Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Office of News & Public Affairs

Facts & Figures, 2014-15

bc by the numbers (Updated September, 2014)

14,100 total students 
9,000 undergraduate students
4,500 graduate and professional students
600 students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies

Student Body (Undergraduate)
54% female students
46% male students
32% AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) and 5% International students
70% of students identify themselves as Catholic

Undergraduate Applications and Selectivity 
23,223 applicants
2,280 freshmen
Acceptance Rate: 34%/Yield: 30%
SAT Average: (Critical Reading, Math, Writing) 2039 on 2400 scale
Mid 50% SAT Range 1960-2150
81% of freshmen in top 10% of high school class

Selected Student Honors/Awards (2003-2013)
Rhodes Scholarship: 2
George C. Marshall Scholarship: 4
Winston Churchill Scholarship: 1
J. William Fulbright Grant (Undergrad): 183
Andrew Mellon Scholarship: 1
Harry S. Truman Scholarship: 5
Beinecke Memorial Scholarship: 1
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: 5
Beckman Scholarship: 10
Boren Scholarship: 12
National Science Foundation Grad Research Fellowship: 12
Freeman/ASIA Scholarship: 11
Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship: 4
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship: 1
James Madison Scholarship: 1
Jacob Javits Fellowship: 1
Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship: 1
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship: 45
City Fellows Program in Humanities & Arts: 2

Top 10 Cross-Application Competitors (in rank order)
1. Georgetown University
2. Univeristy 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:
31st among National Universities
Carroll School of Management, undergraduate program ranked 21st
Carroll School, Graduate program, 45th; Part-time MBA, 25th
Connell School of Nursing ranked 21st
School of Social Work ranked 10th
Law School ranked 36th
Lynch School of Education ranked 24th
Bloomberg/Business Week: Undergraduate Business Schools, 4th

Academic Programs
8 schools and colleges

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

Graduate /Professional Schools
Boston College Law School
School of Social Work
School of Theology and Ministry

Carroll Graduate School of Management
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Woods College
(Note: Graduate programs in nursing and education are also offered through the Connell School of Nursing and Lynch School of Education, respectively.)

Most Popular Undergraduate Majors
Political Science
Applied Psychology & Human Development

758 Full-time faculty
Faculty/Student ratio 1:13
93% of faculty hold doctoral degrees
Sponsored research grants: $45.5 million

Tuition and Financial Aid 2014-15
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: $103.5 million
Students receiving Financial Aid: 70%
Average need-based financial aid package: $36,000
US News "Great Schools at Great Prices," 37th
Kiplinger's "Best Value Private University," 23rd

Endowment and Budget
$2.2 billion
$917 million operating budget

168,651 (largest alumni association among Catholic universities in the world)

Jesuits at BC

8 libraries
2.9 million volumes
More than 700 manuscript collections, including music, photos, art and artifacts
450,000 e-books

720 student-athletes compete on 13 varsity teams for men and 16 for women
at the NCAA Division I level.
Student-athlete graduation rate among Top 10 of NCAA Division 1-A universities.
14 teams graduated 100% of student-athletes in 2013, placing BC in the top 10 of all NCAA FBS programs.
709 students participate in 24 club sports
3,500 students participate in intramurals

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
BC Ireland Campus, Dublin, Ireland: 1 acre


Maroon & Gold

'Ever to Excel' - from Homer's Iliad, 6th Book

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863