Boston College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Boston College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Boston College? The school has a 31% acceptance rate. Last year, 9,017 out of 28,956 applicants were admitted making Boston College a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1500
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Boston College?

Boston College typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1320 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1230. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Boston College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1500 and Above Good >43%
1410 to 1500 Avg + 31%-43%
1320 to 1410 Avg - 21%-31%
1230 to 1320 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 1230 Low <13%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Boston College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Boston College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Boston College?

Admission data indicates that Boston College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >48%
31 to 33 Avg + 31%-48%
30 to 31 Avg - 24%-31%
29 to 30 Reach 18%-24%
Less than 29 Low <18%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Boston College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Boston College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,738 12,218 28,956
Accepted 4,951 4,066 9,017
Acceptance Rate 30% 33% 31%
Enrolled 1,303 1,056 2,359
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 26% 26%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 20 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Boston College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Boston College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

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