SAT Range 1,200 - 1,410
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Boston University is a Private not-for-profit school located in Boston, MA. Boston University has a total enrollment of 32,158 with a graduation rate of 85% and a student/faculty ratio of 12:1.

If SAT (scholastic aptitude test) scores are required for admission to this school, both the SAT range and the national SAT averages will be displayed above. The SAT range is a reflection of the range of SAT scores that are generally (but not always) required to attend the school. The national SAT average distribution graph shows the average SAT scores for every school in the country. The Boston University SAT range (if available) is highlighted in blue to give students a general idea of what their SAT scores would need to be to attend Boston University.

School information

School typeDegree granting, primarily baccalaureate or above
Institutional categoryPrivate not-for-profit
Avg. price for students receiving grants$32,732
Avg. price for students living on campus$68,060
Avg. price for students living off campus$68,060


Total applicants54,781
Total admissions17,871
Admission rate33%
Application fee$80
Average staff salary$116,280

25th percentile score

SAT math620
SAT reading580
SAT writing600
ACT composite27

75th percentile score

SAT math730
SAT reading680
SAT writing690
ACT composite31

Both the SAT and ACT scores are used for college admissions and generally contain the same types of content. The SAT score is derived by combining two sections with a low of 400 to a maximum score of 1600. The two sections are 200 to 800 for SAT Math and 200 to 800 for SAT Reading. The ACT composite score is derived by combining English, Math, Reading and Science with a range from 1 to 36.

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Source: The Boston University data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.