Boston University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Boston University GPA, SAT & ACT Graph

Boston University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Boston University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Boston University's Admissions Standards:

Boston University is highly selective and accepts roughly a third of all applicants. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into BU had averages of B+ or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) above 1200, and ACT composite scores above 25. Note that BU no longer requires the writing component on the SAT or ACT. Students with "A" averages and SAT scores above 1300 are most likely to be admitted, and there are very few red dots (rejected students) in the upper right corner of the graph. However, there's a lot of red hidden behind the blue in the middle part of the graph. Some students who have grades and standardized test scores that are on target for Boston University will still get rejection letters. As a result, even if Boston University is a match school in relation to your credentials, you should still make sure that you have applied to a couple safety schools in case the admissions decision doesn't go your way.

Admission to BU is about much more than the numerical data presented in this table above. The university uses the Common Application. The strongest applications will also have a winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities. Boston University, like most of the country's selective universities, has holistic admissions. The admissions folks are looking for students who will enrich the campus community and bring to campus more than strong grades and test scores. Students who have some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.

Admission standards at BU vary by school and college, and some applicants may find that they are accepted to the College of General Studies and not their preferred specialized school or college. Applications to the College of Fine Arts and the university's Accelerated Dental and Medical Programs will not be considered for admission to other colleges. Also note that interviews are not part of the admission process at BU except for the Accelerated Dental and Medical Programs, and students applying to the College of Fine Arts must either audition or submit a portfolio.

Finally, keep in mind that Boston University has an Early Decision program. If BU is definitely your top choice school, applying early is a great way to demonstrate your interest and improve your chances of being admitted.

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