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

  • 220 total students
  • 13 Average class size
  • 12:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • 115 (52%) Boys
  • 105 (48%) Girls

Student Demographics

  • 49% attended public schools
  • 45% attended independent schools
  • 6% attended parochial schools
  • 59% students of color (self-reported)
  • 37% multilingual households (represents 22 languages)


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

National Merit Commendations

  • 45% of Class of 2021 recognized
  • 4 finalists
  • 5 semi-finalists
  • 19 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

  • $50,878 Tuition and fees for 2020-2021
  • 30% students receiving financial assistance 
  • $38,255 Average need-based financial aid grant


  • 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!