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 Boston University

Boston University - Boston, MA

One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

General information:(617)353-2000
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Type:4-Year,Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Post-master's certificate
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:City: Large
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:32,439(18,140 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:13 to 1
Admissions
Apply Online
Financial Aid
Net Price Calculator
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $38,440 $39,864 $41,420 -4%
Out-of-state $38,440 $39,864 $41,420 -4%
Books and supplies $940 $940 $940 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $11,848 $12,260 $12,710 -4%
Other $1,772 $1,772 $1,772 0%
Off Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus with Family
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
In-state
On Campus $53,000 $54,836 $56,842 -4%
Off Campus $39,380 $40,804 $42,360 -5%
Off Campus with Family $39,380 $40,804 $42,360 -5%
Out-of-state
On Campus $53,000 $54,836 $56,842 -4%
Off Campus $39,380 $40,804 $42,360 -5%
Off Campus with Family $39,380 $40,804 $42,360 -5%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $40,848
In-state fees $572
Out-of-state tuition $40,848
Out-of-state fees $572
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan X
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $40,848
In-state fee $418
Out-of-state tuition $40,848
Out-of-state fees $418
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 2,864 65% --
Grant or scholarship aid 2,516 57% $62,741,229 $24,937
Federal grants 756 17% $4,882,586 $6,458
Pell grants 750 17% $3,067,804 $4,090
Other federal grants 756 17% $1,814,782 $2,401
State/local government grant or scholarships 251 6% $543,061 $2,164
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,425 55% $57,315,582 $23,635
Student loan aid 2,303 52% $22,228,801 $9,652
Federal student loans 2,275 52% $15,072,930 $6,625
Other student loans 395 9% $7,155,871 $18,116
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 10,892 58% $311,644,885 $28,612
Pell grants 2,782 15% $11,112,736 $3,995
Federal student loans 8,182 44% $57,714,284 $7,054

AVERAGE NET PRICE FOR FULL-TIME BEGINNING STUDENTS

Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2008-20092009-20102010-2011
Average net price Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$30,001 - $48,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$48,001 - $75,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 32,439
Undergraduate enrollment 18,140
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 195
Graduate enrollment 14,299
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GENDER
UNDERGRADUATE RACE/ETHNICITY
GRADUATE ATTENDANCE STATUS

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$75

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$70

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 38,275 15,795 22,480
Percent admitted 58% 56% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 56% 11% 12%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies X
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 3798 86%
ACT 1766 40%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 580 670
SAT Math 600 700
SAT Writing 590 680
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT English 26 31
ACT Math 25 30
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 75 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

2011-2012 VARSITY ATHLETES

NCAA Division I-AAAMenWomen
All Track Combined 124101
Basketball 1316
Field Hockey -26
Golf -7
Ice Hockey 2726
Lacrosse -27
Rowing 6266
Soccer 3331
Softball -17
Swimming and Diving 2723
Tennis 1011
Wrestling 22-

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

AGENCYPERIODS OF ACCREDITATIONSTATUS
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/2004 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/2004 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education05/01/2004 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/2002 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/2001 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education01/01/1997 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/1993 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/1991 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/1990 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/1990 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education09/01/1972 Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/01/1929 Accredited

SPECIALIZED ACCREDITATION

AGENCY/PROGRAMPERIODS OF ACCREDITATIONSTATUS
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

04/01/1999 Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses

07/15/1991 - 12/31/2006Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Law (LAW) - Professional schools

01/01/1925 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Dental Public Health

12/05/1975 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Endodontics

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology- (OMP)

12/08/1967 - 01/05/2011Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Pediatric Dentistry

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Periodontics

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Prosthodontics

12/08/1967 Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs

07/01/1965 Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy (PTA) - Professional programs for the physical therapist

03/01/1932 Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation

Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs

10/01/1948 Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs

10/01/1994 - 10/01/1999Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Clinical doctoral program in Audiology

10/01/1999 Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs

06/17/1966 Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration

07/01/1978 Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology

07/01/1938 Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

English Language

12/01/2000 Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health

Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health

01/10/1981 Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education

Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

07/01/1942 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1938 Accredited

2011 CRIME STATISTICS

ARRESTS-ON-CAMPUS200920102011
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations22 2
Liquor law violations82244
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 000
Drug law violations 222
Liquor law violations 62238
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 386
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 612
Aggravated assault 522
Burglary 585958
Motor vehicle theft 202
Arson 110
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 325
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 101
Aggravated assault 411
Burglary 312630
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 010
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.

THREE-YEAR OFFICIAL COHORT DEFAULT RATES

• This institution is not found on the current Federal loan default rates database.

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page.

COMPLETIONS(NUMBER OF AWARDS CONFERRED)

Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMMaster's degree Bachelor's degree Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Post-master's certificate Postbaccalaureate certificate Doctor's degree - professional practice
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architectural History and Criticism, General-1----
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning8-----
Category total81----
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
African-American/Black Studies1-----
American/United States Studies/Civilization-2----
East Asian Studies-4----
Italian Studies-0----
Latin American Studies-4----
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)0-6---
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies-0----
Category total1106---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Anatomy4-6---
Biochemistry2-4---
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-40----
Bioinformatics11-7---
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other1971----
Biology/Biological Sciences, General31219---
Biophysics0-5---
Biostatistics15-5---
Biotechnology4-----
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other2-2---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--7---
Conservation Biology-7----
Environmental Biology-8----
Epidemiology71-8---
Genetics, General0-1---
Immunology--1---
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography-17----
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology0-0---
Molecular Biology-168---
Neurobiology and Anatomy2-10---
Neuroscience1506---
Pathology/Experimental Pathology3-2---
Pharmacology0-3---
Physiology, General0-0---
Category total31526084---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting-0----
Actuarial Science31-----
Banking and Financial Support Services72-----
Business Administration and Management, General5566827---
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other132-----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other5-1---
Financial Planning and Services29-----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-175----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General2-----
Insurance18-----
International Marketing7-----
Investments and Securities48-----
Management Information Systems, General70-----
Category total9708578---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Advertising33-----
Broadcast Journalism9-----
Health Communication42-----
Journalism21155----
Journalism, Other16-----
Public Relations/Image Management28-----
Radio and Television12128----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-317----
Category total161600----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science64426---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications5-----
Information Science/Studies168-----
Category total237426---
Education Colleges
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching0--0--
Art Teacher Education533----
Bilingual and Multilingual Education00-0--
Chemistry Teacher Education-0----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services36--3--
Curriculum and Instruction4-82--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education10----
Early Childhood Education and Teaching88-0--
Education, General0--0--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness31-0--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General34-41--
Educational/Instructional Technology5--0--
Elementary Education and Teaching1025--0-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education88-00-
Foreign Language Teacher Education16--0-
Health Teacher Education5--00-
International and Comparative Education10-----
Latin Teacher Education00----
Mathematics Teacher Education2217-0--
Music Teacher Education127114---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching110-1--
Reading Teacher Education2--1--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education141-0--
Social Studies Teacher Education818-0--
Special Education and Teaching, General11900--
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other3-21--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other3-----
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor30--0--
Category total409972890-
Engineering Colleges
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering0331---
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering378123---
Computer Engineering, General18164---
Computer Software Engineering00----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering383017---
Engineering Mechanics5-----
Engineering, General00----
Engineering, Other-0----
Manufacturing Engineering13200---
Materials Engineering5-0---
Mechanical Engineering279112---
Systems Engineering5-8---
Category total14827165---
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing25-----
English Language and Literature, General121013---
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other0-2---
Category total371015---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature-0----
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-1----
Comparative Literature-1----
French Language and Literature3141---
German Language and Literature-1----
Italian Language and Literature-0----
Japanese Language and Literature-6----
Latin Language and Literature-0----
Linguistics014----
Russian Language and Literature-0----
Spanish Language and Literature2173---
Category total5544---
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Advanced General Dentistry---14--
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other0--10-
Athletic Training/Trainer-13----
Audiology/Audiologist0-0---
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist331800--
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician-20----
Dental Clinical Sciences, General0--0--
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician-0----
Dental Public Health and Education2--1--
Dentistry-----164
Endodontics/Endodontology4--12--
Environmental Health23-4---
Genetic Counseling/Counselor7-----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-25----
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-104----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management208-2---
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist00----
Maternal and Child Health28-1---
Medical Scientist6-20--
Medicine-----158
Occupational Therapy/Therapist50050--
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology5-300-
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery0--1--
Orthodontics/Orthodontology2--7--
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics0--10--
Periodontics/Periodontology0--9--
Physical Therapy/Therapist0-97---
Pre-Dentistry Studies-5----
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies-27----
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology3--60-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer9-----
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other121042---
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor0-100-
Category total392316117610322
History Colleges
History, General3762---
Category total3762---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration9-----
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies1956----
Forensic Science and Technology22-----
Category total2266----
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law55-----
Law-----273
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-0----
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other1-----
Programs for Foreign Lawyers64-----
Tax Law/Taxation49-----
Category total1690---273
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-0----
Category total-0----
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics and Statistics, Other0-----
Mathematics, General9534---
Category total9534---
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Ancient Studies/Civilization561---
Historic Preservation and Conservation6-----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other131076---
Museology/Museum Studies0-----
Nutrition Sciences271510--
Systems Science and Theory180----
Category total6912880--
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other8-----
Category total8-----
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Philosophy20429---
Religion/Religious Studies3810---
Category total235019---
Physical Sciences Colleges
Astronomy587---
Astrophysics00----
Chemistry, General71511---
Chemistry, Other-2----
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other00----
Geology/Earth Science, General151---
Geophysics and Seismology-2----
Hydrology and Water Resources Science0-----
Physics, General81513---
Category total214732---
Psychology Colleges
Clinical Psychology21-----
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics6-2---
Counseling Psychology--3---
Psychology, General502479---
Category total7724714---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration30-----
Social Work1710----
Category total2010----
Social Sciences Colleges
Anthropology0346---
Archeology2233---
Development Economics and International Development14-----
Economics, General9315221---
Economics, Other11-----
Geography046---
International Relations and Affairs38305----
Political Science and Government, General51029---
Social Sciences, General40-6---
Social Sciences, Other-15----
Sociology2390---
Urban Studies/Affairs121----
Category total21767551---
Theology and Religious Vocations Colleges
Bible/Biblical Studies3-1---
Religious/Sacred Music3-----
Theology/Theological Studies12-10--25
Category total18-11--25
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Acting018----
Art History, Criticism and Conservation12482---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production25-----
Conducting1-1-0-
Directing and Theatrical Production34----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-15----
Fine and Studio Arts Management32-----
Graphic Design1124----
Keyboard Instruments505-2-
Music History, Literature, and Theory00----
Music Performance, General18114-3-
Music Theory and Composition215---
Music, General04----
Musicology and Ethnomusicology112---
Painting1327----
Sculpture29----
Stringed Instruments10127-5-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology814--2-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management1-----
Visual and Performing Arts, General-0----
Voice and Opera11141-5-
Category total15520227-17-
Grand total387940934917017620