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Application Instructions FOR ENTRY IN ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 STEP 1

Notify the Admission Office of your interest Families who wish to receive admission materials, schedule an interview, attend upcoming events, and apply to Boston University Academy should submit an inquiry form through the BUA website or call the Admission Office at 617-358-2493.

STEP 2

Schedule an admission tour and interview Call the Admission Office at 617-358-2493 to coordinate your family’s visit to campus. When possible, we encourage visitors to schedule a studentled campus tour, admission interview, and shadow visit on the same day. Appointments are offered weekdays from October through January. The tour and interview schedule is available at www.buacademy.org/connect. Please note that both a tour and an interview are required components of the application.

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STEP 3

Create an account in Ravenna, BUA’s online application system Register for a Ravenna account at www.ravenna-hub. com. Through Ravenna, your family can electronically submit your application materials and monitor the status of each item.

STEP 4

Complete the preliminary application through Ravenna The Preliminary Application captures biographical information in addition to initial student interest and requires a non-refundable application fee ($60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants). Please contact the Admission Office if this fee is a hardship for your family. Your family is required to submit the Preliminary Application prior to sitting for an admission interview. All families who do so by January 1 will be guaranteed an interview appointment.


STEP 5

Register for the necessary standardized test The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required of all applicants unless a student is applying for eleventh grade, in which case PSAT or SAT scores are preferred. Registration materials are available at www.ssat.org, and official score reports must be sent directly from SSAT (code 1761). Fee waivers are available upon request if the cost of registration is a hardship for your family. International applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). BUA requires a minimum score of 100 and test results should be submitted prior to scheduling an interview. Official score reports must be sent directly from ETS (code 4622). Registration information is available at www.ets.org/toefl.

STEP 6

RAVENNA

Boston University Academy’s online application system Designed to simplify the application process, ravenna makes applying to BUA faster and easier Create a secure Ravenna account at www.ravenna-hub.com. Complete the Preliminary Application to initiate an application. Submitting this form upfront enables the Admission Office to tailor your family’s interview and campus visit. Submit all supplemental application materials through Ravenna by January 31. Check Ravenna periodically to track the status of each application item, including items being sent directly from your child’s school.

Submit all supplemental application materials by January 31 A complete admission application includes these supplemental pieces. All forms are available to preview and submit through Ravenna. Student questionnaire Graded school essay Parent questionnaire School report/recommendation English teachers recommendation Math teacher recommendation Recommendation requests are sent through Ravenna. Your family will be asked to designate the appropriate recipient(s) at your child’s school. Grade reports With your family’s consent, your child’s school will release grades from the current school year as well as official transcripts from the previous two years. Additional information is requested of homeschool and international applicants. Detailed instructions are outlined at buacademy.org/admission/how-to-apply.

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Get to Know Our Community The Admission Office invites your family to learn about BUA in a variety of ways during the admission season. Specific dates, times, and locations are available at www.buacademy.org/admission.

Find and Follow BUA Online Visiting www.buacademy.org is the easiest way to explore BUA’s distinctive program of studies and get up-to-date news about campus events and community accolades. You can also follow BUA on social media:

@buacademy On the Road and In Your Area

Campus Tours

Our admission representatives visit schools and attend secondary school fairs throughout Greater Boston during the fall and winter. We also welcome invitations to present at your school or in your hometown. Please contact the Admission Office if you would like to coordinate a visit.

Admission tours are offered weekdays from October through January to anyone interested in learning more about the BUA experience. A campus tour will highlight the main BUA building as well as shared community spaces including BU’s Mugar Library and George Sherman Union. All tours are student-led and typically take about 45 minutes.

Admission Open Houses

Please be aware that your family must tour campus prior to sitting for an interview.

Open Houses are a great way for your family to meet members of the BUA community in an informal setting. Faculty and current families will be available to share their individual experiences and answer questions. All are welcome; RSVPs are encouraged. Sunday, September 29 12:30-3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 3 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Spend a Day at BUA

Shadow visits provide an opportunity for prospective students to attend classes, eat lunch, and get a true sense of what it means to be a “BUAer.” Although not required, a full-day visit is strongly encouraged. Visitors are typically paired with a current student in the grade to which they are interested in applying.

Connect with the BUA Community

Admission Interview

Your family may find it useful to have a conversation with BUA families that live in your geographic area or whose students attended similar schools or have like interests. The Admission Office is happy to connect you with a current family, alumnus, or a member of the faculty. No request is too silly or too small.

An interview is a required component of the admission process, as it allows the Admission Committee to gain a better understanding of each applicant. It should also help your family ascertain that BUA is the right “fit” in terms of academics, values, size, and location. As a reminder, your family must submit a Preliminary Application and tour campus prior to sitting for an admission interview.

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