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Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Boston University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

1,312 Undergraduate Degrees
1,419 Graduate Degrees
$59,121 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
25% Acceptance Rate

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Boston University Rankings

Boston U landed the #50 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 1,018 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #6 out of 38 schools in Massachusetts.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Boston U has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Business Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Business Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Insurance Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Finance & Financial Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Other Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Boston U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#22 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Economics College Factual
#85 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#144 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Boston University?

Location of Boston University

Contact details for Boston U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2000
Website: www.bu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BU_Tweets

How Do I Get Into Boston U?

You can apply to Boston U online at: www.bu.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for Boston U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston U?

25% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
63% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Boston U, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 25%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 24%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.

Average Test Scores

About 63% of students accepted to Boston U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 660 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston University  ( 640 to 720 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 660 to 760 )
200
800
Boston U received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Boston University  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 27 to 32 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 29 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford Boston University?

$59,121 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston U is $59,121. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Boston U, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $11,099 a year. That adds up to $44,396 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Boston University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,978 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,983 undergraduate students at Boston U, with 16,978 being full-time and 1,005 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Boston U

There are also 15,737 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,978 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Boston U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Boston U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,879
Black or African American 673
Hispanic or Latino 1,965
White 6,102
International Students 3,803
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,556

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Boston University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 138 countries are represented at Boston U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Boston University

2,534 Took All Classes Online
3,464 Took At Least One Class Online
2.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 24 master’s degree programs available online at Boston U. In 2017-2018, 3,464 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston U has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Boston U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston University was 2.0%. This is the #1,701 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Boston U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Management & Marketing 5%
Finance 73%
Finance & Financial Management 53%
Health Communication 4%
Insurance 24%
Insurance 24%
International Business, Trade, & Tax Law 67%
International Marketing 47%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 46%
Marketing 41%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 82%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Boston U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Boston U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Business, Trade, & Tax Law #1
International Marketing #3
Business Statistics #4
Tax Law/Taxation #4
Health Communication #8
Insurance #12
Insurance #12
Banking and Financial Support Services #15
Business Management & Marketing #30
Other Business, Management & Marketing #30
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #32
Public Relations & Advertising #33
Finance & Financial Management #65
Interior Design Management #67
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration #81
Marketing #117
Human Resource Management #122

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Boston University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Business Administration and Management 0 0 778 402 0 1,180
General Economics 0 0 289 0 0 289
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 0 0 0 143 15 158
Finance 0 0 0 143 0 143
General Hospitality Administration/Management 0 0 82 44 0 126
Interior Design Management 8 56 0 56 0 120
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 0 21 0 90 0 111
Business Management & Marketing 3 36 0 64 2 105
International Marketing 0 0 0 75 0 75
Tax Law/Taxation 0 0 0 67 0 67
Banking, Corporate, Finance, & Securities Law 0 0 0 54 0 54
Public Relations 0 0 0 43 0 43
Management Science 0 0 0 42 0 42
Actuarial Science 0 0 0 39 0 39
Advertising 0 0 0 39 0 39
Insurance 0 0 0 29 0 29
Health Communication 0 0 0 26 0 26
Other Finance and Financial Management Services 0 17 0 0 0 17
International Business, Trade, & Tax Law 0 0 0 15 0 15
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 0 0 0 12 0 12
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 0 10 0 0 0 10
Other Marketing 0 10 0 0 0 10
Banking and Financial Support Services 0 0 0 9 0 9
Business Statistics 0 0 0 6 0 6
Supply Chain Management 0 0 0 2 0 2
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 0 0 2 0 0 2
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 0 0 0 1 0 1
Development Economics & International Development 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 11 150 1,151 1,402 17 2,731

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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