Boston College has admitted its best and most diverse class in University history, including 42 percent AHANA students, 11 percent first-generation students, and seven percent international students for the Class of 2025.

The students were accepted from a pool of 39,875 applicants—the highest total ever at Boston College—with an admit rate of just 18.9 percent, reflecting the University’s growing admission selectivity.

In a year when Boston College and most elite institutions of higher education made standard test scores optional, 61 percent of BC’s accepted students submitted test scores, with an average SAT score of 1495 and ACT of 34.   

In total, students were accepted from 3,168 high schools located in all 50 states and 75 countries.  Fifty-four percent of admitted students come from public/charter schools, 20 percent come from Catholic schools, and 26 percent come from private/independent schools.

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Director of Undergraduate Admission Grant Gosselin praised the admitted students in the Class of 2025 not only for their talents, but for the remarkable resiliency they have shown as COVID-19 directly affected the last three semesters of their high school experience.

“The admitted students embraced the challenge as an opportunity and, in the process, many discovered a newfound appreciation for what the world needs of them,” said Gosselin. “They have distinguished themselves within a pool of nearly 40,000 applicants. We are confident that they will make a positive impact on the Boston College community in the years ahead.”

Gosselin said he was particularly pleased with the comparative growth in both the quality and diversity of the applicant pool.

“This year, 42 percent of admitted students come from AHANA backgrounds,” said Gosselin. “Our partnership with QuestBridge and our longstanding commitment to working with diverse high schools and community-based organizations has paid dividends and enhanced this year’s growth.

“Boston College is fortunate to be viewed as one of the leading universities in the nation. Prospective students look to BC for our rich history of liberal arts education steeped in the Jesuit tradition, the social impact our students and alumni make on the world, and our continued physical and programmatic growth at a time when so many universities have been forced to cut back.  The recently opened Margot Connell Recreation Center, the new 150,000-square-foot Integrated Science and Engineering Center (opening in December 2021), and the creation of the BC Forum of Racial Justice in America have been of particular interest to this year’s applicants.  We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to Boston College this fall.”

Jack Dunn | University Communications | April 2021