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Boston College

140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, United States
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About Boston College

Boston College is a school located in with a total of 4042 courses available to enroll in.

Founded in 1863 by The Society of Jesuits largely to educate the Irish Catholic population of Boston, Boston College quickly grew into the research institution it is today. With an enrollment of over 14,000 students it is ranked 32nd in the nation among universities of its kind. The college grounds its educational programs in a liberal arts curriculum regardless of a student's chosen major.

Though Boston College as been criticized for its homogenous and largely white student population, earning it the nickname 'J. Crew U,' it has made great strides in creating a more diverse student population. Student reviews of the university speak to this issue and generally agree that Boston College has become more diverse and its homogenous population has more to do with the Jesuit affiliation and the types of students it historically attracts.

The university is known for its beautiful suburban campus and rich campus life which gives it a tremendous sense of community. This seems to be much of the appeal for students at the university. The location and its proximity to everything the city of Boston has to offer are major draws for Boston University.

Also a Division I athletic school, sports are a huge component to life at Boston College.


  • Enrollment

  • Demographics

    • Asian - 10%
    • Black/African American - 4%
    • Hispanic/Latino - 10%
    • White - 62%
    • Multiracial - 3%
    • Other - 11%
  • Degree awarded

    • bachelor's degrees
    • master's degree
    • doctorate's degree
    • law's degree
    • medical's degree
    • dental's degree
  • Areas of study

    • Art History
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Classical Studies
    • Communication
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • English
    • Environmental Geosciences
    • Environmental Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French
    • Geological Sciences
    • German Studies
    • Hispanic Studies
    • History
    • Independent
    • International Studies
    • Islamic Civilization and Societies
    • Italian
    • Linguistics
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Romance Languages and Literatures
    • Russian
    • Slavic Studies
    • Sociology
    • Studio Art
    • Theater
    • Theology
    • American Heritage
    • Applied Psychology and Human Development
    • Elementary Education
    • General Science
    • Mathematics/Computer Science
    • Perspectives on Spanish America
    • Secondary Education
    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics (co-concentration)
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • General Management
    • Information Systems
    • Information Systems and Accounting
    • Management and Leadership
    • Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good
    • Marketing
    • Operations Management
    • Nursing
    • Communication
    • Corporate Systems
    • Criminal and Social Justice
    • Economics
    • English
    • History
    • Information Systems
    • Natural Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Theology
  • Student to Faculty Ratio


  • Faculty

    • Total Faculty - 821
  • Average class size

    20-30 students


  • Location

    140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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  • Nearest cities

    • Boston - 6 miles away
    • Somerville - 6 miles away


Quick Facts

  • Received 2.6 Billion for endowment
  • 93% of their faculty have doctoral degrees
  • There are currently 182,000 alumni for Boston College

Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Finance
  3. Biology
  4. Political Science
  5. Communications
  6. Psychology
  7. Nursing
  8. English
  9. Applied Psychology & Human Development
  10. Marketing

Popular Minors

  1. History
  2. International Studies
  3. Medical Humanities
  4. Philosophy
  5. Hispanic Studies
  6. Economics
  7. English
  8. Management and Leadership
  9. Mathematics
  10. Faith, Peace and Justice


Acceptance Rate
Application Deadline
Jan 1
SAT Reading and Writing
ACT Range
Application Fee
Early Decision/Early Action
November 1st

Student life


Student services

Advising and Career Center
This place provides experienced professionals who can help you succeed in your career and college life.
Financial Services
Providing assistance in terms of financial aid, job opportunities but also financial literacy initiatives to guide students navigating through their finances.
Health and wellness services
Health and wellness services is here to help you when students are in need any physical or mental health assistance.
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The team for Boston college is popularly known as the Eagles. Notably, their men's ice hockey team have won 5 national championships.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Fencing

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Fencing

After graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years after Graduation
Graduation Rate
Employed 2 Years After Graduation

Notable Locations

Middle Campus

The Middle campus was the first area of the campus to be developed. It holds the majority of the classrooms and lecture halls.

Alumni Stadium

This stadium has a capacity of 44,500 and the newest version of the stadium was officially opened in 1995

Recreation complex

The Flynn Recreation Complex holds an indoor track, an eight-lane swimming pool, saunas, basketball courts, squash courts, handball courts, a batting cage and a golf cage

Libraries and Study Areas

Residences on campus

Walsh Hall

150 St Thomas More Rd, Boston, MA 02135

Vanderslice Hall

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Gabelli Hall

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Voute Hall.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

School Reviews

Ranked 38th by US News
Hammad - Boston College’s professors make it a wonderful institution. My experience with the chemistry and mathematics department has been especially rewarding. Professors are interesting, professional, and passionate. Aside from academics, the plethora of clubs and activities offered is wonderful. Athletics are also a fun way to spend time and the school spirit is immense. The school is truly a community and everyone seems to enjoy interacting and getting to know one another. I have met the most interesting and intelligent people at BC, and I am glad I chose to come here.