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Boston College Rises to 30th Among National Universities in 2016 'U.S. News' Survey

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass (9-9-15)—Boston College improved to 30th among national universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report survey, its highest ranking to date.  

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The University, which shared the 30th spot in the rankings with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was bolstered by improvements in faculty and financial resources, reflecting the University’s strategic investments in faculty and instructional support. It also improved in reputation among high school guidance counselors, reflecting the outreach efforts of staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, and in its alumni giving rank.

Boston College also improved to 35th in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking, reflecting the University’s growing expenditures for financial aid and its commitment to need-blind admissions and to meeting the full demonstrated need of all of its accepted students.  In addition, BC’s Carroll School of Management retained its position among the top 25 undergraduate business schools, earning 22nd in the “The Best in Undergraduate Business” rankings of top AACSB-accredited programs.

“I'm pleased to see this latest recognition of Boston College's standing among the nation's great universities,” said Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley. “The investments made possible by the Light the World campaign continue to pay off, and we can see evidence of our success each day in the work being done by our students and faculty in our classrooms and our laboratories, on campus and around Boston and across the globe.”

Overall, Princeton University was ranked first, followed by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford and the University of Chicago. U.S. News rankings of all colleges and universities can be accessed at  

---Jack Dunn, News & Public Affairs