2021 Student Population

A total of 32,718 students have enrolled at Boston University - 16,872 undergraduate and 15,846 graduate.
By gender, 13,684 male and 19,034 female students are attending the school. By attendance status, there are 26,272 full-time students and 6,446 part-time students.
The number of students at Boston University is very large compared to Private (not-for-profit), 4-Years Colleges in Massachusetts. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as Dartmouth College and Boston College, its population is very large (average population is 14,936).
Boston University offers online degree/certificate programs and 2,849 students enrolled in online programs.

Enrollment Chart

Enrollment by Gender/Attending Status

By gender, there are 13,684 male and 19,034 female students attending the school. The male-to-female ratio is 0.72 to 1 and the ratio is average (the average male-to-female ratio over all U.S. colleges is 0.75 to 1).
The following table and chart show the student population by gender and attending status.

Gender Distribution Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Gender/Attending Status at
TotalFull-timePart-time
Total16,87216,026846
Men7,0226,647375
Women9,8509,379471
Population by Gender/Attending Status at
TotalFull-timePart-time
Total15,84610,2465,600
Men6,6624,3662,296
Women9,1845,8803,304

Gedner Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

By race/ethnicity, there are 12,490 White students (38.17%) and 4,710 Asian students (14.40%) at Boston University(top 2 most races/ethnicities). The following table summarizes the population diversity by race at Boston University.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Race/Ethnicity at Boston University
TotalMenWomen
American Indian or Alaska Native312
Asian3,1231,3081,815
Black or African American696233463
Hispanic1,9758011,174
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander1266
White5,8552,2853,570
Two or More Races751266485
Race/Ethnicity Unknown879427452
Total 16,8727,0229,850
Population by Race/Ethnicity at Boston University
TotalMenWomen
American Indian or Alaska Native936
Asian1,587656931
Black or African American682221461
Hispanic1,131408723
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander707
White6,6352,5394,096
Two or More Races358125233
Race/Ethnicity Unknown973441532
Total 15,8466,6629,184

Race/Ethnicity Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Student Age

By age, there are 22,306 students whose age under twenty five and 4,599 students whose age is over thirty years old at Boston University.
Especially, 242 students are younger than eighteen and 26 students are older than sixty five.
The following table and chart show the student population by student age at Boston University.

Enrollment by Student Age Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Student Age at Boston University
TotalMenWomen
Total16,872 7,0229,850
Under 18242 100142
18-196,283 2,4483,835
20-218,347 3,4784,869
22-241,502 756746
25-29231 112119
30-34104 4856
35-3949 2821
40-4964 3430
50-6442 1428
65 and over8 44
Total 16,872 7,0229,850
Population by Student Age at Boston University
TotalMenWomen
Total15,846 6,6629,184
18-195 41
20-21247 78169
22-245,680 2,0763,604
25-295,582 2,4253,157
30-342,177 1,0541,123
35-39926 457469
40-49881 413468
50-64330 144186
65 and over18 117
Total 15,846 6,6629,184

Student Age Distribution Chart

Online Student Population

At Boston University, 3,987 students (12.19% of total enrollment) take online classes to get their degrees. Among them, 2,849 students enrolled exclusively in online classes (i.e. no off-line attendance required) and others are taking online courses with off-line courses. The following tables describe the number of students who enrolled in one or more online courses.
By location of enrolled students, 702 students live in Massachusetts where Boston University is located in and 1,784 students have enrolled from other states.

Online Enrollment Table

Enrollment TypeStudent Location
Online Student Population
TotalUndergraduateGraduate
Total32,71816,87215,846
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Classes2,849872,762
Enrolled Some in Online Classes1,138180958
Not Enrolled in Online Classes28,73116,60512,126
Online Student Population by Student Location
TotalUndergraduateGraduate
Total (Enrolled Excl.)2,849872,762
Massachusetts Residents70229673
Other State in U.S.1,784491,735
Outside of U.S.3639354
Unknown000

Online Enrollment Chart