How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Boston University Academy. If your family is interested in applying for admission for entry in September of 2022, we would encourage you to call our office at 617-358-2493 to inquire about next steps.

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

Our visit calendar is now full for families applying for entry in September of 2022. We would encourage you to reach out to our office as soon as possible if you would like to discuss whether a late application would be possible at this point.

Step 3: Schedule Your Zoom Interview

Our interview calendar is now full for families applying for entry in September of 2022. We would encourage you to reach out to our office as soon as possible if you would like to discuss whether a late application would be possible at this point.

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.