Boston CollegeBoston 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 over 9,000 undergraduates, Boston College has maintained low classroom sizes since it was established in 1863.

Boston College student

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 economics, finance, biology, political science, communication, and psychology. 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.

BC campusAlthough 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 270 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 27 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.

Boston College admissionStudents 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.


Acceptance Rate

Boston College admission rate

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Boston College SAT score range
BC SAT math

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Boston College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision: Nov.1
Regular decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 29,400
Enrolled: 2,408
Yield: 24%
Acceptance rate: 24%

Early Action Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: “About 2,750”
EA acceptance rate: 37%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 1,580
Admitted: 304
Acceptance rate: 19.2%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1370-1490
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 660-730
SAT Math: 680-770

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-34
ACT English: 33-35
ACT Math: 28-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Boston College does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

BC does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

BC says the SAT subject tests are optional SAT Subject Tests are not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Boston College graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

BC score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 90%
5 years: 93%
6 years: 94%

Transferred to another school: 4%

Loan default rate: 1.5%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 2

Salary after attending: $72,500

R&D Expenditures: $57.0 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 64
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 2
Burglaries: 4
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Boston College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $75,480

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021): $80,480

Net Cost
Average: $28,354

By income
$0 to $30,000: $6,353
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,951
$48,001 to $75,000: $17,113
$75,001 to $110,000: $22,285
$110,001 and more: $49,115

Graduates with student debt: 47%

Average student debt at graduation: $20,915

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Boston College undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Boston College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Women: 53%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 48%
20 to 39: 38%
40 to 99: 12%
100+: 2%

Student Population
Total: 14,559
Undergraduate: 9,370

Student Residence
In State: 24%
Out of State: 68%
International: 8%

BC student population

Boston College seal

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This page was last updated in November 2020.