Boston University

Boston, MA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,501
Graduate Enrollment: 17,875
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Large City (>250k)
Four-year, large, highly residential // full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 18.65%

Male/Female: 35% / 65% (2017)

First generation college students: 16.9% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 0.9% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2010)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,447
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1360 - 1520

2022 Median Admit ACT: 33
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 31 - 34

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 80.4% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 76.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 73.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 68.4% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 34.3%
Black: 4.0%
Hispanic: 10.8%
Asian: 19.6%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 4.8%
Non-resident alien: 22.3%
Unknown race: 4.1%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $76,389
In-State tuition: $59,816
Out-of-State tuition: $59,816

Estimated books and supplies: $1,000 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $16,840 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $1,950 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $16,840 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $1,950 (2022)

Average Family Income: $111,098 (2017)
Median Family Income: $81,244 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 17.3%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 26.2%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $23,250 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $246 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $11,832
$30k-48k $8,835
$48k-75k $15,046
$75k-110k $23,922
$110k+ $46,244

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 84%
6-year graduation rate: 89%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 95.2% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $23,250 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $12,000 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $21,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $21,916 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 83.7% (2015)
@3 year 86.8% (2017)
@5 year 89.0% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 73.0% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 73.5% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $51,077 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $67,398 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Master's Degree History. 4
Master's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 14
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 26 $603 $46,155 ($3,846) $59,259 ($4,938)
Master's Degree Philosophy. 9
Master's Degree Information Science/Studies. 370 $355 $98,881 ($8,240) $128,158 ($10,680)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 211 $23,250 $245 $85,976 ($7,165) $119,493 ($9,958)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 11
Master's Degree Computer Science. 139 $123,562 ($10,297) $156,739 ($13,062)
Doctoral Degree Computer Science. 10
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer Software and Media Applications. 11
Master's Degree Computer Software and Media Applications. 90 $376 $109,246 ($9,104)
Master's Degree Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management. 8
Master's Degree Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other. 2
Master's Degree Culinary Arts and Related Services. 27 $44,892 ($3,741) $29,481 ($2,457)
Bachelor's Degree Education, General. 4 $27,000 $286 $29,670 ($2,473)
Master's Degree Education, General. 18 $50,555 ($4,213)
Bachelor's Degree Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education. 4
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 98 $233 $59,039 ($4,920) $84,614 ($7,051)
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 4
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 74 $339 $55,736 ($4,645) $73,440 ($6,120)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational/Instructional Media Design. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 1
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 20 $27,000 $286 $46,592 ($3,883)
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 29 $381 $54,579 ($4,548) $56,685 ($4,724)
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 143 $26,400 $265 $71,409 ($5,951) $84,331 ($7,028)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 81 $659 $86,225 ($7,185) $105,705 ($8,809)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 11
Master's Degree Systems Engineering. 17
Doctoral Degree Systems Engineering. 4
Master's Degree Manufacturing Engineering. 15
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 10
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 15 $44,964 ($3,747)
Master's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 7
Bachelor's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 6
Bachelor's Degree Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 12 $31,241 ($2,603) $57,180 ($4,765)
Master's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Doctoral Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
Bachelor's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
Master's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 30 $321 $45,024 ($3,752) $52,938 ($4,412)
First Professional Degree Law. 253 $1,339 $128,883 ($10,740) $132,844 ($11,070)
Master's Degree Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies. 286 $696 $102,624 ($8,552) $118,134 ($9,845)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Legal Professions and Studies, Other. 6
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 52 $26,395 $273 $27,662 ($2,305) $46,836 ($3,903)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 19
Bachelor's Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 32 $25,000 $262 $20,913 ($1,743) $55,261 ($4,605)
Master's Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 204 $678 $62,964 ($5,247) $75,201 ($6,267)
Doctoral Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 3
Doctoral Degree Molecular Medicine. 1
Bachelor's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 112 $26,000 $258 $36,105 ($3,009) $54,972 ($4,581)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. 1
Master's Degree Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. 184 $769 $38,635 ($3,220) $66,257 ($5,521)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 102 $19,750 $204 $50,196 ($4,183) $68,307 ($5,692)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 4
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 7
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 113
Master's Degree Statistics. 49
Doctoral Degree Statistics. 3
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Mathematics and Statistics, Other. 2
Master's Degree Systems Science and Theory. 25
Bachelor's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 16 $55,707 ($4,642)
Master's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 31 $698 $55,979 ($4,665)
Doctoral Degree Nutrition Sciences. 1
Bachelor's Degree Classical and Ancient Studies. 9
Doctoral Degree Classical and Ancient Studies. 2
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 2
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 61 $22,625 $258 $53,103 ($4,425)
Master's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 1
Doctoral Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 3
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 2
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Criminal Justice and Corrections. 7
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 4
Master's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 176 $452 $57,293 ($4,774) $61,344 ($5,112)
Master's Degree Public Administration. 26 $77,499 ($6,458) $107,458 ($8,955)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Social Work. 2
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 7 $34,989 ($2,916) $47,709 ($3,976)
Master's Degree Social Work. 321 $607 $53,254 ($4,438) $61,623 ($5,135)
Doctoral Degree Social Work. 2
Doctoral Degree Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other. 3
Master's Degree Social Sciences, General. 5 $72,971 ($6,081)
Doctoral Degree Social Sciences, General. 1
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 28 $25,250 $268 $26,450 ($2,204) $47,165 ($3,930)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 8
Doctoral Degree Anthropology. 9
Bachelor's Degree Archeology. 14
Master's Degree Archeology. 2
Doctoral Degree Archeology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 289 $24,500 $257 $61,653 ($5,138) $77,424 ($6,452)
Master's Degree Economics. 144
Doctoral Degree Economics. 15
Master's Degree Geography and Cartography. 1
Doctoral Degree Geography and Cartography. 2
Master's Degree Music. 53 $452 $30,446 ($2,537) $34,037 ($2,836)
Doctoral Degree Music. 26 $35,493 ($2,958) $53,220 ($4,435)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Music. 15
Master's Degree Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management. 42 $47,774 ($3,981) $53,568 ($4,464)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Visual and Performing Arts, Other. 14
Bachelor's Degree Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. 186 $26,000 $274 $38,037 ($3,170) $59,945 ($4,995)
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 12 $66,199 ($5,517)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 32 $592 $62,643 ($5,220) $70,446 ($5,871)
Doctoral Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 4
First Professional Degree Dentistry. 195 $3,537 $103,534 ($8,628) $140,737 ($11,728)
Master's Degree Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences. 22
Doctoral Degree Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences. 22
Graduate/Professional Certificate Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences. 56 $190,418 ($15,868)
Master's Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 117 $647 $95,984 ($7,999) $85,610 ($7,134)
Doctoral Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 6
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 23
Master's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 22 $797 $60,579 ($5,048)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 4
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 22 $6,250 $69,977 ($5,831)
Bachelor's Degree Health/Medical Preparatory Programs. 16
Master's Degree Health/Medical Preparatory Programs. 38 $759
First Professional Degree Medicine. 180 $2,334 $65,570 ($5,464) $92,345 ($7,695)
Master's Degree Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies. 4
Master's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 44
Master's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 21
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 177 $420 $74,270 ($6,189) $125,825 ($10,485)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Marketing. 10
Master's Degree Marketing. 75 $73,948 ($6,162) $94,408 ($7,867)
Master's Degree Insurance. 29 $133,047 ($11,087) $125,712 ($10,476)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. 39
Master's Degree Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. 64 $336 $62,410 ($5,201) $113,244 ($9,437)
Doctoral Degree Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. 2
Bachelor's Degree History. 46 $26,500 $276 $28,123 ($2,344) $47,852 ($3,988)
Doctoral Degree History. 2
Doctoral Degree Materials Engineering 5
Master's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 19 $64,426 ($5,369)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 16
Bachelor's Degree Architectural History and Criticism. 16
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Area Studies. 14
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 14
Master's Degree Area Studies. 4
Doctoral Degree Area Studies. 6
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 432 $25,108 $246 $44,853 ($3,738) $69,156 ($5,763)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 35 $881 $32,093 ($2,674)
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 124 $24,813 $260 $39,598 ($3,300) $58,645 ($4,887)
Master's Degree Journalism. 63 $44,040 ($3,670) $62,451 ($5,204)
Bachelor's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 190 $23,750 $235 $32,735 ($2,728) $51,602 ($4,300)
Master's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 59 $784 $45,070 ($3,756)
Master's Degree Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. 108 $446 $65,317 ($5,443) $73,098 ($6,092)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer and Information Sciences, General. 35
Doctoral Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 1
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 66 $27,000 $286 $37,236 ($3,103) $46,399 ($3,867)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 98 $290 $50,556 ($4,213) $58,145 ($4,845)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 29 $25,125 $270 $48,756 ($4,063)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 217 $320 $55,755 ($4,646) $60,143 ($5,012)
Doctoral Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 16 $66,383 ($5,532) $85,590 ($7,133)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 6
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 3
Master's Degree Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 19
Bachelor's Degree Education, Other. 26 $27,000 $286
Bachelor's Degree Engineering, General. 1
Bachelor's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 129 $26,848 $270 $64,128 ($5,344) $84,960 ($7,080)
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 69 $466 $78,411 ($6,534) $95,676 ($7,973)
Doctoral Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 27
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Computer Engineering. 1
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 81 $26,866 $275 $90,195 ($7,516) $110,259 ($9,188)
Master's Degree Computer Engineering. 28 $139,276 ($11,606)
Doctoral Degree Computer Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 40 $26,646 $282 $66,232 ($5,519) $95,438 ($7,953)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 92 $116,655 ($9,721)
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 9
Master's Degree Materials Engineering 25
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature, General. 7
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 18
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature/Letters, Other. 2
Master's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 1
Doctoral Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 11
Master's Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 95 $27,000 $275 $31,803 ($2,650) $56,324 ($4,694)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 11
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 5
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 112 $26,000 $265 $40,179 ($3,348) $63,204 ($5,267)
Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 5
Master's Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 9
Doctoral Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 17
Doctoral Degree Genetics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 77 $27,000 $286 $33,240 ($2,770)
Master's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 18
Doctoral Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Pharmacology and Toxicology. 1
Doctoral Degree Pharmacology and Toxicology. 3
Master's Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 54 $552 $78,271 ($6,523) $106,846 ($8,904)
Doctoral Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 23
Master's Degree Biotechnology. 11
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 46 $25,750 $269 $40,668 ($3,389) $47,043 ($3,920)
Doctoral Degree Philosophy. 4
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 3
Master's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 1
Doctoral Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 10
Master's Degree Bible/Biblical Studies. 1
Master's Degree Religious/Sacred Music. 3
Master's Degree Theological and Ministerial Studies. 81 $49,177 ($4,098)
Doctoral Degree Theological and Ministerial Studies. 22
Bachelor's Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 14
Doctoral Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 31 $27,000 $276 $39,608 ($3,301)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 16
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 11
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 2
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 1
Doctoral Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 4
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 19
Master's Degree Physics. 4
Doctoral Degree Physics. 12
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 229 $26,000 $246 $38,715 ($3,226) $51,117 ($4,260)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 32 $734
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 12
Master's Degree Research and Experimental Psychology. 6
Bachelor's Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 38 $27,000 $286 $36,439 ($3,037) $48,015 ($4,001)
Master's Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 45 $910 $47,814 ($3,985) $54,841 ($4,570)
Bachelor's Degree International Relations and National Security Studies. 208 $25,000 $248 $42,342 ($3,529) $60,926 ($5,077)
Master's Degree International Relations and National Security Studies. 51 $980 $50,623 ($4,219) $68,967 ($5,747)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 126 $25,000 $246 $42,256 ($3,521) $58,315 ($4,860)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 8
Doctoral Degree Political Science and Government. 9
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 42 $26,750 $280 $39,331 ($3,278) $55,876 ($4,656)
Master's Degree Sociology. 1
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 4
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Social Sciences, Other. 87
Bachelor's Degree Social Sciences, Other. 19 $44,116 ($3,676) $61,389 ($5,116)
Bachelor's Degree Visual and Performing Arts, General. 2
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 31 $21,250 $223 $46,521 ($3,877) $45,558 ($3,797)
Master's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 26
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 57 $26,958 $285 $24,452 ($2,038) $29,886 ($2,491)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 12
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 5
Master's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 2 $38,811 ($3,234)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 46 $27,000 $217 $21,404 ($1,784) $41,954 ($3,496)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 15 $34,528 ($2,877) $36,677 ($3,056)
Doctoral Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 5
Bachelor's Degree Music. 32 $26,957 $286
Master's Degree Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 10
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Public Health. 18
Master's Degree Public Health. 302 $709 $62,591 ($5,216) $72,740 ($6,062)
Doctoral Degree Public Health. 3
Bachelor's Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 42 $27,000 $265 $33,258 ($2,772) $61,867 ($5,156)
Doctoral Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 92 $698 $72,135 ($6,011) $76,692 ($6,391)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Medical Illustration and Informatics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 25 $26,773 $284 $74,492 ($6,208)
Master's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 25 $1,603 $107,164 ($8,930)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Business Administration, Management and Operations. 64
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 778 $25,000 $246 $64,859 ($5,405) $86,755 ($7,230)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 472 $546 $102,580 ($8,548) $132,779 ($11,065)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. 10
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Finance and Financial Management Services. 17
Master's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 152 $86,787 ($7,232) $98,587 ($8,216)
Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 84 $26,000 $246 $47,548 ($3,962) $59,608 ($4,967)


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $136,359
Full time faculty: 70%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 11.0

School's endowment start of year: $2,421,115,000 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $3,392,513,000 (2022)