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Your chances of getting into Boston University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Boston University
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Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at BU is 14.4%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Massachusetts and the 52nd lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into BU and can you get accepted?

BU is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 11,607 out of the 80,796 who applied were admitted.

Boston University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.79. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into BU?

14% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Boston University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.79 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1430 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Boston University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into BU are to have around a 3.79 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as BU is a very selective school.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at BU is 3.79 on the 4.0 scale. 26% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since BU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Boston University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 26.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 31.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 37.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 5.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% 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

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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BU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Boston University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 23% of students submitted SAT scores and 12% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 660
Math 25th Percentile 690
Composite 25th Percentile 1350
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 770
Composite 75th Percentile 1500
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Boston University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at BU is 1430 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1350-1500. Students who get into Boston University score in the top 8 percent of all SAT test takers..  BU ranks #14 in the state of Massachusetts and #76 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1430 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. BU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1350 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1350, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1270, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Boston University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1430 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1425, you have around a 14% chance of being admitted. A 1500 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 24% chance of getting in.

Boston University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1500 and Above Good >24%
1425 to 1500 Avg + 14%-24%
1350 to 1425 Avg - 8%-14%
1275 to 1350 Reach 4%-8%
Less than 1275 Low <4%
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BU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 32
Math 25th Percentile 28
Composite 25th Percentile 31
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 34
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into BU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to BU is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 31 and 34.  The school ranks #10 in Massachusetts and #65 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 31 and score in the score in the top 5 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 30.

12 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Boston University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into BU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 14% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 28% with a 34 ACT score.

Boston University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >28%
32 to 34 Avg + 14%-28%
31 to 32 Avg - 10%-14%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 30 Low <6%
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High School Class Rank

70% of Boston University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Boston University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 70%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Boston University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 49,468 31,328 80,796
Accepted 6,546 5,061 11,607
Acceptance Rate 13% 16% 14%
Enrolled 2,160 1,475 3,635
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 29% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 4, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 4, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Boston University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Boston University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Boston University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because BU is very highly competitive, you have a low likelihood of acceptance. It is important that you earn at least a 3.79 GPA to have a good shot at getting in. Additionally, you need to score a 1430 on the SAT and optimally 1500 to place yourself in a strong position. For ACT scores, you need a 32 to have a competitive chance of getting in.

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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.


Does Boston University prefer SAT or ACT?

23% of students submit their SAT scores to BU. 12% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Boston University?

14% of those who apply are granted admission to BU. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Boston University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1500. The average SAT score is 1425. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Boston University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.