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 2019 Academic Profile

Total Applicants 62,210
Total Freshmen 3,100
Percent Admitted 18.1%
Average Rank in High School Top 7%
Average Overall Grade A-
SAT Middle 50% 1420-1530
ACT Middle 50% 32-35

Fall 2018 First-Year Student Body Statistics

Asian American 22%
Black/African American 6.4%
Hispanic American 10.1%
International 23.5%
White 32.6%
Other 5.4%

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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.