Get Into Boston College
Boston College was ranked #31 in the 2017 US News and World Report rankings of National Universities and #41 on America’s 2017 Best Value Colleges List. BC has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,856 students (2,359 class size) who study on a beautiful 338 acre campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts about six miles from downtown Boston.
Boston College, which is actually a university because of their graduate schools, has a Roman Catholic Jesuit religious affiliation and competes in 31 NCAA Division I varsity men’s and women’s sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 30% of BC students are AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American), 54% are female, and only 6.5% are international.
Over 4,000 BC degrees a year are awarded, in over 50 fields of study, throughout eight schools and colleges including: The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Lynch School of Education, School of Social Work, School of Theology and Ministry, Carroll School of Management, Connell School of Nursing, Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Boston College Law School.
The student-faculty ratio at BC is 12:1, and the school has 49.2% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. In undergraduate admissions, students can choose from 58 areas of study; the most popular majors are: Economics, General, Finance, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General and Psychology, General. The issue of a field is important, as when you apply to Boston College, you must submit your application to one of the four undergraduate divisions:
- The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
- The Carroll School of Management
- The Lynch School of Education
- The Connell School of Nursing
If accepted and if you choose to enroll at Boston College, you must remain in the undergraduate division to which you applied for your first year at the University. Matriculated students wishing to transfer from one undergraduate college to another within Boston College must receive approval from the Associate Dean’s Office of the school to which admission is sought. Students seeking to apply to transfer into the Connell School of Nursing or the Lynch School of Education should note that enrollment is limited in the professional schools and internal transfer may or may not be possible in any given year. For example, currently, as of 2017, the Carroll School of Management is not accepting internal transfer candidates.
For applicants who are truly undecided about their area of study, but whose academic interests align with the arts, the humanities and/or the sciences, BC advises they submit an application to the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. NOTE: while BC does require applicants select an undergraduate division before they apply to Boston College, applicants CAN be ‘undecided’ about the specific major they’d like to pursue. At Boston College, students do not have to choose a major until the end of their sophomore year, as is the case with most colleges.
In addition, each of the four undergraduate divisions at Boston College offers an Honors Program. Admission to the honors program is offered to approximately the top 5% of admitted students. There is not a separate application for the honors program; all applicants are automatically considered.
Boston College offers two application deadlines for freshmen: Non-binding Early Action (due Nov. 1, notifications are sent by Dec. 24), or Regular admission (due Jan. 1, notifications are sent by April 1).
Under BC’s Early Action policy, you may: apply to other EA schools, may NOT apply to a binding Early Decision school, but may apply to a binding Early Decision II school. Given this, we would say this is a Restrictive Non-Binding Early Action policy, as students cannot apply, for example, to a binding ED program at Columbia and then also apply EA to Boston College. They could, however, apply Early Action to schools such as Georgetown, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and MIT.
BC does not offer interviews and states that they do not track student campus visits or tours. This is interesting as many school DO track level of interest, BC does not.
Boston College’s Office of Undergraduate Admission admitted 2,900 students early to the Class of 2021 in December 2016, ~33 percent from a pool of 9,000. The previous year’s early action acceptance rate was 32 percent, with a pool of about 8,500 applicants, marking a 5 percent increase in early applications. Accepted students in the EA round come from 46 states and 30 countries with underrepresented students (including Asian students though) making up 27 percent of admits. BC aims to fill 30 percent of the Class of 2021 with its EA admits.
BC hosts their annual Admitted Eagle Day for EA admits each January where academic and student presentations are held, an activity fair to attract admits is put on, campus tours with glimpses of residence halls are given, and breakfast and lunch are served at various locations all across campus. BC is aiming to increase their yield with this event we would say. They are still rebounding from 2013 when BC saw its number of submitted applications decline by 26 percent after they made an effort to raise admissions requirements and add a supplemental essay. In 2012, 34,061 students applied to BC; in 2013, the number dropped to about 25,000.
For the Class of 2020 they received 28,956 applications, had an overall acceptance rate of 31 percent (8,500 students applied Early Action and 32 percent of those were accepted) and they had an overall yield of 26 percent for a Class of 2020 size of 2,359.