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Boston University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

164 Undergraduate Degrees
616 Graduate Degrees
$59,121 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
25% Acceptance Rate

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Boston University Rankings

Boston U landed the #61 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 545 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 22 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #5.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Boston U has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Teaching Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#161 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Educational Assessment Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Multilingual Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Boston U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#21 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#27 Highest Paid Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduates College Factual
#74 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#144 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Boston University?

Location of Boston University

Contact details for Boston U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2000

How Do I Get Into Boston U?

You can apply to Boston U online at:

Admission Requirements for Boston U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston U?

25% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
63% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 25%, Boston U is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 24%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.

Average Test Scores

About 63% of students accepted to Boston U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 660 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston University  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 660 to 760 )
Boston U received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Boston University  ( 28 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 27 to 32 )
ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 29 to 32 )

Can I Afford Boston University?

$59,121 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston U is $59,121. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Boston U, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $11,099 a year. That adds up to $44,396 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Boston University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,978 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,983 undergraduate students at Boston U, with 16,978 being full-time and 1,005 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Boston U

There are also 15,737 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,978 full-time undergraduates at Boston U, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Boston U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Boston U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,879
Black or African American 673
Hispanic or Latino 1,965
White 6,102
International Students 3,803
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,556

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Boston University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 138 countries are represented at Boston U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Boston University

2,534 Took All Classes Online
3,464 Took At Least One Class Online
2.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 24 master’s degree programs available online at Boston U. In 2017-2018, 3,464 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston U has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 2nd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Boston U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston University was 2.0%. This is the #1,399 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Boston U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Art Education 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Boston U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Boston U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Art Education #9
Music Education #25
Curriculum & Instruction #119
Curriculum & Instruction #119
Teacher Education Subject Specific #178

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Boston University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Music Education 0 2 6 92 16 116
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 98 4 102
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 3 74 2 79
Early Childhood Education 0 33 0 36 0 69
Elementary Education 0 33 0 33 0 66
Art Education 0 2 0 59 0 61
General Special Education 0 16 0 14 0 30
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 0 0 0 29 0 29
Other Education 0 26 0 0 0 26
English & Language Arts Education 0 8 0 17 0 25
General Education 0 4 0 18 0 22
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 0 21 0 21
Education of the Deaf 0 4 0 15 0 19
Mathematics Education 0 2 0 17 0 19
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 0 0 19 0 19
Social Studies Education 0 11 0 5 0 16
Science Education 0 3 0 10 0 13
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 11 0 0 0 0 11
Other Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 1 5 4 10
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 0 9 0 9
Modern Language Education 0 1 0 5 0 6
Bilingual & Multilingual Education 0 4 0 0 0 4
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other 3 0 0 0 0 3
Drama & Dance Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, & Research 1 0 0 0 0 1
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0 0 0 1 0 1
Health Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 15 149 11 579 26 780


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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