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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 18,000 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 10 colleges and schools offer about 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 100 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,400
% of students who get any grants
45%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$36,000
Average price for low-income students
$26,480
admissions
Acceptance rate
25%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1390/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
16,716
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$20,755
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,630
Average salary within 3 years
$58,900
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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