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 28% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,669 out of 31,084 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 27% 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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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 650
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for Boston College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1410

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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. 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Boston College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1490 and Above Good >40%
1405 to 1490 Avg + 28%-40%
1320 to 1405 Avg - 19%-28%
1235 to 1320 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1235 Low <12%
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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 32
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Boston College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >44%
32 to 34 Avg + 28%-44%
31 to 32 Avg - 21%-28%
30 to 31 Reach 16%-21%
Less than 30 Low <16%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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 BC 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 17,980 13,104 31,084
Accepted 4,611 4,058 8,669
Acceptance Rate 26% 31% 28%
Enrolled 1,220 1,107 2,327
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 27%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

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 IPEDS survey data for Boston College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

28% 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 1320 and 1490. 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.