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Chances of getting into Boston University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
20%
Admission Difficulty for Boston University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into BU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at BU is 20%.  It ranks #7 in Massachusetts and #52 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. BU is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 12,254 out of 61,007 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 9 percent (SAT 1310/1500 ACT 30/34). Boston University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The BU application fee is $80 and applications are due by Jan 2.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Boston University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

BU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1310-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT 
70%
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Boston University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Boston University?

Boston University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. BU ranks #10 in Massachusetts and #54 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Boston University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1500 and Above Good >32%
1405 to 1500 Avg + 20%-32%
1310 to 1405 Avg - 12%-20%
1215 to 1310 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1215 Low <6%
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BU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
39%
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Boston University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into BU?

Admission data indicates that BU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Massachusetts and #42 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >32%
32 to 34 Avg + 20%-32%
30 to 32 Avg - 12%-20%
28 to 30 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 28 Low <6%
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BU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.76
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Boston University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into BU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Boston University was 3.76 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as BU is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Boston University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 24.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 30.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 36.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 7.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

66% of Boston University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Boston University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 66%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Boston University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 36,125 24,882 61,007
Accepted 7,147 5,107 12,254
Acceptance Rate 20% 21% 20%
Enrolled 1,740 1,174 2,914
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 23% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Boston University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Boston University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Boston University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Boston University prefer SAT or ACT?

70% of students submit their SAT scores to BU. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Boston University?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to BU. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Boston University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1500. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Boston University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.