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

  • 202 total students
  • 11 Average class size
  • 10:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • 104 (51%) Boys
  • 98 (49%) Girls

Student Demographics

  • 52% attended public schools
  • 39% attended independent schools
  • 7% attended parochial schools
  • 2% home-schooled or international schools
  • 57% students of color (self-reported)
  • 47% multilingual households (represents 26 languages)


  • 19 total faculty members
  • 12 faculty members with a Doctorate degree
  • 6 faculty members with a Masters degree

National Merit Commendations

  • 44% of Class of 2019 recognized
  • finalists
  • semi-finalists
  • 10 commended students

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

  • $46,848 Tuition and fees for 2019-2020
  • 31% students receiving financial assistance 
  • $30,457 Average need-based financial aid grant
  • $152,037 Average income of families receiving financial aid


  • 20 Classrooms in the BUA 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 the George Sherman Union, FitRec, Nickerson Field, BU Boathouse and Sailing Pavilion, the Robotics Lab in the Engineering Building, theaters, concert halls, and more!