Boston University

Boston, MA 02215
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Boston University is one of the seventy-nine private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Massachusetts. The campus is located in an urban area, in Boston.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 33,355 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 3,498 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 3,253 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 93%). Every year 87% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

BU's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $50,980, and fees were $1,102. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $50,980 and $1,102 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students33,355
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate93%

Nursing Programs

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1929 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
07/15/1991 - 12/31/2006



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1300 to 1480
ACT29 to 32
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $80
Graduates $95

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,593/credit
In State Students$1,593/credit
Out of State Students$1,593/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,593/credit
In State Students$1,593/credit
Out of State Students$1,593/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $71,685 $71,685 $71,685
ADN 70 $111,510 $111,510 $111,510
BSN 125 $199,125 $199,125 $199,125
FNP 50 $79,650 $79,650 $79,650
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 55% of Boston University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 14% $4,626
Other Federal Grant 9% $2,121
State Grant & Scholarships 3% $3,082
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 47% $32,975
Federal Student Loans 38% $6,470
Private Loans 7% $21,147


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$26,482
$30,001 to $48,000$24,148
$48,001 to $75,000$28,388
$75,001 to $110,000$33,704
Over $110,000$47,331

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

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