Boston College was ranked #35 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of National Universities and #42 on America’s Best Value Colleges List. BC has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,445 students 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. 34 percent of BC students are AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American), 53 percent are female, and there are 1,725 international students.
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 11:1, and the school has 49.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. In undergraduate admissions, students can choose from 60 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:
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, the Carroll School of Management accepts a very small number of internal transfer students via a lottery process.
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 percent of admitted students. There is not a separate application for the honors program; all applicants are automatically considered.
Applying to Boston College
Boston College offers both Early Decision I and Early Decision II application deadlines for freshmen along with a Regular admission deadline. “Both Early Decision options are binding. If admitted through Early Decision to Boston College, you must immediately withdraw applications to other institutions and enroll at Boston College. You will be required to submit an Enrollment Confirmation Fee to Boston College within two weeks of receiving your admission offer. As an Early Decision applicant, in addition to submitting the Common Application and required credentials, you must complete and submit the Common Application Early Decision Agreement form. This will be signed by you, your parent/guardian, and your school counselor.”
“Regular Decision is a non-binding admission process and the option used by most applicants to Boston College. If you apply through Regular Decision, you will learn of our decision by April 1. You will have until May 1 to make your decision and confirm your enrollment.”
BC does not offer interviews and states that they do not track student campus visits or tours. However, now that they have introduced more virtual offerings (including 1-on-1 conversations with current BC students), it is key that interested students engage as much as possible.
Admissions Wrap Up for Boston College
Class of 2025: Boston College admitted 18.9 percent of 39,875 applicants to the Class of 2025—the most diverse class in University history. Of the admitted students, 42 percent are AHANA, 11 percent are first-generation, and 7 percent are international students. Although test scores were optional this year, 61 percent of admitted students chose to submit scores, which were overall quite high (SAT average: 1495, ACT average: 34). The accepted students come from all over the country and the world, including 3,168 high schools located in all 50 states and 75 countries. Earlier this year, Boston College received over 1,950 Early Decision 1 applications and offered admission to 41 percent of these students. In addition, 30 percent of ED 1 applicants were deferred to the Regular Decision round. Usually, 15 percent of these deferred students are ultimately admitted in the Regular Decision admissions round.
Class of 2024: Boston College’s Office of Undergraduate Admission admitted 1,073 students early decision to the Class of 2024 in December/January, 37 percent from a pool of 2,750. They switched from Early Action to Early Decision for 2024. The previous year’s Boston College had an early action acceptance rate of 29 percent, with a pool of about 15,862 applicants.
BC hosts their annual Admitted Eagle Day for early 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 2024 they received about 30,000 applications for an overall acceptance rate of 22 percent (2,750 students applied Early Decision I and II and 37 percent of those were accepted). 6,881 students were accepted in the regular round and 1,073 in the early round.
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