If you are thinking about applying to BC, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $80.
Students who submit their applications to BC for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.
Here's an overiew of some of BC's admissions stats.
|BC 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||85.74%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||30%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||20%|
These are the application deadlines for Boston College.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||December 15|
|Early Decision II||Yes||January 1||February 15|
|Regular Decision||Yes||January 15||April 1|
BC offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.
🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.
The early decision acceptance rate at BC is 39%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 19%. In 2022, BC admitted 1260 of the 3221 students who applied early decision.
Some students apply early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.
➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is very difficult to get into BC. BC evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, BC accepted 19% of all applicants, around 7,587 of the 39,846 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like BC, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
BC has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.
Wondering what factors are considered by BC during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with BC for more information on admission factors.
Check in with BC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
BC has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 26.47% submitted a class rank. At BC 85.74% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 96.1% were in the top 25% and 99.85% were in the top 50%.
At Boston College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to BC directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
BC considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
BC has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 30% of BC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other BC applicants, you should strive to score between 1430 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At BC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of BC students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of BC students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.
To be most competitive at BC, you should strive to earn between 33 and 34 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for BC's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.
A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for BC students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.
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For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to BC.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 20.
Transfer students can enroll in BC during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to BC?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to BC.
Does BC accept transfer credits?
✅ BC accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does BC accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ BC accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to BC?
❌ No, BC is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.
What is BC's acceptance rate?
✅ BC's acceptance rate is 19%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at BC?
✅ BC's early decision acceptance rate was 39% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into BC? BC is a very selective institution. The BC acceptance rate is 19%. This means that the institution accepts 19 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
34 and Above
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33 and Less
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