The acceptance rate at BU is 20%. It ranks #7 in Massachusetts and #52 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. BU is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 12,254 out of 61,007 applicants were admitted.
The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 9 percent (SAT 1310/1500 ACT 30/34). Boston University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The BU application fee is $80 and applications are due by Jan 2.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Boston University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||640|
|SAT Math 25th||670|
|SAT Composite 25th||1310|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||720|
|SAT Math 75th||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1500|
|Average SAT Score||1410
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Boston University?
Boston University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. BU ranks #10 in Massachusetts and #54 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||30|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||30|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||32
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into BU?
Admission data indicates that BU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Massachusetts and #42 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.
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What GPA do you need to get into Boston University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into BU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Boston University was 3.76 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as BU is a very selective school.
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|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||30.0%||Avg|
|3.50 to 3.74||36.0%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||7.0%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||3.0%||Low|
|2.50 to 2.99||0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.49||0%||Low|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
66% of Boston University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||66%|
|Top 25% of class||93%|
|Top 50% of class||100%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||24%||23%||24%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Boston University is $80.
What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164988 IPEDS survey data for Boston University.
70% of students submit their SAT scores to BU. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
20% of those who apply are granted admission to BU. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1500. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.