Archive for the ‘Admissions Alerts’ Category

March 23

Welcome to BU, Class of 2017!

By jmceach

Congratulations 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.

So, congratulations!

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!

John McEachern
Director, Boston University Admissions

October 31

Application Deadline Extensions Due to Superstorm Sandy

By Gordon Ryan


Due to the severity of Superstorm Sandy and the implications for our applicants, the Early Decision, January Admission Freshman, and January Admission Transfer application deadlines have been extended to Monday, November 5, 2012 Thursday, November 15, 2012. In addition, all financial aid deadlines related to these applications have also been extended to November 15.

We at Boston University Admissions understand that it’s been a difficult past few days for many of our prospective students and their families throughout the east coast, especially as our staff and current students here in Boston have also experienced disruptions due to the storm. It is our hope that these extensions will give a little breathing room to those of you who have been planning to apply, but have had their time to do so impacted by the storm. We know it is of utmost importance to be able to complete your applications to the best of your ability, without interference from uncontrollable circumstances.

Best of luck to all applicants. If you still have any questions or concerns regarding these deadlines or anything else relative to your application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

October 29

BU Admissions Interruptions Due to Hurricane Sandy

By Stacey Milton

Hurricane Sandy

Due to the severe weather that is affecting the entire east coast, BU Admissions has been grounded for a few days. In fact, Boston University and much of Boston is closed today—a rare occurrence.

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, we’ve had to contend with cancelled flights and school closures, and we will be unable to visit some schools as originally planned this week. This is disappointing, as we always look forward to meeting students in person. We’ve also extended our Early Decision deadline to Monday, November 5, 2012.

If BU Admissions is not able to visit your school this year, please know that you are always welcome to contact your regional admissions representative with any questions, concerns, or to simply introduce yourself.

For those in the path of the storm, we hope you stay safe, warm and dry. Good luck!