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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  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. With 10 undergraduate schools and colleges, 300+ 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 #21 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 6
Acceptance Rate
25%
SAT Range
1300-1480
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,728/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,156/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
55%

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
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.203 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.203 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,840Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,240
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    30%
  • Diverse
    29%
  • Intelligent
    22%
  • There is no typical student
    9%
  • Different yet similar
    4%
  • Intellectual
    3%
  • 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.252 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.294 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 151 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    42%
  • Scholarly
    13%
  • Competitive
    13%
  • Wide ranging
    9%
  • Exciting
    7%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Apathetic
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $65,300/ 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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    I've very much enjoyed my time at BU, the professors are willing to teach beyond the normal classroom and make a great effort to meet with their students. I can't speak for every department, although the professors in the Linguistics and Spanish department are AMAZING! The only reason I didn't give BU a 5 star is because the housing and food situation were a nightmare. Early into my spring semester I decided to move off campus and lose the money that I had already payed on my housing and food deposit because I was having trouble sleeping and digestive problems. These problems were addressed to the school, although they refused to help in any way.
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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!
    I had a wonderful experience achieving my BA/MA 2001-2005. I worked closely with my professors, published book chapters and journal articles during my undergraduate experience and had memorable fun! I'm still very close with all of my friends from college. BU's international and strong reputation outside of Boston has really helped my career thrive.