For the first time in 15 years, finance is the most popular major at Boston College, with 1,360 undergraduates enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year, followed by economics (1,260), which had topped the list annually since 2012-2013—and ahead of finance since 2013-2014.  

Other notable changes in the top 10 popular majors list saw neuroscience (411) rise to ninth place in its fourth year as an undergraduate program, while psychology (571) and communication (570) swapped fifth and sixth places from last year.

Biology (883) and political science (743) retained their positions at, respectively, third and fourth, as they have since 2016-2017.

Three other perennially popular undergraduate programs round out the top 10:  computer science at seventh (556), nursing at eighth (418), and applied psychology and human development at 10th (382)—the latter two having been among BC’s most-enrolled majors since 2011-2012.  

These and other data for the University’s 9,484 undergraduate day students and 5,250 graduate students were compiled during the fall 2022 semester by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IR&P) as part of its yearly compendium of facts and figures for administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Current and past editions of the Boston College Fact Book are accessible at

Other reported statistics show the Lynch School of Education and Human Development with the highest number of graduate students (958), followed by the Carroll School of Management (849), Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences (823), BC Law School (813), BC School of Social Work (633), Woods College of Advancing Studies (566), Connell School of Nursing (341), and School of Theology and Ministry (318).

Financial transactions and trade are based on trust between parties, which speaks to a basic aspect of human nature. In the classroom, even as we cover the fundamentals of finance and areas such as corporate finance or investments, we also emphasize ethics and doing the right thing. Those topics dovetail with recent trends in finance, such as corporate social responsibility and environmental, social, and governance investing. So, finance fits in very well with BC’s values of cura personalis.
Haub Family Professor and Chair of Finance Ronnie Sadka

Statistics such as popular majors, according to administrators and faculty, offer insights into the interests, motivations, and aspirations of BC students, and how these may evolve or remain constant over time. While individual positions may vary from year to year, most of the current popular majors at BC—specifically finance, economics (which includes enrollments from Morrissey College and the Carroll School), biology, political science, communication, psychology, and nursing—have been in the top 10 list at least since the 21st century began, and some far longer.

The data also provide a yardstick for considering BC students’ academic and career interests among wider societal and generational trends. National analyses of undergrad majors are ubiquitous, but at a glance some commonalities emerge: Studies in or related to business, nursing, psychology, biology, economics, computer science, communication, and political science tend to be highly enrolled throughout American higher education.

This is why enrollment data for BC benefits from context, say administrators and faculty: The numbers should be viewed through the lens of a major national Jesuit, Catholic university and the students it attracts.