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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

December 14

Congratulations to the first members of the Class of 2017!

By Stacey Milton

Early Decision Admitted Class of 2017

It was a cold, crisp December day. One of those perfect winter days when the sky is as blue as it’s ever been, and the sun was on its way down and turning everything golden. Alas, it was in the year 2000, otherwise I would share the Instagram with you. I was surrounded by cornfields, praying this was the day that my ticket to Boston would arrive.

I opened my mailbox and pulled out a standard envelope addressed to me, from Boston University. Heart in my throat, I walked back to the house and placed it on my kitchen table. Mom was at work, dad was out running errands. We didn’t have cell phones, so I couldn’t text them that it had arrived. I called my best friend. No answer.

I surveyed my audience. Three fluffy cats that couldn’t possibly understand how monumental this was. Three-and-a-half years of honors and APs, hours of homework, not to mention the afternoons spent editing final versions of the school paper and prancing about on the stage dressed in decade-old costumes. It all came down to this. To wait, or not to wait.

I tore open the envelope.

“Congratulations on your admission to BU’s Class of 2005.”

I remember it like it was yesterday.

Congratulations to all of the Terriers around the world admitted today to BU’s Class of 2017. This was our most competitive Early Decision applicant pool in BU’s history. We saw a 40% increase in applications. That’s HUGE.

This is an incredibly exciting moment for all of you. Enjoy it. Bask in the knowledge that next year you will be walking down Commonwealth Avenue, and take a moment to reflect on all of the hard work that allowed you to get to this point. Be appreciative. Thank your parents, teachers, friends, guardians, mentors, and friends who have supported you. Most likely, you didn’t do this alone.

And be humble. Remember that not everyone is getting, will get, or has gotten, good news.

On behalf of BU Admissions, again, congratulations. Have a wonderful weekend and happy holidays. We are thrilled for you, and cannot wait to see you next fall.

Where were you when you learned of your good news?