Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 77.64

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA http://www.bc.edu/
Boston College is a prestigious Jesuit university founded in 1863. Widely respected for its academics, it enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 65 countries. Undergrads are required to complete a comprehensive core curriculum with subjects ranging from science to theology. Popular majors include economics, finance, political science and biology. With Boston in BC's backyard, students have a major city to draw on for entertainment, shopping, and internship 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 graduates tend to do well in the job market, with median early career salaries topping $93,000, well above that of schools that enroll similar students, according to Money’s analysis. Notable alumni include actor Amy Poehler and former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$80,800
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,900
Average price for low-income students
$10,210

Admissions

Acceptance rate
27%
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/33
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate 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
$23,680

Student Success

Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$18,000
Early career earnings
$93,020
% earning more than a high school grad
86%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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