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Chances of getting into Boston University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
18.9%
Admission Difficulty for Boston University
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into BU and can I get accepted? The school has a 19% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 11,786 out of 62,224 applicants were admitted making BU a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally 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 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

BU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1340-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
70%
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1430

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

Boston University typically requires applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1250. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >29%
1425 to 1510 Avg + 19%-29%
1340 to 1425 Avg - 12%-19%
1255 to 1340 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 1255 Low <8%
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BU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
39%
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

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 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 #9 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >29%
32 to 34 Avg + 19%-29%
30 to 32 Avg - 12%-19%
28 to 30 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 28 Low <8%
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BU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Boston University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into BU. 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. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as BU is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Boston University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Boston University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 36,553 25,671 62,224
Accepted 6,876 4,910 11,786
Acceptance Rate 19% 19% 19%
Enrolled 1,850 1,306 3,156
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 27% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2021.

Admission Requirements

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

FAQs

Does Boston University prefer SAT or ACT?

70% of students submit their SAT scores to BU. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Boston University?

19% 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.

What SAT score is required for Boston University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1340 and 1510. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 30 and 34. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.