Boston University: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from Boston University’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

Boston University Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: One Silber Way, Boston
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Institution: Private
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester 
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 18,656
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional 
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Factors in Admission Decisions

Academic

Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Important
Class Rank
Recommendations
Application Essay
Considered
Standardized test scores

Non-Academic

Very Important
Talent/Ability
Important
Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
Considered
First Generation
Geographical Residence
State Residency
Volunteer work
Work Experience
Level of applicant’s interest

GPA Breakdown

39% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

39% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

22% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 6
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum)
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Decision)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1

Student Life Information


Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 4,057 International (nonresidents) students
  • 2,055 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 1,088 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 6,069 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 11 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 3,587 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 13 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 825 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 951 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown

Tuition/Fees

$80 Application Fee 

$63,798 Tuition Fee

$1,370 Required Fees

$18,110 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $436,625,875

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $35,490,716

The data presented here was collected from the Boston University Common Data Set 2023-2024.

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