A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C+
Boston University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Website
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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
29%
Application Deadline
January 2
SAT Range
1220-1420
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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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

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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.190 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.190 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,585Undergrads
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 123 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    32%
  • Motivated
    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.239 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.281 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 138 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    43%
  • Scholarly
    14%
  • Competitive
    12%
  • Wide ranging
    8%
  • Exciting
    8%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Many research opportunities for incoming freshmen!
    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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BU had a great atmosphere but not the best education, at least for us Political Science Majors. My last year, and also the year I focused mostly on PS, all the teachers were leaving and during the graduation speech, the Professor that spoke spoke about how happy he was to be leaving. But, I was an athlete and that comes with some great perks! You get to register for classes first and also build such a big family. I didn't partake in Greek life, but I heard it was super fun. So, like I said great life, not such a great education. But I did concentrate in Film and Television and that was such a great program!
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I am only a sophomore at Boston University College of Fine Arts so I cannot say too much, but the experience so far was been very good! I love the flexibility that this institution creates for students in terms of changing majors , and all of the work/internship opportunities it offers. It is rare to have such a good arts program at a major university, but BU has it!
It is also convenient that BU is located in a fairly big city surrounded by other colleges. Student clubs are also very abundant here.
I've completed one year at BU, and I love the experiences I've had there so far! I have made incredible friends from all over the US and the world. All of the professors I have had the pleasure of being taught from were all very caring for their students, and take pride in the subjects that they teach. My professors freshman year were some of the most intelligent individuals I have ever met, and look forward to what other intellects I will meet at the rest of my time at BU. As for social life, the party scene is fun at first but hanging out with friends in the city or just in the dorms is where my real memories were made. The hockey games are a must though! The food served in the dining halls is some of the best in all of the US universities. There is lots of variety for students with dietary restrictions and there is always something you'll like everyone you visit! Overall, I'm excited to see what else BU brings my way in the next 3 years!