Test Optional for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts

I would like to remind you of our standardized test policy for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. Boston University no longer requires either the SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. This is common practice among arts colleges, as standardized test scores often do not paint a full picture of a student’s artistic talent and potential.

We first announced this change as a pilot for the last admission cycle and found it to be a great success. It provided access for many artistically gifted students, and our colleagues in the College of Fine Arts are impressed with both the academic caliber and talent of our incoming class.

Students may choose to submit their scores if they feel they accurately reflect their academic ability. All students are required to complete an audition or submit a portfolio, in addition to other required academic credentials.

Please note that the SAT or ACT is still required for admission to the College of Fine Arts/College of Arts & Sciences Double Degree Programs, the Kilachand Honors College, or for students who wish to be considered for any of BU’s full-tuition scholarships. Applicants to the College of Fine Arts will, however, be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, whether or not they submit SAT/ACT scores, provided they apply by the December 1 scholarship deadline. Additionally, the SAT/ACT is not required for College of Fine Arts artistic scholarships.

This is important information for students who are interested in our College of Fine Arts. Please feel free to contact my office at 617-353-2300 or admissions@bu.edu if you have any questions.


Kelly A. Walter
Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions

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