Applying for Admission

Every year, Boston University welcomes applications for undergraduate admission from students across the United States and around the world. When you apply to BU, please take into consideration the following information.

Freshman (first-year) Applicants

You will apply to BU as a freshman if you are in your last year of high school, have completed high school, or are a GED recipient. International students must have the equivalent of a US secondary education (approximately 12 years of formal education starting at age six). You must have either an appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on a leaving examination.

If you have taken college classes without enrolling in a degree program, or will have less than 12 credits when you plan to enroll at Boston University, you should apply as a freshman.

Below is a profile of the freshman class admitted for the fall of 2014:

Total Applicants: 54,161
Total Freshmen: 3,700
Percent Admitted: 34%
Average Rank in High School Class: Top 9%
Average Overall Grade: A-
SAT Composite Average: 2025
ACT Average: 30

Transfer Applicants

If you are a high school graduate (or GED recipient) who has completed one full-time semester (12 or more credits) as a degree candidate at another college or university, you must apply to BU as a transfer applicant. If you are unsure of your status at the school you are attending or previously attended, we recommend that you contact the registrar’s office at that institution.

International Applicants

Boston University defines an international student to be a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). Exceptions apply if you are currently in the U.S. in one of the following statuses: Refugee, Asylum, Parolee or Confidential Entrant. International students may apply as either freshmen or transfer students.

Boston University accepts the Common Application exclusively. This can be found on the Common Application website. Please follow the steps below when applying for Admission to BU:

1. Read the instructions carefully before completing your application.

It is important to review the Program Requirements for the BU school, college, and program to which you are applying.

2. Complete the Common Application.

You will complete and submit your application on the Common Application website. Your $80 non-refundable application fee can be paid by credit card when you submit the Common Application.

You will need to create a Common Application website account.

3. Submit your additional supporting credentials.

These are outlined in detail in the Application Instructions for freshmen, transfer and international students.

4. Create an account on the Boston University Applicant Link.

After you submit your application, we will email you instructions for setting up an account on the Applicant Link. You will use this account to check the status of your application credentials and view your admission decision.

5. Contact us.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at 617-353-2300 or We look forward to receiving your application.