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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Boston College is a highly rated private, Catholic college located in Newton, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,647 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Boston College acceptance rate is 31%. Popular majors include Economics, Finance, and Psychology. Graduating 93% of students, Boston College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,500.
About Boston College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Website
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Boston College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1260-1460
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,167/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,549/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,179/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,827/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,810/ year
  • $110k+
    $47,234/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.75 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.77 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,647Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • Hardworking, Beautiful, Fit, Preppy, Driven
    38%
  • Preppy
    17%
  • Passionate, hardworking, driven, enthusiastic
    13%
  • Stereotypical, hardworking, actively involved
    11%
  • Passionate
    9%
  • Preppy, White, Hardworking
    4%
  • Preppy, white, hardworking, beautiful, passionate.
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.61 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.124 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • We are BC
    49%
  • Academic Excellence
    16%
  • Amazing
    14%
  • Go Eags
    5%
  • Good
    5%
  • Meh
    5%
  • Awful
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$70,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
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Boston College Reviews

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Boston College’s Professors make it a wonderful institution. My experience with the chemistry and mathematics department has been especially rewarding. Professors are interesting, professional, and passionate. Aside from academics, the plethora of clubs and activities offered is wonderful. Athletics are also a fun way to spend time and the school spirit is immense. The school is truly a community and everyone seems to enjoy interacting and getting to know one another. I have met the most interesting and intelligent people at BC, and I am glad I chose to come here. Although the student population not as diverse as other schools, there is a niche for everyone regardless of their socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, or cultural identity.
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I love Boston College because of the dedication of the professors and faculty to the success of students. As a first generation, low-income college student, professors and other faculty members that openly and outwardly express their willingness to help students creates an environment that I feel heard and seen in. The classes are intellectually challenging and some are even socially challenging as group work, team work, collaboration, and community service may be involved. Unfortunately, Boston College has failed to create an atmosphere in which students that do not fit into the 'white' or 'middle class' categories are able to feel comfortable in.
Loved Boston College! I truly enjoyed my time here and met a lot of lifelong friends and colleagues. I really could not imagine going somewhere else. From the nightlife to the academics to the food and just social life, Boston College had everything I needed.