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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%

About BC

Boston College is a prestigious research university in Boston, Massachusetts. BC is known for its academics, sense of community, and commitment to social responsibility. Highly ranked for its strong liberal arts education, the university has a foundation of specialized programs and curriculum that promote interdisciplinary learning. 

Boston College encourages students to explore multiple subjects through several means: a core curriculum that includes exposure to several areas of study, interdisciplinary majors such as International Studies and Environmental Studies, collaborative research, and study abroad. Some of the most popular majors at Boston College include economics, finance, psychology, political science, biology, computer science, english, and history. 

Boston College can be described as being academically rigorous and community oriented. BC’s strong community spirit is displayed through events such as community service initiatives, athletic events, and advocacy programs. 

Boston College competes at the NCAA Division I and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference competing against schools like Duke University, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech. Ice Hockey is very popular at Boston College and the team has a very passionate following. Other competitive sports at BU include football, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.

Did You Know?

As a research-intensive institution, Boston College encourages all students, undergrads included, to engage in research projects and hands-on experience. Boston College has over 35 research centers and institutes across all disciplines. For undergrads interested in research opportunities, the university has several grants, scholarships, and fellowships to help provide funding and support. 

What the CC Community is saying about Boston College

"There is certainly a religious presence on campus, which contributes to the lovely campus. There are priests walking around, lots of Christian imagery, etc…If you feel that’s going to make you uncomfortable, I suggest looking for a different college."

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Boston College is a private, religious college in the suburb of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. BC was founded in 1863. The college currently enrolls around 14,734 students a year, including 9,484 undergraduates.

BC Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into BC. Around 17% of applicants get into BC each year. In 2022, 6,748 out of 40,494 total applicants were accepted.

Boston College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 28%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 34%

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Boston College is located in the town of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the suburbs of Boston.

If you are interested in seeing BC for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike to Chestnut Hill, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Boston College and Chestnut Hill are like without leaving home.

College Info

140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800

Campus Setting: Suburban

BC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BC is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BC is Mar 15.

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BC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1520


Math SAT Range

730 - 780


Reading SAT Range

705 - 760

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