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
Boston University is an institution that within one semester has taught me the value of balance, friendships and motivation. What makes Boston University so unique is the students' ability to be bot intellectual yet socially and culturally aware, well socialized and happy. Yes, towards finals week things may get more stressful and the work is very challenging but through it you get to know a lot about yourself, what you can handle and what you can do to prepare yourself best for a successful experience at the University. Another thing that makes Boston U unique is the fact that there are so many resources on and off of campus that can make your experience more dynamic than just going to another great school in the Northeast. Research labs, internships, corporations and the notable alumni and professors all act as accessible tools to help cultivate and enrich your experience beyond the books.

If I had the option I would choose Boston University again. Despite this being my first semester at the University, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The culture, the overall vibe, the people and the appreciation and longing for academic and cultural enrichment cannot be matched! If you are looking for a University where you can meet the smartest yet most interesting people ever- Boston University is the place. Go Terriers!
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
Hockey is a huge part of the school culture and almost everyone attends the games. And of course, Soccer's "Terrier Tailgate" is the biggest back-to-school event. Besides that, varsity sports do not really dominate campus life at Boston University.

The Fitness and recreation center (Fitrec) is one of the best-kept facilities on campus. It offers a myriad of classes for credit, from marathon running to Zumba. There are also several external not-for-credit classes. The facilities are incredible, with several courts, weight lifting rooms, an athletic pool and a lazy river, and a rock wall. There are rooms for any kind activity available, such as dance and yoga classes and basketball. I cannot find anything bad to say about fitrec - nearly everybody uses it, and it is super well kept and feels new although it is now 10 years old. There is also a super yummy smoothie bar in the corner with healthy refreshers for after you exercise!
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago
Boston University is a large, diverse school located in a great city surrounded by a plethora of other colleges. In the time I've been there, I've changed so much as a person. Being in a city, people are encouraged to show their true colors, and that's exactly what I've done! However, during my freshman year, I've learned that college is nothing like high school. The engineering program has a rigorous freshman year planned out for entering students, and many people dropped into courses after the first exams. After doing poorly on my first Calc I midterm, my engineering academic advisor advised me to drop the course instead of offering me other solutions to fix this problem (such as peer tutoring or study groups!). Overall, I am satisfied with my first semester at BU due to the amazing professors and the people I've met, not only at my school, but surrounding colleges as well! I can't wait to see what my next few years here have to offer.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago