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.

Website: www.bc.edu/

Private
Co-ed
9,358
Undergraduate
Students
(52.9%) 4,955 Women
(47.1%) 4,403 Men
4,638
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
32% of 28,454 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
660-730 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
660-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,462
Tuition and Fees
$55,464
Room and Board
$14,478
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$41,768
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$20,481
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
821
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Chestnut Hill Population
19,440
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
84% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Eagle
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.5% Asian
4.1% Black/African-American
11.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.4% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students
6.8% from 65 countries
First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.8%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
City, State, Zip
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800
Phone
(617) 552-3100
Fax
(617) 552-0798

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$80
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 15
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 25

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
32% of 28,454 applicants were admitted
Women
30% of 16,411 applicants were admitted
Men
36% of 12,043 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
2,412 (26%) of 9,223 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,248 (26%) of 4,849 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,164 (27%) of 4,374 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
34% of 8810 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
6,477
Students Accepting Wait List Position
3,791
Students Admitted From Wait List
16

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
660-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
55%
Score of 600 - 700
36%
Score of 500 - 600
8%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
660-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
51%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
6%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
84%
Score of 24 - 29
14%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 78%
Top quarter: 95%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
14%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,462
Tuition and Fees
$55,464
Room and Board
$14,478
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
studentservices@bc.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002128
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,138 (48.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
957 (84.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
957 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
957 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$41,768
Need-Based Gift
Received by 867 (90.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $38,238
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 876 (91.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,855
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 26 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
34 (1.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,287

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
4,189 (45.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,705 (88.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,705 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,705 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$41,056
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,287 (88.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $37,716
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,403 (91.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,928
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 85 (2.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
212 (2.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,634

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
50%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$20,481
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Military Science
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • 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
  • 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
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • 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
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
821
Part-Time Faculty
820
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
46%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,151,934
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1000
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Teaching, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Science, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Master of Theology, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Nursing
  • Applied Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Psychology
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forensic Nursing
  • French
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Italian
  • Linguistics
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing--General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Reading Education
  • Religious Education
  • Russian
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theology
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Health Nursing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Education, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Adult Nursing
  • Applied Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • English
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Law
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing--General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Management
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Religious Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Health Nursing

Location and Setting


Chestnut Hill Population
19,440
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
338 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
84% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
16%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
emergency text alerts, self defense training, student EMT program

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Eagle
School Colors
Maroon and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x x    
Golf x x x x
Ice Hockey x x x x
Lacrosse x x    
Sailing x   x  
Skiing (Downhill) x   x  
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x x
Golf x x
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Sailing x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running x x
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse    
Sailing x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, ice hockey, racquetball, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, ugbc and individual school senates, asian caucus, appalachia volunteers, dance marathon, 4boston
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
9,358
Women
4,955 (52.9%)
Men
4,403 (47.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
9,358
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.5% Asian
4.1% Black/African-American
11.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.4% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students.
6.8% from 65 countries
Average Age
 
All Graduate Students
4,638

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
92.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
70%
Average Starting Salary
70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.8%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Law 5%
Arts and Sciences 6%
Medicine 2%
Education 5%
Other 4%

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