How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in Boston University Academy!
Our admission season begins in September and ends in January for entry in September 2023. 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.
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 21 and January 27. 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.
COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Visits:
- All visitors over the age of 12 are required to 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.
- Face masks are optional inside all BU and BUA facilities.
- We expect that any guest who is not feeling well or experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms to reschedule their visit to BUA.
Step 3 – Schedule Your Zoom Interview
We require all prospective families to attend a virtual information session or in-person tour prior to their interview. 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. Interviews are required of all prospective students applying for entry in September of 2023 and they will run from mid-October 2022 through late January 2023.
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 interview. Preliminary Applications are only available online through Ravenna.
Step 6 – Register to take the necessary standardized test(s)
SSAT scores will be required of all students applying to BUA during the 2022-2023 admission cycle. 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:
- Student Questionnaire
- Graded School Essay (can be uploaded electronically)
- Parent Questionnaire
- 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.
Additional Materials Required of Homeschool Applicants
Detailed Transcript (in lieu of the School Report): note the total number of years that the student has been homeschooled as well as the names, length, textbook(s), teacher’s names, and an evaluation for each course the student has taken in the last three years; please also provide syllabi, if possible.
Daily Schedule: provide a detailed daily schedule for a typical week of school including any extracurricular involvement with a local school or community.
Teacher Recommendations: at least one recommendation must be written by a non-family member; additional recommendations from teachers who have knowledge of the student’s academic ability are also welcome.
While Boston University Academy is able to accept applications from families living outside of the United States and provide F1 student visas, it is important to clarify that we are not a boarding school and do not allow homestay agreements. International students applying for grades 9, 10 and 11 must meet the following criteria:
1. Admissible candidate based on academic merit and character.
2. Evidence of English proficiency: BUA requires a minimum total score of 100 on the TOEFL; TOEFL and SSAT scores should be submitted prior to scheduling an interview and an official score report needs to be received by January 31.
3. Written explanation of the student’s anticipated living arrangements: unless there is an extenuating circumstance, at least one parent must be planning to move to the Boston area with the student; as a reminder, we are not a boarding school nor do we provide or coordinate homestays.
Students will be asked to sit for a timed-writing assessment on the day of their interview.
Answers to the most frequently-asked questions surrounding international applicants are here. Please read through this section before calling the Admission Office as we will most likely direct you back to this page.
Important Admission Dates & Deadlines
|Sep. 1||Online Application Opens and Visit Scheduling Begins|
|Sep. 1.||Financial Aid Application Opens|
|Sep. 21||Virtual Information Sessions Begin|
|Sep. 27||In-Person Tours Begin|
|Oct. 12||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|