#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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Boston College overview
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Online bc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Boston College overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Boston College (BC), a private Jesuit research university established in 1863, is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Just six miles west of downtown Boston, the campus features collegiate gothic architecture and provides a suburban environment within close proximity to an urban center. Boston College offers a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, with notable strengths in its Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and Connell School of Nursing. The university's academic profile is characterized by a highly selective admissions process. On-campus living is an integral part of the BC experience, with a majority of undergraduates residing in university housing. While BC competes in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, it is particularly recognized for its strong hockey and football programs. These teams bear the name the Eagles, echoing the school's commitment to high-level collegiate sports.

In the most recent statistical year 40,494 prospective students applied, and 6,748 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,335 enrolled in the school.  13,437 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,850 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $62,950 plus fees of $1,226. BC is ranked 45 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












BC is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Boston College overview
SAT 1435/1540
ACT 33/35
Estimated GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

Boston College overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Boston College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$1,226
Room and Board $16,120
Budget for Other Expenses$2,200
Total One Year Cost$83,746

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$90,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Boston College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Social Sciences 17%
Communication 9%
Psychology 9%
English and Literature 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164924 IPEDS survey data for Boston College.

Current students may use the Boston College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.