Boston College

We call this school an "engine of inequality" because very few students come from working-class and low-income family backgrounds, and it falls in the bottom 5% of all four-year colleges nationwide for its extraordinarily low enrollment of freshmen who receive Pell Grants, a type of federal financial aid for low-income students. This college is not very socioeconomically diverse. If this is important to you, use this website to identify similar colleges or colleges in your area that may be more diverse or affordable and that graduate a high percentage of students.

General Information

Website www.bc.edu
Address 140 Commonwealth Avenue
City Chestnut Hill
State MA
Zip '02467
Locale City: Small

Student Success Highlights

Retention Rate
First-year retention rate 95%
Graduation Rate
Four-year graduation rate 88.5%
Five-year graduation rate 90.9%
Six-year graduation rate 91.3%
Transfer-Out Rate
% of students who transfer out 6.6%

College Characteristics

Sector Private not-for-profit
Carnegie Classification Research High
Size: Number of Undergraduates 9,698
Endowment Assets $1,868,698,514
Historically Black College or University (HBCU) No
Hispanic Serving Institution No
Athletic Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Accrediting Agency New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Net Price Calculator Website npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/bc
% Undergraduates Taking Any Distance Education 1%

Admissions and Price

Average High School GPA Among College Freshmen -
Admission Test Scores Policy Required
Median SAT Verbal 665 (25th - 75th percentile = 620 - 710)
Median SAT Math 690 (25th - 75th percentile = 640 - 740)
Median SAT Writing 685 (25th - 75th percentile = 640 - 730)
Median ACT Composite 30.5 (25th - 75th percentile = 29 - 32)
Median ACT Writing 9 (25th - 75th percentile = 8 - 10)
Percent Admitted 28.8%
In-State Tuition and Fees $43,878
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees $43,878
Total Price for In-State Students Living on Campus $58,686
Average Net Price After Grants $25,564
Average Freshmen Student Loan (all sources) $4,662
Median Federal Aid Amount Borrowed by Undergraduates $19,000
Federal Loan Default Rate 1.4%

Student Characteristics

% Pell Recipients Among Freshman 14.5%
% Underrepresented Minority 15.2%
% Black 4.4%
% Latino 10.7%
% Native American 0.1%
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.0%
% Asian 9.6%
% White 58.5%
% Two or More Races 2.4%
% Female 53.0%
% Male 47.0%
% Age 25 and Over 1.9%
% Part-time 3.1%