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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston College.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Boston College has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Boston College?
Contact details for Boston College are given below.
|Address:||140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467|
How Do I Get Into Boston College?
You can apply to Boston College online at: www.commonapp.org
Admission Requirements for Boston College
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston College?
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.
Can I Afford Boston College?
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
There are also 4,846 graduate students at the school.
Of the 9,666 full-time undergraduates at Boston College, 47% are male and 53% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||385|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,105|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston College has changed over the last few years.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Harvey D. Egan under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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