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Founded in 1863, Boston College is in a small city with fewer than 100,000 residents. It is in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton MA-NH area.
Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
www.bc.edu
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
Finance, Accounting, and Audit...EconomicsGeneral Business Operations an...PsychologyPhilosophy, Theology, and Reli...Social Services and Public Adm...Education Administration and T...Politics and GeographyBiologyLegal StudiesApplied Mathematics and Comput...English Language and Literatur...NursingMathematics and StatisticsHistoryHealthcare Management and Prof...Sociology, Archeology, Anthopo...Physical SciencesEducation by Level or Special ...Teacher training by DisciplineProtective ServicesHuman ResourcesArea, ethnic, cultural, gender...
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Quantitative/Technology
Sciences
Healthcare
Health Support
Community Services
Education
Legal Studies
Humanities
Social Sciences
Business
Career
General/Interdisciplinary
Award Levels
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Quick Facts
undergraduate student housing
There is campus housing available for undergraduates. About 84% of undergraduates live on campus.
Denomination
Roman Catholic
Institutional Control
Boston College is a private not-for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Accreditation
best
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Boston College holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily.
Accreditation History
New England Commission of Higher Education (Accredited December 1, 1935 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on November 17, 2017.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for December 31, 2027.
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
undergraduate Study Types
About 98% of undergraduate students are full-time. About 0.4% of undergraduate students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 1% take some courses online.
UG Full-time
98%
UG Online classes
2%
Context: Student body size
Boston College has 15,903 students.
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Admissions Competition
SAT/ACT Scores
This table offers a hint of how high your test scores might need to be if you attend. For reference, a quarter of attending students earned lower, and a quarter earned higher.
SAT TestMiddle 50%
ERW650 to 720
Math670 to 770
 
ACT TestMiddle 50%
Composite31 to 34
Graduation Rate
The majority, about 90% of undergraduate students, are full-time and begin as first-time college students. In the last reporting year, 93% of students in this group received a degree within 8 years.
93%
Time to complete
4 years
6 years
8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees earned by full-time students who began as first-time freshmen at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Boston College.
Status of loans
Closed (fully paid)
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
More than 90 days late in paying
In default
Another status not relased
Context: Loans with good standing
This is better performance than at least 98% of its context schools, and is evidence that alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are better than for most of the context schools' alumni.
undergraduate student race/origin
Boston College reports that 28% of undergraduate students are minority, which is near the middle of the context schools. Similarly, this school's 9% of international students representing 68 countries is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Boston College undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 53% women undergraduate students, Boston College has a lower percentage of women than 70% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Boston College offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Activities offered

Choral groups

Drama/theater

Marching band

Radio station

Student newspaper

Television station

Undergraduate services offered

Health clinic

Personal/psychological counseling

Academic/career counseling services

Employment services for current students

Placement services for program completers

On-campus day care for children of students

Special academic opportunities

Accelerated Degree

Credit for advanced placement

Double-major allowed

Graduate courses available to undergraduates

Honors Program

Independent study courses

Internships

Off campus study: Boston University

Off campus study: Brandeis University

Off campus study: Hebrew College

Off campus study: Pine Manor College

Off campus study: Regis College

Off campus study: Tufts University

Orientation program

Part-time degree programs

Services for learning disabilities

Student-designed major

Study abroad

Summer session

Teacher certification programs

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their freshman year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

95%88%0%20%40%60%80%100%Full-timePart-time
Context: Percentage of students transferring out

How many people transfer out of Boston College within 8 years of entering? If you're considering a school with lots of transfers, be sure to find out why it was a bad fit for so many other students!

6%0%20%40%60%80%100%
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Choose a way to look at graduation rates
Rates with need context
Trends in rates
Rates by gender and race
Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion

We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.

Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Choose a student group
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time transfer students
Percentage with Pell Grants
16%
Full-time first-time students who received a bachelor's degree within 4 years after enrolling
88%89%89%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Full-time first-time students who received a bachelor's degree within 6 years after enrolling
92%93%93%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Full-time first-time students who received a bachelor's degree within 8 years after enrolling
92%93%93%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Do alumni earn enough to repay college loans?

Even if you don't need financial aid, the ability of past students to successfully repay loans speaks to the value of the education received.

Choose how to look at loan repayment
Five year overview
Loan defaults and burden
Success in loan repayment
Student groups and successful repayment
Where do alumni stand after five years?

This snapshot shows the status of students in their federal loan repayments in 2016, having departing from the school in 2012. The green wedges are the alumni in good standing, so look for a school with lots of green!

Student loan status
Closed (fully paid)
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
More than 90 days late in paying
In default
Another status not relased
Good standing in context

How does the percentage of students who fill those green wedges at Boston College compare to other schools? The interactive bars below show you the distribution of how alumni at other schools are doing.

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Alumni earnings compared to same-aged Americans

The blue curve shows the earnings of this school's alumni -- so a high curve indicates this school is setting its students up for success!

More information about earnings data

How might your earnings compare with other people your age? Opportunity Insights used IRS data to track almost every person born in the US in the years 1980 to 1991, and they ranked the mean (average) 2014 earnings of students who attended Boston College in comparison to all people in the US the same age. Although this data is now a little old, the scope of this project was awesome and gives us a glimpse at alumni performance that we cannot find until a new study of this incredible magnitude is performed.

The Equality Project found that by age 34, people's relative earnings had leveled off, so it's a good assumption that approximately 74% of the population will earn less than Boston College alumni.

You might notice a little earnings dip at young ages for some of the top bachelor's institutions. This coincides with the years that many alumni may be in graduate school and earning less.

Context: Alumni earnings by age
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Chart explanation
Boston College
In the blue curve, we see how the average earnings percentile for this school changes as its alumni age as compared to like-aged Americans without regard to their educational background.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of these average alumni earnings percentiles for context schools: dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools and light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Wealth mobility at Boston College

We may wonder if, as a result of attending a given college, we will have a better chance for higher earnings. Opportunity Insights sought to answer this question by following the wealth story of every student for whom income information was available.

Learn more about the mobility study

How does wealth change after attendance?

Opportunity Insights studied groups of all children born in the US in the same year for each birth year from 1980 to 1991. This grouping included every single US child who had a valid SSN or ITIN (tax identification number) and could be linked to parents with non-negative income.

Family Income

The incomes of all families in a birth year group are measured when the child is 15-19 and these incomes are averaged. The calculated incomes from all families in the group were arranged from smallest to largest, and divided into five groups of equal size. On the left of the diagram, you can see the relative distribution of Boston College's students between the family income divided into fifths formed by looking at the entire US group.

Individual Student Earnings

In 2014, all people from the same birth year were divided into a new set of five groups that were determined by their individual labor earnings for that year. The students from this birth year who primarily attended Boston College between the ages of 19 and 22 were divided into these five groups, and the percent in each group is shown on the right of the diagram.

The diagram lets you see the proportion in each original income group who travel to each earnings group, and provides some insight into the likelihood of financial success after attendance.

If you'd like to understand the nitty gritty details of this interesting data, be sure to check out the well-written Opportunity Insights report by selecting SOURCES under the figure.

Context: Mobility Rating

Opportunity Insights came up with an overall measure of how much individual colleges contribute to economic mobility by creating a mobility rating. Colleges offering both access to and economic success for low-income students receive a high rating.

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The full picture: wealth access and mobility at Boston College

Below, we can see the percentage from each initial family wealth group who attend this college, and also the alumni's relative wealth later. Do students entering college from the bottom twenty percent of family income end up making it to a higher level? Do the top twenty percent stay at the top? Follow the colors, left to right, and see for yourself.

$24,300$45,100$72,900$110,300$900$18,500$35,200$55,800Lowest 20%Second-lowestMiddleSecond-highestHighest 20%Highest 20%Second-highestMiddleSecond-lowest Lowest 20%Family IncomeStudent Income
Classroom Quality
Student attention at Boston College

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
15.6130204060Full-time inst.Any inst.
Quality and Quantity of Boston College faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview

The best bachelor's and graduate programs are taught by long-term faculty with the word "Professor" in their title. These instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise, and their commitment to research, to their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. We suggest you look for green in the chart: schools with a large majority of long-term faculty are likely to offer steady classroom quality.

Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

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Not Faculty
Faculty, not tenure-track: sub-annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: multi-year or indefinite
Faculty, tenure-track
Faculty, tenured
Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Read more about why you want mostly full-time faculty teaching you
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Context: Full-time faculty with the best degrees
Students earning a bachelor's degree or higher should expect to receive the bulk of their education from experts in their field who have earned the highest possible degree.
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Context: Full-time faculty with long-term employment contracts
Faculty with multi-year contracts have a mutual commitment with their school, and they provide curricular stability and knowledge that contribute to meaningful classes for students.
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Faculty Diversity

Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.

Choose how to see faculty gender and race/origin
Overview
Context
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Boston College?
InstructorLecturerAssistant ProfessorAssociate ProfessorProfessor050100150200Men050100150200Women
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
International
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Boston College last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
What percentage of undergraduate students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall undergraduate enrollment
02,0004,0006,0008,00010,000201320142015201620172018
No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show undergraduate and graduate student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

02,0004,0006,0008,00010,000UndergraduateGraduate
Part-time
Full-time
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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Boston College has undergraduates from 54 states or territories and 68 countries.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
Choose how to look at freshman residence
Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Boston College compare to the context group?
24%68%8%0%20%40%60%80%100%InternationalIn-stateOut-of-state
Undergraduate student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Choose a second viewpoint for student race and origin
Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Boston College with that of the current context group.
4%58%11%10%0%0%3%5%9%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderAmerican IndianMultiracialBlackNot ReportedInternationalAsianHispanicWhite
Undergraduate student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
Under 18
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-49
50-64
65 and over
Choose another way to view age at Boston College
Age in context
Age over time
Context: Undergraduate age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the undergraduate focus at Boston College compared to the undergraduate focus for the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for undergraduate students at Boston College.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Boston College.
47%53%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Family wealth of incoming freshmen

It's not surprising that colleges in general have a greater percentage of students from wealthy families than from poor families. Although nationally 20% of families earn at least $110,200, at Boston College, this percentage rises to 70%. Similarly, while nationally 20% of families earn $19,800 or less, at Boston College only 3% are in this bottom quintile.

Family wealth quintiles
Most wealthy 20%
Next Highest 20%
Middle 20%
Next 20%
Lowest 20%
Choose an aspect of family wealth you would like to view
Family wealth in context
Trends in family wealth
The 1% families
Context: family wealth represented at Boston College

Compare student wealth at the extremes to other schools in the context group.

3%70%0%20%40%60%80%Least wealthy 20%Most wealthy 20%
Programs Offered
Finding a program

In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...

  • Filter the programs by the award level that interests you.
  • Use the search key to limit the listings to all relevant progrmas.
  • Select a specific program from this menu to see some great details!
All current offerings
Award Level
All levels
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeEconomics
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeMathematics and Statistics
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeFinance, Accounting, and Auditing
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeComputer Sciences and Information Technology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeApplied Mathematics and Computational Sciences
  • chevron-rightfolder-closePhysical Sciences
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeBiology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeNatural Resources & Conservation
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeNursing
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeHealthcare Management and Professionals
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeSocial Services and Public Administration
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeProtective Services
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeEducation Administration and Theory
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeEducation by Level or Special Needs
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeTeacher training by Discipline
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeLegal Studies
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeHistory
  • chevron-rightfolder-closePhilosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies/Vocations
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeEnglish Language and Literature
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeLinguistics and Foreign Languages and Literature
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeStudio Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeWriting and oral/written rhetoric
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeSociology, Archeology, Anthopology, & Related Fields
  • chevron-rightfolder-closePolitics and Geography
  • chevron-rightfolder-closePsychology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeArea, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeGeneral Business Operations and Management
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  • chevron-rightfolder-closeHuman Resources
Admissions
Admissions Overview

Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Boston College's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.

Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Boston College lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
Very Important: rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, and academic GPA
Important: volunteer work, extracurricular activities, application essay, class rank, recommendation(s), religious affiliation/commitment, talent/ability, character/personal qualities, and alumni/ae relation
Considered: work experience, first generation, and racial/ethnic status
Not Considered: geographical residence, state residency, interview, and level of applicant''s interest
A high school diploma or GED is required, and an international baccalaureate is accepted.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Boston College has an undergraduate application fee of $80, and accepts the Common Application for both first-year and transfer applicants. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
The application deadline for fall admission to Boston College is January 1, and SAT or ACT test scores must also be submitted by January 1. Additionally, SAT Subject Test scores must be submitted by January 1. Fall applicants are notified by April 1.
Boston College also has early action (usually nonbinding) and early decision programs.
Acceptances can be deferred if a gap period is desired -- check with the admissions office.
Early Decision
Early Decision
Boston College has an early decision program. At most colleges and universities, the early decision application is a commitment to attend if accepted. The main early decision application deadline is November 1, with decisions sent on December 15. The secondary early application deadline is November 1, with corresponding decisions sent on February 15.
Waiting List
Waiting List
Boston College has a policy of placing students on a waiting list. Last year, 7,566 students were offered a place on the waiting list, 2,953 students accepted a spot, and 273 students were admitted through the waiting list.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
The application deadline for fall transfer admission is March 15. Fall transfer applicants are notified by June 15. Transfer students can begin studies in fall or spring.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Boston College accepts the following credits:
  • Transfer credits from accredited institutions
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Standardized test scores of last year's freshman class

The graph superimposes the middle 50% of test scores on a density graph showing where those scores fall for other schools in the context group. Here's the bottom line: if this school's students had high test scores, then their blue rectangle will be towards the right of the curve. If the rectangle is towards the left, then their scores were lower than others in the context group. For this school, a quarter of the students scored lower than the left boundary of the blue rectangle, and a quarter scored higher than the right boundary.

Percentage reporting SAT scores
67%
Choose the test scores to view
SAT
ACT
SAT Math
670770200300400500600700800
SAT Evidenced-based reading and writing
650720200300400500600700800
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Applicant accepance and subsequent enrollment

Acceptance is a two-way street, because while you may be concerned about whether or not your favorite school will accept you, the colleges and universities are equally worried about whether you will attend if accepted.

Percentage of applicants who are accepted
A low percentage here can indicate that a school is highly selective. We think this is one of the least important numbers for you to consider.
Selectivity can be misleading

You may have heard that a high rejection rate is an indicator of a good school. However, this number can be gamed, and some schools started gaming the system to perform better in college ratings books and sites. Ididio believes a combination of good outcomes (e.g. successful graduation rates and loan repayments) along with indicators of a well-prepared student body (e.g. test scores and high school records) are the best indicators of a good academic experience for those who attend. Our advice is that you don't pay too much attention to this number as you decide whether you might be admitted.

31%26%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Percentage of accepted students who choose to attend

This is called the yield, and it suggests whether this was a first-choice school or a back-up school for most applicants. Even the most prestigious Ivy League schools lose about a third of their accepted students come enrollment time.

27%26%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
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Costs and Financial Aid
Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend

Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.

Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid

The donut, based on 2,412 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Boston College, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.

45%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes

Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.

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Chart explanation
Boston College
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Boston College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/bc...
Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Boston College to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Include room and board
Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
20112012201320142015201620172018$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000
Chart explanation
Boston College
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Boston College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Boston College. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.

Undergraduate costs
Charge
Annual fees
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
Miscellaneous (living on campus)
Miscellaneous (living with family)
Off-campus room and board
On-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$864
$54,600
$1,250
$1,900
$1,900
$3,400
$11,100
$14,478
$1,976
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Boston College's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

The Boston College deadline for priority financial aid consideration is January 1. Applicants are notified of results on April 1 and must respond by May 1.

Required Forms

FAFSA

CSS Profile

Business/Farm Supplement

federal income tax form(s), W-2 forms

Loan Programs

Federal Perkins

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

Federal Nursing

State Loans

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

Athletic scholarships

Non-need-based Scholarships Available

Athletic scholarships

International Students
Boston College provides no financial aid to international students.
Student Financial Need

How likely are you to get a scholarship if you attend Boston College? In this section, we'll give you a little information about the likelihood and amounts that students with or without need are likely to receive. You can see this data for the full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student population as a whole or for full-time freshmen only.

Choose a student group
Full-time undergraduates
Full-time freshmen
Context: Need met for full-time undergraduates

Boston College uses institutional methodology to determine if a student needs aid. According to their benchmark, they believe that 100% of full-time degree-seeking undergraduate need has been met. In general, the funds that close the gap between the cost of attendance (COA) and the expected family contribution (EFC) may include some kinds of student loans. There are schools, however, which meet 100% of need without the requirement of students loans. Be sure to check out the financial aid website to explore what promises Boston College makes.

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Overview of student need and resources used (Full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students)
The average annual financial aid package received by full-time degree-seeking undergraduates who were identified to have need totals $44,099, of which on average $4,489 is in the form of loans.
Student financial need
Have need
No need
0%20%40%60%80%100%Percentage with aid by typeNeed-based GrantsNeed-based self-helpNon-need-based Grants
Cumulative student loans

The student loan data in this section is compiled for the most recent graduating class at Boston College, and provides total debt incurred while attending.

Context: Average cumulative loans from all sources
About 47% of the last student class departed with some loan debt, which is a smaller percentage of graduating students than 86% of the context schools. Boston College students who borrow have a smaller average cumulative principal, $20,915, than 83% of the context schools.
$20,915$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000
Choose how to view student loan use
Percentages
Averages
Student loan use
The bars below give you a peek at what types of loans students took out most frequently. Using the tab, you can view the average amounts of each type of loan.
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Financial Aid Spending
The financial aid spending reported here reflects monies from all sources that are spent towards the cost to attend Boston College. These funds include loan amounts that should ultimately be repaid by the students.
Comparison: Spending on need versus students with need
Here's all money spent on financial aid, divided between money towards students with (blue) and without (green) need, versus the proportion of students with and without need. Is aid going at least proportionally to the students who most need it?
0%50%100%Degree-seeking studentsFinancial aid spending
Without need
With need
Aid spending detail (values)

How are financial aid dollars distributed? Grants and scholarships are shown in violet, while self-help is shown in brown. While self-help includes work-study programs, for most schools the self-help will reflect primarily student loan amounts. Any tuition waivers or athletic scholarships are shown in pink.

Show percentages
$0$20M$40M$60M$80MNon-need-basedNeed-based
Parent loans
Non-need-based self-help
Need-based self-help
Institutional Athletic awards
Institutional Tutition waivers
Institutional Grants
External Grants
State Grants
Federal Grants
Campus overview
Varsity sports at Boston College

Boston College participates in the NCAA Division I-FBS.

Below, you can examine the participants and resources for each sports team.

Total revenue by gender
Men ($47,165,659)
Women ($15,339,324)
Total expenses by gender
Men ($41,329,514)
Women ($18,995,759)
Choose which aspect to view
Participation
Revenue
Game Day Expenses
Expense per participant
Number of participants by sport
VolleyballTennisSwimming and DivingSoftballSoccerSkiingSailingRowingLacrosseIce HockeyGolfFootballField HockeyFencingCombined Track and FieldBasketballBaseball050100150Men050100150Women
Note: Participants include any of the following: a student listed on the varsity roster, a student reciving student aid related to this sport, or a student who is practicing with the varsity team and receiving coaching from the varsity coaching staff, including junior varsity, freshman, redshirt, or novice participants as well as fifth-year members who have already received a bachelor's degree.
Campus participation in varsity sports
ParticipatingNot participating02,0004,0006,000Men02,0004,0006,000Women
Disciplinary actions and crime at Boston College

Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school). Boston College employs the following safety measures on their campus: 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm devices, dorm entrances allow access only with key or security card, 24-hour patrol by trained security personnel, and late-night transportation/escort services.

Disciplinary Actions
200520102015202005001,0001,5002,000
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Disciplinary Actions
1.0%9.3%0.0%0.0%2.0%4.0%6.0%8.0%10.0%Average number of disciplinary violoations as a percentage of students
Arrests
2010201220142016201801234
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Arrests
0.01%0.01%0.00%0.00%0.10%0.20%0.30%Average number of arrests as a percentage of students

There are very few offenses classified as criminal at most schools. For clarity, we omitted statistics for the most rare crimes, such as murder or manslaughter, and combined sex-related crimes (whose precise names and definitions have changed over time) as well as burglaries and robberies.

Criminal Offenses
2005201020152020020406080
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
0.060%0.008%0.245%0.003%0.000%0.100%0.200%0.300%0.400%Average number of criminal offenses as a percentage of students
Student housing at Boston College

Boston College houses 7,689 undergraduate students, which is 84% of the undergraduate population.

We are able to share a few of the choices you can make when choosing dorm space, and you'll definitely want to learn more about the school's spaces from their web site.

Living on campus
84%
Special types of housing available
Coed housing
Women-only housing
Programs for Veterans

If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.

Programs offered
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Recognized student veteran organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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School finances
Boston College: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$10,000$20,000$30,000
Chart explanation
Boston College
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Boston College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Boston College have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Net assets per student
Tuition dependence
Interest obligations
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018-200%-150%-100%-50%0%50%
Chart explanation
Boston College
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at Boston College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Boston College is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Boston College has an endowment of $2,573,458,979. Colleges and universities with huge endowments generally have their annual performance dominated by investment successes and failures, and fluctuations tend to be outside of the range of other schools. Under the following endowment section, you can check whether their endowment is generally stable, which is the true measure of financial stability for schools in this class.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Boston College into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$500M$1B$1.5BRevenue$0$500M$1B$1.5BExpense
Investment gains
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Educational sales revenue
Other revenue
Investment losses
Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Research expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Boston College's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Choose which aspect of the school assets to view
Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Boston College in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

$0$100,000$200,000$300,000200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Restricted net assets
Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2018 net assets per student
$270,824$0$100,000$200,000$300,000
Academic research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research
Why is the amount of library resources important?

A rigorous academic program requires that students and faculty alike are engaging in independent research, and that activity requires strong library support. You can get some useful information here:

  • How strong and how balanced between traditional physical books and easily-accessed (but expensive) electronic journals and other resources is this library?
  • How much is this library borrowing from other libraries? The number of interlibrary loans received can indicate the school's commitment to getting the resources on-campus researchers need, and also of the research activity on campus.
  • How big a resource is this library to other libraries? A large number of outgoing interlibrary loans speaks highly of the value of its content.

The presence of a library in and of itself is a good thing. Increasingly, libraries are comfortable and inviting spaces for individual and group study sessions. Librarians can be incredibly friendly guides in your quest to find materials that aid your learning.

Comparison of library resources per student
How do the per-student library resources at Boston College compare to other schools?
148810200400600PhysicalElectronic
Comparison of library loans per student
A small library could make up for a small collection by allowing a large number of interlibrary loans to be received. An excellent library can show its strength by its number of loans given.
3.413.960.001.002.003.004.00LoanedReceived
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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor

How much funding does this university have for research in your discipline? This is your primary evidence of nationally-recognized scholarship coming out of this university, and provides a good indicator of the availability of research funding for graduate students and post-docs. You can select bars to drill down into the specific disciplines funded, or further into the sources of that funding. If you hover on the bars, you can see summary details. The dollar amounts reflect the institution's annual spending, inclusive of external grants.

Because this data is collected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), it is focused on traditional science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) disciplines. There are only hints of funding outside of these areas.

Choose how to look at research funding
All
Federal
Nonfederal
This chart shows the overall funding received by Boston College by broad research field since 2010. If you select a colored bar, you can drill down and see a little more detail about funding in this area.
$0$20M$40M$60M$80M$100M$120M201020112012201320142015201620172018
Psychology
Social sciences
Computer sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Life sciences
Physical sciences
Environmental sciences
Non-STEM disciplines