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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 9,681 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Boston College acceptance rate is 32%. Popular majors include Economics, Finance, and Psychology. Graduating 92% of students, Boston College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $57,000.
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
32%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1320-1490
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,299/ 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
    $8,391/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,109/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,440/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,107/ year
  • $110k+
    $47,691/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.75 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.79 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,681Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
240
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Hardworking, Beautiful, Fit, Preppy, Driven
    41%
  • Preppy
    16%
  • Passionate, hardworking, driven, enthusiastic
    12%
  • Stereotypical, hardworking, actively involved
    10%
  • Passionate
    8%
  • Preppy, White, Hardworking
    4%
  • Preppy, white, hardworking, beautiful, passionate.
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.63 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.126 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • We are BC
    49%
  • Academic Excellence
    15%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Go Eags
    5%
  • Good
    5%
  • Meh
    5%
  • Awful
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
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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Great student body and professors that really seem to care about you (for the most part). Wonderful campus, food is pretty good and really nice to be near Boston (but not TOO near!) Great school spirit & athletics, lots of clubs and activities to participate in and quite a diverse course selection between the 4 schools. Career support is excellent and new athletic center opening soon is a big plus. Also new STEM/engineering center coming soon!
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You can see that it is a Catholic institution by its beautiful architecture. However, while religion is an important part of this college's identity, so is religious freedom. They respect whatever belief that you have as long as it is not hurting other students.

If you are looking for a party school with Greek culture, Boston College is lacking. There are no sororities or fraternities. There are still parties and fun to be had, but a lot of students carry that "work hard play hard" mentality here.

The academics is rigorous and it makes you start thinking seriously about time management if you want it to mesh well with student jobs and extracurriculars. The compact size of the campus is beneficial in this way because you know exactly where everything is.

From experience, the Russian and Business department of the school are excellent in that the professor that I have had have a deep understanding of material and teach it well.
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.