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IPEDS ID: 164924
OPE ID: 00212800
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Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
General information:  (617) 552-8000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  14,317 (9,856 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,001633
Research and public service21560
Total graduate assistants-650
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$42,204$43,878$45,622$47,4364.0%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,324$12,608$12,884$13,1862.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,600$8,100$8,325$8,3250.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$56,728$58,686$60,706$63,0223.8%
Off Campus$52,504$54,678$56,647$58,1612.7%
Off Campus with Family$46,204$47,878$49,622$51,4363.7%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • The majority of course offerings at Boston College are on-site, however, some online distance education opportunities in this course format do exist.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,26455%————
Grant or scholarship aid96842%$33,228,769$34,327
Federal grants29713%$1,778,954$5,990
Pell grants28112%$1,203,871$4,284
Other federal grants29413%$575,083$1,956
State/local government grant or scholarships954%$104,935$1,105
Institutional grants or scholarships96142%$31,344,880$32,617
Student loan aid90039%$4,058,465$4,509
Federal student loans90039%$4,026,465$4,474
Other student loans90%$32,000$3,556
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,52647%$142,419,795$31,467
Pell grants1,28213%$5,508,294$4,297
Federal student loans3,74739%$20,459,636$5,460
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$24,941$25,564$26,335
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$15,564$15,622$15,714
$30,001 – $48,000$19,022$17,159$15,255
$48,001 – $75,000$22,455$23,085$25,180
$75,001 – $110,000$29,256$31,577$29,264
$110,001 and more$45,223$47,048$46,144
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment14,317
Undergraduate enrollment9,856
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment142
Graduate enrollment4,461
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 97%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 20%
Out-of-state: 73%
Foreign countries: 7%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 78%
Part-time: 22%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 99%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants23,2239,89613,327
Percent admitted34%35%33%
Percent admitted who enrolled29%29%29%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading630720
SAT Math640740
SAT Writing640730
ACT Composite3033
ACT English3034
ACT Math2833
ACT Writing810
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 96%
Part-time students: 75%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 90 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 91%
Transfer-out rate: 6%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 89%
6-year: 92%
8-year: 93%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 88%
6-year: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 90%
Female: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 90%
Black or African American: 81%
Hispanic/Latino: 88%
White: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 91%
Non-resident alien: 84%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization0---
Russian Studies1---
Category total1---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General17948-
Category total23448-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other1---
Business Administration and Management, General6224--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other49---
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other-49--
Finance, General224763-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General3---
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General86---
Operations Management and Supervision11---
Organizational Behavior Studies-05-
Category total4614448-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric206---
Category total206---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science33---
Information Science/Studies17---
Category total50---
Biology Teacher Education-6--
Chemistry Teacher Education-2--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-23--
Curriculum and Instruction-40160
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-3--
Education, Other0---
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-701
Educational Evaluation and Research-1230
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-16220
Elementary Education and Teaching4823--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-19--
French Language Teacher Education-2--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-4360
History Teacher Education-12--
Latin Teacher Education-6--
Mathematics Teacher Education07--
Physics Teacher Education-1--
Reading Teacher Education-6--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education00--
Secondary Education and Teaching18---
Spanish Language Teacher Education03--
Special Education and Teaching, General-34--
Category total66265471
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General139236-
Category total139236-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General41--
Comparative Literature--0-
French Language and Literature52--
German Language and Literature0---
Italian Language and Literature01--
Latin Language and Literature-0--
Russian Language and Literature0---
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Spanish Language and Literature360-
Category total21110-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing-3--
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-23--
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing-17--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-1--
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-700-
Nurse Anesthetist-16--
Nursing Science--4-
Palliative Care Nursing-0--
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing-22--
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-11--
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing-0--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse90---
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing-10--
Category total901734-
History, General91137-
Category total91137-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-14--
Category total-14273-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General3000-
Category total3000-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies58---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0-0-
Category total58-0-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science17---
Category total17---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Islamic Studies4---
Category total47227-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General21814-
Geology/Earth Science, General17--
Geophysics and Seismology02--
Physics, General1625-
Category total381919-
Applied Psychology125---
Counseling Psychology--4-
Developmental and Child Psychology-144-
Psychology, General186111-
Category total311259-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work-2107-
Category total-2107-
Social Sciences
Economics, General1971512-
Political Science and Government, General13662-
Social Sciences, Other9---
Category total4122819-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Pastoral Studies/Counseling-27--
Religious Education--3-
Theology/Theological Studies176913-
Category total1711716-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation14---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12---
Film/Cinema/Video Studies13---
Fine/Studio Arts, General8---
Music, General5---
Category total52---
Grand total2,3411,3684301
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 47
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 38
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 13
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $16,020
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $17,952
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $17,236
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined112114
Field Hockey25
Ice Hockey2925
Swimming and Diving3753
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1935 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1932 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs5/7/1982 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology1/1/1968 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels10/12/2002 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1959 -  Accredited
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs12/11/2009 -  Accredited
Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs12/11/2009 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations402
Liquor law violations101
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible7511
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft302
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible6510
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate0.6%1.4%2.5%
Number in default163455
Number in repayment2,4012,3502,150
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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