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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  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-
About Boston University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Website
From Boston University

Located in the heart of historic Boston, BU is a private teaching and research university ranked #39 among Best Global Universities. With 10 undergraduate schools and colleges, 250 majors and minors, more than 650 global courses, $1 million in research funding for undergraduates, and 100+ study abroad programs, the academic opportunities at BU are vast and varied. Thanks to thousands of research and internship opportunities—in the US and abroad—BU graduates are well prepared to lead in an interconnected world. In fact, BU graduates are ranked #6 globally for employability.

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

Application Deadline
January 2
Acceptance Rate
29%
SAT Range
1220-1420
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,539/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,773/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,618/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,232/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,023/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,991/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
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.194 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.194 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,628Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 127 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    31%
  • Diverse
    31%
  • Intelligent
    24%
  • There is no typical student
    6%
  • Intellectual
    3%
  • Different yet similar
    2%
  • Altruistic
    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.243 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.285 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 142 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    43%
  • Scholarly
    14%
  • Competitive
    11%
  • Wide ranging
    8%
  • Exciting
    8%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Apathetic
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$62,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
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
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Boston University Reviews

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There are plenty of academic options. Classes are interesting, professors are good, schedules are not too demanding as long as you're not pre-med, chem, or engineering. Expensive school in pretty much every aspect but you're going to a great school so I'd say it's worth it. There are parties every weekend. Greek life can be big if you're a part of it or small if you aren't, that's up to you. Food is good in West and Bay State. The freshmen dorms are pretty shitty but nothing worse than at any other college. Housing gets much better as you become a sophomore and so on. Hockey games are our football games. Academic advisors, student health services, tutoring services, and other like-services are helpful if you choose to use them. Love that it's so diverse and international. Countless clubs and activities make student life great. Plenty of study abroad options too!
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It is a great place to learn and delve deeper into your passions and to grow as a young adult for 4 years! BU's campus is a short 15 minute walk from the famed Newbury Street, and a short T ride to Downtown Crossing and Boston Harbor. As a New Yorker, the convenience and city life that Boston provides is unmatched anywhere else for someone looking to escape NYC. The professors truly encourage you to be better and care about your learning. The dining hall food has variety and is pretty good compared to most other schools' dining halls. As a low income student, I appreciate their generous scholarships that allows me to attend BU instead of a state school. I cannot say enough good things about the people you meet here!
I absolutely love Boston University! I am actually an online student who lives in Seattle, Washington but recently had the chance to visit this Boston University in person this past February! The architecture is beautiful and the location is as well. I would have been attending the School of Social Work which is a separate campus and is right next to a beautiful body of water. Since I do not attend BU in person, I would love to say that my online professors have been more than helpful; they have personally inspired me as well as motivated me. My professors go above and beyond for me, this is why I will always choose Boston University and recommend this school to everyone!