Boston College is a prestigious Jesuit university founded in 1863. Widely respected for its academics, it enrolls about 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 65 countries.

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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. Boston College shines in outcomes: Its six-year graduation rate is nearly 92% and students go on to earn median salaries above $90,000 in their first several years in the labor market.

With Boston in BC's backyard, students have a major city to draw on for entertainment, shopping, internships 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). Notable alumni include actor Amy Poehler and former Secretary of State John Kerry.