Boston University

3,036 reviews
  1. Boston, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Boston University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Website

Boston University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
35%
SAT Range
1190-1410
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$32,539/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,695/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,952/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,827/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,940/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,821/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.183 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.189 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.189 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,619Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 122 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    32%
  • Motivated
    31%
  • Intelligent
    25%
  • There is no typical student
    6%
  • Intellectual
    3%
  • Altruistic
    1%
  • Basic
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.238 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.280 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 137 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    44%
  • Scholarly
    14%
  • Competitive
    12%
  • Wide ranging
    8%
  • Exciting
    8%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Many research opportunities for incoming freshmen!
    3%

After Boston University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.133 responses

Reviews

3,036 reviews
  • Excellent
    479
  • Very Good
    1148
  • Average
    1153
  • Poor
    167
  • Terrible
    89
You have a huge variety of housing at BU. You have the dorms, apartments, and suites available on campus. Depending on your classes and if you want to wake up 5 minutes before class and still make it on time, you will need to decided whether to live in East, South, or West campus. If you like walking and want to feel a difference between 'home' and 'school', maybe choose housing away from your classes. It all depends on how you want to experience everything, but there will be an option available for you. Housing is also guaranteed for 4 years, so you're all good!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
There are very tight knit communities across classes within the major I'm in, giving information and perspectives from each year of their experience at Boston University. Some schools have a buddy system where you're supported by an upperclassman your field, but at Boston University, every sophomore, junior, and senior is there to help you within your major. And if that isn't enough, you have the support of your professors!
  • College Freshman
  • 4 months ago
The Commonwealth of Intellectual Wealth – Historical cobblestone roads. Electrifying summer nights. Unmatchable cultural exchanges. As a proud Boston native, this city is always awake. Boston University presents its students with the opportunity to experience Boston at its best. Boston University is easily accessible via public transportation thus granting its students access to its main attractions. Some of these attractions include the African-American Freedom Trail Tour, the Boston Commons, and hundreds of other colleges on either sides of the Charles River. This is not to mention the ten minute walk away from Fenway Park where the Green Monster has declared to be his lair! Boston University is my choice pick of a University because I love the city as well as the constant chances I am granted to just learn. Go Terriers!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 3 2011