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Boston College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The location of Boston College is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

63 Undergraduate Degrees
242 Graduate Degrees
$58,074 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
32% Acceptance Rate

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Boston College Rankings

We have ranked Boston College as #37 out of 545 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 22 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Boston College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#173 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Boston College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Other Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Educational Assessment Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Boston College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#41 Best Schools Course Advisor
#45 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#52 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual

Where Is Boston College?

Location of Boston College

Contact details for Boston College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-8000

How Do I Get Into Boston College?

You can apply to Boston College online at:

Admission Requirements for Boston College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston College?

32% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Boston College is 32%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 36%, and the acceptance rate for women is 30%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Boston College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 660 and 760. Math scores were between 660 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston College  ( 660 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 660 to 730 )
Boston College received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 31 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Boston College  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 28 to 33 )
ACT Composite Scores for Boston College  ( 31 to 33 )

Can I Afford Boston College?

$58,074 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston College is $58,074. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Boston College, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $4,097 a year. That adds up to $16,388 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston College is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Boston College Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,666 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,901 undergraduate students at Boston College, with 9,666 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Boston College

There are also 4,846 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,666 full-time undergraduates at Boston College, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Boston College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Boston College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Boston College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,010
Black or African American 385
Hispanic or Latino 1,105
White 5,515
International Students 861
Other Races/Ethnicities 790

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Boston College. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 104 countries are represented at Boston College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Spain.

Online Learning at Boston College

189 Took All Classes Online
505 Took At Least One Class Online
387.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 505 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Boston College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Boston College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston College was 387.1%. This is the #90 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Boston College regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Boston College Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Other Education 1 0 150 0 151
Elementary Education 36 0 0 0 36
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 0 32 2 34
Secondary Education 21 0 0 0 21
Curriculum & Instruction 0 1 0 13 14
International & Comparative Education 0 0 11 0 11
Educational Evaluation & Research 0 0 6 4 10
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 1 8 0 9
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 9 0 9
Educational Statistics & Research Methods 0 0 5 0 5
Mathematics Education 3 0 0 0 3
Science Education 1 0 0 0 1
Spanish Education 1 0 0 0 1
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 0 0 0 0
General Special Education 0 0 0 0 0
Biology Education 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry Education 0 0 0 0 0
English & Language Arts Education 0 0 0 0 0
French Language Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
History Education 0 0 0 0 0
Latin Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Physics Education 0 0 0 0 0
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Early Childhood Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 63 2 221 19 305


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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