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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
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
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 80+ 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 #18 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 1
Acceptance Rate
22%
SAT Range
1330-1500
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,154/ 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
$41,036/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

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.216 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.216 responses

Majors

Biomedical Engineering at Boston University

Solve problems in biology and medicine by applying engineering concepts to living systems in one of the world’s highest rated biomedical engineering programs. During you Senior year, you will complete a Design Project that is focused on teamwork, research, and design. After graduating, you can apply your skills toward designing surgical robots, improving techniques for DNA sequencing, and more.

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,396Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,119
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 145 responses
  • Motivated
    30%
  • Diverse
    28%
  • Intelligent
    21%
  • There is no typical student
    9%
  • Different yet similar
    6%
  • 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.265 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.307 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 164 responses
  • Diverse
    40%
  • Competitive
    14%
  • Scholarly
    13%
  • Wide ranging
    10%
  • Exciting
    7%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Snobby
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $65,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    88%
    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

    Boston University Reviews

    3,363 reviews
    All Categories
    I took all of my classes online when it became necessary, and there were few logistical issues with my professors. The only recurring issue was being able to present the slides without initial issue in connection. The professors did an excellent job of encouraging student discussion, continuing with class routines as normal, and making light of the events and acknowledging students' needs for extensions, additional office hours, and other additional requests. The only issue with the online learning experience at BU was the increased apathy by the student body. Even though classes were given the option of being marked "Pass" or "Fail" after the semester's end, many students' grades dropped substantially. Many, including myself, still worry about the potential negative effects of marking required courses with such symbols. Otherwise, Boston University has done an exceptional job in transitioning students to online teaching.
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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.
    Excellent School, as a recent grad I cannot praise BU enough. It offers a diverse range of programs and there are numerous small communities within the school. Everyone has a place. Although it seems large with a decent student body, BU has divided into numerous smaller colleges. The professors within the colleges really care about the quality of learning that goes on. Fantastic experience, and a great school!