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 school is important. And yes, test scores matter.

But we’re also looking for students who will create a unique, diverse community at BU. Those who are doers—volunteers, entrepreneurs, and artists. 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 2018 Academic Profile

Total Applicants 64,473
Total Freshmen 3,300
Percent Admitted 22%
Average Rank in High School Top 7%
Average Overall Grade A-
Average SAT 1468
Average ACT 32

Student Body Statistics

Asian American 18%
Black/African American 6.9%
Hispanic American 11.9%
International 22.1%
White 36.6%
Other 4.5%

Feel Like a Good Fit?

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.