Director of Undergraduate Admission John Mahoney has been named dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid, Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley announced today.

John Mahoney
Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid John Mahoney (Gary Wayne Gilbert)

In his new role, Mahoney, who has successfully directed Undergraduate Admission for 28 years and developed a reputation as a national leader in the field, will oversee the offices of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid, better aligning their functions to achieve Boston College’s enrollment objectives.

“John Mahoney has long provided principled and visionary leadership in Undergraduate Admission, and he and his team succeed at attracting a class of gifted and diverse students each year,” said Quigley. “I look forward to working closely with John in his new role as dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid, as we work to strengthen Boston College's standing as one of the nation's most selective universities.”

Mahoney said he is looking forward to the two student-centered offices working more closely with families around the complex issues of competitive college admission and paying for quality higher education.

“Having witnessed the tremendous expertise and dedication of these two offices, I am pleased that they will collaborate more fully,” said Mahoney. “Under this structure, I know we can further enhance the services we provide to families of Boston College students.”

Mahoney says that he remains firmly committed to upholding the University’s policy of need-blind admissions and meeting the full demonstrated need of all accepted undergraduate students.

“This policy underscores Boston College’s mission to enroll the highest quality student body, regardless of a family’s financial circumstances,” said Mahoney. “I am confident that in working with Bernie Pekala, director of financial strategies, and Mary McGranahan, director of financial aid, that we can do even more to recruit and enroll a more socioeconomically diverse student body.”  

This year, Boston College received approximately 31,000 applications for the 2,300 openings in the Class of 2022, a nine percent increase over last year.  The acceptance rate was 27 percent. The accepted student cohort is the most academically distinguished in BC history, with a mean composite SAT score of 1448 and a mean composite ACT score of 33.  This strong applicant pool follows a freshman class that was the most diverse in BC history, with an AHANA enrollment of 31 percent.  Overall, the current freshman class draws from 46 states and 40 countries.

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