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Boston College Facts

by the numbers (September 2013)


14,400 total students
9,100 undergraduate students
4,700 graduate and professional students
600 students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies

Undergraduate Student Body

52% female students
48% male students
32% AHANA (persons of African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) and 4% International students
70% of students identify themselves as Catholic

Undergraduate Applications/Selectivity

24,538 applicants
2,250 freshmen
Acceptance Rate: 32%
SAT Average: (Critical Reading, Math, Writing) 2032 on 2400 scale
Mid 50% SAT Range 1960-2150
82% of freshmen in top 10% of high school class

Selected Student Honors/Awards


Rhodes Scholarship: 2
George C. Marshall Scholarship: 4
Winston Churchill Scholarship: 2
J. William Fulbright Grant (Undergrad):173
Andrew Mellon Scholarship: 2
Harry S. Truman Scholarship: 6
Beinecke Memorial Scholarship: 2
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: 9
Beckman Scholarship: 15
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship: 1
National Security Education Program Fellowship: 18
National Science Foundation Grad Research Fellowship: 13
Freeman/ASIA Scholarship: 24
Thomas Pickering Scholarship: 1
Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship: 5
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship: 4
James Madison Scholarship: 1
Jacob Javits Fellowship: 1

Top 10 Cross-Application Competitors

(in rank order)

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

Rankings Data

US News & World Report
31st among national universities
Carroll School of Management Undergraduate programs, 22nd
Carroll School Graduate program, 40th; Part-time MBA, 38th
Connell School of Nursing, 21st
Graduate School of Social Work, 10th
Law School, 31st
Lynch School of Education, 19th

Forbes Magazine
America’s Best Colleges, 35th   

Bloomberg/Business Week
Undergrad Business, 6th

Academic Programs

8 schools and colleges

Undergraduate Programs

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
Graduate School of Social Work
School of Theology and Ministry

Carroll Graduate School of Management
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
Human Development


761 Full-time faculty
Faculty/Student ratio 1:14
94% of faculty hold doctoral degrees
Sponsored Research Grants $51.5 million

Tuition and Financial Aid 2013-2014

Tuition: $44,870
One of 21 private colleges and universities that are need blind and meet the full demonstrated need of all accepted students.
Undergraduate need-based Financial Aid: $97 million
Students receiving Financial Aid: 70%
Average need-based financial aid package: $35,000 
US News “Great Schools at Great Prices,” 39th
Kiplinger’s “Best Value Private University,” 24th

Endowment and Budget

$1.9 billion
$886 million operating budget


165,632 (largest alumni association among Catholic universities in the world)

Jesuits at BC



8 libraries
2.87 million volumes
Over 700 manuscript collections, including music, photos, art and artifacts
440,000 e-books


700 student-athletes compete on 14 varsity teams for men and 17 for women at the NCAA Division I level. Student-athlete graduation rate among Top 10 of NCAA Division I-A universities. 21 teams graduated 100% of student-athletes in 2012, most of any NCAA Division I program.  714 students participate in 21 club sports, 3,000 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