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Boston University Profile - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Boston University

Boston University

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Boston University Description:

Located in the Kenmore-Fenway area of Boston, just west of Back Bay, Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the country. BU's location puts it within easy reach of other Boston universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern. On many national rankings, Boston University places among the top 50 universities in the U.S. Student housing at BU is an eclectic mix that ranges from contemporary high rises to Victorian town houses. In athletics, the Division I Boston University Terriers compete in the America East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association and Hockey East Conferences.

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Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 32,603 (18,306 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 91% Full-time

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Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,880
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,620
  • Other Expenses: $1,946
  • Total Cost: $61,446

Boston University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,670
    • Loans: $10,118

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, English, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Radio & Television

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 79%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Boston University and the Common Application

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