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BC Admissions

If you want to apply to BC, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the application fee costs $80. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from BC by April 1.

Considering Applying Early to BC?

Boston College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to BC?

BC is avery difficult school to get into. BC evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, BC accepted 26% of all applicants., around 7,752 of the 29,382 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.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, BC waitlisted 6,892 students. Of those, 3891 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to BC?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides 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 strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at BC

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

BC 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to BC must submit the following items. Double check with BC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into BC?

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At BC 79% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94.3% were in the top 25% and 99.4% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Boston College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 20%

BC does not have 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 2021, 64% of BC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 36% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for BC?

To be competitive with other BC applicants, you should strive to earn between 1350 and 1480 (or higher!) on the SAT. At BC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1480 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of BC students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of BC students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

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What's a Good ACT Score for BC?

To be most competitive at BC, you should strive to earn between 31 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 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for BC students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Boston College

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 June 15.

Transfer students can enroll in BC during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

BC Admissions FAQs

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) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to BC?

BC. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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BC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

26%

How hard is it to get into BC? BC is a very selective institution. The BC acceptance rate is 26%. This means that the institution accepts 26 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 and Less

Low

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BC SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1480

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Math SAT Range

670 - 770

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Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

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BC GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

14,570

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

26%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,830

Out-of-State

$61,830

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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