Boston University

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Boston University

If you are a finalist who ranked BU, your National College Match application will be sent to BU, and you will need to submit the following requirements by November 1. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please reach out to the school directly.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

Boston University Applicant Portal Activation: QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to BU on October 19, and BU may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, BU will then email you instructions to log in and activate your MyBU applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to BU.

1

BU QuestBridge Questionnaire

Once you have activated your MyBU portal account, you will be able to access the Boston University QuestBridge Questionnaire. This questionnaire will ask you questions specific to your BU application, including major of interest. This form is required to complete your application.

Please note that National College Match candidates may not apply to the College of Fine Arts or the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program.

2

Official Transcript(s)

Please have your high school counselor submit your official transcripts to BU Admissions (see Contact Information below). If your counselor uploaded your transcript as part of your College Match application, you do not need to resubmit it.

3

(Optional) Test Scores

SAT code: 3087
ACT code: 1794

Boston University is a test-optional institution. Students will have the ability to indicate whether they would like us to consider their standardized test scores when completing the Boston University QuestBridge Questionnaire.

If you choose to submit standardized test scores:

Self-reported scores are accepted for students applying through the QuestBridge National College Match. Official SAT or ACT score reports are required prior to enrolling at Boston University. Your official score reports must be sent to BU directly from the College Board or ACT.

BU superscores both the SAT and ACT. To take advantage of superscoring, we recommend submitting all your test scores if you take more than one test or take a test multiple times. For both the SAT and ACT, BU will use the highest score of each section, regardless of test date, to best represent you as an applicant. For the ACT, we will recalculate a new composite score using the highest score from each section, regardless of test date.

4

2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA Code: 002130
Available: Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

5

2022-2023 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3087
Available: Oct. 1

Please select Regular Decision as your admission application type.

Boston University Admissions and Financial Assistance use your Social Security number (SSN) to ensure they are able to correctly match your BU QuestBridge Questionnaire with your CSS Profile, and FAFSA records. If you do not report or incorrectly report your SSN on any one of these three forms, they may be unable to match your records to complete your application.

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Both of your biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. It is highly recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile first, as the non-custodial cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of non-custodial parent information.
  • Your non-custodial parent must submit the online Non-Custodial Profile after creating a separate College Board account.
  • If you do not have contact with your non-custodial parent or have extenuating circumstances as to why you cannot obtain this information, you can request to waive this requirement.

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who ranked Boston University for the Match and did not match to a binding college partner may be considered for Early Decision or Early Decision 2. Note that ED and ED2 are binding admission processes. Applicants must complete the Early Decision Agreement, which will be provided within your MyBU portal. You are encouraged to review BU's policy on Early Decision and to contact BU by email with any questions.

Early Decision: Interested applicants must email (see Contact Information below) to indicate they wish to be considered for Early Decision no later than two days after the release of Match decisions.

Early Decision 2: Interested applicants must email (see Contact Information below) to indicate they wish to be considered for Early Decision 2 no later than January 4, 2022.

Regular Decision

All Finalists who ranked BU for the Match but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process. Please submit the Midyear Report when available and any relevant updates.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact BU Admissions to withdraw your application (see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select BU on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 3 - December 12. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to BU (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Activate your BU Applicant Portal. QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to BU on December 15 and BU may need a couple days to import them into their system. Use the BU applicant portal, sent to you via email, to track the status of your materials you submit to BU. 

Step 3: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to BU as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Admission Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 4

 

Finalists who ranked BU and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank BU

Boston University QuestBridge Questionnaire and all supporting documents

 

Questionnaire is available in the MyBU portal account. You will receive instructions for setting up your account shortly after we receive your Questbridge application.

Submit along with official transcripts, School Report, and one teacher recommendation (additional teacher recommendations are allowed but not required).

Official Transcript(s)
Sent by school counselor

 

QuestBridge Midyear Report
Submit when midyear grades become available

(Optional) Test Scores 

SAT code: 3087
ACT code: 1794

Only if submitting scores and there are new scores to report

Only if submitting scores and there are new scores to report

College of Fine Arts Program

If you would like to be considered for a program in our College of Fine Arts, please contact BU Admissions directly (see contact info below). Please note that most such programs require an audition or portfolio.

If you would like to be considered for a program in our College of Fine Arts, please contact BU Admissions directly (see contact info below). Please note that most such programs require an audition or portfolio.

 

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 4

 

Finalists who ranked BU and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank BU

2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002130
Available: Oct 1

 

2022-2023 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3087
Available: Oct. 1

 

2020 Federal Tax Returns and Forms
(only requested after May 1st)

Contact Information 

Boston University Contact (regarding QuestBridge applications and general questions):

Bode Wilson, Associate Director of Admissions
bode@bu.edu
Boston University Admissions

Boston University Contact (regarding Financial Aid questions):

Rebecca Cassely, Senior Associate Director of Financial Assistance
rcassely@bu.edu
Boston University Financial Assistance Office

Contact Information (for sending admission and financial aid materials):

If mailing forms or official transcripts, mail to:
Boston University Admissions
881 Commonwealth Avenue
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215

If emailing, send to qbridge@bu.edu

Continue to monitor your MyBU Portal and upload any required financial aid documents through this secure site. Please note that Boston University does NOT have access to the College Board IDOC Service. You should submit all documents directly to BU though the MyBU Portal.