#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston University overview
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Online bu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Boston University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Boston University (BU), a private research university founded in 1839, is nestled in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, offering a distinctly urban experience for its students. The campus stretches along the scenic Charles River, characterized by a combination of contemporary and historical architecture that reflects its progressive yet rich heritage. BU boasts a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with the Questrom School of Business, College of Communication, and College of Engineering being particularly prominent. The university also offers robust programs in international relations and medicine, backed by extensive research facilities. It has a highly competitive admissions process, seeking students who demonstrate academic excellence and potential. On-campus housing is available, providing a variety of living options for undergraduates and graduates alike. While BU is not primarily known for athletic dominance, its Division I sports teams, known as the Terriers, have garnered recognition in sports such as hockey.

In the most recent statistical year 75,778 prospective students applied, and 14,129 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,011 enrolled in the school.  29,047 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 7,057 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $58,560 plus fees of $1,256. BU is ranked 72 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












BU is rated within the top 17% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Boston University overview
SAT 1360/1520
ACT 31/34
GPA 3.79

Applications Accepted

Boston University overview
Applications Due Jan 4, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Boston University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,256
Room and Board $16,840
Budget for Other Expenses$1,950
Total One Year Cost$79,606

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$72,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Boston University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Social Sciences 16%
Communication 15%
Health Professions 8%
Engineering 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164988 IPEDS survey data for Boston University.

Current students may use the Boston University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.