Boston College


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Massachusetts


Boston College is a private university located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston with easy access to the city. Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Jesuits. Today it is one of the oldest Jesuit university in the U.S., and the Jesuit university with the largest endowment. The campus is distinguished by its stunning Gothic architecture, and the college has a partnership with beautiful St. Ignatius Church. The school always places high on rankings of national universities, and it is among the top Catholic colleges and universities. The undergraduate business program is particularly strong. BC also has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The Boston College Eagles compete in the NCAA Division 1-A Atlantic Coast Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Finance, History, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 14836
Total Grad Students: 4941
Undergraduate Students: 9895
Faculty: 881

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 48%
Percent Female: 52%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

140 Commonwealth Ave
Chesnut Hill Massachusetts 2467


Main Email:

Main Phone: 617-552-8000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Undergraduate Admission

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The transfer admission process at Boston College is highly selective. A minimum college GPA of a 3.0 is required to submit a transfer application. Increased competition in recent cycles has resulted in a mean grade point average of 3.6 among admitted students.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses taken at regionally accredited institutions when coursework is similar to that offered at Boston College and a grade of at least a C has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students have completed or more transferable credits at a regionally accredited institution may apply for transfer admission. Of the credit hours required for graduation, a max of 60 credits may be transferred from another college/university.

Test Scores for Applying:
Applicants are required to submit official copies of either the SAT I or the ACT. Applicants may not waive this requirement on the basis of completed (unless more than 5 years have passed since an applicant's graduation from high school).

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Complete the Personal Information section and submit it to a college professor/instructor who has recently taught you an academic subject. If you have been out of school for more than 1 year, present this form to an advisor/employer for completion.

Essay(s) required:
Transfer applicants must submit one required essay. The essay topic can be found on page 4 of the Transfer Common Application.

Application Fee:
Students should submit both the Supplemental Application and the $70 application fee at as soon as possible.

Other Requirements:
Transfer applicants to Boston College must complete the Transfer Common Application. Please note that transfer applicants should also submit the Mid-term Grade Report and Boston College Supplemental Application forms.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 29 32
English 29 34
Math 28 33
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 620 710
Math 640 730
Writing 630 730

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 28%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -28%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 1200

Room and Board: 12324

Tuition and Fees: 42204

Total Cost: 56728

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The Office of Student Services administers federal financial aid programs that include Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans and Work-Study, as well as need-based institutional undergrad grant & scholarship programs and undergrad state scholarship & loan programs.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 4070

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 56%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 44%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 42%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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