Chances of getting into Boston College
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
Applicants Submitting SAT60%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||690|
|SAT Math 25th||690|
|SAT Composite 25th||1380|
|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.
|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%|
Boston College ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT56%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||31|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.86*
Typical High School GradesA-
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.
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)||26%||27%||26%|
Applications are DueJan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply76
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|
What are the requirements for admission to Boston College and what considerations affect 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.