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How hard is it to get into BC and can I get accepted? The school has a 27% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,679 out of 35,552 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 7 percent. Boston College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Boston College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||660|
|SAT Math 25th||680|
|SAT Composite 25th||1340|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||730|
|SAT Math 75th||770|
|SAT Composite 75th||1500|
|Average SAT Score||1420|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Boston College?
Boston College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1260. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 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 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1500 and Above||Good||>39%|
|1420 to 1500||Avg +||27%-39%|
|1340 to 1420||Avg -||18%-27%|
|1260 to 1340||Reach||11%-18%|
|Less than 1260||Low||<11%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||32|
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 #8 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boston College.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>43%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||27%-43%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||21%-27%|
|30 to 31||Reach||15%-21%|
|Less than 30||Low||<15%|
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.
*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.
81% of Boston College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||81%|
|Top 25% of class||97%|
|Top 50% of class||99%|
|Bottom 50% of class||1%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||28%||20%||24%|
Applicants have 24 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Boston College is $80.
What are the requirements for admission to Boston College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
67% of students submit their SAT scores to BC. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
27% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1340 and 1500. 67% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
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.