Boston University (BU)

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Boston University can be found in Boston, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. BU enrolls about thirty three thousand students per year.

Many of the students getting into BU got an SAT score between 1780 - 2080, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 26 - 30. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Boston University (BU) average GPA ranges from 3.55 to 3.78 for accepted students. BU has an acceptance rate of around 46 percent with 19 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Boston University (BU) acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 51%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Boston University (BU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Boston University was reported as 45.6% in Fall 2012 with over 44,000 applications submitted to BU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BU SAT Scores: 1780 - 2080
  • BU ACT Scores: 26 - 30
  • BU Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Boston University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Boston University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Boston University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 54.3%
  • 2009-2010: 58.5%
  • 2010-2011: 58.0%
  • 2011-2012: 49.4%
  • 2012-2013: 45.6%
  • Projected BU Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 50.9%

How Does Boston University (BU) Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Boston University is twenty-two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology8.2%
Northeastern University32.3%
Harvard University5.8%
Boston College32.2%
University of Massachusetts-Boston71.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Boston University (BU) (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 670
Math610 - 720
Writing600 - 690
Total Score1780 - 2080
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 32
Math25 - 30
Composite Score26 - 30
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