#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

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Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Boston College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Boston College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into BC and can I get accepted? The school has a 26% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,752 out of 29,382 applicants were admitted making BC 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. Boston College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Boston College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 67% of students submitted SAT scores and 44% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

BC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Boston College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >37%
1415 to 1500 Avg + 26%-37%
1330 to 1415 Avg - 17%-26%
1245 to 1330 Reach 11%-17%
Less than 1245 Low <11%
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BC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Boston College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Boston College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that BC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >42%
32 to 34 Avg + 26%-42%
31 to 32 Avg - 20%-26%
30 to 31 Reach 15%-20%
Less than 30 Low <15%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Boston College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into BC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Boston College was 3.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to BC will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.86 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

79% of Boston College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Boston College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 79%
Top 25% of class 94.3%
Top 50% of class 99%
Lower 50% of class 1%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Boston College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,137 12,245 29,382
Accepted 4,157 3,595 7,752
Acceptance Rate 24% 29% 26%
Enrolled 1,295 1,113 2,408
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 31% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Boston College is $80.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boston College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Boston College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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.


Does Boston College prefer SAT or ACT?

67% of students submit their SAT scores to BC. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Boston College?

26% of those who apply are granted admission to BC. Admission competition is high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Boston College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1330 and 1500. 67% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Boston College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.