Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA

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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.

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 Boston College.

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 ® Math650 - 740
SAT ® Writing640 - 730
SAT ® Total Score1910 - 2180

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English29 - 34
ACT ® Math28 - 33
ACT ® Writing8 - 10
ACT ® Composite Score30 - 33

Acceptance Rate Table

The table below lists the chances of getting into Boston College.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants24,538
Granted Admissions7,905 (32%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,215 (28%)

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

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 2011 was around 1%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

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

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

Graduation Rates

Boston College 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

Intercollegiate Athletics

Boston College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Basketball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Track and Field (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Sailing

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 (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

  • Phone: (617) 552-3100

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (617) 552-3320

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