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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 9,696 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Boston College acceptance rate is 28%. Popular majors include Economics, Finance, and Psychology. Graduating 92% of students, Boston College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $57,000.
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College Rankings

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

BC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1320-1490
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,567/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$44,021/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
56%

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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,696Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
231
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 55 responses
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  • Hardworking, Beautiful, Fit, Preppy, Driven
    42%
  • Preppy
    15%
  • Passionate, hardworking, driven, enthusiastic
    11%
  • Stereotypical, hardworking, actively involved
    9%
  • Passionate
    7%
  • Preppy, White, Hardworking
    7%
  • Preppy, white, hardworking, beautiful, passionate.
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
99%
of students say they don't have Greek life.69 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.132 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • We are BC
    44%
  • Academic Excellence
    18%
  • Amazing
    11%
  • Good
    7%
  • Go Eags
    4%
  • Meh
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

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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As a Black student, Boston College has let me down. The university has 4% Black students and is not doing much to change that, there are often racial incidents among students and the administration rarely - if ever - does anything bout it, and there are very few professors of color. Aside from racial issues, Boston College treats its LGBTQ+ students poorly by not giving their clubs funding and not allowing them to use the language they want when it comes to events and clubs names for fear of losing donors. The university refuses to divest from fossil fuels and gun manufacturers, as well as Israeli support.

There are good things about BC (which I believe are outweighed by the aforementioned points, but good nonetheless). For example, the academics are strong, the campus is beautiful, it's in a great location, and there's a wide range of clubs.
The school has been amazing overall! Great academic experience especially in Carrol School of Management. Even during the pandemic, BC has done an excellent job!