A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  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 ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
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

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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 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 45 responses
Report
  • Hardworking, Beautiful, Fit, Preppy, Driven
    38%
  • Preppy
    18%
  • Passionate, hardworking, driven, enthusiastic
    13%
  • Passionate
    9%
  • Stereotypical, hardworking, actively involved
    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.59 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.122 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • We are BC
    49%
  • Academic Excellence
    14%
  • Amazing
    14%
  • Go Eags
    6%
  • Good
    6%
  • Meh
    6%
  • 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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I love my experience at Boston College. The faculty here are the best teachers I have ever encountered in my lifelong academic journey. I have never had a bad professor at Boston College. The student body is great here as so many students find it easy to get along and meet each other with the multitude of groups and campus organizations/clubs that are eager to include students. Plus, the food is great!
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Boston College is one of the most interesting institutions in the U.S. It's academics are seen as competitive to higher-level schools, with excellent faculty and professors included. School life is rather comfortable as well, with amenities for students in most places. But there are several issues; with a conservative stance for some administrators, there are clashes with the voice of the student body and the university. In addition, diversity has always been seen as an issue, with people of color facing adversities and lack of representation at times due to the rather unbalanced population.
My time at Boston College changed my life. Not only did the university provide me with a world class liberal arts education, it also formed me as a person. Social justice and civic responsibility were two recurrent themes in many of my classes, and the student body was very active in volunteer work and pursuing their passions. In short, Boston College is one of the most inspirational places I've ever been a part of!