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Colleges / Boston College

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%
Acceptance Rate19%

About BC

Boston College Overview

Boston College is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. BC was founded in 1863 and the school now enrolls around 15,046 students a year, which includes 9,532 undergrad students. BC offers on-campus housing for up to 7,298 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 90% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from BC by April 1.

Student Involvement at BC

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? BC students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

BC does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? BC has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at BC on the Student Life page.

2022 BC Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 39%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
Tuition $62,950
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $47,912

Is BC a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer view of what BC offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Boston College

It is very difficult to get into BC. The acceptance rate at BC is 19%. Out of 39,846 applications received in 2022, 7,587 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at BC

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at BC, around 93% return for the next year. Around 92% of students who started at BC earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook BC Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 68% of graduates from BC recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent BC grads is $62,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Boston College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Boston College's endowment was $2.6 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at BC

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

BC meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend BC full-time are awarded $47,912 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $23,247 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at BC.

Based on this information, is BC the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is BC a good school for you?

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Where is Boston College Located?

BC is located in the suburban setting of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the suburbs of Boston.

If you want to see BC for yourself, be sure to 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 BC and Chestnut Hill are like without leaving home.

Considering Going to School in Massachusetts?

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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

BC ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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BC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1510


Math SAT Range

720 - 780


Reading SAT Range

700 - 750

BC Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at BC is like? There are approximately 15,046 students enrolled at BC, including 9,532 undergraduate students and 5,514 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from MA and 74% percent of students are from other states.


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