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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.

Requirements

Boston University Application Status Portal Activation

QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Boston University on October 18, and Boston University may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, Boston University will then email you instructions to log in and activate your applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to Boston University.

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. It will not include any additional essay questions. The form is required to complete your application.

Please note that National College Match candidates may not apply to the College of Fine Arts.

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.

(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 BU 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, BU recommends 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, BU will recalculate a new composite score using the highest score from each section, regardless of test date.

2024-2025 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3087
Available: Oct. 1

Boston University Admissions and Financial Assistance use your Social Security number (SSN) to ensure they can 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.

2024-2025 FAFSA

FAFSA Code: 002130

Submit as soon as available

The FAFSA will not be available until at least December 2023. Please complete the FAFSA as soon as it is available and submit it directly to BU.

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

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, 2024.

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.

Please note that your QuestBridge application will remain the application of record. Please do not submit a Common Application in addition to your QuestBridge application.

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

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 BU receives 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

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.

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

Finalists who did not rank BU

2024-2025 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002130

2024-2025 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3087
Available: Oct. 1

2022 Federal Tax Returns and Forms
(only requested after March 1st)

Contact Information 

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

Isabella Luizzi, Associate Director of Admissions
[email protected]
Boston University Admissions

Boston University Contact (regarding Financial Aid questions):

Rebecca Cassely, Director of Financial Assistance
[email protected]
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 [email protected]

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.