Boston College.

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Boston College

Boston College (BC) is a private Jesuit research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, founded in 1863. Although Boston College is classified as an R1 research university, it still uses the word "college" in its name to reflect its historical position as a small liberal arts college. The university has more than 9,300 full-time undergraduates and nearly 5,000 graduate students. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America. Boston College offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its eight colleges and schools: Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Connell School of Nursing, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College Law School, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Woods College of Advancing Studies. Boston College athletic teams are known as the Eagles, their colors are maroon and gold, and mascot is Baldwin the Eagle. The Eagles compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports offered by the ACC. The men's and women's ice hockey teams compete in Hockey East. Boston College's men's ice hockey team has won five national championships.Alumni and affiliates of the university include governors, ambassadors, members of Congress, scholars, writers, medical researchers, Hollywood actors, and professional athletes. Boston College has graduated several Rhodes, Fulbright, and Goldwater scholars. Other notable alumni include a U.S. Speaker of the House, a U.S. Secretary of State, and chief executives of Fortune 500 companies.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 9,636 students
  • 0.45 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Boston College

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, and Computer Science.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

9,223 students out of 28,454 applicants were accepted into Boston College. They had an average SAT score of 1434. 60% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 56% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Boston College was $53,346. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,588.

Financial aid available at Boston College

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

45% of undergraduate students at Boston College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Boston College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Boston College was of $14,142 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250.

Diversity at Boston College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017