Personal statement prompts for Boston University


Boston University

Greater Boston Area

Admission Essay requirements

Essay is a part for undergraduate application.

Graduate students can submit optional essay with any additional information for admission committee.

Admission essay / personal statement prompts

Essay is an important part of your application because it demonstrates what you think and how clearly you express yourself. It’s also an opportunity for us to learn who you are beyond your grades and standardized test scores and gives you a chance to explain circumstances that may reflect certain grades or choices in your curriculum. Let your voice come through in your essay—this will help us better understand what distinguishes you from other applicants.

Informational guide video how to write an essay.

Office of Admissions Contacts
International students can email at
Facebook: BUAdmissions
Twitter: @ApplyToBU
Instagram: @ApplyToBU
Pinterest: ApplyToBU
Phone: 617-353-2300
Fax: 617-353-9695
Boston University Admissions
881 Commonwealth Avenue
6th Floor, Admissions
Boston, MA 02215

Career Services

Lisa M. Toby
Assistant Dean, Career Engagement
Office: Talbot, T113C East
Phone: 617-638-4675

Maria McCarthy
Director, Advising and Career Development
Office: Talbot, T113B East
Phone: 617-638-4602

How this university ranks

 From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Media ProfessionalsGraduate #13

for DesignersUndergraduate #21


Boston university statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Greater Boston Area - 71,766

Greater New York City Area - 28,459

Washington D.C. Metro Area - 7,530

San Francisco Bay Area - 7,453

Greater Los Angeles Area - 6,893

Where they work

Fidelity Investments - 611

IBM - 585

Massachusetts General Hospital - 542

State Street - 452

Harvard University - 439

What they do

Education -19,366

Media and Communication -16,599

Entrepreneurship - 14,317

Healthcare Services - 13,082

Sales - 13,050

Research - 12,549

Operations - 11,939

Information Technology - 10,766

What they studied

Psychology - 12,778

Business Administration and Management, General - 12,299

Economics - 11,457

Political Science and Government - 7,938

Computer Science - 7,480

English Language and Literature/Letters - 7,330

International Relations and Affairs - 7,179

Communication, General - 6,385

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 35,166

Research - 33,890

Public Speaking - 32,721

Management - 31,941

Social Media - 31,861

Leadership - 30,451

Microsoft Excel - 25,599

Strategic Planning - 24,041

Notable alumni

ColeenColleen McCreary (formerly Wheeler)

CEO, CCKPartners Consulting

Senior Technical Recruiter & Technical Support Manager at Microsoft

Chief People Officer at The Climate Corporation

  Director, Corporate HR & Diversity at Electronic Arts

             BS, Mass Communication and Public Relations

                                         1991 – 1995

JeffJeff Howe

Visiting Scholar at MIT

Assistant Professor at Northeastern University

Contributing Writer at Village Voice Media

Senior Writer at

                        MA, Creative Writing

                                2010 – 2011

BushJonathan Bush

CEO and Co-founder at athenahealth

Medic at US Army

Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton

                     1987 – 1988

 JeffJay Adelson

General Partner at Center Electric

Member, Board of Directors at Defense.Net, Inc

Chairman, Founder, CEO at Revision3

Founder, Chief Technology Officer at Equinix, Inc.

B.S., Film and Broadcasting, Concentration in Computer Science

Boston  University Recommendations to apply


Great Systems Engineering School!

I graduated from College of Engineering in 1991. BU had the best software systems engineering program in the country! Loved ever minute of it. The faculty was great, and provided an environment where it was not all academic, but practical business engineering projects and discussions. Good options were introduced as well through Harvard, specially the course on Engineering Management. Highly recommended.

Imran MirzaMirza

President at Strategic Services Consulting | CD, BSc, MSc, ITIL, Prince2, MoP

President at Strategic Services Consulting | CD, BSc, MSc, ITIL, Prince2, MoP

1989 – 1991, MSc

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