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Boston College Facts

by the numbers (September 2015)


14,100 total students
9,100 undergraduate students
4,400 graduate and professional students
600 students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies

Undergraduate Student Body

53% female students
47% male students
30% AHANA (persons of African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) and 6% International students
70% of students identify themselves as Catholic

Undergraduate Applications/Selectivity, Class of 2019

29,486 applicants
2,280 freshmen
Acceptance Rate: 29%
SAT Average: (Critical Reading, Math, Writing) 2034 on 2400 scale
Mid 50% SAT Range 1950-2150
81% of freshmen in top 10% of high school class

Selected Student Honors/Awards


George C. Marshall Scholarship: 3
Winston Churchill Scholarship: 1
J. William Fulbright Grant (Undergrad):182
Andrew Mellon Scholarship: 1
Harry S. Truman Scholarship: 5
Beinecke Memorial Scholarship: 1
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: 8
Beckman Scholarship: 8
Boren Scholarship: 10
National Science Foundation Grad Research Fellowship: 11
Freeman/ASIA Scholarship: 5
Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship: 3
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship: 1
Jacob Javits Fellowship: 1
Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship: 1
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship: 65
Udall Scholarship: 1
City Fellows Program in Humanities & Arts: 2

Top 10 Cross-Application Competitors

(in rank order)

1. Georgetown University
2. University of Notre Dame
3. Harvard University
4. University of Pennsylvania
5. Brown University
6. Villanova University
7. Boston University
8. Cornell University
9. University of Virginia
10. Yale University

Rankings Data

US News & World Report
30th among national universities
Carroll School of Management Undergraduate programs, 22nd
Carroll School Graduate program, 45th; Part-time MBA, 37th
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate program 34th
School of Social Work, 10th
Law School, 34th
Lynch School of Education, Graduate program 23rd

Bloomberg/Business Week
Undergraduate Business School, 4th

Academic Units

8 schools and colleges

Undergraduate Programs

Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
Carroll School of Management
Connell School of Nursing
Lynch School of Education
Woods College of Advancing Studies

Graduate/Professional programs

Boston College Law School
School of Social Work
School of Theology and Ministry
Carroll Graduate School of Management
Morrissey Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Woods College
Note: Graduate programs in nursing and education are offered through the Connell School of Nursing and Lynch School of Education, respectively.

Most Popular Undergraduate Majors

Political Science
Applied Psychology & Human Development


786 Full-time faculty
Faculty/Student ratio 1:12
93% of faculty hold doctoral degrees
Sponsored Research Grants $50.9 million

Tuition and Financial Aid 2015-2016

Tuition: $46,670
One of 19 private colleges and universities that are need blind and meet the full demonstrated need of all accepted students.
Undergraduate need-based Financial Aid: $109.6 million
Students receiving Financial Aid: 67%
Average need-based financial aid package: $37,000 
US News “Great Schools at Great Prices,” 35th
Kiplinger’s “Best Value Private University,” 22rd

Endowment and Budget

$2.3 billion
$956 million operating budget


171,826 (largest alumni association among Catholic universities in the world)

Jesuits at BC



8 libraries
2.9 million volumes
More than 700 manuscript collections
530,000 e-books


708 student-athletes compete on 12 varsity teams for men and 16 for women at the NCAA Division I level. Student-athlete graduation rate among Top 10 of NCAA Division I-A universities. 14 teams graduated 100% of student-athletes in 2014, placing BC in the Top 10 of all NCAA FBS programs.  710 students participate in 24 club sports, 3,500 students in intramurals.




Maroon & Gold


'Ever to Excel’ From Homer’s Iliad, 6th Book


Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863

Campus Properties

Main Campus 130 acres
Newton Campus 40 acres
Brighton Campus 65 acres
Connors Family Retreat & Conference Center, Dover 79 acres
Weston Observatory 20 acres