Boston College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Higgins Hall at Boston College
Higgins Hall at Boston College. Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Boston College is a private research college with an acceptance rate of 28%. To apply, students must use the Common Application and complete the BC writing supplement. Boston College has an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school. Students with interests in studio art, music, or theater can use Slide Room to upload files of their visual or performing art to the Common Application. Note that interviews are not part of the Boston College application process. 

Considering applying to Boston College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT of admitted students.

Why Boston College?

  • Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Campus Highlights: Located near dozens of other Boston area colleges, Boston College's beautiful campus is distinguished by its attractive Gothic architecture. The Jesuit, Catholic college has a partnership with St. Ignatius Church.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Athletics: The Boston College Eagles compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Highlights: BC's undergraduate business program is strong, and the school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The university ranks among the nation's top Catholic universities.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 academic admissions cycle, Boston College had an acceptance rate of 28%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 28 students were admitted, making Boston College's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 31,084
Percent Admitted 28%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 27%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Boston College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 650 720
Math 670 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Boston College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Boston College scored between 650 and 720, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 720. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 670 and 770, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1490 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Boston College.

Requirements

Boston College does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Boston College participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT dates. At BC, SAT Subject tests are optional.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Boston College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 56% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75 percentile
English 31 35
Math 28 33
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Boston College's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Boston College received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Boston College does not require the ACT writing section. Note that BC participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will combine your highest score from each individual subtest across all ACT dates.

GPA

Boston College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Boston College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Boston College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Boston College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real -time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

One of the country's top Catholic universities, Boston College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. Boston College, like nearly all highly selective colleges and universities, has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Boston College's average range.