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BU Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Boston University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
25.1%
Admission Difficulty for Boston University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into BU and can I get accepted? The school has a 25% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,273 out of 60,825 applicants were admitted making BU a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent. Boston University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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BU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1360-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
63%
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Boston University typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 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 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Boston University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >36%
1435 to 1510 Avg + 25%-36%
1360 to 1435 Avg - 16%-25%
1285 to 1360 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1285 Low <10%
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BU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
52%
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that BU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >40%
30 to 32 Avg + 25%-40%
29 to 30 Avg - 19%-25%
28 to 29 Reach 14%-19%
Less than 28 Low <14%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.59
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Boston University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Boston University was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #19 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to BU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted Boston University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 32% Good
3.50 to 3.75 38% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

58% of Boston University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Boston University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 58%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Boston University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 35,622 25,203 60,825
Accepted 9,147 6,126 15,273
Acceptance Rate 26% 24% 25%
Enrolled 2,054 1,444 3,498
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 24% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
76

Applicants have 76 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to BU before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Boston University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Boston University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
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.