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Frequently Asked Questions

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Below is a list of common questions we hear from students. We have sorted the questions by topic. Click on each topic to reveal the related questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please feel welcome to contact us.

Are there courses I have to take in order to apply to Boston College?
While specific courses are not required, we recommend that you pursue a strong college preparatory program, including four years of English, math, foreign language, laboratory science, and social science. The Admission Committee will also consider the rigor of your high school program. Challenging yourself with honors, AP and/or IB courses (if they are available) will make your application more competitive in our admission process.

Do you require standardized testing and if so, what tests are required to apply for admission?
Boston College does require standardized testing for all of our applicants. You can satisfy our standardized testing requirement with two options. Your first option is to submit the SAT I. Your second option is to submit the ACT with the writing section. SAT II Subject Tests are optional.

Additionally, we require the TOEFL examination for international applicants whose primary native language is not English.

Visit our admission requirements page to learn more about our testing requirements, including how to send your test scores to Boston College.

I've taken the SAT and/or ACT multiple times. Will Boston College use my highest individual section scores?
Yes. If you have taken the SAT more than once, Boston College will take the highest individual section scores from each date and combine those scores. For the ACT, Boston College will take your highest individual section scores and average them together, also known as "superscoring."

What is the average SAT score and/or ACT score of your applicants?
The test scores for the middle 50% of the class of 2018 ranged from 1960-2150 on the SAT I, and 30 to 33 on the ACT.

A lot of my classmates are also applying to Boston College. Does BC limit the number of students admitted from each high school?
Boston College strives to admit the most talented and qualified students from our applicant pool. Therefore, there is no limit to the amount of students we can admit from each high school.

Does geography play a role in the admission process?
Geography is not a factor in the admission process.

Does legacy status factor into the admission evaluation process?
Boston College does consider legacy status when evaluating applications for admission. Please note that you will be considered a legacy applicant only if your mother or father graduated from Boston College.

Does Boston College track how often I visit campus? Will whether or not I visited campus be used in the evaluation of my application?
Boston College does not track whether or not a student visits campus and therefore it is not used in the admission process.

How should I proceed if I want to be recruited by/in contact with a coach?

You should contact the coach of the sport in which you are interested. Click here to view the directory of our coaches.

What are the deadlines to apply to Boston College?

Our Early Action Deadline is November 1. Our Regular Decision deadline is January 1. Visit our deadlines page for more information about our different decision programs.

Does Boston College offer admission interviews?

Boston College does not interview candidates for admission.

I’m uncertain of which undergraduate division to apply to, what do you suggest?

Visit the “Choosing an Undergraduate Division” portion of our requirements page for guidance regarding this question.

I’m undecided about my major. Will my application be at a disadvantage if I designate “undecided” on my application?

We fully understand that many students have yet to determine their academic path. Your application will not be at a disadvantage if you select “undecided” as your major.

Does Boston College have an Honors Program and if so, how are students selected for the Honors Program?
Each of the four undergraduate divisions at Boston College offers an Honors Program. Admission to the honors program is offered to approximately the top 5% of admitted students. There is no separate application for the honors program; all applicants are automatically considered. If you are admitted to Boston College, you will learn if you have been invited to the honors program at that time.

If I already have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university, may I apply to Boston College for a second bachelor’s degree?

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree or it’s equivalent from another university are only eligible to apply if they are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Applications for second bachelor degrees in any other undergraduate division are not permitted. Rather, these students should pursue studies in a graduate program at Boston College.

Does Boston College offer academic merit scholarships?
Boston College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of every admitted student, and therefore we offer a limited number of merit scholarships. In fact, the Presidential Scholarship is our only academic merit-based scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the top 20 freshman applicants each year. Visit our Tuition and Aid page to learn more about financial aid at Boston College.

Does Boston College offer financial aid to international students?
At this time, Boston College only offers financial aid to U.S citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Visit our Tuition and Aid page to learn more about financial aid at Boston College.

Does applying for financial aid affect my chances for admission?
Absolutely not. Boston College practices need-blind admission which means that a student's ability to pay is not considered by the Admission Committee.

Can I be involved at ROTC at Boston College? 
Yes. Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs offer substantial financial aid opportunities for qualified and selected individuals.

Army ROTC has an Extension Center on the Boston College campus and offers full-tuition scholarships with additional BC incentives. More information can be found at bc.edu/rotc or 617-552-2580.

Navy ROTC (617-353-0474), providing full-tuition scholarships, and Air Force ROTC (617-353-4705), providing partial scholarships, are based/hosted at Boston University. You can find more information about this program at www.bu.edu/navyrotc

Does Boston College offer credit for AP courses?
You may use qualifying AP exam scores of 4 or 5 to fulfill University Core requirements. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation unless you have the equivalency of 24 AP credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your AP scores will qualify at Boston College and to learn more about our AP policies.

Does Boston College offer credit for IB courses?

Scores of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a University core requirement. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation, unless you have the equivalency of 24 credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your IB scores will qualify at Boston College.

Does Boston College offer credit for college courses I took in high school? 
Advanced placement units can be earned for college courses taken during high school according to the following guidelines: 

Students enrolled in courses designated as “college courses” that are taken at the high school with a high school teacher may only earn advanced placement units if corresponding College Board AP exams are taken and qualifying scores are earned. A college transcript alone cannot be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

College coursework taken on a college campus with a college professor and with other college students either during the academic year or over the summer may be evaluated for advanced placement units. Only courses that are deemed equal in depth and breadth to coursework taught at Boston College and are being used to supplement high school coursework (and not to fulfill high school requirements) will be considered.

Each 3- or 4-credit course with a grade of B or better will earn 3 advanced placement units. College transcripts for these courses should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by August 1. Students who enroll at a local college to satisfy high school graduation requirements are not eligible for advanced placement units unless they take the corresponding College Board AP exams and earn qualifying scores.

Where do freshmen live?
All freshmen are able to live on campus and over 98% of freshmen chose to do so. 

Freshmen live on either the Upper Campus or the Newton Campus. Our Upper Campus is attached to the main Chestnut Hill campus and approximately 60% of the freshman class resides there. Forty percent of our freshmen live on the Newton Campus, a satellite campus located approximately 1.5 miles from the main campus. A shuttle runs from the Newton Campus to the main campus approximately every 10-15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 

All freshmen live in traditional residence halls. Approximately 95% of freshmen live in double rooms. Freshmen residence halls are single-sex by floor.

Are all students guaranteed four years of campus housing?
All students are guaranteed three years of on campus housing, with half of each incoming class guaranteed four years of campus housing. Students who are awarded four years of campus housing are: students with physical disabilities, NCAA full scholarship athletes, students in the Connell School of Nursing, and the top 15% of the incoming class. 

If a student is awarded three years of campus housing, there are a variety of off campus housing options available for students. Students at Boston College who have been awarded three years of campus housing live off campus during their junior year. Over 95% of the senior class lives on campus. 

Are students at Boston College able to study abroad?
Approximately 40% of students at Boston College pursue a study abroad experience. Students may study abroad for a semester, a full year, or during a summer program. Click here to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Boston College.

Can I have a car on campus?
Given Boston College’s proximity to a major urban center, parking on campus is limited. The vast majority of students are not able to have cars on campus.