Boston University Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,USA

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Boston University, also denoted as BU, was known with multiple other names such as Newbury Biblical Institute to Methodist General Biblical Institute of Concord and Boston’s Beacon Hill. It was also named as Boston Theological School but got its last and current name as Boston University by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869.

The BU alumni share a global network with over 300,000 alumni placed and doing exceptionally well across 180 countries. An exciting fact about BU is that almost 96% of its graduates find employment or better higher education options within six months of graduation. As per BU’s reports, 89% of its students have completed at least one internship during their course of study adding on to their profiles.

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


Boston University offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates in Medical, Dental, Business, and Law degrees through 18 schools and colleges. International students can choose their desired course from 28 fields of study at 10 schools and colleges.


Offering more than 650 global-themed courses, BU offers over 300 programs to its undergraduate applicants and over 400 to graduate aspirants. The themed courses cover many other fields than the study of STEM fields.

Popular Divisions

  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences


The Questrom School of Business (BU) offers 17 business programs for bachelors, masters, and doctorate applicants, eight of which can be pursued as joint degrees with an MBA.


The BU faculty research projects allow its students to research the following areas:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Arts

Having been bestowed with $579.4 million worth of research awards, BU offers $1 million of funding in its Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


To ensure your candidature as an international applicant at BU, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements

The first-year students or undergraduate international applicants are also required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • English proficiency test score from either of the following exams:
  • Standardized tests (optional):

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements

  • Standardized tests mandatory:
  • English proficiency test score from either of the following exams:
    • TOEFL: Overall 90
    • IELTS: Overall 7 bands
  • Work experience preferred for MBA and Law aspirants

Note: To confirm the exact entry requirements based on your choice of specialization, it is recommended to visit the exact course page of the official website.


What documents are needed for the application?


To prove your eligibility to the BU admission committee, you need to provide them with a set of documents. This set varies with the level of education, i.e., undergraduate and post-graduate. Please refer to the list below for documents needed:

Undergraduate Documents Requirement

  • Secondary school records from either of the following affiliations:
    • Central Board of Secondary Education Board (CBSE)
    • Council for the Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • State Board
  • Financial documentation
  • Data page of the passport
  • Exam score: IELTS/TOEFL/DET (mandatory) and SAT/ACT (optional)

Graduate Documents Requirement

  • International Student Data Form (ISDF) or international applicant coversheet
  • Biographical page of the passport
  • Immigration documents (for international applicants already residing in the US)
  • Financial documentation
  • Official IELTS or TOEFL score reports
  • GRE or GMAT test score
  • Statement of purpose
  • Academic transcripts
  • CV or resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation (1 professional reference for MBA)
  • 3 video essays or 1 written essay (MBA)
  • Proof of work experiences (if any)

Note: These are Boston University’s program-based requirements, which may vary with different course specializations. It is recommended to cross-check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website at the time of application.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


There is an application fee required at the time of submission of all kinds of courses.

Application Fee*:

  • Undergraduate: $80
  • Graduate: $95
  • MBA: $125

Mode of Payment:

  • Online
  • Credit/Debit Card

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The tuition fee for the BU programs would vary based on the level of education and specialization chosen. This fee constitutes of other related expenses as well. Refer to the information below to understand the course-wise requirements:

Undergraduate Tuition Fee

The table given below gives an estimate of expenses covered under the semesters of Fall and Spring only. Tuition fee and living expenses of the summer programs would require additional budget. The fee needs to be paid at once during the time registration of a new semester.

Undergraduate Students Expenses


Tuition—All Full-Time Students


University Fee


Medical Insurance (2019/2020 rates subject to change)


Housing and Meals (estimate for a typical double room and a minimum meal plan)


Books and Supplies


Incidentals (estimate includes transportation, personal expenses, and vacation allowance)


Total for 2020/2021 academic year (9-month school year)


Source: Boston University

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Graduate Tuition Fee

The table below gives an estimate of expected expenses of international students enrolling in graduate programs at the Charles River Campus for the session 2020-2021. Students need to check with their respective academic programs to determine whether or not an additional fee is applicable in their scenario. These are exclusive of Summer Term programs, hence coursework taken either during the summer or at the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) would cost additional tuition and fees.

Graduate Students Expenses*

9 Months**

12 Months**

Tuition (exceptions given below)



University Fee



Health Insurance



Room and Board



Books and Supplies









Source: Boston University

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee. Some of the academic programs require additional fees.

**Estimate given in 9-month column covers Fall and Spring semesters only, while estimate given in 12-month column covers Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Student Services Fee:

There is a service fee charged to every student studying at BU. It is as follows:

  • Undergraduate: $319 per semester
  • Graduate: $178 per semester

This fee also needs to be paid at the time of registration.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

The Student Health and Wellness Fee of $228 per semester is also included in the table. A qualifying medical insurance plan is a mandate as per the Massachusetts law. Those who do not wish to utilize the BU Student Health Insurance Plan would need to waive SHIP coverage. Instead, they need to provide with a different medical and health insurance plan that would provide equivalent and comparable coverage.

MBA Tuition Fee

Generally, an MBA is considered as the most expensive courses of all. Surprisingly, BU’s MBA costs equal to the other graduate degrees offered here.

Full-Time MBA Tuition Fee*




University Fee


Health Insurance


Books and Supplies (Estimated)


Room and Board (Estimated)


Incidentals (Estimated)


Total Educational Expenses


Source: Boston University

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Note: The MBA fee given in the table above is inclusive of the Student Services fees as well as Health and Wellness fees for the year 2020-2021. The health insurance given offered by BU is mandatory for all international applicants as well as their family members (dependent on them).


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


International applicants with outstanding academic profiles are eligible to apply for BU merit-based scholarships as well as financial aid.

Undergraduate – Financial Aid and Scholarships

Undergraduate applicants are considered for BU’s most prestigious Trustee and Presidential Scholarships only.

UG Eligibility

  • Applicants must rank in the top 5% of their high school class
  • Applicants must have shown incredible extracurricular achievements in their schools and communities
  • Applicants must have scored either above 1500 in SAT or above 33 in ACT

UG Requirements

  • Applicants are capable of contributing to BU’s intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities
  • Applicants are capable of demonstrating exceptional academic achievements and engagement in BU schools and communities
  • Applicants are capable of excelling beyond the classroom and act as leaders in BU schools and communities

Scholarship Details

  • Trustee scholarship annual value: Full tuition and fee
  • Number of Trustee awards: 20
  • Trustee scholarship requirements: No CSS Profile™ and FAFSA required
  • Presidential scholarship annual value: $25,000
  • Presidential scholarship requirements: One scholarship essay required at the time of university application through the common application or coalition application
  • Scholarships application deadline*: December 1 of every year

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Graduate – Assistantships

Metropolitan College graduate students may apply for assistantships through their academic departments or programs.

PG Financial Assistance

International students are not eligible to avail federal financial aid. However, they may avail credit-based loans. For this, they must prove their ability to secure sufficient funds covering the following:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Living expenses

Merit-based scholarships are offered to selected international applicants with outstanding academic records.

MBA Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are offered to almost 90% of MBA applicants. The average award exceeds almost half the tuition each year for the selected students.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


The university follows a semester-based academic calendar, wherein students may opt any of the two:

Undergraduate Admission Cycle

Regular Admission Deadlines*

  • Application: Early January
  • CSS Profile™ and FAFSA: Early January
  • Notification date: Late March
  • Enrollment deposit due: Early May
  • Accelerated medical program: Mid-November
  • CFA prescreening recordings: Early December

Additional Deadlines*

Early Decision I Deadlines

  • Eligibility: Applicable only to high school seniors for September admission
  • Application: Early November
  • CSS Profile and FAFSA: Early November
  • Notification date: Mid-December
  • Enrollment deposit due: Early January

Early Decision II Deadlines

  • Application: Early January
  • CSS Profile and FAFSA: Early January
  • Notification date: Mid-February
  • Enrollment deposit due: Late February
  • Application: Early November
  • CSS Profile and FAFSA: Early November
  • Income Verification Due: Early November
  • Notification date: Mid-November to Mid-December

January Admission Deadlines*

Graduate Admission Cycle

Fall Deadlines*

  • Early: Mid-January
  • Regular: Mid-March
  • Spring: Early October

MBA Admission Cycle

Regular Deadlines*

  • Round 1: Early October
  • Round 2: Early January
  • Round 3: Mid-March

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.


What are the steps to the application process?


International applicants need to send out their applications online after filling a mandatory International Student Data Form.

Step 1: Download the form from and enter name exactly as it appears in passport (with correct spellings of full name).

Step 2: Enter date of birth in the American format: Month/Date/Year. For example, October 2, 2000, should be written 02/10/2000.

Step 3: Answer every question and then put sign and date on the form.

After completing this form, attach it with the documents while applying for your chosen program. For each program, follow the simple steps given below:

Undergraduate Applicants

Like every other US University, Boston University also accepts undergraduate applications via Common Application or Coalition Application. Candidates need to sign up on either of the following portals:

  • Common App portal:
  • Coalition App portal:

After creating a new user account, candidates need to follow the exact instructions given on the admission portal.

Tip: The application is quite exhaustive, so keep all the application material and documents ready to save time.

Graduate Applicants

Master’s aspirants need to follow the instructions given below:

Step 1: To choose a program from the list of graduate courses offered, click on the Plus sign given before the name of the intended program.

Step 2: Visit the Graduate Application portal at and sign up as a new user.

Step 3: Review the program details and proceed.

Step 4: Fill the details in the four sections further divided into sub-sections. The four major sections are:

  • Personal information
  • Academic history
  • Supporting information
  • Program materials

Step 5: Under the Personal Information section, fill the following sub-sections:

  • Biographic information
  • Contact information
  • Citizenship information
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Other information

Step 6: Under the Academic History section, click on ‘Add a College or University’ button and start filling the following details:

  • Colleges attended
  • Standardized tests
  • GPA entries

Step 7: Under the Supporting Information section, carefully read the Release Statement details and click on the checkbox before moving on to the University Affiliation part.

Step 8: Under the Program Materials section, complete the form by going through all the tabs:

  • Home
  • Questions
  • Documents
  • Recommendations

The four common tabs on top of every page, viz. My App, Add, Submit, and Status, help in identifying the application stage. All these need to be filled to complete the application.

MBA Applicants

The MBA applicants need to visit the application portal at After the login is successful, students need to choose their MBA program and submit the application just like graduate applicants.

Application Status

The application status for both PG and MBA admissions can be seen by logging into the application portal. At the point where the application is submitted, students have the option to check application completion status.

This is how the status appears when the application is in process.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


When the admission committee posts a decision on the MyBU portal, an email is sent to all the applicants. Admission decisions are posted as follows:

BU Admission Decisions*

Early Decision I

Latest by Mid-December

Early Decision II

Latest by Mid-February

Regular Decision

Late March to Early April

Source: Boston University

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Once an application clears the first round of evaluation, students may be called for an interview depending upon course requirements.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?


BU’s student body comprises students from 50 US states, more than 150 countries, which makes the competition tough. While the acceptance rate of international students is only 25%, many global candidates have graduated and many are studying in BU’s undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Though the chances of admission are less, BU is still celebrated as a diversified and multicultural institute.

Since the competition is high in its Regular Admission with over 4,000 applications, BU encourages all its national and international applicants to apply for Early Decision. There has been a rise of 11% applications in Early Decision I and 13% applications in Early Decision II for the 2023 batch.

Out of 34,000 students, 10,000 of total BU students are from overseas. 16% of the total student body at BU is the first generation students making more than 16,000 undergraduates. With so many students, the school still offers a surprising class size of 27 students while maintaining a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. There are more than 10,000 faculty and staff members working in 17 schools and colleges, where 90% of faculty have a PhD or equivalent qualification.

Undergraduate Class Profile of 2024

In the upcoming batch of 2024, around 61,000 national and international applications were received for BU undergraduate admission, out of which 3,100 students were accepted.

Undergraduate Class Profile of 2024

Average Rank in High School Class

Top 7%

Average Overall High School Grade


SAT Middle 50% (Score)


ACT Middle 50% (Score)


Source: Boston University

Given above is the class profile of BU’s total undergraduate students to be graduated in 2024, which shows the mean of students profile who got selected. For a subject-wise division of these students, refer to the chart below:

Source: Boston University

As the chart depicts that most of the undergraduate students are attracted to Social Sciences and Humanities streams. In such a reputed research institution, where undergraduate funding itself reports to be so high, the students are attracted more towards society-oriented studies. Students in Engineering and Computer Science have reported being concurrent to the students of Science and Mathematics. It means that the number of applications received for Social Sciences courses is more than that of STEM and Business/Management courses. Also, the number of Social Studies BU graduates would beat the number of STEM BU graduates in 2024.

Boston University Questrom School of Business 2020 Profile

The criteria of selected students in all the Business programs ranging from undergraduate to graduate students at BU’s Questrom Business School in 2020 is as follows:

Selection Criteria

Numbers Reported

GMAT – Mean


GMAT – Mid 80% Range


GRE – Mean


GRE – Mid 80% Range


Undergraduate GPA – Mean


Undergraduate GPA – Mid 80% Range


GRE Combined Scores – Mean


GRE Combined Scores – Mid 80% Range


Work Experience – Mean

5 Years

Work Experience – Mid 80% Range

2-9 Years

Age – Mean

28 Years

Age – Mid 80% Range


Source: Boston University

Refer to these scores and years of work experience of students selected in 2020 to get an idea of how difficult it is to get into the Business courses at BU.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university? What is the class profile of the university?


With more than 34,000 of total students studying at BU from all over the globe, the students enjoy a lot of diversity at the university. International students studying at BU make up to 25% of the student body studying in its undergraduate and graduate courses.

International Student Count in 2018

Following numbers were reported to have been admitted in the Class of 2018:


Student Count

Total Students


Overall Undergraduates


Total International Students


International Undergraduates


Source: Boston University

Out of these international students, the biggest on-campus communities have been observed in China followed by India and South Korea. It means that India ranks second in the list of highest international students studying at BU.

International Undergraduate Profile in 2019

The international students from various backgrounds admitted in the undergraduate class of 2019 are as follows:

Source: Boston University

MBA Class Profile of 2020

The profile of students enrolled in the Class of September 2020 in Questrom’s full-time MBA are as follows:

MBA Class Profile of 2019

Applications Received


Enrolled Students


Male Students


Female Students


International Students


Under-Represented Minorities*


Source: Boston University

*Minority students are US citizens belonging to African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American population.

Questrom Graduate and Doctoral Students 2020 Profile

Questrom’s Batch of 2020 has selected the following number of students in its masters and doctorate courses:

MS and PhD Class Profile of 2020

Male Students


Female Students


Countries Represented


Under-Represented Minorities*


Source: Boston University

*Minority students are US citizens belonging to African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American population.

In Questrom’s batch of 2020, the Business students have shown more than 25% of international students in all three courses, viz. MBA, MS, and PhD.

International Regions Represented in MBA Class of 2020

International students represented six regions in the MBA class of 2020. Refer to the chart below to see what all areas were represented.

Source: Boston University

As the chart depicts, maximum students were studying from East and Southeast Asia region, while central Asia. Next comes a tie between the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean and regions of the Middle East and Africa. While students from Western/Eastern Europe stand second last, Canada stands as the last country to have sent its students to BU.

Other than this, the following countries have successfully sent their brilliant students to study at BU.

30 Countries Represented in MBA Class of 2024






Russian Federation



Saudi Arabia






Taiwan (Province of China)


Republic of Korea





Costa Rica





Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela





Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students can work while studying at BU under the following conditions:

On-Campus Jobs

Students on F-1 and J-1 immigration status are eligible for on-campus jobs. The key points to be kept in mind before starting a job are:

  • Job aspirant must be a full-time student
  • Seek permission from BU’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
  • Find a job with the help of a qualified BU affiliate
  • Should be aware of the conditions of work permission
  • Complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Apply for a Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Understand the USA tax system as well as research tax treaty benefits

Off-Campus Jobs

Off-campus work permission is available to a limited extent for international students in the USA. Getting approval for off-campus employment authorizations may consume a few months. Students may require the following types of work permissions that are common for utilizing the training related to the study program:

Type of Permission

Type of Job

F-1 Student Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

For an internship or placement that is a necessary part of the student’s academic program

F-1 Student Optional Practical Training (OPT)

To gain practical experience in the major field of study, not required in the student’s academic program

F-1 Student STEM Extension of OPT

Only if the major field of the student is on a designated list of specialized majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and if the student is training under a qualified employer

J-1 student Academic Training (AT)

To gain practical experience in the major field of study

International students must identify their requirements and accordingly apply for the work permit and also understand the rules around working in or outside BU during their study tenure.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


Boston University has two urban campuses:

  1. Charles River Campus situated in Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore and Allston
  2. Medical Campus located in Boston’s South End

These campuses cover an area of 135 acres or 0.55 square kilometers. Besides having over 500 student clubs and more than 450 student groups, the beautiful BU campuses offer the following to students:

  • Shows and lectures
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Pubs and restaurants
  • Terrier ice hockey

Besides, BU has over 21 schools and colleges, 10 of which offer education to international students.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


BU guarantees on-campus housing to all its undergraduates for all academic years of their entire bachelor’s degree. This facility allows the students to live in the amazing residence halls of Charles River. Almost 75 percent of undergraduates utilize this opportunity.


The university cannot guarantee on-campus housing to international students attending Metropolitan College due to limited space. Challenge mostly arises in the late summer or early Fall when most of the students return to the city.

On-Campus Housing

The following information should help you find on-campus housing:

All these rooms are different in style and space, hence the rent varies with each style.

Source: Boston University

Mode of Transport

Students with and without vehicles may use the following facilities:

Public Transit:

  • MBTA: Students can travel using Boston’s primary public transportation system, viz. trains and buses, maintained by MBTA (The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority).
  • BU Shuttle (BUS): BU provides a free mode of public transportation to its students, faculty, and staff around both the campuses.
  • Taxis: Many taxi companies such as Brighton, Cambridge, etc. offer easy to access taxi service.

Parking for Vehicle Owners: Parking on campus is available at BU’s Charles River and Medical Campuses. Students who do not prefer to pay daily parking can apply for parking passes.

Off-Campus Housing

The university has no affiliations with any of the non-BU housing services. Hence, BU does not inspect, endorse, or recommend any specific off-campus housing options. The students need to search for them on their own.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


International applicants may visit Boston University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at:


Or contact the Assistant Director for Admissions and Student Support Services at:

Telephone: +1 617 353 3565



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