Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Boston College is a private institution established in 1863 with suburban setting located at Chestnut Hill. It is ranked 39 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges.It practices semester-based academic calendar. Boston College, located just outside downtown Boston, was founded by the Society of Jesus and has maintained its Roman Catholic Jesuit religious affiliation. Students can join more than 200 clubs and organizations, but there is no Greek system on campus. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but the majority choose to do so. More than 1,000 students participate in study abroad each year.

#39 National Universities
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1863
Selectivity High
Size Medium
9,484 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $55,464
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,464
Room and Board Fees $18,475
$60,375 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


17% (High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Very Difficult
$80 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the primary language.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$51,623 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$47,465 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,746
39% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth full tuition
Eligibility Incoming students
Minimum Criteria Based on academic achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Boston College Grants/Scholarships
Total Worth --
Details Eligibility for Boston College grant and scholarship funds is determined based on the student’s demonstrated institutional need. A portion of these funds is supported by donor-established scholarships. Students who are eligible for Boston College need-based grant funds will be considered for these donor-supported awards once they have completed the standard application for financial aid.


9,484 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
95% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years