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Boston University (BU): Ranking, Fees & Acceptance Rate

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About Boston University

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Year of establishment1839
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Also Known AsBU
Accepted Exams
Total International Students9742
Size of Campus in acres134
Faculty/Student Ratio10
Endowments ValueUS Dollar 1 billion
No.of Campuses2
Accommodation expenses11600 USD for 4 sharing (UG),15470 USD for 2 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses6510 USD (UG)
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Q:   Which is better: Boston College or Boston University?


Boston College and Boston University are two very well-known institutions in US and qualify as some of most popular study abroad options for students. In terms of QS World University Rankings 2024 - Best Global Universities, Boston University has an upper hand with the rank #93. Whereas, Boston College's rank is #631-640.

Mentioned below is the comparison between both the universities on the basis of some other parameters that can help you choose the better university for you:


Boston College

Boston University

Acceptance Rate



Average GPA



Annual Tuition Fee (B.Tech)

INR 42.6 L

INR 47.2 L - 50.7 L


Q:   Is it tough to get into Boston University?


Boston University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and is a very competitive university to get into. As per the US News and World Report,  Bost University acceptance rate is 19% . Since the stats are on the lower end, we can conclude that securing an admission in Boston is not easy. However, students must not feel discouraged and fulfill all the Boston University's admission requirements; competitive grades, standardized test scores, English language requirements & relevant documents in order to boost their chances of getting admitted in Boston University.


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Q:   Does Boston University offer scholarships to international students?


Yes, international students can apply for merit-based scholarships, specifically the Trustee Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. However, these scholarships are offered on a competitive basis, thus, applicants with outstanding academic records are always preferred. The annual value of Trustee Scholarship covers full tuition & fees and the annual value of Presidential Scholarship is USD 25,000 (INR 20,74,425).

*USD/INR - 82.98


Boston University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 80 - 125
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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SOPNeeded for few courses
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNeeded for few courses
CVNeeded for few courses
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Fall1ˢᵗ Aug - 1ˢᵗ Oct 2024
Spring15ᵗʰ Oct 2022 - 15ᵗʰ Feb 2024
Summer1ˢᵗ Jun 2024
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Q:   How can I apply for Boston University from India?


Boston University offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. International students can apply online to Boston University through the Common Application portal or through the QuestBridge Application portal. However, to get into Boston University, international students are required to meet the minimum admission requirements for the course they are applying for. Therefore, international students should check the general admission requirements before applying at Boston University


Q:   What time is Boston University application due?


The admissions at Boston University are done on a rolling basis, However, international students should apply within the priority timelines for better chances of getting enrolled in their desired semester. The admission deadlines at Boston University vary from course to course. Check below the admission deadline for Boston University.

Application Type


Regular admission

Early January, 2024

Early decision I

Early November, 2024

Early decision II deadlines

Early January, 2024


Boston University Fees & Admission Requirements 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(47 courses)
INR 24 L - 58 L
Duration8-36 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 84 - 90, GRE
MBA/PGDM(24 courses)
INR 13 L - 69 L
Duration9-30 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 84 - 100, GMAT
MIM(18 courses)
INR 13 L - 69 L
Duration9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 84 - 100, GMAT
M.A.(40 courses)
INR 19 L - 49 L
Duration10 months-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 7, TOEFL: 84 - 89
B.A.(67 courses)
INR 49 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL
B.Sc.(39 courses)
INR 49 L
Duration24 months-6 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 & Above, IELTS: 7 & Above
Others PG(28 courses)
INR 19 L - 49 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 7, TOEFL: 100 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(8 courses)
INR 47 L - 51 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 - 95, IELTS: 7 & Above, Duolingo: 125 & Above
MDS(9 courses)
INR 73 L
Duration12 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 & Above
MFA(17 courses)
INR 47 L - 49 L
Duration12 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7
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Q:   What are the requirements for Boston University?


International students are required to meet the minimum eligibility to get into Boston University. There are a range of courses that international students can pursue at Boston University from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. Check below the general admission requirements for international students applying for Boston University. 

  • Common Application
  • Secondary School Records
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • English Proficiency Testing Results
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport
  • SAT/ACT (Optional)
  • GRE/GMAT (Optional)

Q:   How much is Boston University tuition for international students?


The tuition fees at Boston University vary from course to course and depend on the type of course and level of study. The tuition fees at Boston University is subjected to vary from year to year. Therefore, international students should check the average tuition fees for their course before applying. Check below the average tuition fees for some popular courses at Boston University

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
INR 47 L - 51 L
INR 24 L - 58 L
INR 13 L - 69 L

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  • Friendly
  • Liberal
  • Academically oriented
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  • 100% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work5
Post study jobs5
Quality of faculty5
Student Life5
Value for money5
Public transportation5
Indian Food5
Permanent Immigration5
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Q:   How are the placements at Boston University?


Majority of Boston University graduates found their path within 6 months of graduation. Despite the current labor market concerns, 94% of the class of 2021 were settled by the end of the year with 60% in full-time employment and 28% in graduate or professional school. In addition, the average starting salary for BU graduates is above the national average for new college graduates.


Boston University Rankings 2024

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Business EconomicsB+
Mechanical EngineeringB++
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Q:   How good is Boston University?


Boston University is one of the most prestigious universities and is acknowledged all over the world for its research and academic courses. If we talk about Boston University ranking, It is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by major world university ranking bodies. Bost University's QS ranking for 2024 is #93 in the world in the category of global universities. Meanwhile, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 ranked Bost University #78 in the world. 


Q:   Should I attend Boston University or Northeastern University?


Boston University and Northeastern University both are private research American universities. Both universities are among the top universities in the United States. There are various factors that put apart both universities from each other such as tuition fees, scholarships, rankings and accommodations. Among the many factors mentioned above, we have given a comparison of both the universities based on their respective rankings. 

University NameTHE Ranking 2024 - GlobalQS Ranking 2024 - Global
Boston University 7893
Northeastern University 201-250375

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Q:   What is Boston University best for?


The highly ranked graduate schools at Boston University include the School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Management, College of Engineering and School of Education. BU's School of Medicine is the nation's first combined cancer research and teaching laboratory.


Q:   Is Boston University a top university?


Boston University is placed at the 41st position in the U.S. News & World Report in the national universities category. The universities here are ranked according to their performance across a widely accepted indicators of excellence. The factors that are considered for ranking are outcomes, expert opinion, financial resources, faculty resources, student excellence, etc.


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Purdue University, Boston University and Northeastern University are renowned institutions offering unique campus cultures and various academic programs. While they share a great reputation, there are subtle differences between the three universities. The below table compares the rankings, fees and



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Whether Harvard University is "better" than Boston University (BU) is determined by a variety of factors, including individual preferences.
Harvard is widely regarded as one of the world's most prominent universities, renowned for its academic prowess and rich history. BU is likewise a highly rated


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Some of the most popular Boston University courses according to US News & World Report are Social Sciences; Business & Management; Engineering; Health Professions; Psychology; Computer & Information Sciences; Communication & Journalism etc. A wide number of Boston University have been ranked in the 


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For admission to Boston University, international students are required to submit an English language proficiency score. For the same reason, students can submit an IELTS score. If students want to take admission into the undergraduate courses of BU, then they are required to submit an overall score


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Getting admitted into Boston University (BU) can be competitive, but there are some techniques you can use to boost your chances:

Academic Excellence: BU seeks candidates with a high academic record. Maintain a good GPA and take tough courses, particularly those linked to your planned degree.



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