Boston University

Boston University Admissions and School Information

Founded on the subjects of liberal arts and the sciences, Boston University offers a large range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The university has grown into a leader among private research and teaching institutions throughout the world.

Boston University Information

Boston University counts among its alumni the first woman to earn a Ph.D., Dr. Martin Luther King, and the first Native American to earn a doctorate in medicine. BU was built on the vision of a school that would be all inclusive and has lived up to that vision since its inception in 1869.

Boston University educates individuals to lead productive lives through research. BU is a major research university where its programs combine liberal arts education with the skills and experience of a professional school. Students who graduate from BU are prepared for successful careers and innovators of the future.

Admissions and Enrollment

Students applying to Boston University need to fill out the Common Application as well as the Boston University Supplement, both of which may be found at the Common Application website. In addition to your application BU will look at your high school transcripts. Admission to BU also requires SAT or ACT with Writing scores, teacher and counselor recommendations, extracurricular activities, and an application essay.

Colleges of Boston University

College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University offers more than 2,200 courses in the College of Arts & Sciences' 23 departments. The departments include computer science, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. The faculty includes 3 Nobel laureates. A combined B.A. and M.A. program is available for some students.

College of Communications

The College of Communications focuses on strong written and oral communication skills. Students become proficient in these skills through academic, research and professional training. Recipients of degrees from the College of Communications find careers in advertising, film, mass communications, public relations, and television, among others.

College of Engineering

Boston University's College of Engineering prepares students to be leaders in technology for the future. Students can study biomedical, computer, aerospace, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. In addition, students can study energy technology, environmental engineering or nanotechnology. Graduate students can earn master's degrees or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields including computer, electrical, biomedical, manufacturing, mechanical, photonics, and many others.

College of Fine Arts

At Boston University's College of Fine Arts students can choose between the School of Music, School of Theatre or the School of Visual Arts. Studio instruction is a key component in BU's College of Fine Arts. Students in the School of Theatre have the opportunity for an internship program to experience acting in Hollywood. The School of Music boasts 25 faculty members who perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences provides both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students prepare for careers in medicine, nutrition,athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Doctoral candidates can pursue a variety of programs leading to the Ph.D. or Sc.D. Students of Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation have a unique opportunity to participate in a combined B.S. in Athletic Training/ Doctor of Physical Therapy program to earn both degrees in only six years. A B.S. and M.S. program in occupational therapy and speech-language pathology can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in only five years.

Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Boston University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers a variety of predoctoral and postdoctoral degrees. Students choose from a range of specialties including endodontics, general and pediatric dentistry, implantology, oral and maxillofacial surgery and pathology, orthodontics, and prosthodontics.

School of Education

The School of Education provides teacher preparation to students interested in a career in teaching children, adolescents or adults. Students earning a B.S. degree can specialize in many professional fields including bilingual education, early childhood education, elementary education, or physical education. Graduate programs offer the opportunity to specialize in more than 20 areas ranging from preschool to higher education and special needs to policy planning or administration.

School of Hospitality Administration

Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration is a four-year bachelor degree program. Students take specialized courses to prepare them for work in the international industry of entertainment, food service, managing hotels, travel and tourism. Those studying this degree program participate in international experiences and are required to experience 800 hours of field internships including opportunities in London and Paris.

School of Law

Students of Boston University's School of Law can choose from almost 150 courses. Students may select their own program to fit their area of specific interests among the five legal disciplines. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to take programs for both domestic and international law leading to a Masters of Laws degree.

School of Management

Students of the School of Management are taught to understand the variety of interactions between the different functions within an organization. Undergraduates prepare for a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Graduate students earn an MBA with the opportunity for several dual degree programs.

School of Medicine

The BU School of Medicine offers students the opportunity to earn their degrees in a variety of unique pathways. Graduate students can earn dual degrees in business, engineering, liberal arts, public health or research, in addition to medical practice. Students train in patient care at Boston Medical Center where they gain hands-on experience working with real patients from the first week of undergraduate work.

School of Public Health

Students of Boston University's School of Public Health allow students to pursue their master's or doctoral degrees in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human right, among others. Students can earn specialized academic master's or doctor of science degrees.

School of Social Work

Boston University's School of Social Work offers both MSW and Ph.D. degrees. Students on the School of Social Work enhance their understanding, treatment, and prevention of both individual and social problems. Students have the opportunity to work with critical issues facing our cities today including compulsive hoarding, gerontology, and substance abuse in addition to other related mental health concerns.

School of Theology

Boston University's School of Theology is the oldest Methodist theological seminary in the U.S. and is the founding school of Boston University. Students study programs in comparative theology and world Christianity. Seminarians have the opportunity to earn a dual degree in programs including an MDiv and MS and MDvid and MSM.

Contact Information

  • Address: Boston University Admissions 121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
  • Phone Number: 617-353-2300