Boston University in Boston

Boston, MA

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Overview

Boston University offers 1437-degree programs and 39 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 35%. The most popular test is SAT - 77% of students submitted it in comparison to 38% of students who submitted ACT. 42.3% are women, and 57.7% are men. 22% percents of international students. Boston University is a member of 4 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Boston University is 34592$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $51464 and $63644 per year. 85% of full-time Boston University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $59,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Boston University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$34,592
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Boston University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$22,695
$30,001 - $48,000$21,952
$48,001 - $75,000$26,827
$75,001 - $110,000$32,940
$110,001+$45,821

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    Finance

    Charges:

    • Typical room charge for academic year: 9570

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -

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    Percent of students with financial aid

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    22%

    Types of financial aids

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    8902 of Boston University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 49 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Boston University number 1 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

    Students at Boston University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Salary After Attending

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    $59,500

    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services

    Career

    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Disability services

    3%

    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Prepaid tuition plan

    Tuition payment plan

    Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Boston University.

    ROTC

    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Navy

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Weekend/evening college

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate

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    85%
    ABOVE AVERAGE

    Boston University graduation rate is above the national average.

    85% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Boston University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    15 : 1

    Admission considerations

    Required:

    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

    Recommended:

      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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      35%

      In comparison to National Average

      Boston University acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 28%.

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      35%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so Boston University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 29%.

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      35%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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      21%

      Total

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      21%

      Full time

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      0%

      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate

      93%

      Part-time retention rate

      0%

      The Boston University full-time retention rate is 93% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Boston University students submitting SAT scores

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      77%

      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1800 - 2100

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 580 - 680
      Math: 620 - 730
      Writing: 600 - 690

      SAT Test Score Range

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      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Boston University students submitting ACT scores

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      38%

      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      27 - 31

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 26 - 31
      Math: 27 - 33
      Writing: 8 - 9

      ACT Test Score Range

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      SAT Score Converter

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      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Boston University is 12:1, that means that for every 12 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio

      12:1
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      Men/Women

      Number of international students

      8846
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      22%

      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown

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      Students enrollment in distance education

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      In Boston University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown

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      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Boston University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Massachusetts.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Boston University Charles River Campus

      The campus located by 1 Silber Way address in Boston, Massachusetts.

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      Boston University Charles River Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Boston University with 0.23% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Boston University Charles River Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

      The percentage of crimes on Boston University Medical Campus

      The campus located by 715 Albany Street address in Boston, Massachusetts.

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      Boston University Medical Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Boston University with 0.02% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Boston University Medical Campus are burglary and aggravated assault.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Boston University offers 1437 programs in total: 524 are for Master's degree, 366 - for Bachelor's degree, 266 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 111 - for Post-master's certificate, 99 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 24 - for 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs, 18 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 17 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

      This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 37 universities in Suffolk county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree, Doctor's degree-research/scholarship, 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate, 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate and Post-master's certificate programs offered. Boston University is one of the few institutions in Suffolk that offers a less than 1-year certificate program.

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      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 39 distance education programs that are provided in the Boston University: 30 are for Master's degree, 6 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.

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      Boston University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 21018 students with 630526 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 8683 with 208394 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 2033 students.

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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Boston University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      The residence life staff at Warren Towers are rude and irresponsible. They never care what the students need and only care about their own convenience. Hanging up my call when I tell them I lose my debt card, uh?

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I am a current student here. Beware if you are looking to go to this school, the name is good... But let's be honest, it's not great. Despite that fact, they make you work like a dog for your mediocre grades. I'm talking 150 page papers... 2hr midterms that end at 9pm and then you start another 2hr midterm the next morning at 9am. It's unnecessarily relentless. They push too hard. Also a lot of professors here are terrible. Use ratemyprofessor or a website like it. If you don't you will truly suffer. Some are good... But you have to make sure you get the good ones.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Beautiful campus.I am amazed and thoroughly disgusted that BU is giving their residential assistants guides that state that men cannot be oppressed just as white people cannot be oppressed. If you have a dream or a passion, you can make it happen at BU.Evidently, these two groups don't fall under the Umbrella of Oppression that BU believes to be true.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Here is my experience as an undergrad CS major: If you work hard, and legitimately give it 100% of your effort, you will do well. For the most part, teachers want to help their students and will try their best to make you prepared for the industry.Words of wisdom: If possible, try and find a nearby space off-campus living to save $ Always do your research on rate-my-professor before picking classes All nighters may happen... Go to office hours if you need to and use all resources availableGoing to this school has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. I originally transferred from a public college in NYC and I can tell you the difference is NIGHT and DAY. I've seen some real unqualified staff that don't care about their students; but that's not the case at BU.In addition, there are so many clubs and activities. Because there is such a diverse student body, there is something for everyone here. Just put yourself out there and I promise you'll meet some really cool people.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Great experience at BU. I came here for my BA and MA, and formed some of the best relationships of my life. The students are talented and diverse and faculty are accessible and helpful. I've been very employable since graduating 12 years ago. BU seems to continue it's aggressive climb in the rankings while becoming more and more selective as an institution. Boston is also a great city to be a student with its culture, arts and many students. The many nearby beaches, world class programming and amazing mountains help too!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: One Silber Way

      Place:

      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +6173532000

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: bu.edu

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