How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Boston University Academy. Our team can’t wait to get to know your family.

Our admission season begins in September and ends in January for entry in September 2022. BUA welcomes applications for grades 9, 10, and 11; however, families with students in grade 7 and younger can still complete an online inquiry form in order to be added to our mailing list and so that we can send materials when you are eligible to apply.

We are excited to learn more about you and your family and, in turn, share information about our vibrant community so that you can determine whether we are the right fit for you!

Important Admission Dates & Deadlines

Date Deadline
Sep. 1 Online Application Opens and Visit Scheduling Begins
Sep. 1. Financial Aid Application Opens
Sep. 22 Virtual Information Sessions Begin
Sep. 28 In-Person Tours Begin
Oct. 13 Zoom Interviews Begin
Jan. 1 Priority Deadline for Preliminary Applications; guarantees an interview
Jan. 31 Deadline for Admission and Financial Aid Applications
Mar. 10 Admission and Financial Aid Decisions Released
Apr. 10 Deadline for Enrollment Decisions

How to Apply

Step 1: Notify the BUA Admission Office of your interest

Families who wish to receive admission materials, schedule an interview, attend upcoming events, and apply to Boston University Academy should complete an online inquiry form. 

Step 2: Schedule a Virtual Information Session or In-Person Tour

As a part of the application process, we require all prospective families to attend a Virtual Information Session OR in-person tour** led by BUA’s student Admission Ambassadors between September 22 and January 28. Both options provide the opportunity to learn more about our program of studies, tight-knit community, and Q&A with current students. Once your family has registered for one of these sessions, you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to schedule your required Zoom Interview with our team, which should be booked for a time after your information session or tour. 

**Important Note regarding In-Person Tours: Our health advisory committee is closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and our top priority is the health and safety of our community and guests. Until further notice, the below will be required of all visitors:

  • All visitors to BUA over the age of 12 will be asked to attest that they have received a vaccination against COVID-19. Please call the admission office at 617-358-2493 if you would like to request a medical or religious exemption to this policy. 
  • All visitors must fill out BUA’s daily health attestation form prior to coming to campus, which asks several questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times by everyone inside all BU and BUA facilities.

We will be closely monitoring CDC guidelines and working with BU’s Medical Advisory Group to update protocols throughout the admission process and communicate those changes to our prospective families. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Step 3: Schedule Your Zoom Interview

You will receive a link to schedule your Zoom Interview after you book your virtual information session or in-person tour. Zoom Interviews will last for 45-60 minutes and interviewers will meet with students and then expect to connect with a parent or guardian. These meetings are an opportunity for us to learn more about our applicants and a time where we encourage them to ask us any questions they may have about being a student at BUA. Interviews are conducted by members of our admission team, which includes BUA admission office staff, teachers, and alumni.

Step 4: Create an account in Ravenna, BUA’s online application system

Your family can electronically submit the various components of the application and track the status of your materials through Ravenna. Once you register with Ravenna, you will need to create a basic profile for the applicant and then select ‘Boston University Academy’ from the School Directory to begin the application process.

Step 5: Complete the Preliminary Application through Ravenna

This portion of the application captures biographical information in addition to an initial student profile and a non-refundable application fee ($60 domestic, $100 international). Our office is happy to waive that cost if the application fee is a hardship for your family. Your family is required to submit the Preliminary Application prior to an admission interview; all families who do so by January 1 will be guaranteed an appointment. Preliminary Applications are only available online through Ravenna.

Step 6: Register to take the necessary standardized test(s)

SSAT scores are highly encouraged; but not required. Given the challenges around SSAT administration during the 2020-2021 application cycle and in an attempt to prioritize an equitable admission process for all of our applicants, BUA has extended our testing policy for the 2021-2022 admission cycle to account for the disruption and lingering impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.  

It is our intention to be transparent with families that we are not test-blind and do consider SSAT scores as a component of the application when they are submitted. We will not penalize a student in the application process if they are unable to submit test scores. In lieu of testing, our team may ask for additional information from an applicant in order to complete their file.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) can be booked online and test results must be sent directly from SSAT (our school code is 1761). Fee waivers are available upon request if the cost of registration is a hardship for your family. 

BUA will be administering the SSAT test during the October, November, December, and January test dates. You can select our test site through the SSAT website, if we are a convenient location for your family.

Students applying to 11th grade should plan to submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores.

Step 7: Submit all additional application materials by January 31

A complete application for admission includes these additional pieces:

Family-Provided Materials

  • Student Questionnaire
  • Graded School Essay (can be uploaded electronically)
  • Parent Questionnaire

School-Provided Materials*

  • School Report/Recommendation
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Transcripts (current grades and reports from the previous two years)

* Teacher recommendation requests are sent electronically within Ravenna therefore you will be required to indicate the appropriate person at your student’s school to receive each of these forms. The school will then submit these items directly to BUA.

[OPTIONAL] Video Submission

Although uploading a video is not a required component of our application, we highly encourage students to use this space to help our admission committee get to know them better. Students have most commonly used this opportunity to share more about their extracurricular interests and passions. Video submissions have often included music, dance, or athletic recordings. Students are also welcome to record a short video introducing themselves and sharing more about an academic or extracurricular interest. Videos can be short and informal–we just want to get to know you!

Additional information about how to upload your video and the formats that work best are listed in the step status within your Ravenna account.