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Applicant Status At Boston University

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:41,802
Male Applicants:17,146
Female Applicants:24,656
Total Acceptances:20,662
Male Acceptances:8,049
Female Acceptances:12,613
Acceptance Rate:49%
Yield: ? 19%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(617) 353-2300
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$80
Application Web
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 1December 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 1
Must-Reply-By May 1
RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
Nor Recommended
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:4,022
Full-Time Male Enrollment:1,516
Full-Time Female Enrollment:2,450
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:1
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? 2,991
Applicants Accepting: ? 1,467
Students Enrolled: ? 557
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:2,518
Applicants Accepted:719
Students Enrolled:232

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 570 - 670 610 - 720 600 - 690 1780 - 2080 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 26 - 32 25 - 30 8 - 9 26 - 30 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:55%
SAT/ACT Required:Either
Students Submitting SAT:84%
Students Submitting ACT:40%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Two SAT subject tests are required for admission to College of Fine Arts, College of General Studies, and the Science and Engineering Program in Metropolitan College.

Facts & Statistics

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • BU administration is extremely conservative, especially considering the liberal student body. The former president of the University, John Silber, despite being a Democrat, seems as right-wing as they come regarding policies. When petitioning for more lenient visitation rules, students were surprised to hear this widely published response: "It is not our job to provide a `love nest' for our students." He also disbanded the homosexual student organization at the BU Academy. This, among many other executive decisions made by those running the University, are often the spark for public controversy in the media.
  • It is difficult to take classes in the College of Fine Arts, unless you are a minor or a major in the school, itself. I had really intended on taking some sculpture classes when I came to BU for school, yet was disappointed to learn that I had a limited selection of "classes for non-majors" to choose from, and would have been forced to take several introductory classes (like printmaking) in order to register for sculpture.
  • The city closes down at 2 a.m. This is quite a culture shock, even for someone coming from a small town. I went to high school in upstate NY, and there were plenty of 24-hour diners around for late night socializing. Be prepared for early nights out, most after-hours partying takes place at off-campus apartments, or at home.
  • The extremely high cost of living-this is especially difficult for your first taste of off-campus living.
Interviews & Information Sessions
Contact the Office of Admissions at: 121 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2300 E-mail:
Campus Tours
Tours of the Charles River campus depart from the Admissions Reception Center at 121 Bay State Rd. Join an information session for prospective students and take a student-guided tour of campus. You can also arrange in advance to sit in on a class, have lunch with a student in a dining hall, and visit with a faculty member and academic advisors at any of the schools and colleges. Schedule any of these events on the online Admissions Calendar on the BU Web site, where you can create a personal itinerary for your visit. Or you can call (617) 353-2318 at least two weeks in advance.
Overnight Visits
BU admissions can create an individual itinerary for people who want to stay overnight during their visit. Visits are available Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session. Advance notice of at least two weeks is required. Call (617) 353-2318 to schedule a visit.
Virtual Tour of Campus
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