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About BC

Boston College is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of Chestnut Hill, MA, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1863, BC currently enrolls around 14,570 students a year, including 9,445 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,579,500,000.

Admissions Facts About BC

Acceptance rate: 26%

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for BC is January 1

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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BC Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Boston College. Around 26 percent of all applicants to BC are accepted each year. Last year, 29,382 students applied to BC and 7,752 were admitted.

Is BC a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 2,305 students who started at BC as first-time freshman, 2,069 graduate within four years.

Around 94 percent of students who started at BC earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 73 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $60,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $23,136 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does BC sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is BC a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from BC by April 1.

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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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BC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1490


Math SAT Range

680 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

BC Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at BC is like? There are approximately 14,171 students enrolled at BC, including 9,369 undergraduate students and 4,802 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from MA and 73% percent of students are from other states.


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