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Boston College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The city atmosphere of Chestnut Hill makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

$59,048 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
19% Acceptance Rate

Where Is 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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Boston College?

19% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
30% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Boston College, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 19%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 23%, and the acceptance rate for women is 17%.

Average Test Scores

About 30% 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 700 and 750. Math scores were between 720 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boston College  ( 700 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 720 to 780 )
Boston College received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 34. Composite scores were between 33 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Boston College  ( 34 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Boston College  ( 30 to 34 )
ACT Composite Scores for Boston College  ( 33 to 34 )

Can I Afford Boston College?

$59,048 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
0.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Boston College is $59,048. 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 33% of students took out student loans averaging $3,581 a year. That adds up to $14,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boston College is 0.5%. 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

9,749 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,955 undergraduate students at Boston College, with 9,749 being full-time and 206 being part-time.


There are also 5,622 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,749 full-time undergraduates at Boston College, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,047
Black or African American 415
Hispanic or Latino 1,084
White 5,591
International Students 864
Other Races/Ethnicities 748

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

650 Took All Classes Online
7,240 Took At Least One Class Online
193.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 7,240 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.


Online Growth Rankings of Boston College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Boston College was 193.2%. This is the #142 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%.


*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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