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Facts & Figures, 2015-16

bc 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

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

Undergraduate Applications and Selectivity 
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 (2005-2015)
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 program ranked 22nd
Carroll School, Graduate program, 45th; Part-time MBA, 37th
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate program ranked 34th
School of Social Work ranked 10th
Law School ranked 34th
Lynch School of Education, Graduate program ranked 23rd
Bloomberg/Business Week: Undergraduate Business Schools, 4th

Academic Units
8 schools and colleges

Undergraduate Programs
Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
Carroll School of Management
Lynch School of Education
Connell School of Nursing
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 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

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 2015-16
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," 22nd

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 1-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 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


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