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    Boston University 2021-2022 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Bhavya Rawal

    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - Apr 28, 2021

    With over 300 programs of study, admissions at Boston University are quite a competitive affair. The university observed an acceptance rate of 25% for the previous year (2020) and is considered highly selective while granting admissions to students. Candidates from over 150 countries apply for various programs at Boston University. In view of the very high competition involved in regular admission, Boston University encourages students to apply for early decision (1 over 4,000 applicants). For the upcoming batch of 2023, a rise of 11% and 13% has been witnessed in Early Decision and Early Decision II applications, respectively.

    Upcoming Admission Updates

    • March 15: Upcoming deadlines for MEng and MS courses at Boston University. 
    • Late March: UG admission notification updates
    • March 17: Deadlines for FT-MBA course. Decisions for the same will be released by May 7 and applicants will be required to deposit the registration fee by May 26.
    • March 24: MS Business Analytics deadlines 
    • May 1: Submit enrollment deposit

    Boston University Admissions: Top Courses

    Programs Deadlines Basic Academic Requirements
    MBA Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GRE: 158/GMAT: 657(optional), 
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Computer Science Fall: May1  3.0 GPA (83-86%), GRE: 80% for Quantitative and 60% for Verbal,
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Enterprise Risk Management Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional,
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Global Marketing Management Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional,
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Management Studies Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional; 
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    Master Production Management Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    MSc. Human Resources Management Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional;
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Mechanical Engineering Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional;
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    M.Sc Financial Management Fall: Now closed 3.0 GPA, GMAT/GRE: Optional;
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    L.L.M Banking and Financial Law Fall: Now closed UG degree in Law with 3.3 GPA
    LSAT: 166; TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    B.Sc Computer Engineering Fall: Now closed 85% in class 12 with 80% in Physics, Chemistry & Maths
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    B.Sc Mechanical Engineering

    Fall: Now closed;
    Winter: November 1

    85% in class 12 with 80% in Physics, Chemistry & Maths
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5
    B.A International Relations Fall: Now closed;
    Winter: November 1
    85% in class 12; 
    TOEFL: 90; IELTS: 6.5

    How to Apply for Boston University?

    • Find a major you wish to apply for at BU
    • If you are applying with high school equivalent scores, you must apply as a first-year applicant.
    • Look for international student admission requirements and ensure you fulfill each criterion
    • To get into Boston University, you will need anywhere from a 3.0 to 3.7 GPA
    • SAT and GRE scores are optional for students applying for first-year 2021
    • Apply with a complete application package and do not miss any of the documents
    • Apply as soon as possible instead of waiting for BU deadlines to approach

    Boston University Admissions: Highlights

    Application Portal UG: Common Application/Coalition Application
    PG: Varies with every school
    Application Fee Varies
    Acceptance Rate 25%
    Mode of Payment Credit/Debit Card
    SAT Score (middle 50%) 1420-1540
    ACT Score (middle 50%) 32-35
    Student to faculty ratio 10: 1
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake  Fall and Spring
    Interview Requirements Depends on course 
    Work Experience Recommended for MBA and LLM
    Financial Aid Available for International Students
    International Admissions Helpdesk BU International

    Boston University Admissions Deadlines

    Application deadlines for various programs at BU are mentioned below. International applicants who wish to apply for merit-based financial aid must apply by December 1 or as specified.

    Courses Deadlines
    Regular application January 1
    Accelerated Medical Program November 15
    Early Decision  November 1
    Early Decision 2 January 1
    Transfer Deadline (September) March 1
    Transfer Deadline (January) November 1

    Boston University Admissions: International Students

    All international applicants seeking admissions at Boston University must meet some requirements. They need to provide:

    • Their academic records(secondary school, college)
    • Official results of their English language proficiency exams
    • Scores of tests required to study in USA
    • Supplementals like resume, recommendations, and portfolios(as specified)
    • Financial support related documentation
    • Copy of the data page of their passports

    Boston University Admissions: English Language Requirements

    International students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency with the aid of any one of the tests mentioned below:

    • TOEFL- 90 to 100 (minimum 20 in each section)
    • IELTS- 7.0

    The TOEFL code of Boston University is 3087.

    Students failing to achieve the minimum scores may acquire proficiency in English by visiting the campus prior to the course start date and enroll themselves in exhaustive English courses offered by the BU Center for English Language & Orientation Program (CELOP).

    Boston University Admissions: US Student Visa

    Students will need an F-1 or J-1 visa in order to study at Boston University. For this, financial documents as specified by the university need to be provided along with the application. Candidates also need to complete and submit a Confidential Statement for Financing Studies and Sponsorship Support Confirmation form along with their passport data page. Some of the documents required at the time of visa interview are:

    • Migration, provisional, character, and birth certificates
    • Original I-20 signed and approved by both the university authority and candidate
    • GRE scorecard and proof of language proficiency
    • 2 letters of recommendation; Resume; Statement of purpose
    • Financial Proof: Last 6-month’s bank transaction and balance certificate; Sponsorship letter from sponsor and relationship certificate with sponsor
    • Assets valuation
    • SEVIS Fee receipt

    Once these documents are received and processed, the visa document(I-20/DS-2019) will be issued to the student.

    Boston University Admissions: Acceptance Rate & Fall 2020 Data

    Particulars Numbers
    Total no. of applications received 61,006
    No. of students accepted 15251
    Boston University Acceptance rate is 25%
    No. of students who enrolled 3,100
    Average Rank in High School Class Top 7%
    Average Overall High School Grade A-
    SAT Middle 50% 1420-1540
    ACT Middle 50% 32-35

    Boston University Admissions: Undergraduate Program Requirements

    Last year admissions saw more than 60,000 applications for various undergraduate programs at Boston University. The university's College of Arts and Sciences. Students can choose from more than 70 majors and specialized academic programs at BU.

    How to apply: Boston University accepts applications through the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

    Application Requirements: Boston expects the students to submit the following in order to apply for their undergraduate courses:

    • Their ACT/SAT scores (waived off for 2021 admissions)
    • Secondary school records
    • Authorized financial statement High school transcript
    • Senior year grades
    • Counselor recommendations
    • School report form
    • Teacher evaluation
    • The international student data form
    • Passport copy

    This is the latest class profile of 2024:

    ACT score (middle 50%) 32-35
    SAT score (middle 50%) 1420-1540
    Average overall high school grade A-
    Average rank in high school  in top 7%

    Financial statements can be from a bank or a letter of financial support from a sponsor.

    Boston University Admissions: Graduate Programs

    Boston offers a plethora of graduate programs to choose from. The application deadlines and requirements vary with the program. Some popular courses offered by Boston University are mentioned below along with their deadlines.

    School Application Fee Application Requirements Application Deadline
    Boston University Questrom School of Business 125 USD 3-Video Essays or 1-Written Essay, Resume, 1 LOR,
    University-Level transcripts, GMAT/GRE: Optional; IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    March 17, 2021
    Boston University Engineering 95 USD Unofficial Transcripts, 2LOR, Personal Statement, Resume/CV,
    GRE scores- Optional, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    May 15
    Boston University Medicine 95 USD Prerequisite coursework: English Composition or Literature, Humanities, Biological Sciences including Lab work, Chemistry including Lab work & Physics
    3 LOR; (2) science professor letters and (1) of choice,
    Institutional Action Letters, MCAT & CASPer Tests, Final Official Transcripts, Interview
    AMCAS Deadline: November 1, 2020
    Boston University Law 85 USD Complete official transcripts, 2LOR, Personal Statement of Interest, Curriculum Vitae/Resume,
    TOEFL or IELTS scores, Completed International Student Data Form, LSAC scores, Interview
    Spring 2021: October 31, 2020
    Summer 2021: April 30, 2021,
    Fall: April 15, 2021
    Boston University Arts & Science 85 USD Transcripts, 3LOR, Personal statement/statement of purpose, Official GRE General Test score report Varies
    Boston University Dental 95 USD Transcripts, 3 LOR, Personal statement/statement of purpose, DAT scores

    AADSAS application: December 1, 2020; extended to January 1, 2020 for delayed DAT result

    Boston University Admissions in MBA

    The Boston University Questrom School of Business administers the full-time MBA programs in the Boston University. The university however has kept GMAT or GRE as optional tests to enter the business school admission in response to the Covid 19 situations. However, the students not appearing in the GMAT or GRE exams will be judged based on other areas of quantitative aptitude such as performance in undergraduate programs and other coursework. The students will not be penalized in any respect for not submitting GMAT and GRE scores.  

    The university looks for some basic criteria of the applicants to admit their applications. They are:

    • Academic Excellence Record: The student needs to be extremely meritorious to adapt to the dynamic environment of learning.
    • Leadership and Managerial Potential: The spark of making a change for the good in the future should be visible in the applicant’s character
    • Diversity in Thought: This required to ensure the acceptance and cooperation with people from different fields and from the same class

    Boston University MBA Requirements

    Essentials MBA
    Degree Four year US bacheor’s degree or its international equivalents are required
    Transcripts All the transcripts or mark sheets are required
    Application Fee $125 (equivalent to 10,000 INR)
    English Language Proficiency

    TOEFL iBT: 90

    TOEFL PBT: 600

    IELTS: 6.5 on each band

    Video Essay Three short video essays in replacement of one long essay are allowed 
    CV Self-made CV is necessary
    LoR Required from authorized personnel
    Work Experience Not Necessary

    The English language proficiency requirements for the candidates who have already completed a two-year or longer graduate or undergraduate courses will be automatically waived off.

    The interview is a significant evaluating procedure that is conducted by a member of the admission committee.

    Note: In response to the ongoing Covid 19 concerns, the university has decided to conduct all interviews through Zoom. Boston University will send registration details for the interview to the eligible candidates.

     Apart from offering full-time courses on MBA, the university offers part-time, online MBA degrees and MBA+ Joint degrees.


    Ques. What are the most popular majors at Boston University?

    Ans. Boston University boasts of many programs across a range of disciplines. With more than 300 programs of study, some of the most popular majors include Business, Management, Marketing, Journalism, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Social sciences.

    Ques. What are the chances of international students getting accepted at Boston University?

    Ans. The rate of acceptance at Boston University is 25% which means it is very selective. However, that does not mean it does not consider international applications. A lot of international students study at BU. The selection process is very careful and not one single parameter decides it. As per the latest statistics, students who were selected by Boston University had an average GPA of 3.71 and scores between 1300 to 1480 on their SAT. The university has a holistic review process and screens applicants on the basis of various factors.

    Ques. When will I get any admission notification? How will I know that Boston University has received my application?

    Ans. Once your application has been submitted, BU will send a mail regarding that. Be sure to check your trash/spam folders. Admission decisions for applicants are:

    • Early Decision: By December 15
    • Early Decision 2: By February 15
    • Regular Decision: By early April

    Ques. What is the tuition for international students at Boston University? Is there any financial aid for international students?

    Ans. As per the Boston University official website, the overall expenses for the academic year of 2020-2021 amount to approximately 77,662 USD. This is inclusive of tuition, room and board along with books and supplies. The cost may vary with the type of program and accommodation opted for. There are many forms of financial aid at BU. While 91% of them are need-based, 9% of them are given based on merit. For graduate programs, international students can avail aid through merit scholarships and work-study.

    Ques. How many campuses does Boston University have? 

    Ans. More than 35,000 students from different countries study and inhabit Boston University's three campuses.

    Ques. How much GPA is required to get into Boston University?

    Ans. To get into Boston University, you will need around 3.0 GPA minimum. For Indian students, this equals to a percentile score of 83-86% and a grade score of B+.

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