2020-2021 Application Requirements

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Common Application

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Chris O'Brien

Associate Director Chris O'Brien

For our undergraduate admission process, Boston College uses the Common Application. We require that all candidates submit their application electronically. Please make sure to carefully select your preference for Early Decision or Regular Decision consideration on the Common Application.

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Selecting an Academic Division

Candidates are required to apply to one of the University's four undergraduate academic divisions: the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, or Connell School of Nursing. Students are only considered for admission to the division to which they applied. Students do not have to declare a specific major when applying (with the exception of Engineering* & Nursing.) Learn more about choosing an academic division.

*For fall 2021, approximately 25 first-year students will enroll in the Human-Centered Engineering (HCE) major. Because of the limited number of spaces in the entering cohort, HCE major applicants only will have the option to indicate a second major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences on their application. If applicants are not offered admission to the HCE major, they may be considered for their second-choice major.

 

The Office of Undergraduate Admission deeply values the contributions made by a diverse community of scholars. Learn more about Boston College's notice of nondiscrimination.

 

Boston College Writing Supplement

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Caitlin Fairfield Hasson

Senior Assistant Director Caitlin Fairfield Hasson

The Boston College Writing Supplement must be submitted along with your application to Boston College at www.commonapp.org. Please do not mail or email your essay response. 

All applicants, except those applying for the Human-Centered Engineering (HCE) major, should respond to one of prompts #1-4 listed below. Students applying to the HCE major must respond to prompt #5 only.

The writing supplement topics for the 2020-2021 application cycle (400 word limit):

  1. Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?
  2. When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?
  3. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
  4. Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?
  5. For Human-Centered Engineering major applicants only: One goal of a Jesuit education is to prepare students to serve the Common Good. Human-Centered Engineering at Boston College strives to develop people who will integrate technical knowledge, creativity, and a humanistic perspective to address societal challenges and opportunities. How would a Boston College engineering education enable you to contribute towards these goals?

 

Standardized Testing

Boston College has adopted a test-optional policy for first-year applicants to the Class of 2025. Learn more here.
 
First-year applicants for fall 2021 have the option of submitting an ACT and/or SAT as an application credential. Students who are unable to submit standardized test results, or who choose not to, will not be disadvantaged in our selection process. In reviewing applications that do not include standardized test results, the Admission Committee will place greater emphasis on other required application credentials including academic performance, rigor of coursework, placement in class, personal statements, recommendations, and co-curricular involvement.
 
On your Common Application, you can indicate whether you plan to submit ACT/and or SAT scores for review or not.
 
For those students who plan to submit ACT and/or SAT results during the 2020-21 admission cycle:
  • Official standardized test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to Boston College (SAT Code: 3083 and ACT Code: 1788). If having score reports sent from the College Board or ACT to Boston College presents a financial hardship, applicants should have their high school guidance counselor contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Alternatives may be explored on a case-by-case basis. 
  • SAT subject tests are not required. However, you are welcome to submit SAT Subject Tests for consideration with your application. Subject Tests, particularly in foreign languages and the sciences, may be used for placement during your first year. Learn more about advanced placement at Boston College.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all of your standardized testing by the stated application deadlines. For Early Decision I, we will consider October standardized testing.

International applicants must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo (DET) examination scores. Learn more about standardized testing and english proficiency requirements for international applicants.

High School Transcript

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Danielle Wells

Associate Director Danielle Wells

Curriculum Evaluation

Boston College looks for students who are in the most challenging courses available at their high schools. Our most competitive applicants tend to have a high school program with four years of the five main subjects: English, Math, Social Science, Natural Science, and Foreign Language. We do appreciate that high schools can offer a variety of programs and consider that in our application review.

Submitting Your Transcript(s)

All students are required to submit an official high/secondary school transcript. This transcript must be sent by your high school and can be submitted online at commonapp.org or can be mailed (see below for address). Please note that we will not accept any academic credentials from students.

*In order to matriculate at Boston College, a student must submit a final high school transcript or a G.E.D. prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Boston College Undergraduate Admission
Document Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Supporting Materials

In addition to the Common Application, Boston College requires that you also submit the following materials:

The School Report and Counselor Recommendation Form - Your counselor or school official should submit these forms. If your school uses its own school form, we will also accept that document. Traditionally the school form is submitted with a letter of recommendation from your college counselor and your official transcript.

Teacher Evaluations - You are required to submit two teacher evaluations as part of your application to Boston College. We recommend that these evaluations are written by teachers who have taught you in one of the five main academic subject areas (English, social studies, science, math, or foreign language).

Mid-Year Grade Report (Regular Decision and Early Decision deferred candidates) - We require that the Mid-Year Grade Report be submitted as soon as it is available by your counselor or designated school official

Application Fee

The application fee or application fee waiver request must be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed. Your application fee should be submitted with your Common Application. Given the volume of applications Boston College receives, we strongly recommend that you submit the application fee online. If you are unable to submit the fee online, you should mail a check or money order.

*Fee Waiver Request

If submitting the $80 application fee presents a financial hardship for your family and you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for an application fee waiver. You may apply for a fee waiver through the Common Application.

 

Optional Credentials for the Arts

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Owen Grover

Assistant Director Owen Grover

For students who plan to pursue a major in studio art or their interests in music and/or theater at Boston College, files of visual and performance art can be uploaded through Slide Room via the Common Application. If you do not intend to formally pursue your artistic talents at Boston College, but you would like to tell us about past experiences you've had in the arts, we encourage you to do so in the "Additional Information" section of the Common Application. All materials must be received via SlideRoom by November 1 for Early Decision I candidates and by January 1 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision candidates. Submissions received after these dates will not be reviewed.

English Proficiency

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Dave Weber

Associate Director Dave Weber

All international applicants must demonstrate english proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo (DET) examination results. A student is considered an international applicant if he/she is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Learn more about applying as an international student.

Supplementary English Proficiency Options

Students attending a national school in China are encouraged to schedule an interview with InitialView. While not required, a video interview allows candidates the opportunity to demonstrate English proficiency and communication skills to the Admission Committee.

Applicants should submit InitialView results by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Early Decision I

Deadline:
November 1

Early Decision I is a binding admission program for students who view Boston College as their top choice.

Notification:
By December 15

Early Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than December 15.

Early Decision II

Deadline:
January 1

Early Decision II is a binding admission program for students who view Boston College as their top choice.

Notification:
By February 15

Early Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than February 15.

    

Regular Decision

Deadline:
January 1

Regular Decision is a non-binding admission program and the majority of applicants apply through Regular Decision.

Notification:
By April 1

Regular Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than April 1.

Spring Freshmen

Deadline:
November 1

Applicants are considered for freshman entry beginning in January 2021.

Notification:
By December 15

Spring entry freshmen applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than December 15.
 

The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program offers a four-year, full-tuition scholarship

Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program

Each year, Boston College awards fifteen academically merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen through the Gabelli Presidential Scholars ProgramBoth Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates are eligible for Presidential Scholarship consideration as long as they meet the November 1 priority scholarship deadline. No additional application materials are required for this scholarship.

The Presidential Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. If a student demonstrates need beyond tuition, as determined by Boston College's institutional analysis, this need would be met with additional scholarship funds.

Finalists for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program will be notified of their status in early January. These students will be invited to Boston College at our expense for interviews and evaluation in mid-February. They will be notified of final decisions shortly thereafter. 

How do I check my application status?

We look forward to getting in touch with you through the email you provided on your Common Application or QuestBridge Application. After we receive your submission, we’ll email you login information for our Applicant Status Portal. You can check the status of your application there at any time. 

Please note, we do not begin downloading applications until mid-September. If you submit an early application, we will notify you once your application has been downloaded. Please add "bcapplicant@bc.edu" to your list of approved email senders to ensure that you receive this email and other important application related communications.