Students Say

Boston College, a small Jesuit school on the outskirts of Boston, “is all about educating the person as a whole.” Its strong core curriculum ensures all students receive a “well-rounded” liberal arts education regardless of their chosen major. Boston College’s well-respected education and business school attract a lot of students, and there are many other strong programs, including English and communication. Students think Boston College is a “great experience academically” and gush about their “phenomenal professors.” A secondary education major student says, “Boston College’s professors are truly exceptional and are devoted to undergraduate learning.”

Overview

Applicants
23,223
Acceptance Rate
34%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
630 - 720
SAT Math
640 - 740
ACT Composite
30 - 33

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Boston College, a small Jesuit school on the outskirts of Boston, “is all about educating the person as a whole.” Its strong core curriculum ensures all students receive a “well-rounded” liberal arts education regardless of their chosen major. Boston College’s well-respected education and business school attract a lot of students, and there are many other strong programs, including English and communication. Students think Boston College is a “great experience academically” and gush about their “phenomenal professors.” A secondary education major student says, “Boston College’s professors are truly exceptional and are devoted to undergraduate learning.” They’re “engaging, challenging, and understanding, [and] are genuinely interested in the student as a whole person.” Boston College’s “prestigious” academics come with “high expectations,” but if students need help professors are “easily accessible outside of classes.” Students “feel prepared for whatever is next” and note that their “well-connected” teachers and strong alumni network help with the job search. One student, who was drawn to Boston College because of its stellar reputation, finds it “even better than expected.” Another adds, “I have always revered Boston College’s academic and athletic reputation, and coming here, I have not been disappointed.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.5:1
Total Faculty
1,477
with Terminal Degree
1,397

785
Men
692
Women
246
Minority
46
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Peter S. Lynch BS '65
Vice Chair, Fidelity Investments

John F. Kerry JD '76
U.S. Secretary of State

Doug Flutie BA '85
Former NFL Quaterback/Commentator

Chris O'Donnell BS '92
Actor

Amy Poehler BA '93
Actress/Comedian

Elizabeth Hasselbeck BA '99
Media Host

Mathias Kiwanuka BA '05
NFL Player

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
94
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The sticker price for tuition, fees, room and board, and everything else at Boston College comes to about $61,600 per year. But you don’t have to be an old-guard Bostonian to be able to afford to go here. The average need-based financial aid package is $36,779. “Their stellar academics and their generous financial aid were a combination that I couldn’t find anywhere else,” one grateful student exclaims.

Bang For Your Buck

Boston College is one of a very few elite private universities that is strongly committed to admitting students without regard to their family’s finances and that also guarantees to meet a student’s full demonstrated financial need through to graduation. (That means your aid won’t dry up after the heady generosity of freshman year.) For the 2011–2012 school year, Boston College awarded $129.6 million in student financial aid, including $87 million in needbased undergraduate financial aid. In addition, BC offers a highly selective program of merit-based aid that supports selected students from among the top 1 or 2 percent of high school achievers in the country. While Boston College is committed to helping superior students attend with need-based financial aid, it is also highly selective. The college’s Presidential Scholars Program, in existence since 1995, selects candidates who are academically exceptional and who exhibit through personal interviews the leadership potential for high achievement at a Jesuit university. In addition to offering fouryear, full-tuition scholarships to students, the program offers built-in supports for a wide range of cocurricular opportunities, including summer placements for advanced internships and independent study. The Office of International Programs is extremely helpful in getting students interested in and ready for studying abroad and “encourages a ‘citizen of the world’ mindset.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,146

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,330

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,182

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,139

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,146

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,670
Required Fees
$766
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Boston College has gotten some flak for its “preppy,” “white,” and “homogenous” student body, and a communication student admits, “The school’s nickname as ‘J. Crew U.’ isn’t entirely unwarranted.” Boston College could definitely use “greater racial diversity,” but one student says that each year “the student body becomes more and more diverse.” A student double-majoring in economics and German says, “Once you’ve settled in you’ll find that it’s not at all difficult to find a group of friends” no matter who you are. “There is a large religious/ spiritual community,” because of the school’s Jesuit affiliation, but “it is only one group of many.” Boston College’s Division I ranking means there are plenty of athletes and sports fans. Students warn that Boston College is “not the place to go to class in your pajamas.” People, particularly women, are “very well-dressed” and “stylish.” Students say their peers are “really ambitious” and “hardworking.” “The majority of students seem intelligent and academically driven as well as dedicated to and passionate about one or more extracurricular activities.” Though people at Boston College are “academically oriented,” they’re “also into having a good time, and “have a work hard, play hard mentality.” There’s a moderate amount of drinking on campus and off, but students say that no matter what, everyone “definitely [has] school as a top priority.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
9,154
Out of State
75%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
94

Demographics

10.23%
Asian
4.08%
African-American
10.72%
Hispanic
66.10%
Caucasian
5.55%
Unknown
5.83%
International

54% female
46% male
75% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Boston College’s “gorgeous campus” and “perfect’” suburban location has created a very rich campus life and given the school a “strong community feel.” There’s “a superb sense of school spirit, which truly sets it apart.” One students raves, “There is just so much school spirit and love for the university!” Boston College’s “incredible sports teams” are well-supported by “superfans at every event.” “There is also a large service component,” to life at Boston College, which allows students “to serve the community in Boston and communities all around the world.” Boston College offers a “plethora of extracurricular activities,” and students think “there’s a club or group for everyone here.” The school has “great facilities” and “state-of-the-art resources.” Dorms are generally wellreviewed, though students think the housing lottery could be more “fair.” Students often go into Boston for all of its entertainment and cultural activities but are happy to return to their “close-knit college” where they “feel very at home.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Dr. Kathleen Duggan

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
225
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
14

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

78% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
18 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: BC has 2 student groups - LGBC (Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Community) and Allies which serves as a Gay Straight alliance. http://www.bc.edu/clubs/allies/

Minority Support Groups: www.bc.edu/offices/ahana

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northeastern
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University

Sustainability

Green Rating
77

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Refer to Campus Visit Website Below

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Devlin Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3809

Phone
6175523100


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
McMullen Museum of Art
Alumni Stadium/Conte Forum
Robsham Theater
Bapst Library
McElroy Commons/Bookstore
Stokes Hall - A newly constructed academic and classroom building with a coffee bar just opened January 2013.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fenway Park & Kenmore Square
The Boston Common/Public Gardens
The Museum of Fine Arts
Newbury Street & Copley Square
Quincy Market/Fanueil Hall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Limited Saturdays
Refer to website above for hours
6175523100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/admission/undergrad/visits.html

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
n/a

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is 7 miles from campus. Public transportation, rental cars, and taxis are available from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses provide service to Boston. Local public transportation to the college is provided by the Boston College branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transit authority's Green Line. The Green Line ends at the Boston/Newton boundary on Commonwealth Ave across from Boston College.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95 (also known as Rte. 128), take Exit 24 (Rte. 30). Proceed east on Rte. 30 (Commonwealth Ave.) for approximately 5 miles to the campus. From the west, take the Massachusetts Tpke. to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, turn right onto Center St. and follow it to the 4th set of lights. Turn left onto Commonwealth Ave. and proceed on it for a mile and a half to the campus.

Local Accommodations
Please refer to our hotel website (http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/admission/undergrad/visits/campusvisit/hotels.html)which contains the most updated list of phone numbers and addresses of hotels that are convenient to Boston College.
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Key Stats

23,223
Applicants
9,154
Size
34%
Acceptance Rate
1360
SAT Scores

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