Boston College has accepted its most academically accomplished and diverse freshman class in University history, with 94 percent of admitted students ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school class and average SAT and ACT scores of 1511 and 34, respectively. 

According to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 44 percent of admitted students in the Class of 2027 identify as AHANA, and all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are represented in the class, as well as 79 countries. Nine percent of the admitted class are international students and 12 percent are the first in their family to attend college.

In total, after receiving 36,525 applications, the University extended 5,511 offers of admission—a rate of 15 percent, the lowest in BC history and part of a trend that has emerged the past several years.

Only six years ago, the admit rate for the Class of 2021 (with 28,454 applications) was 32 percent; four years ago, the rate was 27 percent for the Class of 2023 (35,500 applications). Last year saw the University receive a record 40,477 applications for the Class of 2026, for which it admitted 17 percent. This year’s admit rate of 15 percent for the Class of 2027 places Boston College among the nation’s most selective universities.

Grant Gosselin

Director of Undergraduate Admission Grant Gosselin (Lee Pellegrini)

 “The Admission staff is honored to have selected this incoming class from an impressive group of more than 36,000 candidates,” said Director of Undergraduate Admission Grant Gosselin. “These students’ intellectual inquiry, the time and care they’ve committed to their communities, and the personal stories they have shared with us are both impressive and inspiring. We look forward to the impact they will have on the Heights and in the world at large.”

Admission hosted two welcome events for Early Decision students in February and earlier this month, said Gosselin, and will hold two Admitted Eagle Day programs next month. The office also will organize a number of in-person programs on campus and throughout the country, as well as virtual programming, in April.

“In the weeks ahead, we look forward to engaging with our admitted students as they finalize their college decisions,” said Gosselin. “While a little more than half the class has already enrolled via Early Decision, those admitted via Regular Decision will benefit from a robust array of admitted student programming to introduce them to this dynamic community and the many opportunities it provides.”

Sean Smith | University Communications | March 2023