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Boston College Overview

Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Boston College is a private not-for-profit institution. Chestnut Hill is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Boston College Known For?

9,681 Full-Time Undergraduates
$33,562 Avg Cost After Aid
32% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Boston College is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at Boston College is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 65% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Boston College bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $72,500 a year. That's about 78% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Boston College student graduates in 4.0 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Boston College Rankings

Boston College is ranked #61 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Boston College also holds the #11 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Boston College has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Boston College

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 61
Best Colleges for International Students 61
Best Colleges for Diversity 73
Best Colleges for Veterans 238
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 280
Best Colleges for the Money 823

Where Is Boston College?

Location of Boston College

Contact details for Boston College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-8000
Website: www.bc.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonCollege
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BostonCollege

How Do I Get Into Boston College?

You can apply to Boston College online at: www.commonapp.org

Admission Requirements for Boston College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston College?

32% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
Boston College has a fairly low acceptance rate of 32%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 36%, and the acceptance rate for women is 30%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Boston College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 660 and 760. Math scores were between 660 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston College  ( 660 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 660 to 730 )
200
800
Boston College received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 31 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Boston College  ( 31 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Boston College  ( 31 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford Boston College?

$33,562 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston College is $33,562. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Boston College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,251 $9,693 $16,648 $23,172 $47,675

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Boston College, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $4,097 a year. That adds up to $16,388 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston College is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Boston College Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,681 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,921 undergraduate students at Boston College, with 9,681 being full-time and 240 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Boston College

There are also 4,707 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,681 full-time undergraduates at Boston College, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Boston College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Boston College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 924
Black or African American 371
Hispanic or Latino 999
White 5,856
International Students 788
Other Races/Ethnicities 743

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Boston College. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 104 countries are represented at Boston College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Spain.

Online Learning at Boston College

189 Took All Classes Online
505 Took At Least One Class Online
387.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 505 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 60th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Boston College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston College was 387.1%. This is the #168 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston College regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Boston College Majors

In 2017-2018, Boston College awarded 6,124 undergraduate degrees and 3,544 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 96 81 0
Area Studies 0 0 2 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 36 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 103 254 0
Chemistry 0 22 4 16
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 11 6
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 3 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 156 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 221 0 0
Computer Science 0 77 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 5 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 0 0
Economics 0 397 44 11
Educational Administration 0 0 40 2
Educational Assessment 0 0 11 4
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 36 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 7 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 303 101 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 21 0 0
General Biology 0 208 0 5
General English Literature 0 111 12 1
General Psychology 0 154 1 0
General Social Sciences 0 2 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 7 8 0
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 14 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 11 0
History 0 76 13 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 1
Information Science 0 77 0 0
International Education 0 0 11 0
International Studies 0 81 0 0
Law 0 0 0 245
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 9 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 7 1 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 91 0 0
Marketing 0 127 0 0
Mathematics 0 80 1 6
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 62 0
Music 0 5 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 28 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 2 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 1 6
Nursing 0 102 0 7
Other Education 0 1 150 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 109 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 2 0
Philosophy 0 57 13 4
Physics 0 12 3 7
Political Science & Government 0 194 10 4
Religious Education 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 0 4 0 0
Romance Languages 0 18 8 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0
Social Work 0 0 266 8
Sociology 0 44 3 8
Student Counseling 0 0 9 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 57 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 5 0 0
Telecommunications Management 0 0 23 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 14 99 13
Total 0 6,124 2,780 764

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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