BU Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into BU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 17,871 out of 54,781 applicants or 33% were admitted making BU a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Boston University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 31,793 22,988 54,781
Accepted 11,056 6,815 17,871
Acceptance Rate 35% 30% 33%
Enrolled 2,282 1,347 3,629
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 20% 20%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Boston University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that BU regularly accepts students with ACTs of 27 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 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 1200. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1380 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1290 1470
SAT Reading 650 720
SAT Math 640 760
ACT Composite 27 31
ACT English 26 31
ACT Math 27 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >46%
29 to 31 Avg + 33%-46%
27 to 29 Avg - 22%-33%
25 to 27 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 25 Low <15%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >46%
1380 to 1470 Avg + 33%-46%
1290 to 1380 Avg - 22%-33%
1200 to 1290 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 1200 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Boston University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Boston University was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to BU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 32% Good
3.50 to 3.75 38% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.

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