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Facts & Figures, 2013-14

bc by the numbers (Updated September, 2013)

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

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


Undergraduate Applications and 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 (2002-2012)
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 program ranked 22nd
Carroll School, Graduate program, 40th; Part-time MBA, 38th
Connell School of Nursing ranked 21st
Graduate School of Social Work ranked 10th
Law School ranked 31st
Lynch School of Education ranked 19th
Forbes Magazine: America’s Best Colleges ranked 35th
Bloomberg/Business Week: Undergraduate Business Schools, 6th

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
Graduate 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
Economics
Communication
Biology
Finance
Political Science
English
Psychology
Human Development
Nursing
Marketing

Faculty 
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 2013-14
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

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

Jesuits at BC
133

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

Athletics
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 1-A universities.
21 teams graduated 100% of student-athletes in 2012, most of any NCAA Division 1 program.
714 students participate in 21 club sports
3,000 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

Mascot
Eagle

Colors
Maroon & Gold

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

History
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863