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BU Meets Full Need

Now, BU will meet 100% of the calculated need for admitted and eligible first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents.

We’re offering expanded financial aid packages of scholarships, grants, low-interest student loans, and Work-Study that will make up the difference between the cost of attending and what families can afford.

Deadlines

Regular Admission Deadlines

Application*
January 6
CSS Profile™ and FAFSA**
January 6
Notification Date
Late March
Enrollment Deposit Due
May 1

Additional Deadlines

Accelerated Medical Program
November 15
Trustee and Presidential Scholarships*
December 1
CFA Prescreening Recordings***
December 1

*Please note: some merit scholarships require students to apply by December 1.

**US citizens and permanent residents only. We recommend registering for a CSS Profile online two to three weeks before the financial aid deadline. For more information, please see the Financial Assistance website.

***For cello, flute, piano, trumpet, violin, and voice applicants to the CFA School of Music.

Early Decision Deadlines

Early Decision is a binding agreement available only to high school seniors for September admission.

Application
November 1
CSS Profile and FAFSA**
November 1
Notification Date
December 15
Enrollment Deposit Due
January 10

Early Decision 2 Deadlines

Application
January 6
CSS Profile and FAFSA**
January 6
 Notification Date
February 15
Enrollment Deposit Due
Late February

**US citizens and permanent residents only. We recommend registering for a CSS Profile online two to three weeks before the financial aid deadline. For more information, please see the Financial Assistance website.

College of Fine Arts Standardized Test Requirements

Detailed information and additional requirements for College of Fine Arts applicants can be found on the College of Fine Arts requirements page.

BU does not require either the new SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. This is common practice among arts colleges, as standardized test scores often do not paint a full picture of a student’s artistic talent and potential. Students may choose to submit their scores however, if they feel they accurately reflect their academic ability.

Applicants to the College of Fine Arts will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, whether or not they submit SAT/ACT scores, provided they apply by the December 1 scholarship deadline. The SAT/ACT is also not required for College of Fine Arts artistic scholarships.

Exception

Students who wish to be considered for any of BU’s full-tuition scholarships, must submit new SAT or ACT test results.

International Applicants

TOEFL Requirement (iBT)
Students who are most competitive for admission will present a composite TOEFL score of at least 90-100 and scores of 20 or higher on each subsection. Students must satisfy BU English language proficiency requirements in a single test administration.

However, an applicant may request an English proficiency waiver. Waiver requests must be received by the application deadline and must accompany a complete application. The decision to waive the English proficiency requirement is at the discretion of the Board of Admissions. If a student would like to submit a waiver request, please have them email intadmis@bu.edu