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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.7% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
57,441 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
80.6% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
3,799 Graduates

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The median tuition at Boston University is $49,176, which is $16,966 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $31,539.

In 2016, 46% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 37% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Boston University received 57,441 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.86% annual growth. Out of those 57,441 applicants, 16,907 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 29.4% acceptance rate.

There were 32,695 students enrolled at Boston University in 2016, and 71% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Boston University has an overall enrollment yield of 21%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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SAT Scores


Boston University has a total enrollment of 32,695 students. The full-time enrollment at Boston University is 26,340 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,355. This means that 80.6% of students enrolled at Boston University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Boston University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.1% White, 11.3% Asian, 8.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.1% Black or African American, 2.75% Two or More Races, 0.11% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Boston University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (13%), followed by White Male (7.63%) and Asian Female (4.35%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (6.79%), followed by White Male (4.94%) and Asian Female (1.52%).

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In 2016, 1,805 more women than men graduated from Boston University. The majority of students graduating from Boston University are White. These 4,806 graduates mean that there were 4.37 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,100 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Boston University is General Business Administration & Management with 795 graduates, followed by General Communication with 347 graduates and General Psychology with 272 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Boston University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Legal, with 478 graduates, followed by Communications with 778 graduates and Biology with 899 graduates.


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Boston University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.64B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $32.2M (1.96%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Boston University had a total expenditure of $1.67B. Of that $1.67B, they spent $737M on salaries and $208M on benefits.

Boston University employs 533 Professors, 339 Lecturers, and 335 Associate professors. Most academics at Boston University are Male Professors (414), Female Lecturers (199), and Male Associate professors (193).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Boston University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 1,122 employees, Management, with 678 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 630 employees.



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