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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.
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 Reading||620 - 710|
|SAT ® Math||650 - 740|
|SAT ® Writing||640 - 730|
|SAT ® Total Score||1910 - 2180|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||29 - 34|
|ACT ® Math||28 - 33|
|ACT ® Writing||8 - 10|
|ACT ® Composite Score||30 - 33|
Acceptance Rate Table
The table below lists the chances of getting into Boston College.
|Granted Admissions||7,905 (32%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||2,215 (28%)|
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||63%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||47%||$30,844|
|Receiving Student Loans||49%||$4,292|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 1%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
Boston College has a high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||87%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||3%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.8%|
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
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
- Graduate Teacher Education Program
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)
- Field Hockey
- Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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