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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?

3,062 Undergraduate Awards
$58,074 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 award 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.

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Boston College Rankings

Boston College landed the #41 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Boston College also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Boston College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#154 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#154 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#185 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Telecommunications Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Boston College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#19 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#21 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual

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?

$58,074 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston College is $58,074. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

9,666 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,901 undergraduate students at Boston College, with 9,666 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,846 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,666 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 1,010
Black or African American 385
Hispanic or Latino 1,105
White 5,515
International Students 861
Other Races/Ethnicities 790

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Economics 397 0 44 11 452
Finance & Financial Management 303 0 101 4 408
Business Administration & Management 103 0 254 0 357
Social Work 0 0 266 8 274
Law 0 0 0 245 245
Communication & Media Studies 221 0 0 0 221
General Biology 208 0 0 5 213
Political Science & Government 194 0 10 4 208
Accounting 96 0 81 0 177
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 156 0 0 6 162
General Psychology 154 0 1 0 155
Other Education 1 0 150 0 151
Marketing 127 0 0 0 127
Theological & Ministerial Studies 14 0 99 13 126
General English Literature 111 0 12 1 124
Nursing 102 2 0 7 111
Other Health Professions 0 0 109 0 109
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 91 0 0 0 91
History 76 0 13 1 90
Mathematics 80 0 1 6 87
International Studies 81 0 0 0 81
Computer Science 77 0 0 0 77
Information Science 77 0 0 0 77
Philosophy 57 0 13 4 74
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 62 0 62
Teacher Education Grade Specific 57 0 0 0 57
Sociology 44 0 3 8 55
Educational Administration 0 1 40 2 43
Chemistry 22 0 4 16 42
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 36 0 0 0 36
Entrepreneurial Studies 36 0 0 0 36
Romance Languages 18 0 8 2 28
Natural Resources Conservation 28 0 0 0 28
Telecommunications Management 0 0 23 0 23
Physics 12 0 3 7 22
Fine & Studio Arts 21 0 0 0 21
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 11 6 17
Educational Assessment 0 0 11 4 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 7 0 8 0 15
Curriculum & Instruction 0 1 0 13 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 14 0 14
International Education 0 0 11 0 11
Health & Physical Education 0 0 11 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 0 0 11
Student Counseling 0 0 9 0 9
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 9 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 7 0 1 0 8
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 1 6 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5 0 0 0 5
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5 0 0 0 5
Music 5 0 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 1 0 3 0 4
Germanic Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Area Studies 0 0 2 0 2
Natural Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 2 0 2
Religious Education 0 0 0 2 2
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 1 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,062 4 1,390 382 4,838

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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