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Boston College
Snapshot
Status
Private
Acceptance Rate
26%
SAT Range
1330-1500
ACT Range
31-34
Student/Faculty Ratio
17:1
Total Enrollments
14,934
Total Cost
$78,572
Net Average Cost of Attendance
$30,192
Main Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Rankings
Overall Scores
A+
Admissions & Acceptance
A+
Retention & Graduation
A-
Instructors & Faculty
B
Financial Resources

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Summary
What makes Boston College unique?

Boston College, or BC, is a private institution with a total undergraduate enrollment of roughly 14,000. Founded in the Jesuit tradition by Benedict Joseph Fenwick, BC has since expanded its initial course offerings from theology to include a wider range of liberal arts degree options. Boston College’s tuition and fees are comparable to local “Beantown” rival Boston University. BC is located at the end of the T Train line in Chestnut Hill, so students have the option of enjoying the collegiate campus life, or choosing to venture into the city for live sports, restaurants, and tourist activities. 

The university has a sprawling suburban campus that covers over 350 acres with historic gothic architecture and iconic Gasson Hall. Classes at BU follow a semester-based academic calendar, and the student-faculty ratio is a low 10:1, so average class sizes are typically under 20 students. 

Boston College is known for its competitive Carroll School of Management, Woods College of Advancing Studies, and Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. Beyond academics, BC’s athletic teams compete in the ACC and are represented by their mascot, the Eagle. Their nationally renowned hockey program competes annually in the Bean Pot and the Frozen Four, which are local tournaments against rivals like Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. Notable alumni include fashion icon Clinton Kelly, actor Chris O’Donnell, and senator Ed Markey.

Contact Info
Contact & Location
Phone Number
(617) 552-8000
Website
www.bc.edu
Location
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Setting
Small City
Key Info, Costs & Aid
Selectivity
Acceptance Rate (2020)
Completion Rate (2020)
Student Body
Total Enrollments (2020) 14,934
Women 54%
Men 46%
Total Enrollments (2020) 14,934
White 53%
Unknown 11%
International (Non-Citizen) 11%
Hispanic or Latino 9%
Asian 9%
Black or African American 4%
Multiracial 3%
Native American 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Costs
In State Tuition (2020)
$59,050
Out of State Tuition (2020)
$59,050
Books
$1,250
On Campus Room & Board
$15,220

* These statistics utilize the most recently released data from IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)

Degree Overview
Degrees
Total Awards (2020) 5,065
Bachelor's 62%
Master's 29%
Doctoral 8%
Certificate 0%
Total Awards (2020) 5,065
Business 29%
Human and Social Sciences 25%
Education and Liberal Arts 16%
Mathematics and Science 14%
Legal and Law 5%
Healthcare 5%
Computer Technology 4%
Art and Design 1%
Engineering 0%
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Sources for school statistics and data include U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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Accreditation
Accredited By
New England Commission of Higher Education
Specialized Accreditations
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
  • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
  • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
  • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

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4.0625 Based on 4 Reviews
Career Preparation
B+
Students and Culture
A
Facilities
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Activities and Groups
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