Boston College retained its ranking of 36th in the 2023 survey of national universities released on September 12 by U.S. News & World Report.

The University’s peer assessment score remained at 3.8, but BC continued to be negatively affected by the 2019 change in U.S. News methodology that rewards state universities with a high volume of Pell Grant-eligible students.

Boston College once again placed highly in several specialty rankings among national universities this year, including “Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” (5th); “Service Learning” (7th); “First Year Experience” (12th); “Most Innovative Schools (16th), and “Undergraduate Research” (32nd). The University also placed 50th in the “Best Value Colleges” listing, due to its need-based financial aid allocation of $151 million.

In addition, Boston College ranked 30th out of 516 schools in the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” while placing 8th overall in Finance; 11th in Accounting; 11th in Analytics; 12th in Entrepreneurship; 15th in Marketing, and 16th in Management. BC also was ranked 22nd in the “Best Undergraduate Nursing Program" ranking out of 681 schools.

Overall, Princeton University ranked first among national universities in the 2023 rankings, followed by MIT. Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, which were tied for third. Among Massachusetts universities, BC placed fourth behind MIT, Harvard, and Tufts (32nd), and ahead of Boston University (41st), and Brandeis and Northeastern, which were tied at 44th.

The 2023 U.S. News rankings of colleges and universities can be accessed at

Jack Dunn | University Communications | September 2022