Boston College is a private, Roman Catholic Jesuit research university that is located just six miles from downtown Boston. The university is spread over 335 acres in the town of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere is situated close enough to a major city to give students a variety of environments. With nearly 10,000 undergraduates, Boston College has been able to maintain low classroom sizes since it was established in 1863.
Because of its religious ties, Boston College places a large importance on the role of the Catholic Church in education. Students are encouraged to view their studies through a religious lens that will help them focus on making positive changes to society. The university does offer a wide range of majors, the most popular being speech communications and rhetoric, economics, finance and biology. Another well-respected program is the undergraduate school of business, The Carroll School of Management, which is consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate business schools in the country.
Although the university does not have on-campus sororities or fraternities, students still have many opportunities to get involved on campus. Boston College offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, with more than 200 clubs and organizations on campus. Their well-known student newspaper, The Heights, shares the nickname of the school’s hilltop campus. The Stylus of Boston College is an undergraduate literary magazine which has been published since 1882. Boston College is also home to the Elements Undergraduate Research Journal, which is released twice a year.
Music is an important element on campus. There are groups like the Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band, the Symphony Orchestra, and the University Chorale. Athletics also hold a significant place at Boston College. The 31 varsity teams, known as the Eagles, compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. These student athletes are also considered some of the most academically successful individuals in the country.
Students who are interested in a strong education with ties to the Catholic Church should look into Boston College’s impressive academic programs. The university’s notable research facilities and dedicated faculty provide students with a nurturing environment in a suburban setting. Well-ranked undergraduate programs have resulted in Boston College being named one of the best “New Ivies” in the country.
Early decision: Nov.1
Regular decision: Jan. 1
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 31,098
Acceptance rate: 31.1%
Early Action Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 10,350
EA acceptance rate: 30.6%
Number of transfer applicants: 1,411
Acceptance rate: 26.2%
Average transfer college applicant GPA: 3.7
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 620-720
SAT Math: 640-740
SAT Writing: 640-730
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-33
ACT English: 31-35
ACT Math: 28-33
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests are optional
* Note: All statistics except for application volumes are for the Fall 2017 admission season.
4 years: 89%
5 years: 92%
6 years: 93%
Transferred to another school: 5%
Loan default rate: 1.2%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 2
Salary after attending: $70,000
Sex offenses: 23
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 1
Tuition, room and board (2017-2018): $66,642
Total estimated cost of attendance (2017-2018): $70,843
|$0 to $30,000:||$5,549|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$9,179|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$15,827|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$24,810|
|$110,001 and more:||$47,234|
Graduates with student debt: 51%
Average student debt at graduation: $20,849
Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||35%|
|40 to 99:||14%|
In State: 23%
Out of State: 71%
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This page was last updated in February 2018.
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