Boston College: Acceptance Rates & Statistics

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Rising Application Numbers

Boston College received 35,500 applications for the Class of 2023, the most in University history and a 14% increase from last year, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The previous record for undergraduate applications was 34,061 for the Class of 2016. BC, which has become significantly more selective over the past decade, extended roughly 9,500 offers of admission (an admit rate of 27%). This represents a shift from 32% in 2017 and 28% in 2018. The strength of the applicant pool is reflected in the standardized test scores of admitted students. The average ACT score for admitted students is 33, and the average SAT score is 1465, up 17 points from last year.

Change in EA Policy

A change in the Boston College early admissions policy led to a significant increase in the number of applicants this year. The Office of Undergraduate Admission received 15,862 Early Action applications, a surge of 50 percent from last year’s applicant pool of 10,350. The University admitted 4,488 students in December, an acceptance rate of about 28%.

The uptick in early admissions applications is likely due to the removal of a restriction that prevented students from applying to binding Early Decision programs in addition to BC. In an article for The Heights, Grant Gosselin, director of undergraduate admission explained “Over the past several years, BC’s Early Action program included a restriction that prevented applicants in binding Early Decision pools elsewhere from applying Early Action to Boston College. Recent changes to our national association’s guidelines forced us to reconsider our policy last spring, leading us to remove that restriction this year. While we anticipated that this would result in a larger application pool, we did not expect an increase of more than 50 percent.”

Including regular decision applicants, BC received over 35,000 applications for the incoming freshman class — a new record. This policy shift is likely an attempt to distinguish BC from its top rivals, Notre Dame and Georgetown, who have maintained their restrictive EA policies.

Geographic Diversity for the Boston College Class of 2023

A new study in The New York Times, based on millions of anonymous tax records, shows that some colleges are even more economically segregated than previously understood. The median family income of a student from Boston College, for instance, is $194,100 and 70% come from the top 20 percent. 

In spite of this lack of socio-economic diversity, BC has admitted a geographically diverse Class of 2023. The admitted students represent all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as two U.S. territories and more than 70 countries around the world. More than a third are AHANA students (students of African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent).

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