Boston University is located on an urban campus and is one of the largest private universities in the US. It is also one of the most popular schools for Kings students, has a large international student population, and a favorable student–faculty ratio.

Key Facts


  • #42 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022
  • #44 in Business Programs
  • #47 in Best Value Schools
  • #53 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1839

School type

  • Private (non-profit)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 18,515

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 16,142

Student-faculty ratio

  • 10:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 25%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1378 / ACT 30

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.71

International student population

  • 22%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.82 (average)

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 50% full time (2016 – 2017)

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $55,200

Popular majors

  • Business, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Public Administration and Social Service, Social Sciences, Computer Science

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $69,668


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, College of Communication, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of General Studies, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Metropolitan College, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Questrom School of Business, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, School of Hospitality Administration, School of Law, School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, School of Theology, Division of Military Education, Arvind & Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College.

  • 450 student clubs and organizations
  • 300+ programs by subject for degrees and courses of study
  • Famous alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner; Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman in US history at only 29 years old; Jhumpa Lahiri, author and short story novelist
Kings alumni at Boston University

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