Quick Facts

At Boston University Academy, bright, curious students in grades 9-12 will find a community of like-minded peers unabashedly pursuing their intellectual passions.

Boston University Academy is an academically challenging independent day school located on the campus of a major urban research university. A distinctive curriculum that combines liberal arts coursework with classes at Boston University forms the core of the BUA student’s educational experience.

The Big Picture

  • 186 total students
  • 11 Average class size
  • 10:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • 95 (51%) Boys
  • 91 (49%) Girls

Student Demographics

  • 51% attended public schools
  • 38% attended independent schools
  • 7% attended parochial schools
  • 4% home-schooled or international schools
  • 53% students of color (self-reported)
  • 47% multilingual households (represents 24 languages)


  • 18 total faculty members
  • 11 faculty members with a Doctorate degree
  • 6 faculty members with a Masters degree

National Merit Commendations

  • 43% of Class of 2018 recognized
  • finalists
  • semi-finalists
  • 17 commended students
  • National Hispanic Recognition Scholars Program

To receive a National Merit Commendation, a student must score in the top 2% of test takers nationwide. National Hispanic Recognition Scholars score in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in their region

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • $44,966 Tuition and fees for 2018-19
  • 36% students receiving financial assistance 
  • $27,863 Average need-based financial aid grant
  • $156,067 Average income of families receiving financial aid


  • 20 Classrooms in the Academy building
  • 2 state-of-the-art science labs at BUA
  • 5.4 million + volumes available to BUA student’s at BU’s Mugar Library
  • + access to BU facilities such as Nickerson Field, the Robotics Lab in the Engineering Building, theaters, concert halls, the George Sherman Union, and more!