Welcome to BU, Class of 2017!
Decision Day at BU!
Nearly two decades ago this week I ran to my mailbox and ripped open a large envelope with a Boston University return address label. Even now I can remember how excited I was, as a senior in high school in St. Louis, tearing into that envelope, anxiously hoping for good news. After scanning the first sentence I ran into my house, yelling to anyone who was at home: “I GOT IN!”
It is with no less excitement that I write to you today, 18 years later (or a lifetime for many of you), as a double alumnus of BU and Director of Admissions. For BU Admissions, it’s been quite a year. First, 52,695 students submitted applications for freshman admission to BU, a number that broke our previous record by 20 percent. On behalf of the University I want to thank you for your interest in BU. We consider it a pretty spectacular place, and we are happy to find out that you agree.
Second, the admitted class is the most academically accomplished ever to be admitted to BU. That is quite an achievement, and one in which you should take great pride. Your fellow classmates of 2017 are, quite literally, a class unto themselves.
While admissions folks like to think about the time they spent reviewing applications, I’d like to take a minute to appreciate all that you put into your applications. Each of you spent a lifetime establishing who you are and where your passions lie, years working hard in and outside of the classroom, hours and hours in testing centers, and even more hours crafting your personal essays. We value all the time you spent putting yourself out there for us.
So in our months of reviewing your applications, what did we learn? We learned that you’re an immensely talented, accomplished, and impressive group of students. Check out what your future classmates have been doing with their time on our Admitted Student site. We learned that you’re incredibly smart, in fact, the most academically accomplished class ever to be admitted to BU.
The choice of where to spend the next four years is up to you. For many of you, it is the most important choice you will make in your life so far. Don’t worry about making the wrong choice—there is no wrong choice. Wherever you go your only job is to make the most of the resources around you. Your undergraduate years should prepare you for the next chapter of your life (i.e., “the real world”). They should be filled with challenges and victories. They should excite you and sometimes terrify you. But most importantly, they should prepare you for the future. The choice is yours. We believe that BU will provide you with the best foundation possible to prepare you for the rest of your life.
Regardless of whether you’ve decided on BU, we hope you’ll come to campus and visit us at one of our Open House programs, or connect with us when we come to your hometown. These programs will be great opportunities for you to meet your classmates and learn more about where you’ll spend the next four years of your life.
Congratulations, again! Good luck with the rest of your senior year and I hope to see you on campus in the fall!
Director, Boston University Admissions