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BU Demographics & Diversity

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at BU are predominantly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has very high racial diversity. 57% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Boston University students
Race Percent of Students
White 43%
Black 4%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 14%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 20%
Race Unknown 5%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 42% more female students than male students enrolled at Boston University with a gender ratio of 59% women to 41% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, BU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Boston University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 41%
Women 59%
Enrollment by gender for Boston University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 14,306
Women 20,351

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

BU serves a high number of out-of-state students with 86% of the student body residing outside of Massachusetts or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Boston University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 14%
Out of State 62%
Foreign 24%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$83,140 per year

17% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.9%
Part time Undergrads 2.3%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164988 IPEDS survey data for Boston University.