Academic Profile

If admitted, you’ll find yourself at one of the most diverse research universities in the country. Our students come from all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 countries, and a myriad of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Academic Profile

We’re looking for students who are likely to succeed at BU. Taking honors, AP, IB, or the most challenging courses available at your high school or college is important.

But we’re also looking for students who will create a unique, diverse community at BU. Those who are doers—volunteers, entrepreneurs, and ambitious students looking to take their academic experience to new heights. That’s why we consider extracurricular activities and interests, work experience, special talents and skills, along with recommendations from teachers, counselors, community leaders, and others who know you well.

Fall 2019 First-Year Academic Profile

Total Applicants 62,210
Total First-Year Students 3,161
Percent Admitted 18.9%
Average Rank in High School Top 7%
Average Overall Grade A-
SAT Middle 50% 1420-1530
ACT Middle 50% 32-35

Fall 2019 Transfer Academic Profile

Total Applicants 4,380
Total Transfer Students 791
Percent Admitted 49%
Average College GPA 3.66

Fall 2019 First-Year Student Body Statistics

Asian American 20.7%
Black/African American 7.9%
Hispanic American 10.8%
International 24.4%
White 31%
Other 5.2%

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You’ve seen a glimpse of the incredible experiences awaiting you at BU. Now, take the next step. Because at BU, the sky’s the limit.