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Boston College Facts

by the numbers (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

Undergraduate Student Body

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

Undergraduate Applications/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


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. 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
31st among national universities
Carroll School of Management Undergraduate programs, 21st
Carroll School Graduate program, 45th; Part-time MBA, 25th
Connell School of Nursing, 21st
School of Social Work, 10th
Law School, 36th
Lynch School of Education, 24th

Bloomberg/Business Week
Undergrad Business, 4th

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
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
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 2014-2015

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 I-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 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
BC Ireland Campus, Dublin, Ireland 1 acre