Boston College

Newton, MA

Get to know Boston College

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

9,484 undergraduate students

5,250 graduate students

2,335 first-year students

Undergraduates hail from 50 U.S. states, 2 territories, and 70+ countries


15.7% applicants admitted

SAT Middle 50% (of enrolled students): 1450-1520

ACT Middle 50% (of enrolled students): 33-35


Boston College Core Curriculum

Nearly 60 majors/concentrations and 70 minors

Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1

30% of BC students participate in research opportunities with faculty

Introduction to Boston College

Since 1863, Boston College has been a prominent fixture in one of the highest regarded intellectual centers in the world, the city of Boston. The campus is situated six miles away from downtown, facilitating easy access to arts & culture, historical landmarks, and dynamic professional opportunities.

Boston College is a liberal arts and sciences R-1 Research University with nearly 60 majors/concentrations and 70 minors within four undergraduate schools: Carroll School of ManagementConnell School of NursingLynch School of Education and Human Development, and the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Boston College has expanded its reach into the realm of the sciences and high-level faculty/student research with The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. The institute fosters an interdisciplinary approach to solving the world’s problems around health, energy, and the environment by combining robust offerings in natural sciences, technology, humanities, and entrepreneurship with a major in human-centered engineering.

As a Jesuit, Catholic University, Boston College is rooted in a world view that calls students to learn, search for truth, and live in service to others. The tradition of Jesuit education to respect all cultures and belief systems is a core value of Boston College, encouraging an atmosphere where all students, faculty, and staff feel they are valued members of the campus community. 11.6% of students are the first in their family to attend college. Having received national recognition as a First-Gen Forward Institution in 2020, Boston College continues its commitment to first-generation student success. Fostering diversity and accessibility on campus is accomplished through multiple campus organizations and partners, such as the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural CenterMontserrat OfficeGateway Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, and Learning to Learn Office.

The campus is home to thirty residence halls that house 85% of undergraduate students. More than 300 student-run organizations exist on campus, ensuring that all students can pursue their passions. With a historical commitment to social justice, over 70% of students will participate in either a domestic or international community service or volunteer experience prior to graduation. Boston College offers 200 study abroad programs in 34 countries. Additionally, as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with 31 Division I sports teams and over 50 intramural sports programs, there is no shortage of opportunities to join in on the action, whether as a team member or a cheering spectator. 

96% of graduates in the Class of 2022 were employed, in graduate school, or involved in full-time service within six months after graduation.

Boston College graduates join 204,235 alumni in 154 countries around the world.

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