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SAT scores needed to get into Boston University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1405

The average composite SAT score for admitted Boston University freshman is 1405 out of 1600. BU students have the 54th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1405 is in the 96th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1310 to 1500

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1310 to 1500. The 75th percentile score is 1500 while the 25th percentile score is 1310.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by BU but we estimate it to be around a 1210 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 725

The average score for BU students on the math portion of the SAT is 725 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 670 and the 75th percentile score 780.

Average SAT Reading Score 680

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 640 to 720 and the average score for Boston University students is 680.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

70 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Boston University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Boston University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 20.1%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.76.

Can I get into BU with a 1500 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1500 or higher is very competitive at BU and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is very competitive. The estimated chance of getting in is around 32% or higher.

Can I get into BU with a 1410 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1410 to 1490 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is very competitive. The estimated chance of getting in is around 21% to 31%.

Can I get into BU with a 1310 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1310 to 1400 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 12% to 19% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into BU with a 1210 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1210 to 1300 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 11% chance of admission to BU. SAT scores below 1210 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to Boston University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 48%
1590 47%
1580 45%
1570 43%
1560 42%
1550 40%
1540 38%
1530 37%
1520 35%
1510 34%
1500 32%
1490 31%
1480 29%
1470 28%
1460 27%
1450 25%
1440 24%
1430 23%
1420 22%
1410 21%
1400 19%
1390 18%
1380 17%
1370 16%
1360 16%
1350 15%
1340 14%
1330 13%
1320 12%
1310 12%
1300 11%
1290 10%
1280 10%
1270 9%
1260 9%
1250 8%
1240 8%
1230 7%
1220 7%
1210 6%
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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.