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Boston College (BC)

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA

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Admissions Office

  • Phone: (617) 552-3100

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (617) 552-3320

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About
Boston College, located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, was founded in 1863, and is one of the 568 private Jesuit institutions that comprise the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The school's undergraduate is ranked among the best in the United States, as well as an active research institution that works closely with the Carnegie Foundation. The school maintains a tradition of excellence in education, which traces its mandate to its Jesuit origins.An example of the school's high standard for education can be seen in the number of Fulbright Scholar's it has produced, ranking eighth among all colleges and universities in the United States. Also notable is the school's architecture, which provides an early glimpse into gothic style for collegiate institutions.

Academics
Boston College offers degrees beginning at the bachelor degree level all the way to the doctoral. Bachelor degree programs offer students an undergraduate education that is comprised of upper and lower division major courses, electives and general education requirements. Students may also pursue minor degrees or double major, both of which require additional courses of study in a secondary field, with a second major requiring much more extensive study in order to complete.

Graduate and doctoral programs have separate requirements for admissions, and provide a more in depth study in a particular area, often allowing students to pursue specialization. Students studying at this level may choose to become involved in research as part of their education. The length of programs may vary, but typically take between one and three years.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Boston College requires students to complete an application that includes the submission of transcripts, test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation. The students application will be reviewed by the school, with a decision being made by committee. Once decided, the student will be notified, and if admitted will be provided information in order to begin their enrollment. Graduate level admissions requires students to have earned a lower level degree, to have maintained a certain academic standard, and to have scored highly on graduate level examinations.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is awarded based on need as determined by the applicants information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Aid must be applied for each academic year due to shifting financial circumstances. Students are also required to maintain a minimum GPA in order to continue receiving aid. All aid forms should be completed prior to posted deadlines to ensure timely disbursement of funds.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the applicants Boston College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into BC.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading620 - 710
SAT ® Math640 - 730
SAT ® Writing630 - 730
SAT ® Total Score1890 - 2170

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English29 - 34
ACT ® Math28 - 33
ACT ® Composite Score29 - 32

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into BC

The table below lists the chances of getting into BC.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants32,974
Granted Admissions9,227 (28%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,285 (25%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Boston College is around 15,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 33% enrolling as graduate students and 67% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $47,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,600 to $1,900 per unit

A variety professional schools of study are operated by Boston College. These schools may have differing tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Law School (Tuition: $43,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid63%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships47%$30,844
Receiving Student Loans49%$4,292

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 1%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Boston College may offer services to students including:

  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

BC has a high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years87%
Graduating in 5 Years3%
Graduating in 6 Years0.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program (more info)
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Theology (Ministry) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Legal Professions and Studies (M)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Social Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

English Language and Literature

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

History

Psychology

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Nursing (B)
  • Family Practice Nurse (M)
  • Pediatric Nurse (M)
  • Adult Health Nursing (M)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (M)
  • Women's Health Nurse (M)
  • Nursing Science (D)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (M)
  • Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse (M)
  • Palliative Care Nursing (M)
  • Geriatric Nurse (M)
  • Public Health, Community Nurse (M)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, D)

Theology and Religious Vocations

Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction (C, D, M)
  • Elementary Education (B, M)
  • Higher Education Administration (D, M)
  • Special Education and Teaching (M)
  • Secondary Education (B)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (C, D, M)
  • History Teacher Education (M)
  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research (D, M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Biology Teacher Education (M)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (C, M)
  • Chemistry Teacher Education (M)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (M)
  • Early Childhood Education (B, M)
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education (M)
  • Educational Administration (D)
  • French Language Teacher Education (M)
  • Science Teacher Education (M)
  • Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Physics Teacher Education

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Natural Resources and Conservation

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Linguistics (B, M)
  • Italian Language and Literature (B, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B)
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Latin Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • United States Studies (B)
  • Russian Studies

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