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Boston University is a private institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,306, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 133 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Boston University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 41. Its tuition and fees are $44,910 (2013-14).
Boston University is one of the largest independent, nonprofit universities in the country. The BU Terriers have more than 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports. BU’s hockey team has won multiple NCAA national championships. BU also has nearly 500 student clubs, ranging from Ski Racing to the Juggling Association. BU created one of the first study abroad programs, and currently sponsors more than 90 international programs. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 80 percent of undergraduate students live on the main Boston campus, which lies along the Charles River.
Boston University’s highly ranked graduate schools include the School of Law, School of Management, School of Medicine, College of Engineering and School of Education. BU’s School of Medicine is the nation’s first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory. BU is also the first university to open all divisions to female students in 1872. Notable alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; actresses Julianne Moore and Geena Davis; television personality Bill O’Reilly; radio host Howard Stern; and Tipper Gore, former wife of Al Gore. Another unique fact: the BU Bridge is the only spot in the U.S. where a plane can fly over a car driving over a train going over a boat, all at the same time.
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Boston University's impact extends far beyond Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore Square, and the Medical Campus. Our students, faculty, and alumni go all around the world to study, research, teach, and become a part of the communities in which they live. BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country today and was recently invited to join the Association of American Universities, an elite organization of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. As a measure of its global reach, Boston University is currently engaged in over 400 separate research, service, and educational programs and projects around the world.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Boston University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Boston University is $80. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||45.6%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Boston University is 13:1, and the school has 62.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Boston University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Engineering; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||79%|
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Boston University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,306, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Boston University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Boston University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Boston University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Boston University, 2 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Boston University.
|Students who have cars on campus||2%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Boston University, 44.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,047.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$44,910 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$13,620 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data