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Boston University

Boston University offers students both a highly regarded education and a chance to learn in a coveted urban neighborhood. First-year students are required to live on campus, and about three-quarters of the school's over 17,200 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 one of the only places in the world where a plane can fly over a car driving over a train going over a boat.) With history dating back to 1839, Boston University has acquired a reputation over the years for its difficult classes. BU's 17 colleges and schools offer more than 300 programs, including ancient Greek, costume design, sculpture, and printmaking. There's still plenty of opportunity for fun, however. The BU Terriers compete in NCAA Division I sports, and the school's hockey team has won multiple national championships. The school also boasts over 450 student clubs for people interested in everything from anime to Shakespeare, and it sponsors more than 90 study abroad programs in places like Ecuador and India. Martin Luther King Jr. was an alum; the school's library houses thousands of his personal documents, letters, and even a briefcase.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has created a "Learn from Anywhere" initiative that allows students to choose whether they'd like to attend in-person courses or study online. Most courses will be offered in a hybrid format.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,400
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,500
Average price for low-income students
$16,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
17,240
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$25,300
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,000
Average salary within 5 years
$56,400
% earning more than $28,000
87%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 6

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has created a "Learn from Anywhere" initiative that allows students to choose whether they'd like to attend in-person courses or study online. Most courses will be offered in a hybrid format.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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