Boston College is among the nation’s foremost universities—a leader in the liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and formative education. Grounded in the ideals that inspired our Jesuit founders, we urge students to look inward but always to reach out—to develop their minds and talents to the fullest and use them in the service to others.


Acceptance Rate

Class of 2026

Applicants: 40,494

Enrolled: 2,335


Average ACT/SAT Score

Class of 2026

25%: 33/1430

75%: 34/1510


Undergraduate Students

53% Female Students

47% Male Students

At a Glance

Location: Chestnut Hill, MA

School Type: Private (Nonprofit)

U.S. News Ranking: #36

Early Decision: Yes


Institutional Enrollment

Total Students15,106
Undergraduate Students9,532
Graduate Students
Total Female Students7,300
Total Male Students6,070

Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category

CategoryTotal Undergraduates
Nonresident aliens
Black or African American, non-Hispanic
White, non-Hispanic
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic4
Asian, non-Hispanic
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic3
Two or more races, non-Hispanic406
Race and/or ethnicity unknown316

Geographic Distribution

Class of 2026

We seek students who are bright, curious, passionate, and engaged. As a Jesuit university, Boston College emphasizes liberal arts education, character development, and the cultivation of leaders. Our mission is to graduate men and women who know how to think, make decisions, communicate, and act with integrity.
John Mahoney, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Financial Aid, Tuition, & Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Year 2021–2022 


Awarded in Need-Based Scholarships & Grants

Tuition & Fees

Academic Year 2022–2023

Tuition: $62,950

Required Fees: $1,226

Room & Board (On-Campus): $16,120

Books & Supplies: $1,250

Other Expenses: $1,900 (residents and commuters not living at home), $2,200 (commuters living at home)

Boston College endeavors to educate a new generation of leaders—men and women who will be capable of shaping the future with vision, justice, and charity—with a sense of calling, with concern for all of the human family.
William P. Leahy, S.J., University President

Transfer Admission

Fall 2021


Factors of Admission

Relative Importance of Each of the Following Factors

FactorVery Important
Not Considered
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPAX   
Standardized test scores  X 
Application Essay X  
Recommendation(s) X  
Extracurricular activities X  
Talent/ability X  
Character/personal qualities X  
First generation  X 
Geographical residence    X
State residency   X
Religious affiliation/commitment X  
Racial/ethnic status   X
Volunteer work X  
Work experience  X 
Level of applicant’s interest   X

About the Common Data Set

The Common Data Set initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student’s transition into higher education.

University Strategic Plan

Ever to Excel: Advancing Boston College's Mission

In January 2016 Boston College embarked on the University Strategic Planning Initiative—a new strategic planning effort to identify institutional priorities for the next decade. Called Ever to Excel: Advancing Boston College’s Mission, these directions will shape the University’s priorities over the coming decade.