Is it harder to get into Boston University than it is to get into Northeastern?





I'm just doing some college researching and on some sites that I have found, it says that BU is harder to get into than Northeastern. I went to college board and I looked at the acceptance rates for both, BU is 58% while NU is 41%, so I'm quite confused. BU is selective while NU is competitive, what is the difference between selective and competitive? And what do they look for in the application? Some people say that GPA and rank is more important that SAT/ACT scores, some people say it's the other way around, and some people say that essays, grades, etc are important, so I don't know what to believe anymore. Are they just looking for someone who is well rounded or are they just looking for a super genius? Last but not least, I just want to know how difficult is it to be admitted to the Physical Therapy/Athletic Training Program at BU. I'm kind of scared because I take AP, Honors, Gifted, and Accelerated courses and I am ranked a little below kids who have higher GPAs than I do but they only take Standard college prep courses. Any info would be nice thanks!



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2 Responses to “Is it harder to get into Boston University than it is to get into Northeastern?”

  1. nondepletion says:

    Selective means that a school is more difficult for admission than one that is competitive. However, in close cases the use of one term or the other is a subjective value judgment. The percentages are confusing as the number of people who apply is not given. If proportionately more people apply to NU than NU accepts, than apply to BU etc., the NU acceptance rate will be lower. The collegeboard website lists under admission how importantly each school rates factors such as GPA, SAT, etc., but these are generalities and private universities do not need to apply them equally to all applicants. BU may also admit a higher percentage of applicants because it may have found that more of its admitted applicants decline the offers than NU has found decline its offers, for example.These are just some of the possibilities in the very subjective and unscientific topic of admissions to private universities.A “super genius” who has some extracurricular interests will probably be admitted.A well rounded applicant will have to compete with the other well rounded applicants.Everyone who is not in a special category at most private universities has to compete with legacies, “underrepresented minorities”, athletes, international students, etc. Sometimes these special categories can account for over two-thirds or even three-quarters of the admitted students.I do not have information on the PT/AT program at BU or elsewhere.Although colleges and universities use the unweighted GPA for GPA consideration, most of the competitive and selective ones also use the rigor of the academic record, which they determine by looking a what honors, AP and IB classes were taken and what grades were earned in them.BU and NU are so close to each other in the US News rankings that each ranks more highly in various categories. There is no significant difference between the schools for undergraduate programs overall.

  2. Yakala says:

    I didnt apply to BU, but I did get into Northeastern’s Physical Therapy program, it was my safety school. I would definitely say that BU is harder to get into, from what I’ve heardI dont know about other people but these were my stats when applying to Northeastern:2230 SATS, 3.6 GPA, I took 43 credits worth of college/AP classes while in high school, all others were the highest “A” level classesI would definitely say that the movement in college admissions is towards making grades, extracurriculars, and essay *wayyy* more important than SAT’s. For your essay, you should try to make yours unique and original rather than sticking to a traditional essay format.Good luck!