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Boston University Academy

Student rating 4/ 5 by Harvard University student
One University Road Boston MA 02215 United States

Academic

Boston University Academyreview by Harvard University student. Class sizes at Boston University Academy were small, faculty was somewhat accessible, workload was tough but manageable. The student body was very competitive. Sciences were probably the schools strong point.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Boston is an amazing city to be in; you will never find it a bore. Boston University Academy supplements the environment with several social activities and events. Dining is OK but overall the quality of life is excellent.

Join a sports team and stick with it for four years. I found track to be an amazing EC because it directly challenges the individual as well as the team. Depending on your interests, you should seek out a few EC and build experience until you're able to gain a leadership position in a group. I would even recommend creating your own club as that is definitely a resume booster. Mock trial/debate were personal favorites of mine and are highly respected by the Ivies.