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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.

$59,796 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
20% Acceptance Rate

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Boston University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Boston U is ranked #94 out of 2,110 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #14 out of 69 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
#9 Best Business Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best 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 Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Management Sciences & Methods Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Business & Marketing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Public Relations & Advertising Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Finance & Financial Management 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
#2 Best Insurance Schools College Factual
#3 Best Hospitality Management Schools College Factual
#22 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools College Factual
#29 Best Business Administration & Management Schools College Factual
#43 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#106 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Boston University?

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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?

20% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Boston U is 20%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 21%, and the acceptance rate for women is 20%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 670 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 670 to 780 )
200
800
Boston U received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 33. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Boston University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Boston University?

$59,796 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston U is $59,796. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Boston U, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $10,878 a year. That adds up to $43,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.4%. 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

16,026 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 16,872 undergraduate students at Boston U, with 16,026 being full-time and 846 being part-time.

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There are also 15,846 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,026 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 41% are male and 59% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,023
Black or African American 652
Hispanic or Latino 1,910
White 5,552
International Students 3,450
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,439

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

2,849 Took All Classes Online
3,987 Took At Least One Class Online
2.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 3,987 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Boston U

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Boston University was $48,436 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Boston U is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
International Business, Trade, & Tax Law #1 #1
International Marketing #4 #4
Health Communication #4 #4
Insurance #4 #4
Insurance #4 #4
Banking and Financial Support Services #7 #7
Tax Law/Taxation #10 #10
Business Statistics #13 #13
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods #24 #24
Business Management & Marketing #36 #36
Other Business, Management & Marketing #36 #36
Public Relations & Advertising #39 #39
Supply Chain Management #55 #55
Marketing #72 #72

Online Growth Rankings of Boston U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston University was 2.5%. This is the #1,445 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston U regardless of major.

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 TOTAL
General Business Administration and Management 0
Interior Design Management 0
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 0
Supply Chain Management 0
Business Management & Marketing 0
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 0
Banking and Financial Support Services 0
Finance 0
Other Finance and Financial Management Services 0
General Hospitality Administration/Management 0
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 0
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 0
Insurance 0
Actuarial Science 0
Business Statistics 0
Management Science 0
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 0
International Marketing 0
Other Marketing 0
Advertising 0
Health Communication 0
Public Relations 0
Other Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 0
Banking, Corporate, Finance, & Securities Law 0
International Business, Trade, & Tax Law 0
Tax Law/Taxation 0
Development Economics & International Development 0
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 0
General Economics 0
Other Economics 0
TOTAL 0

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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