Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$56,780

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
54%
600-699
40%
500-599
4%
400-499
0
700-800
69%
600-699
24%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
30-36
88%
24-29
9%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
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undergraduateRatios

47%

male

53%

female

10.6

students

1

faculty

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Very Selective

27%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,679
Declined 25,873
Total Received 35,552
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Private

9,369

undergraduate students

4,802

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Boston College is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States. Founded in 1863, its main campus is located in Chestnut Hill, approximately six miles west of Boston.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 14,171
Established in 1863
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)

121‐acre main campus in Chestnut Hill (Newton population: 88,994), additional 67‐acre campus in Brighton and 40‐acre campus in Newton (six miles). Major airport, bus, and train serve Boston. School operates shuttle service between campuses and in surrounding neighborhood. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Suburbs
  • Metropolitan area: Boston
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Logan International

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA
02467

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
84%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing

Top Organizations

  • UGBC and individual School Senates
  • Asian Caucus
  • Appalachia Volunteers
  • Dance Marathon
  • 4Boston

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • Middlemarch Ball
  • Sporting Events

Fun Facts

  • The Boston College fight song has been covered by the popular Boston-based rock band Dropkick Murphys.
  • Boston College's motto, "Ever to Excel," comes from Homer's Iliad, 6th Book.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
82%
Top 1/4
93%
Top 1/2
98%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
54%
600-699
40%
500-599
4%
400-499
0
700-800
69%
600-699
24%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
30-36
88%
24-29
9%
18-23
2%
12-17
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $80
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Very Selective

27%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,679
Declined 25,873
Total Received 35,552

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
alumni/ae relation
character/personal qualities
application essay
class rank
recommendation(s)
religious affiliation/commitment
talent/ability
volunteer work

Considered

first generation
racial/ethnic status
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest
geographical residence
interview
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 66
Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

56%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$7,579

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $56,780
Room & board $14,826
Books & supplies $1,250
Other fees $1,600
Total $74,456
Average Financial Aid - $7,579
Total with Avg. Aid $66,877
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing (downhill)
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

baseball, basketball, crew, cycling, equestrian sports, field hockey, figure skating, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, squash, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

basketball, cycling, equestrian sports, field hockey, figure skating, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, squash, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross-country running, Equestrian sports, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and field, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Cross-country running, Equestrian sports, Fencing, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and field, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
African-American/Black Studies
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Biochemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemistry, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Communication, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Developmental and Child Psychology
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Studies
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International/Global Studies
Islamic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Linguistics
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Music, General
Neuroscience
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Leadership
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Secondary Education and Teaching
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Theology/Theological Studies
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Doctorial degree - other
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

14,171

total students

27%

in-state

73%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

66%

9,369
students

Female
53%
4,993

Male
47%
4,377

34%

4,802
students

Female
57%
2,727

Male
43%
2,074

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

100%

9,370
students

Female
54%
4,993

Male
46%
4,377

Not reported

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 95%
Student 4 year graduation rate 88%
Student 5 year graduation rate 3%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
58%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

120

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer difficulty

Very difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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