Boston University.
College

Boston University

Boston, MA4 year degree
$52,082
Tuition
25%
Acceptance rate

About Boston University

Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but maintains its historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1839 by Methodists with its original campus in Newbury, Vermont, before moving to Boston in 1867.The university now has more than 4,000 faculty members and nearly 34,000 students, and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates, and medical, dental, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on three urban campuses. The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is located in Boston's South End neighborhood. The Fenway campus houses the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, formerly Wheelock College, which merged with BU in 2018.BU is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the Association of American Universities. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".Among its alumni and current or past faculty, the university counts eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows, nine Academy Award winners, and several Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU also has MacArthur, Fulbright, Truman and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab. The Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I. BU athletic teams compete in the Patriot League, and Hockey East conferences, and their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. Boston University is well known for men's hockey, in which it has won five national championships, most recently in 2009.

Highlights

  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 16,716 students
  • 0.61 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.bu.edu

Notable programs at Boston University

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

25%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1401
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

15,273 students out of 60,825 applicants were accepted into Boston University. They had an average SAT score of 1401. 63% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 52% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

$52,082
Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Boston University was $52,082. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,302.

Financial aid available at Boston University

45%
Of undergrads receive grants
35%
Of undergrads receive federal loans

45% of undergraduate students at Boston University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Boston University

$15,270
Room & board
$1,000
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Boston University was of $15,270 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000.

Diversity at Boston University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017