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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College, founded in 1863, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts institution. Programs are offered through the Schools of Education and Nursing; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Carroll School of Management. Its 240-acre campus is located in Chestnut Hill, overlooking the city of Boston.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students9,192
   Women4,895 (53.3%)
   Men4,297 (46.7%)
Graduate Students4,513


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate29% of 29,486 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math695 average
640-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading670 average
620-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing685 average
640-730 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite32 average
30-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,064
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$37,639
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Chestnut Hill Population19,440
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.6% Asian
4.2% Black/African-American
10.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.8% White
4.6% Unknown
International Students6.1% from 68 countries
First-Year Students Returning95.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.73 4.09 684 676 30
Low 2.00 1.80 510 520 15
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• BC's Weston Observatory promotes earthquake hazard awareness and preparation in New England.

• BC boasts five bands catering to a wide range of musical tastes: a small wind ensemble, a symphonic band, a jazz ensemble, a pep band and a marching band.

• The BC Center for Christian-Jewish Learning offers public workshops on how to reduce stereotypes and hostility by developing knowledge and respect.

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