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Boston University Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

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This is the complete guide for transferring to BU. We suggest you read until the end - you can also use the below calculator to estimate your likelihood of being able to transfer to BU.

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    I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

    At BU, 18.0% of the entire student body are transfer students, so you won’t be alone.

    To read about regular admission requirements for Boston University, click here

    What are the transfer requirements for BU?

    BU requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

    Admission Item Required?
    High School Transcript Required of All
    College Transcript Required of All
    Essay or Personal Statement Required of All
    Interview Not Required
    Standardized Test Scores Not Required
    Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Required of All

    In addition to the above requirements, BU also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

    BU requires a minimum of 12 credits.

    What are Boston University’s Transfer Deadlines?

    Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down BU transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

    Closing Date Reported Deadline
    Fall Transfer Deadline March 1
    Winter Transfer Deadline
    Spring Transfer Deadline November 1
    Summer Transfer Deadline

    Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

    We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

    In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

    When are decision dates for Boston University transfer applicants?

    If you applied to transfer to BU on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

    Deadline Notification Dates
    Fall Transfer Deadline begins mid-April
    Winter Transfer Deadline
    Spring Transfer Deadline mid-November to mid-December
    Summer Transfer Deadline

    Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

    What is Boston University’s transfer acceptance rate?

    In 2019, BU received 4311 transfer applicants.

    The school accepted 1847 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for BU is 42.84%.

    This indicates how hard it is to transfer into BU. You can use the free calculator below to predict your chances of getting accepted.

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    Additionally, of the 1847 accepted transfer students, 730 students enrolled - that means the yield was 39.52%.

    BU accepts 43 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

    What are the Boston University transfer GPA requirements?

    BU requires a minimum college GPA of 3.5 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

    In addition, BU requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

    Additional Transfer Info. for BU

    BU has noted the additional policies: College of Fine Arts applicants must present a portfolio or participate in an audition..

    Will you enjoy transferring to BU?

    There are a lot of reasons to transfer to BU. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

    Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

    Or perhaps you’re drawn to Boston...

    Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

    Finding success at BU is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

    These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

    If you’re considering transferring to BU then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

    Final Verdict: How to transfer into BU

    Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned. If you still have questions about transferring, check out the BU website for more info.
    BU accepts 42.84% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

    To have a shot at transferring into BU, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.71 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 3.86. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

    The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of BU students.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    SAT Math 630 740 685
    SAT Reading 590 680 635
    2018 Total SAT Score 1220 1420 1320
    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    ACT Math 27 33 30
    ACT Reading 28 34 31
    2018 Total ACT Score 55 67 61

    Boston University’s average SAT score is 1320. To be a competitive applicant for Boston University your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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