Boston College placed 36th in the 2022 survey of national universities, released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The University’s peer assessment score retained its highest-to-date ranking of 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 placed highly in several specialty rankings among national universities this year, including “Service Learning” (5th); “Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” (8th); Best Learning Communities” (12th); “First Year Experience” (16th);  “Study Abroad Programs” (27th); “Most Innovative Schools” (40th);  and “Undergraduate Research” (43rd).  The University also placed 39th in the “Best Value Colleges” listing, due to its commitment to need-blind admission and meeting the full-demonstrated need of all accepted students.

In a new ranking of Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Boston College ranked 19th out of 694 schools, based on a high peer assessment score.

In addition, Boston College ranked 30th out of 514 schools in the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” and placed 7th overall in finance; 12th in accounting; 17th in marketing; and 23rd in management.

Overall, Princeton University ranked first among national universities in the 2022 rankings, followed by Columbia, Harvard, and MIT tied for second, and Yale, which ranked fifth.  Among Massachusetts universities, BC placed fourth behind Harvard, MIT, and Tufts (28th), and ahead of Boston University and Brandeis (tied at 42nd) and Northeastern (49 th).

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

Jack Dunn | University Communications | September 2021