Boston College

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Chestnut Hill, MA

$59,050

Avg tuition

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About Boston College

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: Catholic, Roman Catholic  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Boston College is a medium-sized private college located on an urban campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,780, and admissions are highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 26%. The college offers 58 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 92%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for students are $59,050.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

26% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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93% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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92% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school transcript Required

High school rank Recommended

Letter of recommendation Required

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Required

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Implied no

Credit for qualified life experience* Implied no

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 31-34

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1330-1500

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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15k

Students enrolled

85%

Online student enrollment

14:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

53%

Unknown

11%

Non-U.S. Citizen

11%

Hispanic

9%

Asian

9%

Black

4%

Two or more races

3%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

54%

Socio-economic diversity

14% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $59,050 $59,050
Graduate $31,824 $31,824

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,250
On-campus room and board $15,220
On-campus other expenses $1,900
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $11,550
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $1,900
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $3,400

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $77,420 $77,420
Off-campus without family $73,750 $73,750
Off-campus with family $63,700 $63,700

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

17%

State Grant Aid

4%

Institution Grant Aid

45%

Pell Grant

14%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $7,597
State Grant Aid $1,496
Institution Grant Aid $43,557
Pell Grant Aid $5,030

Financial Outlook

$18k

Average student debt after graduation

$65k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.