Boston College GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Boston College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Boston College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Boston College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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​Discussion of Boston College's Admissions Standards:

With an acceptance rate below 30%, Boston College is a highly selective private university. The school sends out significantly more rejection letters than acceptances. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into BC had averages of A- or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) above 1250, and ACT composite scores above 26. Students with "A" averages and SAT scores above 1400 are most likely to be admitted. Realize that among students with mid-range scores there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green. Many students whose scores and grades are on target for Boston College still get rejection letters. At the same time, keep in mind that Boston College does not have minimum grade or test score requirements for admission--all students who apply will receive careful consideration.

Boston College, like nearly all highly selective colleges and universities, has holistic admissions--the admissions folks are looking at the whole applicant, not just numerical measures such as grades, rank, and SAT scores. One of the most important features of a winning application is not just high grades, but high grades in challenging courses. Boston College likes to see students with four years of math, social science, foreign language, science, and English. If your high school offers AP, IB, or Honors courses, the admissions folks will want to see that you have challenged yourself by taking those courses. The majority of successful applications to Boston College were from students who ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class.

To further increase your chances of getting accepted at Boston College, focus on having a winning essays, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities. Like many top colleges, Boston College uses the Common Application, but you'll want to do more than send off a "common" application. The college requires a 400-word or shorter writing supplement in addition to the standard Common Application essay; make sure you put time and care into that additional essay to show that you are both thoughtful and seriously interested in attending BC. 

Students who have some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. As an NCAA Division I school and member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Boston College will be actively looking for strong scholar/athletes. 

Note that interviews are not part of the Boston College application process. 

Students with interests in studio art, music, or theater can use Slide Room to upload files of their visual or performing art. Applicants are also welcome to use the "Additional Information" section of the Common Application to draw attention to artistic skills that may not be evident elsewhere in the application. 

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