Boston College in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill, MA

(Rating 3.6 based on 5 reviews)

Boston College offers 462-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 34%. The most popular test is SAT - 67% of students submitted it in comparison to 49% of students who submitted ACT. 45.2% are women, and 54.8% are men. 10% percents of international students. Boston College is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Boston College is 33464$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $51436 and $63022 per year. 91% of full-time Boston College students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $66,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Boston College is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Boston College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,714
$30,001 - $48,000$15,255
$48,001 - $75,000$25,180
$75,001 - $110,000$29,264

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8390

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


4319 of Boston College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 45 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Boston College number 4 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Boston College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Boston College.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Boston College graduation rate is above the national average.

91% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Boston College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

14 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Boston College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 29%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so Boston College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 30%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Boston College full-time retention rate is 95% and part-time retention rate is 82%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Boston College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1900 - 2200

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 620 - 720
Math: 640 - 750
Writing: 640 - 730

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Boston College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
30 - 33

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 30 - 34
Math: 28 - 33
Writing: 8 - 10

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Boston College is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Boston College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Boston College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Massachusetts.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 140 Commonwealth Ave address in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Boston College with 0.16% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, arson, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Boston College offers 462 programs in total: 189 are for Master's degree, 165 - for Bachelor's degree, 84 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 21 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 43 universities in Middlesex county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Boston College is one of the few institutions in Middlesex that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Boston College provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 9287 students with 278621 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 2690 with 64569 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 716 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Boston College

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Overall Rating:

Despite having met some extraordinary professors, B.C. gets only one star because of its incompetent and dishonest administration.I wish Yelp would allow for only one star.I was accepted into a doctoral program at B.C. and completed 45 postgraduate credits at great cost financially and personally...tolerating late afternoon traffic on route 128 deserves recognition in itself. My grades were all A or A- with a couple of B+ grades.All was well....I was doing research for my dissertation and working full-time, when my parents were hit head-on by a trailer truck. The good news is that their horrible injuries healed and with time and physical therapy they resumed a normal life.When I asked B.C.'s administration for a 1-year extension on my dissertation (at the time they allowed only 2 years), they refused. So I graduated with high honor with a C.A.E.S. (which requires only 30 credits, thus wasting 15 credits expensive in time, work, and money) and they named me to Phi Delta Kappa.But no Ph.D.It gets better.....Two weeks before graduation, the dean's perfectly disgraceful secretary sent me a letter saying I could not graduate because I was never accepted!!Fortunately, I had kept a copy of my acceptance letter and graduated.When I wrote recently to inquire about an honorary doctorate for my lifetime career work I was ignored.Just down the street there are better colleges and universities....B.U. and Northeastern are two much better not make the mistake I made in attending B.C. Remove review Charles D.Charles D. Los Angeles, CA49 friends 40 reviews 72 photosShare review Embed review Compliment Send message Follow Charles D.5.0 star rating 6/9/20161 check-inGreat school that balances many different, competing needs. Straddles the border between Boston and Newton. Is the last stop on the BC T line so there's access to the city but also lots of green space. Top notch academics and athletics (well they try). Good scale and major resources but not so huge you get lost.The addition of the former cardinal's residence and seminary across the street greatly enhances their space and presence in the city of Boston.Was this review …?Report review

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Overall Rating:

Boston College has been a huge disappointment. Don't like the rankings fool you, this school is not worth your $70K a year. The only quality school with in Boston College is the business school, while the others lack any real merit. Being a student in both the school of arts & sciences, as well as the school of education, I have experience first hand how both of these schools lack proper faculty and class offerings. The advising system is horrible, I know too many people who have followed the advice of their advisors, who are meant to be trusted and be reliable sources of information, who have ended up in many class that do not count towards their major or graduation requirements. The class offerings are limited, even the elective offerings are great disappointments. I have many friends who are communications majors who's only elective offerings are courses related to gender. There are no offerings of classes that would be useful in the real world such as classes on public relations, advertising, event management, etc. In communication writing intensives students are to write a 25 page paper. In one class taught by Brett Ingram, he told the students he would only be reading the first 10 pages of their paper because he could not be bothered to read the entire thing. He should not be teaching a writing intensive if he can't be bothered to give his students the respect of reading the full paper. I wish I had positive things to say, but I hope future potential students read this and think twice before attending BC.

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Overall Rating:

Has a great Art Museum a very fun place for family above all a great place to get education

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Overall Rating:

Wonderful campus!!! It is really enormous and still accessible by car, or train very easily. At the entrance, there is a catholic church and beyond, a stadium is located. Each of the schools fosters values and quality research.

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Overall Rating:

Very good and beautiful. I love the idea that they have more than 30 post grade education programs outside the US

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Location & Website

Address: 140 Commonwealth Avenue


Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6175528000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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