Boston College (BC)

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BC can be found in Chestnut Hill, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around sixteen thousand students enrolled each year at Boston College.

Most of the students admitted to BC got an SAT score in the range of 1910 to 2180, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 30 to 33. We were able to estimate the Boston College (BC) average GPA (3.68 - 3.89) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. About 30 percent of all applicant were accepted at Boston College, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 28 percent continued on to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Boston College (BC) acceptance rate 2015 will be around 30%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Boston College (BC) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Boston College was reported as 32.2% in Fall 2013 with over 24,500 applications submitted to BC. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BC SAT Scores: 1910 - 2180
  • BC ACT Scores: 30 - 33
  • BC Average GPA: 3.68 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into Boston College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Boston College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Boston College has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 30.1%
  • 2010-2011: 31.1%
  • 2011-2012: 28.0%
  • 2012-2013: 28.8%
  • 2013-2014: 32.2%
  • Projected BC Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 30.3%

How Does Boston College (BC) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Boston College is seventy-two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences89.2%
Lesley University67.5%
Bentley University43.8%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology8.2%
Brandeis University37.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Boston College (BC) (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 710
Math650 - 740
Writing640 - 730
Total Score1910 - 2180
ACT®Score Range
English29 - 34
Math28 - 33
Composite Score30 - 33
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