#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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Student Population
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

Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Boston College is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Roman Catholic faith. In the most recent statistical year 39,846 prospective students applied, and 7,587 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,516 enrolled in the school.  13,661 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,916 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $60,530 plus fees of $1,176. BC is ranked 50 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



BC is rated within the top 12% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards
Boston College overview
SAT 1420/1530
ACT 33/34
Estimated GPA 3.86
Applications Accepted
Boston College overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2023
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$1,176
Room and Board $15,602
Budget for Other Expenses$2,100
Total One Year Cost$80,658

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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.