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Boston College

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

BC Admissions

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.

BC Admissions Stats at a Glance

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%
Waitlist Yes

Boston College Application Deadlines

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
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Considering Applying Early to BC?

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.

More on Boston College Admissions

How To Get Into Boston College

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.

Transferring to Boston College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to BC

BC has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does BC Look For in an Applicant?

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.

Admissions Factors at BC

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.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with BC for more information on admission factors.

BC Application Requirements

Check in with BC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into BC?

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Boston College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
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.

About GPAs

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.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

What is a Good SAT Score for BC?

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.

What is a Good ACT Score for BC?

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.

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

More Information on 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 May 20.

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) 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.

Want To Learn More About BC?

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BC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


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.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1510


Math SAT Range

720 - 780


Reading SAT Range

700 - 750


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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