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Rank: 85

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MAhttps://www.bc.edu
Boston College is a prestigious Jesuit university founded in 1863. Widely respected for its academics, it enrolls more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 65 countries. BC's roughly 9,400 undergrads are required to complete a comprehensive core curriculum with subjects ranging from science to theology. With Boston in BC's backyard, students have a major city to draw on for entertainment, shopping, and job opportunities. There's no Greek life on campus, but students can enjoy BC's many sports, music, and special interest organizations (including improv group My Mother's Fleabag and a Slavic club). BC has an impressive graduation rate of 92%. Money calculates that's about 4% higher than would be expected from students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds. Graduates also tend to do well in the job market, reporting average early career salaries of $59,400, according to PayScale. Notable alumni include actor Amy Poehler and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Boston College is offering limited in-person instruction on campus, but it is also prepared to respond quickly to health guidelines and the changing nature of the pandemic.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,800
% of students who get any grants
45%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,700
Average price for low-income students
$7,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
28%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
9,640
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$22,460
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,940
Average salary within 5 years
$59,400
% earning more than $28,000
90%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Boston College is offering limited in-person instruction on campus, but it is also prepared to respond quickly to health guidelines and the changing nature of the pandemic.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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