Applying to BU

Admission Scoreboard
Acceptance Rate 20.09%
Yield 23.78%
SAT Score 1,405
ACT Score 32
Applicants 61,007

Applying To BU

For the academic year 2020-21, the acceptance rate is 20.09% at Boston University where a total of 61,007 students applied and 12,254 were accepted. The average SAT score of enrolled students is 1,405 and the average ACT score is 32. It requires seven items to submit to their applicants.
The following table describes the general admission information for applying to BU.
Open Admission Policy
Undergraduate Application Fees$80
Graduate Application Fees$95
Admission Informationwww.bu.edu/admissions
Online Applicationwww.bu.edu/admissions/apply
Acceptance Rate20%
Average Test Scores1,405 SAT / 32 ACT
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For the academic year 2020-2021, the acceptance rate is 20.09% where a total of 61,007 students (24,882 men and 36,125 women) have applied to BU and 12,254 (5,107 men and 7,147 women) students have been admitted to the school.
Among them, 1,174 male and 1,740 female students have enrolled into BU and its yield, also known as enrollment rate is 23.78%. The following table shows the admission statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield.
Admission Statistics at BU
Acceptance Rate 20.09% 20.52% 19.78%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 23.78% 22.99% 24.35%
[Chart] Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

At BU, 2,045 applicants (70% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 959 applicants (33%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees.
The average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,405 and the average ACT score is 32 at BU. SAT 75th percentile score is 1,500 and 25th percentile score is 1,310. For ACT scores, the 75th percentile score is 102 and the 25th percentile score is 87. The following table shows the detailed SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at BU.
Average SAT and ACT Scores at BU
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing640720
SAT Math670780
ACT Composite3034
ACT Math2733
ACT English3035
[Chart] SAT Scores by Subject
[Chart] ACT Scores by Subject

Admission Requirements

Boston University requires 7 item(s) (High School GPA, High School Rank, High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, Recommendations, Admission Test Scores, TOEFL) to submit to their applicants.
Application Requirements for BU
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Required △ Considered (not Required) ✓ Recommended ✗ Neither Required nor Recommended

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

The calendar system at Boston University is Semester. Boston University accepts Advanced placement (AP) Credits. Next table describes credits that Boston University accepts.
Calendar SystemSemester
Dual Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for military training