Boston University

One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

School Details

Boston University is a private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. BU is a very research driven university and is categorized as an RU/VH Research University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Established in 1839, Boston University offers students a variety of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. The University’s main campus in Boston is located along the Charles River; however, the University has several other campuses throughout the United States in addition to study abroad programs across the world. Boston University has many notable alumni including seven Nobel Prize winners, 22 Pulitzer Prize winners in addition to Guggenheim and Mac Arthur fellows. Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Boston University is a large university in an urban setting. BU has 18,645 total undergraduates and 4,023 first-time degree-seeking freshmen. The university also has 14,299 graduate students. The average age of all Boston University students is 21 and 20 for full time students. 99 percent of BU’s students are full time. The student body at BU is primarily female with 61 percent women to 39 percent male ratio. 80 percent of BU’s students are out of state. The student body at Boston University is primarily Caucasian with 48 percent in addition to 16 percent Non-Resident Alien, 13 percent Asian, 9 percent Hispanic/Latino, and 2 percent African American. Boston University is recognized as a very selective school as it admits only 49 percent of applicants. The University has a 92 percent retention rate for students returning for their sophomore year and has an 85 percent graduation rate.

As a private university, tuition is the same regardless of in-state status. Tuition and fees per year for both in-state and out-of-state student is about $43,000. Part-time cost per credit hour is about $1,325. Affording tuition can be a very overwhelming process and Boston University offers several financial aid options. 48 percent of all undergraduates applied for need-based aid. Of the 48 percent, 40 percent were judged to have need and all 40 percent was offered aid. BU provides an average first year financial aid package of  $34,374. 69 percent of undergraduate BU students received scholarships and/or grants. 31 percent of undergraduate students received loans or participated in Federal Work Study programs. The average need based loan offered to students is $6,870 and the average need-based scholarship or grant is $23,061. BU also provides payment plans to provide students with several options to find a best fit. The average indebtedness at graduation for undergraduate students is about $36,000.

Boston University offers a number of online programs in addition to their traditional programs. Students can earn a degree from BU at the graduate, undergraduate and doctoral level. Boston University undergraduate online degree program offers students a unique opportunity. Students can earn an Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, which allows students who began their bachelor’s degree but did not complete it. To complete this 30-month program, students must have already completed 52-64 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution. BU offers a wide variety of graduate programs in fields such as art education, criminal justice, computer information systems, social work and taxation law. Most master’s programs can take about two years to complete; however, length and requirements vary by program. BU offers three doctoral level degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy and art education. Art education can take as long as three years to complete and physical therapy and occupational therapy take around 20 to 16 months respectively. All programs lengths can vary due to individual commitments and student status.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Nonsectarian but historically affiliated with United Methodist Church.
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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