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Boston University Stats, Info and Facts

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33,720 Students

19% Admitted

  • 27,544 full time
  • 6,166 part time
  • 11,488 men full time
  • 16,066 women full time
  • 62,224 applied
  • 11,786 admitted
  • 3,156 enrolled

18,080 Undergraduates

$56,854 Tuition/Year

  • 15,737 Graduates
  • 1,671 Non-Degree
  • $56,854 in state
  • $1,218 fees
  • $15,720 room & board
  • $1,000 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: New England Large City
Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Mascot: Rhett Terrier
School Colors: Scarlet and white
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • JR from Boston, MA
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  • BU has so many resources it's almost overwhelming. Everyone is there to help you. What you learn is very relevant to the real world.…

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  • Katherine from Joliet, IL
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  • The university has evolved into a community that lets you choose your future. It's definitely expensive; but coming from a lower-middle class family, it's possible. BU allows you to grow…

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  • Daniel from Staten Island, NY
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  • Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend…

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  • Ciara from Pittsburgh, PA
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  • Boston University wasn't my first choice, but I can't imagine being anywhere else. I'm home for my first summer and miss it more than I ever thought I would. BU…

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Mission Statement

Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society.

We remain dedicated to our founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community, local and international. These principles endure in the University's insistence on the value of diversity, in its tradition and standards of excellence, and in its dynamic engagement with the City of Boston and the world.

Boston University comprises a remarkable range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs built on a strong foundation of the liberal arts and sciences. With the support and oversight of the Board of Trustees, the University, through our faculty, continually innovates in education and research to ensure that we meet the needs of students and an ever-changing world.

Boston University
  • Located in Boston, MA
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 33,720 students enrolled
  • 19% admitted
  • $56,854 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Ester from Miami, FL
  • I am a current student here

    Boston is a great city!! That is the main reason why I chose to go to BU. Take time to explore the city and all the history and adventure it has to offer. Also, don't miss out on campus activities! There's clubs for everything you can possibly imagine and with all the variety of people it's hard not to find a group of friends perfect for you!

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  • Victor from Watsonville, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I personally have really liked the University and its classes very well. The professors are typically good teachers, do interesting research and are willing to share it with you, and are very accessible outside of class. While the integrated with the city campus is not traditional, it has grown on me and provides a lot of options for food, supplies, jobs, and entertainment. (And if its really not your thing, its far enough out in the suburbs to feel more like a [large] town than a bustling city). And being a ten minute subway or bike trip from a major world class city with tons of shopping, entertainment, parks, museums, and culture in general is a great resource for both relaxation AND academic research.

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  • 5
  • Aaron from Hopkinton, MA
  • I am a current student here

    Go to any tour, info session, or accepted students day at BU and you'll hear the word diversity more times than you can count. Most students usually put it off as a marketing ploy and consider the other things the university has to offer. I did this too until I actually showed up and started my freshman year. Only now do I realize that they really underplayed the idea and its hard not sounding like a college brochure when you explain it. Its not just typical diversity in terms of ethnicity and nationality like most people take it for. Coming to BU I was immediately surrounded by peers who had a surreal mixture personalities, interests, backgrounds, and opinions. Its hard not to grow as a person in that atmosphere. This combined with the size of BU means that everyone can find someone like them or better yet someone who seems completely different. The diversity speal aside, lets talk more concretely about fun things to do. When you aren't studying for the next exam there's always something fun to do: 1. F*#&k em Up F*#&k em Up BC SUCKS - Whether you love hockey or have never seen an ice rink before in your life its hard not to catch hockey fever when the season comes around. The atmosphere inside Agganis Arena is so loud and electric we can't wait for Friday/Saturday nights to roll around. Oh yeah, our other sports team aren't bad either. 2. Did you see the Harry Potter Movie in IMAX before anyone else? Because we did at BU. BU organizes a ton of cool events from DJs to guest speakers (Rainn Wilson aka Dwight from the office is coming to campus soon). Best part? They're almost completely free (Harry Potter was a $5 well spent) 3. YOUR IN BOSTON - That means theres plenty of things to do and not all of them cost money. Nice day? Walk/run/picnic/chill on the Charles river, boston harbor, or Boston Commons. Hungry? The food at the dinning hall is 5 times better than any other school I've been to (Lobster Night FTW) but Boston has Quincy Market, The North End, China Town, and plenty of other awesome places to satisfy even the cheapest and pickiest of palates. Want to hear some awesome tunes? Most bands have concerts in Boston and a lot of them are at the House of Blues or Paradise Rock Club which are both located right near campus. 4. Boston and New England Sports are wickkked awesome and you can see Fenway from most dorms.

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  • Luis from Yonkers, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Everyone is generally very nice, Boston is seemingly populated by very beautiful and attractive people if that's your kind of thing. There's also a lot of things to do.

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  • Jasil from Fort Myers, FL
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Its a beautiful area and city to attend college, filled with lots of history, of this great country!

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