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Boston University

Boston, MA


  • Type
    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Very Large • Urban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
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Boston University is a very large, 4-year, private university. This coed college is located in a large city in an urban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

Boston University (BU) is the fifth-largest private research university in the nation, with an endowment of $2.99 billion and annual operating budget of $3.02 billion. Founded in 1839, BU has grown to include 17 schools and colleges and the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, offering more than 300 programs of study, with a low 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. BU received $531.2 million in sponsored research awards in FY2022 and has been a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 2012. BU, as an academic community, greatly values diversity. The University places a strong emphasis on excellent scholarship, outstanding teaching, and interdisciplinary research, with major initiatives in data sciences, antiracism, public health, neuroscience, systems biology, photonics, biomedical engineering, medicine, and emerging infectious diseases, along with communications, the humanities, and the arts. With nearly 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 145 countries, and over 10,000 faculty and staff, discoveries and advances take place with exciting frequency on our three Boston campuses. Our "affordableBU" program meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, and our Pell Grant program guarantees eligible students a loan-free aid package. BU provides over $17 million annually in financial aid to Boston Public School graduates.

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Important Dates

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January 4
Regular Application Due
January 1
Financial Aid Application Due

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