 to be considered for these scholarships. For more information, please visit our website.

Learn more about financial assistance at Boston University.

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