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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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||21%||20%||20%|
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.
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.
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|
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to Boston University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|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.