Boston College, founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), is one of the nation’s foremost universities, with an enrollment of 9,300 undergraduates from 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries

BC has four undergraduate divisions in arts and sciences, management, education and human development, and nursing. BC is considered a leader in formative education, which focuses on developing the whole person—mind, body and spirit. Boston College is an R1 Institution—a designation assigned by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is ranked among the top national universities by US News & World Report.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Campus setting: Suburban 
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 27%
  • Average ACT range: 33-35
  • Average SAT range: 1420-1530
  • Test optional?: Yes, for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Economics; Education; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geology; History; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Nursing; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit/talent based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $78,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Women's Basketball; Men's Basketball; Women's Cross Country; Men's Cross Country; Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Ice Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Rowing; Men's Skiing; Women's Skiing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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