Boston University

Boston University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Boston University Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Boston University was awarded 1,880 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is supply chain management.

Overall Quality

Boston U is ranked #41 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Boston U held the #67 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, Boston U is ranked at #5.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Boston U?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 20%, Boston U is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 670 and 780.

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

SAT Math Scores for Boston University  ( 670 to 780 )
Boston U received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Boston University  ( 30 to 34 )

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Boston University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Boston U, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Boston University is 73%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  73 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Boston University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Boston University has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Boston U for first-time, full-time students is 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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Boston University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 16,872 undergraduates at Boston U with 16,026 being full-time and 846 being part-time.

How Much Does Boston University Cost?

The overall average net price of Boston U is $30,395. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Boston U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,982 $11,782 $18,458 $29,925 $50,125

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Boston U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Boston U, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $10,878 a year. That adds up to $43,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston U is 1.4%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Boston U Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Boston U make around $75,642 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Boston U students since it is 78% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Boston University make the most money.

Location of Boston University

Boston University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Boston U are given below.

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

Boston University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 125 majors graduated from Boston University. Of these students, 4,792 received undergraduate degrees and 6,310 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 638 $60,547
Communication & Media Studies 397 $41,873
Economics 281 $53,654
General Psychology 253 $36,705
International Relations & National Security 237 $38,920
Computer Science 220 $82,237
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 219 $32,475
Health Sciences & Services 212 $34,542
Biomedical Engineering 138 $61,357
Mechanical Engineering 137 $69,404

Learn more about the majors offered at Boston University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Boston U

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 3,987 students took at least one online class at Boston University. This is an increase from the 3,205 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 3,987 2,849
2018-2019 3,205 2,309
2017-2018 3,464 2,534
2016-2017 3,026 2,639
2015-2016 2,994 2,658

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Notes and References


*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.


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