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Boston University

Boston, MAwww.bu.edu
Boston University offers students both a highly regarded education and a chance to live in a coveted urban neighborhood. First-year students are required to live on campus, and about three-quarters of the school's about 16,500 undergraduates take advantage of the opportunity to bunk on the main Boston campus, which stretches along the Charles River. (The nearby Boston University Bridge is famed as the only place in the U.S. where a plane can fly over a car driving over a train going over a boat.) The first U.S. school to open itself entirely to female scholars (in 1872), Boston University over the years has acquired a reputation for its difficult classes. The programs at the university's graduate schools in law, management, medicine, engineering, and education are similarly tough. There's still plenty of opportunity for fun, however. The BU Terriers compete in about 20 NCAA Division I sports, and the school's hockey team has won multiple national championships. The school also boasts over 400 student clubs for those interested in everything from juggling to ski racing, and it sponsors more than 90 international study programs. Martin Luther King Jr. was an alum; the school's library houses thousands of his personal documents and letters.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,000
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,900
Average price for low-income students
$21,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
22,829
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$19,975
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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