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Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Boston College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
32.4%
Admission Difficulty for Boston College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Boston College and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,223 out of 28,454 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 extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Boston College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Boston College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1380-1520
Applicants Submitting SAT
60%
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1450

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 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 60 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
1520 and Above Good >44%
1450 to 1520 Avg + 32%-44%
1380 to 1450 Avg - 22%-32%
1310 to 1380 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 1310 Low <14%
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Boston College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Boston College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
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 33
Average ACT Score 32

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 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 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 56 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 >44%
32 to 33 Avg + 32%-44%
31 to 32 Avg - 22%-32%
30 to 31 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 30 Low <14%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.86*
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Boston College. 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 Boston College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School Class Rank

81% 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 81%
Top 25% of class 97%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Boston College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,411 12,043 28,454
Accepted 4,849 4,374 9,223
Acceptance Rate 30% 36% 32%
Enrolled 1,248 1,164 2,412
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 26%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
76

Applicants have 76 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Boston College before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.