Applying for Admission

Boston University welcomes applications from students across the United States and around the world. We’re looking for applicants who are committed to their studies and who will thrive in our community—a diverse mix of students with a wide variety of interests, talents and goals.

BU Admissions conducts a holistic (or comprehensive review) of every student’s application. This is a concept that defines the admissions review process at selective colleges and universities across the US. It is an admission process that takes into account criteria beyond grades and standardized test scores, and includes students’ extracurricular activities, teacher and counselor recommendations, personal statements and/or essays, and other factors when appropriate.

Before you begin, start by determining how you will apply. Choose one of the options below to learn more:

*This category includes US students studying overseas.

Applying for a graduate program?

Students interested in applying for admission to one of Boston University’s graduate programs should visit the Graduate Admissions Office in the school or college they are interested in attending.