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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:  14,309 (9,698 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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty970627
Research and public service21275
Total graduate assistants-644
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$40,542$42,204$43,878$45,6224.0%
Books and supplies$900$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,082$12,324$12,608$12,8842.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,600$7,600$8,100$8,3252.8%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,624$56,728$58,686$60,7063.4%
Off Campus$50,142$52,504$54,678$56,6473.6%
Off Campus with Family$44,542$46,204$47,878$49,6223.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid11,34659%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,01945%$33,700,200$33,072
Federal grants35115%$2,230,137$6,354
Pell grants33215%$1,455,332$4,384
Other federal grants34915%$774,805$2,220
State/local government grant or scholarships1155%$121,214$1,054
Institutional grants or scholarships1,00344%$31,348,849$31,255
Student loan aid99844%$4,652,374$4,662
Federal student loans99844%$4,623,874$4,633
Other student loans100%$28,500$2,850
  • 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 aid14,68348%$139,932,246$29,881
Pell grants1,32814%$5,659,346$4,262
Federal student loans4,00141%$22,578,335$5,643
  • 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$23,742$24,941$25,564
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$13,128$15,564$15,622
$30,001 – $48,000$16,934$19,022$17,159
$48,001 – $75,000$21,052$22,455$23,085
$75,001 – $110,000$27,316$29,256$31,577
$110,001 and more$44,396$45,223$47,048
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment14,309
Undergraduate enrollment9,698
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment125
Graduate enrollment4,611
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
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: 57%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 97%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 21%
Out-of-state: 71%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 7%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 76%
Part-time: 24%
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 (2013-2014): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants24,53810,74213,796
Percent admitted32%33%31%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%29%27%
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 2013 (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 Reading620710
SAT Math650740
SAT Writing640730
ACT Composite3033
ACT English2934
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: 95%
Part-time students: 82%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 91%
Transfer-out rate: 7%
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:
4-year: 87%
6-year: 91%
8-year: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 89%
Black or African American: 84%
Hispanic/Latino: 88%
White: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 90%
Non-resident alien: 87%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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/Civilization1---
Russian Studies0---
Category total1---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General17314-
Category total20514-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other1---
Business Administration and Management, General2240--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other50---
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other-53--
Finance, General238741-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General107---
Operations Management and Supervision6---
Organizational Behavior Studies-22-
Category total4814693-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric186---
Category total186---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science21---
Information Science/Studies20---
Category total41---
Biology Teacher Education-5--
Chemistry Teacher Education-2--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-15--
Curriculum and Instruction-5162
Early Childhood Education and Teaching02--
Education, Other0---
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-902
Educational Evaluation and Research-931
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-1214
Elementary Education and Teaching7128--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-18--
French Language Teacher Education-1--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-5350
History Teacher Education-17--
Latin Teacher Education-5--
Mathematics Teacher Education05--
Physics Teacher Education-1--
Reading Teacher Education-5--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education01--
Secondary Education and Teaching32---
Spanish Language Teacher Education01--
Special Education and Teaching, General-40--
Category total103280159
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General158233-
Category total158233-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General44--
Comparative Literature--1-
French Language and Literature61--
German Language and Literature2---
Italian Language and Literature07--
Latin Language and Literature-0--
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General3---
Spanish Language and Literature722-
Category total26163-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing-1--
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-21--
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing-19--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-0--
Nurse Anesthetist-14--
Nursing Science--8-
Palliative Care Nursing-0--
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing-24--
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-9--
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing-0--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse92---
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing-13--
Category total921018-
History, General108127-
Category total108127-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-19--
Category total-19253-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General6211-
Category total6211-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies65---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0-0-
Category total65-0-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science18---
Category total18---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Islamic Studies6---
Category total451712-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General22625-
Geology/Earth Science, General47--
Geophysics and Seismology0---
Physics, General1656-
Category total421831-
Applied Psychology111---
Counseling Psychology-744-
Developmental and Child Psychology-215-
Psychology, General16634-
Category total2779813-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work-2158-
Category total-2158-
Social Sciences
Economics, General2171611-
Political Science and Government, General130126-
Social Sciences, Other7---
Category total4064021-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Pastoral Studies/Counseling-32--
Theology/Theological Studies18617-
Category total181127-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation10---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General11---
Film/Cinema/Video Studies10---
Fine/Studio Arts, General4---
Music, General8---
Category total43---
Grand total2,3771,4223899
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined108109
Field Hockey22
Ice Hockey2525
Swimming and Diving3548
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, Committee 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 certificate, master's, or doctoral degree level10/12/2002 -  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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations440
Liquor law violations210
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations110
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible675
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault310
Motor vehicle theft130
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible565
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault110
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 Year20102009
Default rate2.5%2.2%
Number in default5547
Number in repayment2,1502,122
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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