Boston College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Higgins Hall at Boston College
Higgins Hall at Boston College ( more photos)). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

With an acceptance rate of 31 percent, Boston College is a selective college. Students generally need high grades and test scores to be accepted, along with a strong academic background, a variety of extracurricular activities, and strong writing skills. Students need to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application process. Since Boston College uses the Common Application, students can save some time and energy if they use that application for other schools as well.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Boston College Description

Boston College is a private university located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston with easy access to the city. Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Jesuits. Today it is one of the oldest Jesuit university in the U.S., and the Jesuit university with the largest endowment.

The campus is distinguished by its stunning Gothic architecture, and the college has a partnership with beautiful St. Ignatius Church. Explore it in this Boston College photo tour.

The school always places high on rankings of national universities. The undergraduate business program is particularly strong.

BC also has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The Boston College Eagles compete in the NCAA Division 1 Patriot League.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 14,466 (9,870 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,296
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,818
  • Other Expenses: $1,700
  • Total Cost: $68,064

Boston College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 53%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 41%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $38,399
    • Loans: $4,027

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Finance, History, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 5%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 89%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, and Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Boston College and the Common Application

Boston College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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