How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Boston University Academy. 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!

We appreciate your understanding that we will not be able to host visitors on campus for the 2020-2021 application cycle. We are closely monitoring CDC guidelines and prioritizing the health and safety of our current students and community as we navigate the challenges of a global pandemic.

Our team assures your family that we will provide a myriad of ways for you to engage with our office, students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the BUA family. This includes, but is not limited to, connecting with current students, observing virtual classes, and learning about the dozens of extracurricular and athletic offerings of our program. We encourage you to reach out to us directly if you have specific questions or would like to be connected with current families in your area who would be happy to share more about their experience at BUA.

Our admission season begins in September and ends in January for entry the following school year. 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.

Important Admission Dates & Deadlines

Date Deadline
Sep. 1 Online Application Opens and Visit Scheduling Begins
Sep. 22 Virtual Information Sessions and Interviews Begin
Oct. 2 Financial Aid Application Opens
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

Connect with a Member of the BUA Admission Team

Do you have questions about our academic program, community, or application process? Schedule a time to connect with a member of our Admission Team via Zoom or phone call. No question is too small or too insignificant. We’re eager to meet you!

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 and Interview

As a part of the application process, we require all prospective families to attend a Virtual Information Session led by BUA’s student Admission Ambassadors between September 22 and January 29. Information sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about our program of studies, tight-knit community, and an opportunity for Q&A with current students. Information sessions are for families with students applying for entry in September 2021 and can be scheduled here. A member of our team will follow-up with you within two business days to confirm your visit and answer any questions you may have. 

Once your family has registered for an information session, you will receive a confirmation email, which will include a link to schedule your required Zoom Interview with our team. 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 3: 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 your child’s basic profile and then select ‘Boston University Academy’ from the School Directory to begin the application process.

Step 4: 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). Please contact the Admission Office 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 5: Register to take the necessary standardized test(s)

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required of all applicants unless a student is applying for grade 11, in which case PSAT, ACT, or SAT scores are preferred. Students should register to take the “upper level” test. Registration materials are available at, and official score reports must be sent directly from SSAT to the Academy (SSAT code 1761). Fee waivers are available upon request from the Admission Office if the cost of registration is a hardship for your family.

In response to the COVID crisis, The Enrollment Management Association will be rolling out the SSAT at-home test for the 2020-2021 admission cycle, and will offer applicants the ability to take the test from home or at a Prometric Test Center. More information and FAQs can be found here; families can begin to register for the test at the end of August. Our admission committee recognizes that most students are not used to taking standardized exams, particularly online, and want to reiterate that we only use SSAT results as one data point when making our admission decisions.

This admission season, we will accept (but don’t require) The Character Skills Snapshot as a supplement to students’ SSAT scores.

International applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score reports must be sent directly from ETS to the Academy (TOEFL code 4622); more details and registration information is available at

Step 6: 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

Some students like to upload videos to share more about their extracurricular interests and passions. These have most often included music, dance, or athletic recordings. This is not a required component of the application and is just included to provide a space for these videos if sharing would better illustrate a component of an applicant’s interests.

Students are also welcome to record a short video introducing themselves and sharing more about an academic or extracurricular interest that would help our admission committee get to know them.