Boston College

Boston College

Boston College, BC, is a private university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the U.S. The campus is spread over 381 acres. Boston College is called 'The Heights' due to its lofty aspirations and elevated location on Chestnut Hill.

Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study. BC comprises nine schools and colleges:

  • The Boston College Law School
  • The Carroll School of Management
  • The College of Arts & Sciences
  • The Connell School of Nursing
  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Social Work
  • The Law School
  • The Lynch School of Education
  • The Woods College of Advancing Studies

The mascot for all Boston College athletic teams is the Eagle and the BC's teams are generally known as The Eagles.

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Contacting BC

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill , MA 02467
General Phone: (617) 552-8000

BC Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management945business management, operations management, business administration, accounting, accounting and related services, finance, human resources, organizational behavior, marketing, ...
Liberal Arts913American studies, Russian studies, linguistics, Slavic languages, Russian language, German language, Romance languages, French language, Italian language, ...
Education and Teaching393multicultural education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, educational admin and supervision, educational assessment and evaluation, special education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling302psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology
Law278law, legal professions
Science270biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geophysics, physics
Media236communication studies
Family and Social Work223social work
Religion and Philosophy169philosophy, Islamic studies, religious education, theology, pastoral counseling
Nursing and Emergency Medicine161registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nursing science, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, community nurse, various nursing ...
Drama and Performing Arts20drama
Computer Science and Engineering19information science, computer science
Fine Arts18fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental science
Photography and Commercial Art8film studies

Number of programs and degrees for BC in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,31955
Master's degree1,26058
Post-master's certificate67
Doctor's degree15827
First-professional degree2731

BC Student Body

In 2007-2008, BC had a total enrollment of 14,621 students (12,379 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 31%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 5%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 31%
22-24 13%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York16%
New Jersey9%
Rhode Island2%
New Hampshire1%
North Carolina1%

BC Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

BC Room and Board (2007)

BC offers campus housing for 7,413 of its 12,379 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Newton, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

BC Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal610700
SAT Math640730
SAT Writing620710
ACT Verbal2834
ACT Math2833
ACT Composite2832

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

BC Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,950
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,950
Room and board $ 11,610
Room charge $ 7,160
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,450
Books and supplies $ 650
Other expenses $ 1,850

Financial Aid:
BC participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 212800)

BC Faculty

BC has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year189$150,40368$130,069
Associate professoracademic year161$93,59398$90,729
Assistant professoracademic year80$82,89882$77,768
Instructoracademic year1*12$55,831
Lectureracademic year10$77,9107$59,585
All faculty totalacademic year441$115,535267$94,383

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

BC Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports33148181

BC Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Multicultural Education
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Islamic Studies
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religious Education
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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% of degrees in business and management
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% of degrees in law
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% of degrees in media
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Top 19%BC % of degrees in media

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