Boston University Admissions

Boston University, often referred to as BU or Boston U, is a private research university founded in 1839 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston U is home to 3,873 academic staff, 15,803 undergraduates, and 14,132 postgraduate students. The university is most recognized for its academics in  Arts and Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

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Admission To-Do List

  • Writing Sample
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official GRE General scores
  • Two official letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Application
  • Application fee $80
  • BU Writing Supplement
  • College/University Transcripts(s)
  • Mid Year Report form
  • School Report form
  • High School Transcript
  • Teacher/counselor recommendations
  • Standardized test scores


Writing Supplement:
Applicants to every degree program offered by the Graduate School are required to submit a Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose of not fewer than 200 words. This statement must describe your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program at the Department of Economics of Boston University. Additionally, applicants may submit a resume or CV with the personal statement. Writing samples are not required. See more

Application Deadlines

January 1
Spring, Undergraduate
Please be aware that some programs have earlier deadlines for master’s applications to be considered for all available forms of merit-based financial aid, both University-wide and departmental. Please visit this link for a list of departments with individual deadlines.
Summer/Spring/Fall, Graduate

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Advice on Personal Statement for Boston University Admissions

The Boston University personal statement should demonstrate the applicant's interest in the school and their desired area of study. It should include the applicant's personal qualifications and activities that relate to the program in which they are applying to. The committee looks for special skills, talents, and accomplishments that will lead to success in the area of study. Personal essays should be well thought out and very personal. It helps the applicant to write their essay in a word processing program to spot any errors before submitting it. It is highly recommended and advised to focus on the uniquely-written text that is also required to engage readers towards success in admission. It requires much time for doing ample research and writing as well. In the beginning, it is better to enlist the points for figuring out the best ways to convince the election team. The personal statement has higher significance in all the aspects and Boston University never compromises on its quality during the selection process.